My Favourite Power Tool

I am talking a lot about power tools in a virtual sense, but actually i just love real power tools.

below is an image of my trusted friend: a BOSCH CSB 800 2RE percussion drill, made in germany, 800 watt power, with three mechanical gears and electronic speed control.

my BOSCH CSB 800 2RE power drill
my BOSCH CSB 800 2RE power drill

i have this tool for over twenty years now, and it has helped me a lot with my diy and handyman projects – from mixing mortar, fixing plaster board to metal frames, building garden decking (driving 15cm long coach screws with its fantastic torque), hanging curtain rails, shelf brackets, drilling holes for wall plugs (from miniscule 4mm diameter precison to massive 12mm dia wall plugs for wash hand basins), to polishing silver jewellery (my hobby).
the machine is nicely balanced, like an extension of my right hand, strong but not overly heavy, simply fun to work with.

Inspirational Art on Silk

one million dollars, copyright silkandart
one million dollars, copyright © silkandart a source of inspirational art on silk

Good Feng Shui – an auspicious symbol of wealth – one million dollars.

An original silk painting by; a nice must-have feature for any office and home.

Silk & Art provides individual artwork on silk, as well as wearable inspired art.

‘Silk & Art embodies beauty and luxury combined in exquisite, handpainted silk fabric.’

Layers to Enlightenment

SHREK: No! Layers! Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.

onionsThe obstacles that separate us from enlightenment also form layers of various energetic composition – and have to be dealt with individually with specialized methods – there is no panacea!

If you have read ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz, you might know that your reactions are guided by the way you agreed, at a very early age, to certain pattern and conditioning by those whom you trusted to be superior to yourself.
Every single one of these agreements forms a layer.

Every time we make one of these agreements, it removes us further away from who we really are. As we grow older, these agreements form layer after layer after layer ….

Each of these layers can have very different ‘energy’ to it.

To make my point clear, let me go over to the physical world and compare this to archaeology – some ancient artifact is covered by different layers of debris, mud, slime, hard crusts, rubbish, concrete, more slime, scrap metal, compost, gravel, ………

To get that cleared and removed to get to the core, the ancient artefact, you would need to use more than one single method – particular as you don’t want to risk and damage the core.

You would start with a heavy excavator to remove the rubble, then use a pick-axe and spade, and the little trowels. You can then investigate what you have unearthed, and try to make sense of it. If you are satisfied with your explanation, this layer is no longer of any interest to you, and you proceed with the next one.

The next layer can have a totally different structure and composition.

( more to come …
– – – work in progress )

Sustainability ‘Without the Hot Air’

At last someone talking in understandable figures: the book by David JC MacKay, 2009, ‘Without the Hot Air’, explaines sustainable anergy and the sources of the daily energy consumption in easy chunks.

If you want to discuss sustainability further, you can download the book for free at, and you can also buy it as hardback or paperback, for £45 or £19.99, resp.

To give you an idea of the tone of his book, here is a quote from the 10-page pdf synopsis:

Turning phone chargers off is a feeble gesture, like bailing the Titanic with a teaspoon. The widespread inclusion of “switching off phone chargers” in lists of “10 things you can do” is a bad thing, because it distracts attention from more-effective actions that people could be taking.

David J.C. MacKay. Sustainable Energy – without the hot air.
UIT Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9544529-3-3. Available free online