Another RAK half marathon – 2017

Yesterday the RAK half marathon impressively lived up to being the world’s fastest half marathon. Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya set a new world record for the women’s half marathon, in 65:06. I heard she was hunched over after the finish looking like she was about to vomit. No history books will mention that. The weather conditions […]

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2017 Dubai Marathon

Yesterday morning I lined up to participate (not compete) in yet another Dubai Marathon .. This year’s event had extra interest with a confident Kenenisa Bekele declaring he was going to break the world record.  On top of the glory of owning the world record, there was a nice $250,000 reward on offer for bettering the mark […]

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2016 goals smashed – just. Kind of.

In 2016 I again tried to make continual progress over 12 months in a couple of personal areas I find important: Running 1200kms, and Reading 12 books. Both of these numbers neatly ensure each and every month I keep running and reading. Or, so I hoped. In reality, it’s never that simple for me. My 2015 goals became a […]

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Yet another Striders half – 09 Dec 2016

Yesterday I ran my seventh straight Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. It’s clearly a race I don’t want to miss. Every year the event gets bigger and better. As I began running with the large community of Dubai runners I wondered, what colour would you need to wear these days to stand out? Fluororescent […]

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2015 goals, SMASHED!

At the start of the year I created two goals. One was a regimented goal to run 100kms per month, 1200kms over the year. It was a hopeful attempt to maintain a better level of fitness rather than getting into prime shape for a marathon now and again. Last year I set a goal to run […]

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Another Striders half – 4 Dec 2015

Yesterday I enjoyed my sixth straight Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. It’s always enjoyable, so much so that many describe it as the most beautiful in the world.  I love seeing so many examples of wonderful human achievement. And that’s just afterwards with people piling their breakfast plates with mountains of pork and […]

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A lucid reality

I often forget my dreams. At times they’re so boring, I maybe just don’t see the point in remembering them. But one particular dream I keep remembering. I believe it’s what’s known as a lucid dream. In it, I was with my brother in a particular shopping mall in Australia (Strathpine to be precise), and […]

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Shrinkage – of a good variety

A friend of mine once worked for a large supermarket chain. The job came with a couple of perks. All supermarkets have a “Shrinkage” rack. This is where damaged stock goes, before it’s registered for refund and/or trashed. From time to time, some desirable food items would find themselves on the shrinkage rack, almost coincidentally. […]

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Licensed to spam 25k people

For a few years I’ve been a subscriber to The Listserve. It’s an opt-in email subscription, where each day a randomly selected subscriber gets to share whatever they want via email to the entire group. Most emails begin with the sender saying they never thought they’d be selected. And I can relate with this thought. […]

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Strangely blown away – April 2015

I don’t know the cause of the strange events. Was it the full moon (a Red Moon at that)? Or perhaps it was the fact that in the days before, I watched two trippy movies which were challenging reality. First it was all five dimensions of Interstellar, then Fight Club. (I started Inception also, though […]

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