PurpleBeach Experience 2015

Live postcards from the PurpleBeach Experience 2015

Good manners saves lives in warzones says veteran BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie

By Richard Davies

Veteran BBC journalist Kate Adie described the role of the foreign correspondent in starkly uncompromising terms: “You turn up when there is trouble, the last thing they want is this stranger coming with a camera saying ‘I am from the BBC.’ You have to concentrate on getting facts and verifying the facts, getting the views of people on the spot. You have a lot to do, so you have got to get a grip of yourself and

Date Posted: April, 28 2015

Everyone can dance says Ashley Banjo

By Richard Davies

Only 26 years old, Ashley Banjo has already achieved more than he could have dreamed of, but something tells you that this intelligent, thoughtful and modest young man has a very long way to go.  With his positive outlook and disciplined approach to life, he gives the impression that he can achieve any goal that he sets himself. Before his dance troupe Diversity discovered fame on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Ashley w

Date Posted: April, 28 2015

Michelin star winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli stays true to his values

By Richard Davies

Michelin star winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli said that his childhood was ‘wealthy in everything except for money’. His mother, who suffered from polio as a child, was the ‘best cook’ and his father the ‘best teacher’. When he crossed the channel as a young man, his only ambition was to learn English and enjoy a good life. Winning his first Michelin star came as a surprise; when he first h

Date Posted: April, 28 2015

Listening to music is a physical act says Orit Wolf

By Richard Davies

Have you ever found yourself out of time with other members of your team - you want to go fast, they want to go slow? Imagine if your teammates are members of a chamber music group! From playing with the great violinist Nobuko Imai, international concert pianist Orit learned that the answer to getting your timing right is not to look at each other, but to breathe together. Orit coached the audience in an exercise practiced by musi

Date Posted: April, 28 2015

Searching for the meaning of life with Alain de Botton

By Richard Davies

What is the point of culture? Asks philosopher and author Alain de Botton. Alain unapologetically offers a utilitarian solution: the human soul is in trouble and art should offer us therapy. This is a theme that he argued in his book, ‘How Proust can change your life’. When role models and supermodels like Miranda Kerr say they have found solace in eastern philosophy, Alain thinks this is because western thinkers hav

Date Posted: April, 28 2015

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