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. ...

Ten things that make me happy

I recently got tagged by Fed to write my own version of his post '10 things that make me happy". But I got the notification while I was lying on the beach in Sitges, so there was no way I was going to touch the keyboard until I was back here in London. As for ...

Eurovision relief!

I asked. I pleaded! I begged for your votes for this year's Eurovision entry from Portugal. And it seems to have paid off. After an incredibly tense run-off in the voting (well done, Eurovision organisers for adding such a nail-biting voting mechanism!) it looked like Portugal's hopes were about to be dashed by a 17 ...

Eurovision 2017: A plea for Portugal

So, my wishes came true. Portugal made it through the Eurovision semi-final earlier this week and now have a chance to win the final - started in just under an hour. Here's the thing. Portugal, despite performing 49 times since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, have never won. They've never even made it into ...

Going out on a Eurovision limb…

I've been a pretty poor Eurovision fan this year. It was only the other day that I consciously sat down and had a look at this year's entrants. Last year, I was blogging about the contents weeks in advance. I'm losing my edge, obviously. Or perhaps running my own business means I have more to ...