Monthly Archives: February 2013

Exercise diary (2)

I’m slowly getting back to physical activity.

The last 2 Sundays i went cycling with a friend and at a level that seems more suited to what i can do now and less likely to cause pain during and after.

Around 45-55 mins of mostly flat road and cycling routes but with some off road as well to break up the monotony.

I’ve also been doing some basic exercises at home. Stretching, push ups etc. I am only doing these once a week because frankly they are boring. But once a week is tolerable.

Finally, physical therapy, again once a week is helping me more than i expected. Especially after the Sunday bike ride.

It’s not ideal, but it’s start.

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Antidote, Exercise & health


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Movie of the week – A Simple Life

I mistakenly thought this movie had been released in 2011. It would have made my Top 10 movies of 2012 for sure had i remembered correctly. Superb film from Hong Kong.

A Simple Life


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Recommend Article, 22 February 2013

Dangerous myth of the role model athlete

“The mythmaking only gets louder, yet the ability of athletes to live up to these myths is diminishing. In real life, they are becoming less exemplary. That’s because in many sports it’s now almost a professional obligation to take drugs; because athletes as masculine ideals have boundless opportunities for adultery; and because they have got used to everyone saying yes to them, which means they often struggle with challenging human situations. Moreover, the sports-industrial complex now selects its heroes so young (Woods was identified age two) that they have little unprotected experience of life.”
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Recommended articles


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January 2013 ratings

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

  • Travel[]
  • Volunteer – []
  • Exercise – [][][
  • Secret resolution – []
  • Health – [][][]



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

“Not every German who bought a copy of Mein Kampf necessarily read it. I have heard many a Nazi stalwart complain that it was hard going and not a few admit – in private – that they were never able to get through to the end of its 782 turgid pages. But it might be argued that had more non-Nazi Germans read it before 1933 and had the foreign statesmen of the world perused it carefully while there still was time, both Germany and the world might have been saved from catastrophe.

For whatever other accusations can be made against Adolf Hitler, no one can accuse him of not putting down in writing exactly the kind of Germany he intended to make if he ever came to power and the kind of world he meant to create by armed German conquest. The blueprint of the Third Reich and, what is more, of the barbaric New Order which Hitler inflicted on conquered Europe in the triumphant years between 1939 and 1945 is set down in all its appalling crudity at great length and in detail between the covers of this revealing book.”

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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Try Something New for 30 Days


The exploring music for 30 days challenge is now over. It was a pretty laid back challenge but i think classical music and jazz/blues will NOW be part of my listening options.

Now i need to find a new challenge but this time something which is actually challenging.

Try Something New for 30 Days – Ideas

  • Take up knitting
  • Write a novel
  • Design a board game
  • Don’t eat meat
  • Teach something new to someone every day
  • Have a conversation every day with someone i rarely speak to
  • No news
  • Learn a language as much as possible
  • No sending txts
  • No TV
  • Make a list of things i am thankful for. 1/day.
  • Make a list of things i am proud of. 1/day
  • Meditate for 10-20 mins/day
  • No social media
  • Read a short story every day
  • Listen only to new music
  • No smartphone
  • Go left handed
  • No caffeine
  • Listen to a random/new song. 1/day.
  • Read a random blog post every day.
  • Take a picture every day.
  • No complaining.
  • Learn as much as possible about a specific subject/event/person etc
  • 30-45 mins walk every day
  • Swimming every day
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in 30 Days, Antidote


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Movie of the week – Pitch Perfect

A surprisingly entertaining musical.
(Click on the pic to take you to rottentomatoes for more details)


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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Movies, TV & Documentaries


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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

“Like millions of other Germans, too, Hitler had been a brave and courageous soldier. Later, he would be accused by some political opponents of having been a coward in combat, but in must be said, in fairness, that there is no shred of evidence in his record for such a charge.”

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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Recommended Article, 15 February 2013

Amazon unpacked (link)

“Inside, hundreds of people in orange vests are pushing trolleys around a space the size of nine football pitches, glancing down at the screens of their handheld satnav computers for directions on where to walk next and what to pick up when they get there. They do not dawdle – the devices in their hands are also measuring their productivity in real time. They might each walk between seven and 15 miles today. It is almost Christmas and the people working in this building, together with those in seven others like it across the country, are dispatching a truck filled with parcels every three minutes or so. Before they can go home at the end of their eight-hour shift, or go to the canteen for their 30-minute break, they must walk through a set of airport-style security scanners to prove they are not stealing anything. They also walk past a life-sized cardboard image of a cheery blonde woman in an orange vest. “This is the best job I have ever had!” says a speech bubble near her head.”

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Recommended articles


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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

“It is one of the great examples,” as Friedrich Meinecke, the eminent German historian, said, “of the singular and incalculable power of personality in historical life.”

To some Germans, and, no doubt, to most foreigners it appeared that a charlatan had come to power in Berlin.

30 January, 1933


Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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