The Friendly Twenties

The term ‘baked in’ has taken on some grim connotations recently, being used to convey the idea that a certain number of deaths will follow on from a certain number of current cases, but with vaccines being rolled out, even as case numbers spiral out of control, an end to the pandemic is now also … Continue reading The Friendly Twenties

“Please May I Get Down Now?” Are our post-Victorian postprandial posture rules actually barbaric?

“How can you have a decent chinwag about art or poetry when all your nervous system really wants is to activate either the Fight response (squaring up to your fellow diners and threatening to clobber them over the head with a stick) or the Flight response (getting down from the table in a hurry and … Continue reading “Please May I Get Down Now?” Are our post-Victorian postprandial posture rules actually barbaric?

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Winter?

“The pandemic led to the realisation that if everyone went into work as normal, commuting into the office, there would be a lot of unnecessary and untimely death. The point I want to make here is that, well, that was already the case, before the pandemic.” There’s a feeling that comes over us in Summer … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem Like Winter?

Healthy Longevity: When the Hare beats the Tortoise…

Cultural ideas get passed on successfully from generation to generation based on a number of different factors. Folk wisdom may sometimes represent that fact that "there's something in it," while on other occasions it could be down to rhetoric. Rhetoric is described as the art of persuasion but it many ways it's the art of … Continue reading Healthy Longevity: When the Hare beats the Tortoise…

Remote Raves Revised: Uplifting Jogs during the Pandemic with Remotely Shared Musical Group Sessions

There’s an aspect of the Hungry Dawn Raving thing from pre-lockdown days which has actually become more relevant now that there's a pandemic going on. This HDR blogsite has always been right behind the notion of remote raving. You may be in a different location, but you can still link up with others, e.g. your … Continue reading Remote Raves Revised: Uplifting Jogs during the Pandemic with Remotely Shared Musical Group Sessions

Why our future is trance dance. And who we have to thank for it.

It’s well known that broken homes can be more challenging for children than stable ones. But I’m going to argue that there is an upside, not necessarily to having more broken homes from now on, but to their forming part of human evolutionary history. A strange assertion? Bear with me... All too often we hear … Continue reading Why our future is trance dance. And who we have to thank for it.

Hungry Dawn Raving Brain-dump Summary video

I sat down yesterday and filmed myself talking off the cuff about HDR. Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8VL7ygQEJU The video talks about using different types of music at different stages of the fast, both for music assisted fasting and fasting assisted music appreciation. You'll no doubt want to have your own playlist in place, but if … Continue reading Hungry Dawn Raving Brain-dump Summary video

Confession of a Work-Time Groover: increase future resilience to novel virus outbreaks by using WFH as an opportunity to make a standing desk

W.orking F.rom H.ome? There's never been a better time to give up sitting down. I've often wanted to move to a standing desk. It was only fear of peer perceptions - standing out like a sore thumb - that held me back. Now that I'm working from home, I've finally done it - just raised … Continue reading Confession of a Work-Time Groover: increase future resilience to novel virus outbreaks by using WFH as an opportunity to make a standing desk

Satisfying Wanderlust even in Lockdown: “Trance Mapping” as fulfilling exercise routine for optimised mood

When we exercise, there is a release of the chemicals that encourage us to form a mental map of valued places, such as BDNF and dopamine. This makes total sense if you think about the evolutionary hunter-gatherer context, where extended exercise meant being out and about in the landscape, probably looking for food or finding … Continue reading Satisfying Wanderlust even in Lockdown: “Trance Mapping” as fulfilling exercise routine for optimised mood

Rapture Remembered at Rest: The Rhyme of the Hungry Dawn Raver (spoken word)

With the coronavirus on the loose, I don't see this as a time for fasting. As I understand it, although your immune system can come back stronger after a fast, while fasting it can temporarily be lowered - not ideal at the current time. It might therefore be thought that this wouldn't be the best … Continue reading Rapture Remembered at Rest: The Rhyme of the Hungry Dawn Raver (spoken word)