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Greetings from the sick bed…

I've been struck down with a dose of the most virulent strain of man-flu. And I won't hear otherwise... I got stuck in Dublin last week, as it was being battered by Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East'. Cue several cancelled flights, cabin fever as I got stuck in my hotel and a ...

Why are (some) people so flakey?

I'm noticing a trend in my life and I don't like it: being let down by other people. I don't mean end-of-the-world, life-changing stuff. I mean the day-to-day commitments we make to each other, just to keep things ticking over. Turning up on time, doing what we say we'll do, fulfilling services offered...that kind of ...

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Birthday dinner combo

The very generous and generally lovely @TheFrankFlyer took me to the local Wagamama for a celebratory dinner last night (yes, you still get to celebrate birthdays once you're 40 plus...) and went for my favourite: their very excellent Chicken Katsu Curry. I usually try to vary my selections there, often ordering something new. But last ...

Taking the plunge…

It's definitely not a 'new year, new me' thing, but I've finally plucked up the courage to get something done about my teeth. While healthy, I have some very misaligned and frankly wonky teeth and it's bothered me for years.Never had pain or even a single filling. But I have a large gap in the ...

A plethora of note-taking apps

Despite my love of writing things down in lovely notebooks, I'm also a fan of electronic notes. This is due to a combination of fear that I'll lose important things written on paper and a (perceived) need to have access to anything I've ever written at any time or in any location. Judge me. But keeping ...

Hitting the hotel gym

A short update from the front lines of the battle against my belly bulge... Amazing myself (really!), I visited my hotel gym here in Edinburgh both last night and this morning! The gym itself is very new and clean - and above all, pretty deserted. Just how I like it. I can't bear a busy ...

An accountability update

After my last, self-flagellating post, detailing my seasonal gorging, I managed to have quite a few 'healthy' days in a row. By which I mean I made it to the gym each day I was working in Dublin - and on the weekend!     I also managed to avoid cake. Except for a single scone ...

Hands up if you’re a lazy, boozey fatty…

There's only one way to put it: I let myself go completely in December. Not in a free-thinking or hedonistic way, but in a completely gluttonous, greedy, calorific way. No cake or mince pie was rejected, no drink or cocktail was politely declined. I ate like a competitive eater and drank like a student. Plus, ...

Looking forward to ‘Altered Carbon’

I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Morgan's 'Altered Carbon' and was excited to hear it was being adapted for TV in the form of a Netflix show. I love good, well thought out sci-Fi and this book has it in spades. Set five hundred years in the future, humans have developed the technology that allows us to ...