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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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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