I will be running Norwich 2016

Run Norwich 2016

To celebrate one year of living in Norwich, I have entered the 2016 edition of Run Norwich, a 10km race through the city centre. The race will take place on August 7th, which will be exactly one year since moving from Milton Keynes. As part of my motivation, and because it is a fantastic cause, I will also be raising money for charity, and would appreciate any support you can offer.

I will be supporting two causes that are very close to me, and have helped my family immensely over the last few years. The first is the Bersham Stroke Ward of Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and the second is the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The brief stories on why those two particular hospitals are as follows.

Bersham Stroke Ward: Last year, my grandfather had a stroke. This had a significant impact on him, and while he (at times begrudgingly) followed his rehabilitation and treatment, he had another one in January of this year, which would prove to be fatal. After the second stroke, he was taken to the Bersham Stroke Ward of Wrexham Maelor Hospital. In the few days he was there before passing, he was given fantastic care from all of the staff there, and as importantly, they were brilliant in their care and support for my grandmother, my mother, and once I had arrived, for me too.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital: another group of NHS doctors, nurses and support staff who have been fantastic in their treatment of my family. The treatment my grandmother received at Broad Green, including the pig valve that she now has implanted into her heart, not only kept her alive, but also helped the rest of the family from falling apart – though they were impressed with how well turned out my grandad was as he came to visit her.

Both of these two NHS hospitals have given my family everything we could have asked of them, and in thanks for their kindness, professionalism and ability to treat patients and relatives with more compassion than I can wrap my head around, I’d like to be able to support others as they did for us.

I will be posting the links to the fundraising pages as soon as I have been able to set them up, but whatever you can donate will be very greatly appreciated, and I hope that any of you who are in Norwich in August are able to come and cheer me on (chuckling is also an acceptable response).

Thank you.

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Review: Findo’s Mousetrap

Findo's Mousetrap by Graham Paskett

Findo’s Mousetrap is the debut self-published novel from Graham Paskett. Set across rural Scotland, London and New England, it tells the story of an aristocratic heir, Findo Gask, his childhood friend Andrew McCubbin and Dympna Doyle, an Irish-American radio producer. The titular Mousetrap is the invention of Gask and McCubbin, and is a device capable of using energy, data and historical details to replay significant moments that have taken place throughout history.

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2016: Blogging

I don’t really do new year resolutions, but in 2016 I am planning on getting a few things done. One of my main efforts for the next 12 months or so is to get back into writing and blogging.  

Rather than setting a series of unrealistic goals that are unworkable around my life and job, I’m starting things off fairly simply: one post per week through the year. Some will be long and in depth, some only a couple of paragraphs. But the advice I’ve seen most often when it comes to writing is to write, so that’s what I’m going to do.  

Comments, disagreements or compliments are always welcome, as is any constructive criticism. Also if there are any questions or things that would be of interest, I’d be happy to hear them too.  

The first post of the year is going to be fitness related, and should be along in a couple of days.

The Power of Obsession

Bill Gates: obsessed?

Bill Gates: obsessed?

Listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio over the last few days, one of the topics of discussion was the greatness of NFL quarterbacks, specifically Peyton Manning and Joe Montana. Part of the discussion was on how while talent is important, so is application. Or, as it was framed in the show, whether or not these players were described by others as being ‘obsessed’.

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Grantland and the Dr Vanderbilt Story

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Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons has apologised on behalf of himself and the staff of Grantland for the insensitive, poorly thought out and crass piece published on the site last week, written by Caleb Hannan. The original piece can be found here, for those who don’t know what I am talking about. I would also ask everyone to read the fantastic response piece from ESPN writer and GLAAD board member Christina Kahrl (linked here).

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