Monthly Archives: September 2012

September ratings

New Year’s Resolutions update (Rating is out of 5 of these [])

  • Health – [][
  • Blogging –[][][][
  • Exercise – zero
  • Travel – zero
  • Teaching/Training/Volunteering – zero
  • Shopping – [][][



I finished Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh last night. I highly recommend it although it did not turn out to be the must read non-fiction book i initially thought it would be.

The first half of the book is tremendous as it provides the reader with a link between nature and mathematics, the history of the theorem with some accessible mathematical problems along the way which kept me hooked. In the third quarter of the book i found that particular part of the history of the attempts made to prove it not quite so interesting and would have preferred that it was shorter. In the final quarter i was at times very disengaged as the mathematical parts were completely alien to me and the Andrew Wiles story in the end was a bit anti-climactic. Which is surprising since that’s where the proof of the theorem is discovered and should have been fascinating.

I don’t want to take anything away from this book as i still highly rate it and deserves to be read by anyone regardless of mathematical background although people with more knowledge of mathematics will definitely appreciate it more. An excellent popular science book.


Book Backlog update

16 books read
1 book can be purchased
4 more books till the next purchase is allowed

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Books


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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.”

T.S. Elliot

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Antidote, Quotes


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Begin with the end in mind

For a long time now i’ve been trying to see, or rather, visualize myself in the future but i have been unable to do so. Not in my work nor in my personal life. It’s impossible of course to know how things will turn out in 1 year’s time let alone in 20 or 30 years. However, not knowing where and how i want to be at that time affects my actions today. I often get caught up in the routine and details of daily life, which however enjoyable or not they might be, they can be unimportant none the less to what i ultimately value. This is something that i’ve been mulling over often lately.

I am reading Stephen R.Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s a self help book which is not a genre of books i am usually interested in. In fact, this is the first ever such book i am reading. I am doing so at the same time as a friend of mine and we are exchanging views and ideas on it.

I just finished Habit 2 which is called, Begin With The End In Mind, and it has struck a chord with me because i’ve never managed to do it. Not in the long run and not for more than specific events in life, such as my professional qualification period.

Covey offers a method to do so, which although sounds extremely cheesy and a very “American” way of thinking, it makes sense to me.

He says,

“The most effective way i know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values and principles upon which being and doing are based.”

Covey also presents an example of how one can get lost in the wrong approach in life.

“Suppose, for example, that i am highly overreactive to my children. Suppose that whenever they begin to do something i feel is inappropriate, i sense an immediate tensing in the pit of my stomach. I feel defensive walls go up; I prepare for battle. My focus is not on the longer term growth and understanding but on the short-term behaviour. I am trying to win the battle, not the war.”

This is how i approach many aspects of my life. I am trying to win individual battles but not the wars. Whether these wars relate to my work, leisure, love life, relationships with family and friends, character development or contributions to the world i live in.

I know all these sound cheesy, in a throw up kind of way, but i think that writing down a personal mission statement can help you see the end. Which is why i have already started drafting mine.

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Antidote, Lifestyle



7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.”

Samuel Johnson

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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Antidote, Quotes


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Liverpool Vs Manchester Utd 1-2

“If Jonjo gets sent off then Jonny Evans has to be sent off as well,”

Brendan Rodgers

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Football, Quotes


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Family ties

It finally happened.

I played a board game with my family.

Last Friday night we played Survive: Escape from Atlantis which now is definitely the best family game i own. It has never failed me so far.

The players: My dad, my sister, my brother in law and myself.

Stock keeper: My god daughter was in charge of all the components which were not being used i.e. boats, whales and sharks!

They loved it!

Watching my father move a shark to eat my sister’s swimmer and laughing while doing it was priceless.

Here is an excellent video review of the game. Survive is a remake of a game originally published in 1986. It’s very simple to learn to play and it has gorgeous components as you can see from the video. If you are looking for a family game to buy which you can play with anyone i highly recommend this game and also it’s 5-6 expansion pack. I’ve also read that the squid expansion is great.

Oh, and my sister won our game.


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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Board games


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Recommended Articles, 21 September 2012

  • UEFA’s FFP Regulations – Play To Win written by Swiss Ramble. If you have any interest in the financial state of football clubs today and UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations this is a must read.

Premier League TV rights distribution –  50% of the domestic rights and 100% of the overseas rights are distributed equally among the clubs, with merit payments (25% of domestic rights) only worth £757,000 per place in the league table and facility fees (25% of domestic rights) fairly similar, based on the number of times each club is broadcast live.

  • Board Games are back – In my continuous quest to spread the hobby of board games this is a good and informative article on Eurogamer.

“I want to begin by telling you that board games have grown up but, actually, board games have been growing up for a while now. They’ve started to carry a dignity and a sense of style that’s turning the head of many a video gamer. It’s like they went away to boarding school young and geeky, and now they’ve returned as buff and hunky adults, all strut and swagger. Sales are rising year on year, while the hobby’s biggest convention (Spiel, in Essen, Germany) now attracts more attendees than E3 and PAX combined. Most importantly, more and more video gamers are buying board games and if you’re not yet one of them, let me tell you why you should be.”

I am one of them

  • LEGO and the future of gaming Part 1 and Part 2 – Two highly readable and interesting posts by Bill Harris of Dubious Quality on LEGO and video games. In Part 3 Bill Harris posts email responses to his two posts.

“The individuals who run football clubs with, in many cases, breathtaking incompetence, continue to manifest total disdain for football fans. Periodically, the cast-list is shaken up — new additions to the familiar clutch of pompous businessmen seeking personal aggrandisement — but the attitudes are as entrenched as ever.”

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Recommended articles


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National Guard reserves – discharged!

Yeap, I forgot to post this on Friday.

I got discharged from the army for medical reasons. Finally. Something positive came out of my arthritis. The joy was not immediate but when I found my army uniform in the closet over the weekend and realised that i won’t be needing it anymore, I smiled. So, barring another invasion, my army life has now reached its end.

A civilian 24/7, 365 days a year. Heh, there goes another smile now.

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Antidote, Exercise & health



De-clutter diary (2)

It’s incredible what you can find when you start going through closets, drawers and storage rooms. Some stuff you no longer use and never will again and other you actually were looking for but got lost among the clutter.

There is also a very satisfying feeling in knowing what you own in your closets and drawers. In fact i’d like to buy a few clothes now but i will only do so unless i donate some of the ones i already own. I am applying the same principle to other things like boardgames and kitchenware for example.

Home Organising Tips:

  • From now on i will also keep a plastic bag in the boot of the car where i can put clothes not needed on a  regular basis.

De-cluttering continued in the past 3 weeks with the below:

  • 2 Bags of clothes and linen. – donated
  • 11 Books (already read) – released in the wild (BookCrossing) at my building. This is going very well indeed. For 2 weeks no one was taking any more of these books but in the last few days 3 more were taken.
  • 1 Book (already read) – released in the wild (BookCrossing) at a Costa Coffee shop
  • 1 Book (never read) – released in the wild (BookCrossing) at Akropolis Park
  • 4 Pillows slightly used – given away
  • A set of Christmas lights which i had not used in years – given away
  • Wired keyboard and mouse which i never used – given away
  • Pictionary board game (greek) in good condition – It’s a good game but now i own too many which are better so i gave this away.
  • Battlestar Galactica board game (i had two copies) in ok condition – given away
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Declutter diary