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April 2016

Mini Bio from IMDb Page imdb.com 

Andrew is an English actor, born in the late 1960's to parents Donald and Valerie Ogleby. His home town, the then motor city of Coventry, was something of a boomtown at the time, with its football club Coventry City also gaining promotion to the top-flight of English football the same year of Andrew's birth. However, by the time Andrew left school, the city had turned more into the 'Ghost Town', so poignantly portrayed in song at the time, by its most famous band, The Specials.

Andrew attended Woodlands Secondary School in the late 70's, where he was to predominately underachieve. So then did as was advised for everyone else like him in the early 80's and went to work on a YTS (at Jaguar Cars Ltd) and then into other largely menial jobs. Nevertheless, Andrew would later return to full-time education and, after moving to London, obtain his degree and become involved in more meaningful work, whilst also training to become a complementary therapist.

After leaving school however, Andrew would certainly have had no aspirations to be involved in films, for that would surely have been considered something only other people did. However when young, due to his love of classic film comedy, such as Laurel and Hardy and satirical British humour, he had wanted to be a comedian and could impersonate some of the personalities of the time. But that was soon drummed out of him at secondary school and then later with the need to find a job and earn some money.

Fast forward then to 2013, and a chance meeting of the film producer Sharon Rapose at a business event, where Andrew would later be offered the opportunity and appear in the short romantic comedy, 'Konnichiwa Brick Lane', by Saera Jin. Following which, this then rekindled the idea of becoming a comedian, and so he began writing short sketches, with the idea of trying his hand at stand-up. However, due to various other reasons, this never materialised.

Nevertheless, in the summer of 2014, whilst absently minding his own business at a community festival, he was offered, out of the blue by the local organisation Global Fusion Music & Arts, the opportunity to appear in an original play 'All About the Boys' by Robert Fanshawe, about the WWI poet Wilfred Owen and his final battle scene. Andrew would then go onto play one of its main characters, that of Private 'Jacko' Jackson, portraying the classic ironic humour of the British Tommy. After which, this then lead Andrew to attend an acting course and play other stage roles before writing his own play 'Troubled meets the Troubadour', a bittersweet musical comedy, which he was to also direct and perform in.

Following which, Andrew decided to try and get more into film work and signed up with various agencies to take on acting roles and other supporting artist work. During this time Andrew has gone onto work on both major feature films and also in many other short independent films, as well as appearing on TV. Andrew also has an avid interest in martial arts films, having trained in the fighting/healing arts for over 25 years and with experience of stage combat, which he is now able to bring to the screen as well.

There are many other varied opportunities coming up for Andrew, so the future is looking bright for this dependable and highly versatile physical/comedic actor and writer, who is also able to bring aspects of his wide, life experiences and heightened emotional observations into his work. So please, watch this space...

 
February 2016

 
Declaration 

Let me first start by declaring that I am by no means perfect. I am human and have made many mistakes, none severe and all of which I hope I have learnt from or are still learning from/paying for. And I unreservedly apologise for any wrong doings committed, both intentionally and unintentionally. But I can no longer continue carrying weight for them and therefore ask for forgiveness as a result. However, I appreciate if this can’t be granted, but I have to now also let it be known that I can no longer be held responsible and keep apologising for everything. So I now release it all.

I was born in England, but am also in no way responsible for my country's colonial past or present policy. I am from, what was then, an industrial midlands city and from what I consider an honest working class background. For which I am proud. Even though we weren’t poor and lived fairly comfortably, it wasn't easy. I did badly at school, got myself into a bit of trouble and ever since I have been playing catch up, still not really knowing where I fully fit in. I have for far too long now been trying to fit/forced in the wrong shaped hole. ‘Everywhere and Nowhere Baby!’ However, during this time I have gained a degree and also trained to become a therapist in order to help others. This was also largely the result of looking for answers to the tinnitus and migraines I experience and from an interest in Eastern philosophy and related mental health (well-being) issues. Similarly, I am now pursing interests in other creative fields as I feel these better reflect who I am and also prove therapeutically very beneficial, helping greatly on higher emotional and spiritual levels. 

I am what would be categorised as being white, but do not in any way consider myself racist. But like everyone, I can have momentary judgemental views of people, whatever their colour. But know these are more to do with the situation I find myself in and will pass. I do believe however, categorization causes separation and separation, lack of knowledge/understanding and ignorance causes prejudice.

I am male, but do not in any way consider myself sexist or a potential threat. In fact, I consider myself a feminist, in touch with my feminine side and have a profound admiration for female beauty in all its forms.

I am tall, but do my best not to impose myself on anyone, mainly however to the detriment of myself. And I should not have to walk in the gutter to allow related groups to pass by. But I do.

I am an individual and feel an outsider, but that does not mean I am in any way sinister. Just that I can be quiet/awkward when not comfortable around people and only really open up when I feel real trust is there. However, this can also be a sign of having respect for people’s space as this was the way I was brought up. Generally back then, children were to be seen not heard. My mother did her best to drum into me the values of having manners and the value of most things. Something I didn’t appreciate at the time, but my parents were brought up during the war years and learnt these things the really hard way. And I now believe I was indirectly brought up on a post-war rationing ethos and am eternally grateful to my parents for what they did for me.

I am sensitive, although like to think of it as having a heightened awareness of a bigger picture. This is why such things as bad manners and rudeness tend to piss me off as I see the senselessness of it all. But am working on that. However, I am by no way a softie. I am stubborn and will fight to my last breath for causes I truly believe in.

I am not a father, but do fully respect people having children and the fulfillment it must bring, as well as the hard work involved. However, this does not then make me a second class citizen as this is a shared world and respect and responsibility should work both ways. As a child, I would always be made to give my seat up for someone else in need and to be mindful/considerate of others in general. This teaching unfortunately now however appears to be largely forgotten. So who then teaches when the teaching has been forgotten?

I could go on, but this is predominately what I wanted to say. I hope you find it useful. If not, we can always talk and hopefully then be able to learn something from each other? All I ask is you give me a chance to get to know the real me, without judgement, and find out that I am not such a bad person after all, just flawed as humans are as well as being quite often misunderstood.

In the end though, Love is the only thing that really matters, everything else is just needless clutter getting in the way of its true expression. 

Love and Peace

 
March 2014

 
A Largactyl Lyrical Review 
by Andrew Ogleby

The Science Museum & CoolTan Arts Present

For One Night Only!

Treatment or Experiments?
Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology LATES
29.01.14 (18.45-22.00)


Roll-up, Roll-up and Don’t be Late!
For the Last of the LATES experience


Presented for your Pleasure,
By the Fabulous Museum Team and CoolTan Crew
Whose iconic Orange hi-viz vests,
Will help guide you through
Treatment or Experiment? A Virtual Reality
The Show enhancing Mental Well-being,
By the Power of Creativity


So Prepare to be Shocked and Amazed at the use of E.C.T
Gasp in Awe at the Wonders of Alternative Therapy
Listen in Horror and Captivation of the Origin,
For the Prometheus inspired Frankenstein, by M. Shelley
See through the holes in a D.S.M
Before taking Time to Explore,
The remaining realms of Fact and Fantasy


So Roll-up, Roll-up and Don’t be Late!
Before the Sun Sets, on the Last CoolTan-LATES


The last of the Largactyl Shuffle/LATES events coincided with the opening of the new, and incredibly thought provoking Mind Maps Exhibition at the Science Museum. The evening itself was deemed a tremendous success and there was a large, and seemingly enthralled turnout to witness it, including a visit from the actual curator himself. The presentations covered various subjects exploring the theme of Treatments or Experiments? (see above). And there was a poignant reading of a former CoolTan Arts representative’s account of having experiencing ECT, whose picture is also included in the exhibition. The willing audience, through various activities, were then invited to take part in exploring these themes for themselves.

Even though this was the last of CoolTan Arts’ 5 fantastic Largactyl Shuffle/LATES events at the Science Museum, the journey is not quite over yet. As a publication (including interactive game) with DVD telling the story of this wonderful journey and recognising all those who have taken part, will be launched in the Spring of 2014. 

The publication itself will be dedicated to the memory of Jean Cozens, whose initial idea it was to produce such a work.

So here’s looking forward to Spring. Watch this Space for Further News!

 

February 2014

CoolTan Arts - Science Museum LATES Programme

Review by Andrew Ogleby

Roll-up Roll-up and Don't be Late for the Magnificent LATES Experience...

My initial connection with CoolTan Arts came from seeing one of their flyers on the counter of the Health Food Shop in Denmark Hill, where I work as an acupuncturist. This was for a sponsored walk being organised to mark World Mental Health Day and which was to commence from the Maudsley Hospital, a short distance away from the shop itself.  As a result of already having an interest in mental health issues, and from working as a volunteer for The Stress Project a mental health charity in North London, I quickly decided to sign up and take part.

I found the walk a wonderfully uplifting and enlightening experience, and afterwards looked to see if there was an opportunity to become directly involved with CoolTan Arts. From their website, I was instantly drawn to theScience Museum Project and thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to become part of it. So I made contact and joined as preparation was being made for the ‘Robots’ LATES event. As it transpired, I was a bit late to actually present an item on the night. However, I did have a few ideas regarding possible activities.

One of these being creative ways of helping cheer up ‘Derek the Depressed Dalek’ by asking people to think ‘outside the box’ and attach coloured pieces of paper, containing creative ideas/activities to the outside of a black box, thus in-turn creating a positive, colourful creation from an initially perceived negative one. Nevertheless, even though it was a little disappointing that I wasn’t able to be directly involved, I did actively help out with the running of the event. Also, I made arrangements with the artist Stu MacKay of Cut n Paste Graphics to display his fabulous Dalek inspired work on the night. The evening itself proved a real success, which I found to be largely a very enjoyable, interactive experience.

Preparation was then on for the next ‘Psychology’ LATES event, involving a fascinating visit to the Bethlem Royal Hospital museum. Contact was also made with the award winning artist Bekki Perriman to display her creatively unique adaptation of a DSM manual. A review and transcript of my talk are presented elsewhere in this publication. Needless to say, even though the crowd at theScience Museum on the night seemed quite daunting at first, and I wasn’t quite sure how the talk had been received, it was a great turn out and also very exciting/rewarding to have worn the orange jacket for CoolTan Arts, talking about something that greatly resonates with me.

Overall, I have felt extremely privileged and fortuitous to have taken part in this project. Even though it has been over a relatively short period, in this time I have come into contact with some very interesting people and had the opportunity to gain ‘behind the scenes’ access to different organisations such as the Wellcome Trust Library, Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Science Museum itself. On top of this, has been the motivating experience of working collaboratively in such a creative way and with an enthusiastic team, putting together the project. Similarly, from also having received invaluable input from various esteemed professionals within their respective field.

Therefore, I sincerely hope and believe that the endeavours undertaken in this project will prove a tremendously valuable documented piece of work. To show what can be achieved when such factors come into place and creativity is given the expressive space for it to stimulate and flourish.

 

Updated October 2014

Brief History of Martial/Fighting Arts Involvement

My first introduction to the fighting arts was when growing up on the ‘mean streets’ of Coventry back in the 1980’s, with Ghost Town by The Specials being a very poignant reflection of the times. As a result, a few of us began Boxing to learn how to look after ourselves properly. However, we never really fitted in at the club, and so due to another musical influence The Stranglers, whose bassist JJ Burnel is a martial artist (see shidokan.org.uk) and knowing someone who had previously trained, we went onto train in Wado Ryu Karate and then at The Black Sun Karate Club with Sensei Andy Margrett. For which I eventually gained a 1st Kyu Brown Belt in.

After moving to London in 1995 I tried my hand at different forms of martial arts, but became captivated by the power and philosophy of Steelwire Mantis Kung Fu and so began training with Sifu Tony Leung at his school in Islington. However, as I was also studying for my degree at the time I was unable to commit fully. Although after finishing, ironically, I contacted Mak Miah, but it wouldn’t be until sometime later that I would actually begin training with him.

Nevertheless, during this period, I not only continued training in Mantis Kung Fu and Boxing, but also experienced softer forms of martial arts and became fascinated by the concept of Chi (our vital life force). As a result, I went on to train in acupuncture (five element), Reiki, Japanese herbs (Kampo) and am now involved full-time as a complementary therapist.

In 2008, after moving to South London, I finally began training at The Kung Fu School kungfuschool.co.uk. This was fabulous for me as Mak not only covers Praying Mantis techniques, but there is also sparring and competition fighting which I hadn’t done since my Karate days. So it was great to dust off the old mitts and guards once again. Even though the training is hard and I’ve never been able to master the mantis press-up, it is always varied, interesting and above all kept real and fun, carried out in a very friendly atmosphere.

Recently, I have also started boxing training again with Enzo Giordano's at his club in Shadwell lefthook.co.uk. Previously I used to train under Enzo at the Islington Boys Club in North London. Also in the past, I have trained in Aikido (see above) which is a softer, graceful martial art that not only compliments the hard Yang style of Kung Fu, but also fits in with the philosophy and spiritual association of the five elements. Similarly, I have trained in Taiko Drumming (see above) as another expression of Qi. It therefore now feels like my martial/fighting arts training is complete in its structure, covering all areas of interest, value and enjoyment, for me to continue to try to improve upon in practice.


October 2008
Esher Good Health Centre - Winter Newsletter

Wintertime is when elemental energy is at its nadir as experienced during the shortest day of the year. This is the Water elements time and is one for maintaining reserves to see out the harsh conditions ahead. It is no surprise then that there have always been festivals in Winter aimed at bringing in more light and warm along with the consumption of food/drink to help see through the hard times.

In terms of health, the organs associated with the Water element are not surprisingly the kidneys and Bladder, responsible for the storage and control of water. In China they particularly recognise the importance of ensuring the lower-back is kept warm and protected when it’s cold especially as this is also where our constitutional energy or reserves are stored.

Someone who is said to have the Water element as their causative factor (CF) of imbalance may present symptoms relating to such excessive/underactive conditions relating to sweating, passing of water, temperature control, thirst etc. The water element is also related to the bones, hair, ears/balance so there may also be indicators from any such symptoms presented. In terms of emotional health, the emotion related to the Water element is that of Fear, mainly the need to survive until Springtime comes once again. Therefore, symptoms may also be presented relating to this emotion, either the lack of or paralysing rigid effect of Fear. And so there may be the need for reassurance wherever possible, that everything will be OK if they only allow it to be.

In terms of acupuncture, the objective is to ensure there is harmony between all elements and their relating internal organs, to make sure they all receive sufficient supplies of energy and so can carry out their individual functions accordingly. However, special attention would be paid to someone presenting any of the above symptoms to ensure their Water element is in the best condition it can be in order for the other elements to then in turn also become in balance.

It is the philosophy of five element acupuncture to use the fewer amount of fine, sterilised needles as possible. Although it is not only the needles that do the work as it is the intention of the practitioner that when energy starts to flow harmoniously the person also becomes empowered to make positive lifestyle changes to further enhance the effects of treatment and so establish a productive therapeutic partnership.


August 2008
Esher Good Health Centre - Autumn Newsletter

Five element acupuncture is an ancient form of healing related to the five elements (or phases) as recognised by the Chinese that the universe is comprised of and that we are no different made up of these same building blocks. It is then the intention of the acupuncturist to bring about balance of these elements within ourselves (related to our internal organs) to ensure their proper functioning and our well-being.

Each element is also related to a season, and according to its philosophy, there is an additional season to the standard four that are generally recognised in the west, and before getting to Autumn there is Late Summer (sometimes referred to as Indian Summer) related to the Earth element. This is also recognised as harvest time when the endeavours of the years work are brought to fruition. This is then generally a time to enjoy the abundance of what has been gathered before then thinking about the need to preserve some of these provisions to help see out the leaner times.

This is when Late Summer passes onto Autumn as it’s recognised by five elements philosophy (related to the Metal element) which is a time for letting go and reflection of what has been, and a heightened appreciation of the more refined, precious and rarer things in life remaining after all the leaves have dropped off as the process of extracting these precious commodities back into the earth begins.

Within ourselves these 2 elements are primarily responsible for the intake and elimination of external energy to, from and around the body in terms of food and air consumed, and so are related to the digestive and respiratory systems. Therefore, to ensure these 2 elements are functioning properly there needs to be harmony not only between the whole of the five elements but especially the Earth and Metal element at this time of year as energy begins to decline from it’s Summer peak to it’s nadir at the Winter solstice.

Therefore, by selecting the correct acupuncture points located throughout the body, energy or Qi (chee) can be accessed, with the intention of promoting harmony and wellbeing, bringing about the desired effect working on the levels of Body, Mind and Spirit. This in turn then helps re-establish a natural healing order and aims to empower a person to look to fulfill their own potential.

To achieve this, the actual process of five element acupuncture firstly involves a 1 ½ hour consultation and physical diagnosis. This is a painless procedure and quite often proves very therapeutic as is a rare opportunity to discuss such issues in a safe and caring, non-judgmental environment. The actual process of inserting fine, sterile needles also proves a lot more comfortable than people first imagine. The philosophy being the fewer needles used the better and that appointments eventually become more of a maintenance visit once energy re-establishes a balance and a person starts to use it in a more positive way.


March 2008
Essential ESHER - March 2008 Edition

The Stirrings of Spring: a five element perspective for coming into tune with Nature’s get-up-and-go time of year, to shake off your Winter coat and prepare for the coming seasons ahead

According to five element philosophy, Spring (associated with the Wood element) is where the seeds for change kept secure during the long Winter months finally start to germinate. Quite often it appears as if overnight the sights, sounds and smells of Spring suddenly burst upon us. This is the dynamic energy of Wood, instantaneously bringing forth change to what otherwise can be drab surroundings with explosions of colour, and increased volume/aromas of Nature.

In balance, this same energy also flows through ourselves, and it should be a time for decision making and putting plans into action. Not only for the present, but also for the forthcoming year ensuring a smooth progression throughout the seasons, reaping the rewards of the work put in at this stage and to ensure provisions through leaner-times.

Out of balance such foresight can become blurred as we can spend a lot of time trying just to cope with day-to-day issues, not really progressing or developing as we should. This is not only true on a physical level but also on an emotional and spiritual one. So through the correct selection of acupuncture points located throughout the body, energy or Qi (chee) can be accessed, with the intention of promoting harmony and well-being, bringing about the desired effect working on the levels of Body, Mind and Spirit. This in turn then helps re-establish a natural healing order and aims to empower a person to look to fulfill their own potential.

To achieve this, the actual process of five element acupuncture firstly involves a 1 ½ hour consultation and physical diagnosis. This is a painless procedure and quite often proves very therapeutic as is a rare opportunity to discus such issues in a safe and caring, non-judgmental environment. The actual process of inserting fine, sterile needles also proves a lot more comfortable than people first imagine. The philosophy being that the fewer needles used the better and treatment eventually becomes more a maintenance visit once energy re-establishes a balance and a person starts to use it in a more positive way.

So best foot forward and step into this Spring with a renewed sense of optimism about your health and well-being!

Andrew G. Ogleby
BSc (Hons) Lic Ac. 
07891 800 606
andrew@healthinharmonyacupuncture.co.uk