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Race Report: Reading Half-Marathon 2012

A long, mostly flat course across Reading. It's really not the prettiest of places (sorry, people of Reading) but it has some magnificently long, flat streets. Although I hit a wall of sorts (metaphorical, not literal) during the final 5km, I managed to finish without injury. There was a fantastic atmosphere along the route and ...

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Another sweaty-palmed travel moment

I flew home to London from Jersey on Thursday night, in the middle of the news-making storms which cut a swathe through the UK. Thursday had been a pretty full-on work day and I hadn’t really been keeping up to date on either potential flight delays or if a storm of biblical proportions would ground ...

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Relieved isn’t the word!

This morning, I had my doctoral viva exam (or dissertation defence). To say I was nervous in advance is something of an understatement. I was, as they say in the London vernacular, “bricking it”. Despite the nerves, the worries and the stress-related palpitations, I survived and was told, just 10min after leaving the exam that ...

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This month I am mostly listening to…

…a whole heap of podcasts! I’ve had a fair bit of travel, with lots of long train journeys and time spent in airports this month. So I’ve finally caught up on some of the podcasts I’ve been meaning to listen to. Several hours of audio pleasure later, I’m sharing my picks with you, the discerning ...

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Your conscience versus my rights…

Yet another example of a service provider’s “religious beliefs” and “conscience” preventing them from providing a key healthcare requirement to a member of the public. The 29 year old woman was reportedly “stunned” and “gobsmacked” when she asked for the pill (for which she had a prescription) and was told that she would have to go to ...

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More brain fail

Don’t worry, my epilepsy hasn’t kicked off again. I’m just an idiot. Last night, I went to bed early, set my alarm and was asleep at a reasonable hour. I wake up to the radio (the Today programme on Radio 4) rather than an alarm. Klaxon-like alarms scare the bejeesus out of me and I ...

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Onwards and upwards…

There’s no other way to put it: what a crappy week. And I was so looking forward to it. A new colleague starting work with me, a new exciting project with a client and seeing Pink Martini live at the Albert Hall. All ruined by my uncooperative body. A stinking cold turned into a raging ...

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A 21st Century “spring clean”

Despite my stinking cold (which is developing into a charming cough, thanks for asking) I’m still engaged in the “great declutter of 2011″. Threw away (and recycled!) and TON of paperwork and old magazines last weekend. This weekend, it’s all about the DVDs. I’m in the middle of ripping and saving favourite films and TV ...

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New phone, New OS – first impressions

With less than 24 hours of iPhone 4S action under my belt, a few initial thoughts on the phone (and iOS5). The short version: kick ass. The slightly longer version… iOS5 is great in many, many respects. For me, it’s the various small improvements that make it worthwhile. For instance, you can now change the colour of ...

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