Keith Blakemore-Noble - Fear Strategist, coach, international speaker, multi-time best-selling author, hypnotist, occasional magician, and presenter of this show.And someone who, for far too many years, was massively held back by a very strong social phobia - speaking with strangers, or even meeting strangers, was at best deeply uncomfortable, and at worst utterly terrifying for him. For far too many years.So he did the logical thing - he pursued a 20 year career in IT with some success (becoming a Fellow of the BCS in the process).Until one panic attack too many, which forced him to reconsider his life.So he studied NLP and hypnosis, used those tools to conquer his own fears and phobias, and since 2010 he has helped others around the world to transform their deepest fears into their greatest strengths through his coaching, speaking, books, and trainings. Indeed, since 2010 he has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.Having travelled the world for a while doing this, he has settled back in his native Scotland, where he is focusing on the next step in his journey of helping as many people as he can to conquer their fears.

…on Voting Reform

As I write this, it is now three days since the UK General Election of May 2010 (normally one need only specify the year but this time round, who knows what’s down the road!) and we still have no real idea of who is going to form the new government. What is clear, however, is…

…on the Pomposity of Blogging.

pomposity [pɒmˈpɒsɪti] (noun) from pompous [ˈpɒmpəs] (adjective) – affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important : “a pompous idiot who pretends he knows everything.” ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French pompeux ‘full of grandeur,’ from late Latin pomposus, from pompa ‘pomp.’ Blogs. They are everywhere. Everyone writes them. They are, we are regularly…

Focus, West End Centre, Aldershot

Focus.  I’d only knowingly heard two of their pieces ever before (Synvia, of course, and Hocus Pocus complete with its excellent yodelling!), but when my mates’ fledgling prog-rock band Merchants Vice (now sadly disbanded) got a slot opening for Focus, I came along for the show, not really knowing what to expect. This particular line-up of Focus…