Review: The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher My rating: 3 of 5 stars Audio books usually lack something compared to regular books. It’s not the case when you can hear the late great Carrie Fisher reading her own brilliantly funny account of the wonder days of Star Wars and its ensuing fame. It made me smile […]

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Giving your customers the Downward Dog

Never mess with your devout yogis or yoginis!  Behind that calm, grounded and pliable exterior, quite a lot of the yoga community seem on-edge and ready to go for your jugular at a moment’s notice. What am I talking about? I’ve been doing yoga for a few years, almost entirely thanks to the Yoga Studio App. My inflexibility […]

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#AlcoholFreeApril

Once again, I challenged myself to drink no alcohol for the month of April. And I pretty much succeeded. I failed to check in on one day – which does stand out on the calendar.  It happened after a lot of deliberation with myself. I decided a friend’s (all-inclusive) wedding was a reasonable excuse to […]

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Staying in Emirates Park Zoo – 5-7 April 2017

We had anything but a proper vacation for this Spring Break. Lewis had chicken pox for the first week.  Then on the weekend, Owen was hospitalised with pneumonia. My work was also busy, so with just a few days remaining of the boy’s holiday, we opted for a Staycation. We decided to stay at Emirates […]

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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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