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17 Apr 2015


In 1937, Scott Fitzgerald wrote “the natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness”; while I would not choose Scott’s words – I agree with his general point – but I mean it as a positive, 'later life' condition. In earlier, turbulent years – I was possessed by sweeping enthusiasms, or waves of gloom; from manic activity to shutdown. Content now, plying calmer inshore waters- out of the swing of the sea. A state of ‘qualified sadness’ feels about right for me now – like an achievement.

            But there are occasional darker days of course – days once softened with cognac; couple of bleak ones this week. I always look for reasons why I'm down – without expecting to find any; never been easily in touch with how I feel – or why. At its worst – the darkness for me is feeling abandoned – doors inside me swinging back and forth in the wind.

            Buy an Aldi gizmo, to tidy away the garden hose – a wheeled cart, requiring self-assembly. When I see all the bits – read the (inadequate) instructions – a confidence wobble; but soon drawn into a world of tubes and wheels and cranks and nuts and bolts; get totally absorbed – ‘in the flow’. By the time I step back to admire my engineering – two hours have passed – my head feels ‘sorted’. There’s a mysterious connection in me – between performing some simple manual task – and mental wellbeing; as though physical order gets internalised. Do you ever get the feeling that life is only allegory – that the real story is not here. (for another day perhaps.)



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The SENs: Friday 17th April 2015

Senscot, Social Firms Scotland and more recently DTA Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance have been collaborating to identify opportunities for our respective members in the new European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014 – 2020. Scottish Gov’t have been in touch this week in relation to the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination’ Thematic Objective. The Scottish Gov’t, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Local Authorities (LAs) are working together with wider stakeholders to explore opportunities that will contribute to the delivery of the new programmes starting in Scotland this year. We’ll be attending a session next week to hear the overall strategic approach, progress to date, process, time-table and proposed next steps to securing ESF. See more.


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