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I just had a busy weekend teaching in England – hence the bit of a gap in Blog posts. By good chance it was the opening week in the UK of the new film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Bo Rhap) – about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. A terrific film for lovers of Queen’s music and a glimpse into the very private life of Mercury – a great performance from Rami Malek.

The film tracked the progress of the band from it’s early days through to what is considered by many to be the greatest ever performance by Queen – or perhaps any rock group: the Live Aid gig at Wembley Stadium, England held on Saturday 13 July 1985.

The film, happily, did not dwell on Mercury’s battle with AIDS – which he ultimately lost in November 1991 when he was 45. Instead it tended to focus on what can be achieved in one lifetime. It’s quite amazing what Freddie Mercury did achieve with his music and life. He touched countless millions of lives through his music. He had talent and developed that into creating innovative songs.

Bo Rhap (the song) was ground-breaking. It was different. It made people listen. ‘They’ thought no one would play the record as it was over 6 minutes long…too long for radio air-time. How mistaken! It went on to become one of the best selling records of all time.

Creativity and innovation is another key to success. It can separate you from all the other practitioners out there. Develop your skills. Think outside the box. Dare to be different. And if possible touch the lives of others in a positive way…a way they’ll remember you for. We only have one lifetime – use it to the full.


…any way the wind blows…


  1. Donna Woodstock on November 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Love this post! Creativity, passion and thinking outside the box are so important!

  2. Helen Hudson on November 14, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Well said Alastair. We never stop learning.

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