I'm interested to learn - from an AT student of mine who's just changed jobs - that none of the desks at his new organisation have rubbish bins next to them. Is this because ICBC Standard Bank runs a completely paperless office? No, it's a deliberate and laudable policy to help ensure people unhitch themselves from their chairs and screens and actually move about once in a while: the bins (recycling and otherwise) are located in a central area near the coffee machine and water filter.
I've just seen the new film version of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'. It prompted me to re-read Thomas Hardy's wonderful 1874 novel. Whereas Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak (pictured) is as tall, upright and broad-shouldered as any Bathsheba could desire, Hardy's Gabriel walks 'unassumingly and with a faintly perceptible bend'. Thirty years before F M Alexander arrived in England from Australia and drew attention to our 'psychophysical unity' (i.e. that mind and body are inseparably linked), Hardy expresses the same concept in his opening description of Gabriel Oak: 'But there is a way some men have...for which the mind is more responsible than flesh and sinew: it is a way of curtailing their dimensions by their manner of showing them. And from a quiet modesty...which seemed continually to impress upon him that he had no great claim on the world's room.' Having taken a course of Alexander lessons, my students often report that they not only walk taller but feel more confident; really, these are simply two manifestations of a change in their thinking.