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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

September 18, 2011

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Random act of kindness

September 16, 2011

30 gifts to 30 strangers in Sydney. A few words from the film maker:

Hello! My name is Lucas and I’m Brazilian. Since I arrived in Australia a lot of beautiful things happened in my life, so on the day I turned 30 I decided to celebrate in a special way, being grateful to the people of Sydney. :)

Just wonderful.

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9/11

September 11, 2011



Reina Sofia – newspaper front pages from 12th September 2001, originally uploaded by rob78.

I remember very clearly the events of September 11th 2011 from my point of view. I was in work and it was a pretty quiet day. A friend of mine was unemployed at the time and therefore at home sent me a text along the lines of “Oh my God, have you seen what has happened”, so the few of us in the office that day, headed to the internet and specifically CNN.com which we figured would be a good news source to start with.

If you look at CNN you’ll see that much like the familiar BBC news website it contains a multitude of stories, links, features etc. On that day however, presumably overwhelmed by traffic, the whole site had been pulled and replaced with a quickly put together page of basic code, free from any stye sheet or corporate branding said:

CNN.com

BREAKING NEWS: America under attack, airliner strikes World Trade Center.

Below it was a photo of the burning building

MORE TO FOLLOW.

That was all there was. And even that took nearly 5 minutes to load.

So, in addition to what we were getting from the various texts and phone calls, we watched and waited as the CNN site sluggishly refreshed.

It was so far away, but it didn’t make it feel any less real, or less scary. Sad times.

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Boxing WOD

We were working in pairs; each time there is an asterisk, I was resting and/or wearing the pads while the other was punching. Onwards…

Warm up:
Seated double overhead punches 1min
Seated left/right overhead punches 1min

*

Left/right jabs 2min
Star jumps to tyre
20 overhead tyre presses
20 30cm hurdle jumps
20 press ups
Star jumps back to start

*

Left/right jabs 1min
Left/right body hooks 1min
Star jumps to tyre
20 overhead tyre presses
30 30cm hurdle jumps
25 press ups
Star jumps back to start

*

Left/right uppercuts 1min
Left/right body hooks 1min
Left/right jabs 1min
Star jumps to tyre
20 overhead tyre presses
40 30cm hurdle jumps
40 star jumps
25 press ups
20 burpees

*

Sit-up to double punch 1min
Sit-up to left/right hook 1min

*

Warm down and try to regain breath.

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A good swap

September 7, 2011

It was probably sometime in the year 2000 that Mark and I discovered the simple joys of going for a few drinks in Belgo's in Bristol.  They had an enviable Belgian restaurant, but downstairs, in the basement, they had an even more enviable bar, which boasted close to a hundred different types of bottled beer.

Never afraid of a bit of 'drinking adventure' Mark and I, over time, whittled down the list of beers to a select few what we particularly liked and made it our job to catch up and put a few drinks away occasionally.

As we were often there on work nights, the bar was pretty quiet and one evening, Mark had with him a copy of a CD (I've since paid for and bought an original copy before you say anything) of Richard Cheese's first album 'Lounge Against the Machine' which he had made for me.  It was (and still is) a fantastic compilation of lounge covers of rock, pre-dating the mass marketed stuff that Paul Anka did a few years later.

So as we were sat in the bar, it occurred to us that we should maybe see whether the lone barman (who we were chatting to, on and off) would be interested in hearing the 'lounge stylings' of Mr Cheese.  Turns out he did.  Quite a lot.  So much so that he offered us a couple of shots on the house in exchange for the CD after it was barely five tracks in.  The thing was with Belgo's, that they had wooden racks to put shot glasses in (the first bar I'd ever seen such things) with slots for 4, 8, 12, 16 or 32 glasses, depending on how much you wanted to spend.

Wide eyed, we watched the guy pick up the 12 rack, then put it down, before picking up the 16 and filling it for us.  A damn fine trade for a CD I reckon.

The next day at work was somewhat quieter than usual…

Mark died a year ago today. 
It still feels weird knowing one of my best mates is dead.

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Mark



IMG_3038 (Custom), originally uploaded by corin3.

I missed this at Glastonbury, attached to a tree near the meeting point.

I am so gutted.

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Gorillas

September 4, 2011

“Life is too short not to take a 200 mile round trip to photograph a fibreglass gorilla”

(Click the picture above to visit the whole set on flickr, as well as a little bit more explanation about the whole thing)

Sixty gorillas (plus a bonus one on a ship) sited around Bristol*. Snapped the first one last Saturday for fun as we walked past. Then another. And another. Things got out of control pretty quick. This morning I drove to Birmingham** with a fellow Gorilla-hunter for a 15 minute stop to photograph the last one…

Saturday 27th August – 5 gorillas
Sunday – 1 gorilla
Monday – no gorillas
Tuesday – 26 gorillas
Wednesday – 20 gorillas (after work!)
Thursday and Friday – no gorillas
Saturday – 7 gorillas
Sunday – final 2 gorillas

And madness aside, I haven’t had so much fun out and about in Bristol in ages. Sadly the gorillas are being auctioned off soon, but I have my name down for a ceramic miniature of one of my favourites, number 42, “Lipstick on my Gorilla”.

* The term ‘Bristol’ is used pretty loosely here
** See what I mean?

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Sunday Running Club

August 31, 2011

Went out with the newly kicked off BMF Bristol monthly running club on Sunday morning. Our task was good old interval training.

Some people hate it, but I (strangely) quite like it.

We had "about a kilometre" marked out, for 5 intervals with 90s rest in between. After a gentle warm up lap we got on the case and my times were:

4:10
4:11
4:12
4:11
4:11

Awesome!

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Box Jump 1m27cm

August 24, 2011

Look what Omar did!
(I love the elated sounds from the onlookers too)

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BMF birthday

August 21, 2011

* self-indulgent blog entry warning *

Today marks one year since I signed up for British Military Fitness and I can't believe how quickly time has passed since this tentative post after my first session.

Since then I don't think I have blogged specifically about BMF a great deal, so at a year on, it's probably time for a round up:
  • 365 days
  • 114 sessions of BMF
Resulting in:
  • Dropping from 13 stone (82.5kg/182lb) to 11 st 3 (71kg/157lb)
  • Running two 10k races (47:14 and 46:00)
  • Reducing my body-fat from 25% to 20%
  • Including the two races above, I've ran 135km, which I certainly couldn't do a year ago
  • Moving from the beginners group, into the intermediates and finally into the top group
This doesn't really tell the whole story though, as 
  • I've made some amazing friends through BMF…
  • …which has helped my social life in Bristol no end
  • I'm feeling more confident in myself as a result of being fitter and healthier
  • I know I can still be better and improve more
If you'd have asked me a year ago how long I thought I'd stick at BMF I would have probably given a "for a long as I do" type response, as by the time I got to the first session, I had already made my mind up that I was going to do it, enjoy it and stick at it, but none the less, I am still surprised that it's a year on and I feel like I have come a long, long way in that time.

So yeah. That's what I've been up to. I bloody love it.

Onwards!

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