Ready for 'Stress Down Day' (February 1st)? If not, visit 'The Idler'

As February 1st approaches, I noticed a renewed interest in Stress Down Day as people read my story on last year's edition.
I thought it would be lame to serve a warmed up version of 2007 and in the spirit of that day did not want to work up a sweat over it either.

I was saved from both when I found out about The Idler which celebrates down shifting since 1993.
Its Editor, Tom  Hodgkinson also penned The Freedom Manifesto (cover is my illustration) which describes itself as follows:

"The Freedom Manifesto draws on French existentialists, British punks, beat poets, hippies and yippies, medieval thinkers, and anarchists to provide a new, simple, joyful blueprint for modern living. From growing your own vegetables to canceling your credit cards to reading Jean-Paul Sartre, here are excellent suggestions for nourishing mind, body, and spirit"

Freedommanif_2

Going back to Stress Down Day (2008), if you would like your life to be the subject of a song, the up and coming British band Ben's Brother offers to write it if you win the contest.

More down to earth happenings on February 1st in London include Free Massage courtesy of Neals      Yard Remedies in Covent Garden.

I think the UK is still the only place where this 'sane' idea has bloomed.

Let me know if I am wrong.

Last year 'sane' post: Wear your slippers to work for 'Stressed Down Day'

Previous Post

Pere Jacques, Pere Jacques...a Goose Island brew

Jan 29
After writing my previous piece on Thai Food, I thought this calls for beer. What happened next is that someone brought my attention to the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. Would their Nut Brown Ale be a good pairing. John Hall (brewery founder) talk of Duck and Wild Boar with the Pere Jacques, their Belgian style offering which he describes as a fruity and malty ale sold me on it. Too bad that their brews...
Next Post

1 Speaker Spot left on our 'Just Over 50 & Not Dead Yet' South by Southwest Panel...Yours if around 50...In Book Biz, Work/Life or Non Profits

Jan 30
Reading this right now, in your late 40's or early 50's with an Online Presence and a foot or two in the Book Business, Work/Life or Non-Profits, we still have 1 Seat Available on our Just Over 50 and Not Dead Yet panel. It will address the fact that the Online World is not Populated only by 20 Somethings. We would prefer a woman, someone with roots in Latin America or Asia would be great....

Comments