The Royal Wedding of William & Kate - my thoughts

Friday, 15 April 2011 at 19:03
Prince William and Catherine Middleton are to be married on 29th April 2011. I doubt that fact has escaped many in the UK by this point. According to Google, many millions of people have searched for info on the royal wedding just in the last few weeks, and the wedding has almost as much following in numerous other countries as it does in the UK. It's quite a phenomenon.

What do I think about it? I've never followed much of royal events, only catching the occasional 'dramatisations' on the tabloid covers. But I see this wedding as an opportunity, for William and Kate of course, but also for their providing an example of what a loving partnership can be. It's inevitable that many will study how they are together and see them as role models. So, I hope that their love can shine through and endure. I wish them well and good luck.

I've decided to send them a gift of my book "Healthy Loving Relationships". I have no evidence that they need such guidance, it's simply a token of my hope that they live together in good health and love. And if there is a time where the ideas or guidance in the book prove useful to them (even amongst the plentiful sources of support I imagine they have available), I'd of course be delighted.

One thing I write about in the book is how different relationships are often connected and how the pressure of expectations can deeply affect our ability to be happy in a relationship (and what to do about that). I can only imagine how strongly this truth is felt for people so much in the public eye. I believe that all people share a common set of underlying values, or 'needs', and feelings. In that sense, at our core we are so much alike, despite how different our station, diction or way of comprehension may be. So I hope that William and Kate are able to meet their needs in the fullest way together, despite the pressures of being public figures. I equally hope that their compassion for each other is extended to everyone they touch, by being public figures, and that they seize the opportunities they have to make the world a better place.

Even despite the current pressures so many people are facing to their livelihoods and the general need to count the pennies, which I'm definitely feeling too (the bankers quest to own the world is relentless), there's something about the grandness and opulence of a royal wedding I find pleasing. It's a splendid and impressive spectacle, a chance to celebrate and perhaps picture ourselves in another reality for a moment. So their celebration can become ours.

By the way, if you've read this and are curious about the book I'm sending to Prince William and Kate for their wedding, you can find out more and even read some free chapters at:

[It's funny, I'm sending them this book, and the first thing I think of after writing this blog is teaching them both to dance (Argentine) tango...]

Tango dance Joint Venture in Southampton

Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 16:05
Here's the idea in a nutshell: If you can get together a group of 6 or more people who are willing to learn, and you have a room available*, then I will come and give you a free, hands-on introduction to tango dancing.

If you don't already know, tango is a dance like no other, where you learn to move in complete connection with your partner, expressing the music with creativity, elegance and emotion. It has many benefits from general health, fitness and well-being, to listening and leadership skills. Of course, it's also a lot of fun!

(To find out more about tango and who I am see

What you get:
  • A chance to introduce your friends or colleagues to the benefits of tango, at no cost.
  • Appreciation and credit for doing the above.
  • A fun and educational experience for you, your friends or colleagues, which you or they may wish to take further.
What I get:
  • A chance to share tango with people who might not otherwise discover it.
  • Free publicity and the chance of gaining some future students from those who wish to learn more.
  • Groups of 6 or more people willing to learn and have some fun (maximum group size 30).
  • A clear space with enough room for everyone to stand arms out without touching each other. (*I can arrange a hall if required, but will have to charge for hire to cover my costs)
  • The venue must be in Southampton
Participants do not need to come with partners (but can do), and if you have two left feet that's no problem - many people feel the same before they start! The free introduction will be suitable to complete beginners and 'non-dancers' and will last approximately 45 minutes.

To find out more about what I do see:

So, if you like the sound of the above and can get the people together, just email: or fill in the contact form here

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