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Paul Murray


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Author of the inter-active book, THE SUSTAINABLE SELF (published by Earthscan in 2011 www.earthscan.co.uk/self).

Paul lectures on two MScs in Sustainable Construction (Project Management and Cost Management) and the University's undergraduate Environmental Building Degrees (BScs in Building Surveying and the Environment, Construction Management and the Environment and Environmental Construction Surveying)

Paul provides consultancy and values-based training services across the UK to educational instituttions and other public and private sector establishments who wish to focus on sustainability education and personal/ organisational engagement with sustainability.

As the former Head of Building Programmes, Paul helped conceive the UK's first o
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The Sustainable Self

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“History, in the end, is only another kind of story, and stories are different from the truth. The truth is messy and chaotic and all over the place. Often it just doesn’t make sense. Stories make things make sense, but the way they do that is to leave out anything that doesn’t fit. And often that is quite a lot.”
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies

“Maybe instead of strings it's stories things are made of, an infinite number of tiny vibrating stories; once upon a time they all were part of one big giant superstory, except it got broken up into a jillion different pieces, that's why no story on its own makes any sense, and so what you have to do in a life is try and weave it back together, my story into your story, our stories into all the other people's we know, until you've got something that to God or whoever might look like a letter, or even a whole word....”
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies

“He is thinking about asymmetry. This is a world, he is thinking, where you can lie in bed, listening to a song as you dream about someone you love, and your feelings and the music will resonate so powerfully and completely that it seems impossible that the beloved, whoever and wherever he or she might be, should not know, should not pick up this signal as it pulsates from your heart, as if you and the music and the love and the whole universe have merged into one force that can be chanelled out into the darkness to bring them this message. But, in actuality, not only will he or she not know, there is nothing to stop that other person from lying on his or her bed at the exact moment listening to the exact same song and thinking about someone else entirely-from aiming those identical feelings in some completely opposite direction, at some totally other person, who may in turn be lying in the dark thinking of another person still, a fourth, who is thinking of a fifth, and so on, and so on, so that rather than a universe of neatly reciprocating pairs, love and love-returned fluttering through space nicely and symmetrically like so many pairs of butterfly wings, instead we get chains of yearning, which sprawl and meander and culminate in an infinite number of dead ends.”
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies
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