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Finally hit the 15km mark

My training for next month's Royal Parks half-marathon continues. I'm missing tons of training time due to work travel and, this week, illness. But I made sure I got back out on the streets this morning. I managed 15km fairly well, though I'll be honest - the final kilometre was a little tough due to ...

The allure of the houseboat

My favourite London run takes me through Limehouse Basin, so I get to see a great selection of houseboats. Everything from huge converted barges, to much smaller yachts moored on a temporary basis. Some come and go, while others seem to be there for good, never to see open waters again. I tend to get ...

Some Star Trek excitement building?

The new Star Trek TV show kicks off next month. That would normally be a cause for celebration for this geek, but early leaks and then some very provisional trailers left me feeling decidedly underwhelmed. But then last night, I stumbled across the longer version of the trailer, which appears to have been edited and ...

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This morning…

…I ran 5km even though I was shattered through not enough sleep. I then skipped breakfast and survived off coffee until lunch. I then made the fatal mistake of going to Subway for lunch when starving and came out with a 12-inch Italian BMT with extra cheese. A quick glance at the menu revealed that ...

A half-marathon development

Yesterday afternoon, just before I left my office, I was emailed by the lovely team at Epilepsy Action, offering me a place in the upcoming Royal Parks half-marathon. Wow. I'd put myself in the draw for race places directly with the race organisers several months ago, but was unsuccessful. So I gracefully accepted I wasn't ...

Putting Alexa to work

I came home from a week in Japan to find out apartment had entered the "World of Tomorrow!". Well, not really. But now we are officially a 'connected home'. Frank put his new-found expertise in internet-of-things to good use and connected a series of lights, fans and Alexa (Amazon Echo) across the apartment. So now, ...

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A quick run in the sun

I was hit by a strong need to skip the gym this morning, but instead get outside and go for a run. So after a suitable amount of time drinking coffee and doing various chores (and then procrastinating on the internet), I got into my running gear and headed outside. It was gorgeous. About 18C ...

Waking up to sunlight…

One of my (many) quirks is my preference to sleep with the curtains open. It's definitely not an exhibitionist thing, a we're barely overlooked here at home. And it's really only applicable in the Spring and Summer. It's just that I just love being woken up by sunlight. It's gentler than any harsh alarm and wakes ...

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The constant inner battle…

...between my very strong desire to stay in bed and my rational understanding that I need to get my ass down to the gym. I'm sipping a coffee and procrastinating online, still in bed. The only factor tipping the scales is the ungodly noise coming from one of the building sites here in Canary Wharf. ...