Reconnect

I’ve been away from the weblog business for some time now. It’s not that there isn’t anything going, on the contrary, I’ve been running around like a blue-assed fly. But my other writing demands have left me with little time to update. But fear not, I am still alive and well.

My newly formed adventure race team came in 11th in a field of 20 in our category. It was good showing considering the day of the race was the first time most of had met in person. I tell more a bit later. Got go get ready for the day ahead. Plus my battery is just about to go dead.

peace

Update Morzine

We’re having an absolutely fantastic time in Morzine. I hadn’t realized how close Mount Blanc i would be. It’s nice to wake up and see huge and beautiful mountains out of your window.

Well that is all I have time for. Will send more later.

Whistle Stop

I’m just settling in to a relaxing weekend after a whirlwind of travel over the past week. My travels started off in Wales, running my first ever Ascent program. The event lasted until late Sunday afternoon and culminated in a climb to the top of Mount Snowdon. I couldn’t believe it was mid July, especially since we were greeted with hail stones at the summit. The event was highly successful and I look forward to running more. We have two more planned for the year, both running in September.

I came home Sunday night, unpacked and repacked and then flew to Scotland early Monday morning to do run a training event in the lovely city of Edinburgh for three days.

Back on a plane Wednesday afternoon. Flew home, unpacked and the repacked, and drove up north to Sheffield on Thursday to run a teambuilding day for the MSC. The event finished up on late Friday afteernoon, again another success. I drove home, fighting the rush hour traffic all the way. And what was becoming a familiar theme, I unpacked and repacked, eat a quick bite, and the hoped in the car to drive down to Bristol to meet back up with the family who were all converging from different points of the globe at grandma’s house.

Well, I’ll have a few days rest, a light work week, and then off to France for a long awaited holiday.

S Simple
O Odd
U Unusual
L Lively
C Courageous
R Refined
U Unusual
Z Zonked
E Eccentric
R Radical

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On Fire

My world’s on fire. I’ve been hoppin and poppin over the last few weeks. My trip to Copenhagen was outstanding depsite having to spend most of it in the rain. We arrived Thursday and had originally planned to stay in a hostel just to the north of the city. But on arrival we thought we’d try for something more in the center of the city. We payed a visit to the Information Centre to find out what was on offer in the way of cheap accomadation. We settled on the Public City Hostel located in the Vesterbro area of the city, which we later found out was the heart of the red light district.

The hostel was basic, like most hostel are, and it was relatively cheap at 300 DKK per person per night to include breakfast. We checked into the hostel late afternoon and then decided to do the obilgatory boat ride around the canal to get a feel for the layout of the city. We found an all you can eat pizza joint for dinner followed by a movie in Danish subtitles. Up until this point we were thinking Copenhagen is not as expensive as people say…and then we went into the pub and found out how the Danes make their money. A pint of lager and a Bacardi Breezer costed me £10!!!! We decided it was going to be a dry holiday.

I discovered something I’d never had a problem with before. I didn’t like the youth hostel mainly because I wanted to have my own space to kick of my shoes spread out and make the place my temporary home without having to share it with 15 – 20 other people. We decided we’d find another place to stay on the next day.

We were greeted with an unusual wake up call on Friday. The guy on duty got into an verbal altercation with some vagrant who tried to get into the hostel. A lot of yelling ensued followed by a bunch of blokes ganging up beating on the vagrant. Of the vagrant didn’t take to kindly to this and decided to show his appreciation by throwing a brick through the lobby window. It was definately time to leave.

We tried going hotel lobby to hotel lobby to see if we could get a good rate…no such luck. Then we discovered the best way to get a deal is to book the hotel through the Tourist Information Centre. The hotel was asking 849 DKK at the door, we managed to get for 650 DKK at the tourist info center…of course they took their 70 DKK booking fee.

We covered a lot of ground on Saturday visiting all of the major cultural attractions. I won’t go into the details of those, you can read about them in any good tour book. The highlight for me was the visit to Christiania, the hippie commune free city-state that governs its ownself.

Saturday we toot a train over to Sweden to spend the day in Malmoa. We found this to be a very nice quiet town. Definately worth a visit to get a taste of Sweden.

Sunday was a chilled day…mopped up the things we hadn’t seen yet, but mostly lazed around.

Monday returned back to the UK…on Tuesday found out my job was made redundant which means I’m in a redundacy situation which is good news because I want to take the money and run and get my own training and development company…something I’ve been threatening to do forever…now the time is ripe. More to follow….

Another Adventure

I’m off to Denmark for a few days. I’ll mainly be in Copenhagen, but hope to get out to the countryside as well as make a ferry trip across to Sweden.

Distraction

I suppose any of you long time readers of my weblog can tell when I’m going through period of distractions because my entries become very infrequent. I’ve been quite business travelling up and down and across the country over the last month or so, plus things are changing at work…for the better I might add. I’ve also have a couple of projects i’m busy working on that have been demanding the majority of my attention outside of my day job.

Where Have Been?

Where have been, and who are these scary men….

De-clutter

Time to clear the clutter…and so I spent the entire day today clearing out my garage which is or was full of stuff I’ve been carting all over the world with me and never using always hanging on to the what if. And I’m sure as Murphy’s Law would have it, I’ll will find myself needed something I’ve thrown away today, but oh well sometimes these things just have to be done. Next week…the attic!!

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

I’ve allowed myself to wander from the path and have fallen into some old habit, though I suppose with change there is always some evidence of back sliding. Anyway, I’ve recognised it, now it’s time to move forward again on the path.

Is there a such thing as destiny? Are our lives controlled by fate? I ask myself these questions as I wash last night’s dinner dishes and think about Tracey Emin’s mockery of art and culture and the excesses to which people with to much money will go like Charles Saatchi buying Emin’s My Bed (literally her bed strewn with vodka bottles, used condoms, and old panties) for £150, 000. How can this be when there are people dying of starvation and deprivation? What does this say about us as a so called evolved species? War is often cited as evidence of man’s inhumanity to man. I would suggest that Tracey Emin and the folks that buy her so called art is another example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Climbing

We did some climbing in the Peak District at a place called Birchen’s Edge. The weather for once was our friend. I’ve been living in England for 4 plus years now, and I must say that the weather is the only thing I really don’t like about the place. Anyway, I hadn’t been climbing for a while, so I was glad when Paul called and asked if I’d be up for getting out into the hills. We climbed Trifalgar Wall, Trifalgar Crack, and Nelson’s Nemesis before the rain came in and ruined the party. I picked up a few bruises, but otherwise had a great day on the crags.

Trumpet sounds
Sounds of fury
Men they march
Judge and Jury

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.

i like these things

Water
You are water. You’re not really organic; you’re
neither acidic nor basic, yet you’re an acid
and a base at the same time. You’re strong
willed and opinionated, but relaxed and ready
to flow. So while you often seem worthless,
without you, everything would just not work.
People should definitely drink more of you
every day.

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Watch me unravel, I’ll soon be naked….what a great line.

I’ve been buzzing most of the day despite my project being pulled at the last minute. I was due to finish it tomorrow and was about three quarters of the way with the final edits. But it looks like the module won’t run, at least not for the near future. No worries. I’m now free to move on to the next project which looks like it will center around a topic I find very enjoyable and stimulating and that’s leadership and motivation.

Men of Words and Men of Action

I’ve had several short burst of distractions in the form of potential business ventures, but I solidly stuck to pursuing my dream. I even went so far as to write the first draft of a story this week, although admittedly I have been struggling to get back to it and rewrite the second draft. I want to assume the title of prolific writer, but as I struggle to even write the few words I rattle out in this diary and on my weblog, I’m not sure that such a sobriquet will ever be my namesake. Though I wonder, what would make me such? Is it, as Seneca once said, that writing is easy if you have something to say. Perhaps that’s it; I don’t have much to say at the moment. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent so much of my past time not using my mind for anything beyond the trivial pursuit of ordinary functional day to day living.

There are men of words and there are men of action so says the poet. I would say I am a man of action who wants to be a man of words who wants to be a man of action.

Lazy Days

After all my travelling about last week, it was only fitting that i had a lazy weekend. I laid about like a lazy lion soaking up the Savannah sun on a soup warm summer day. I feel guilty when I’m lazy, but sometimes the occassion calls for doing nothing except recharging the old batteries, regaining a sense of freshness about the world or least my place in the world.

Three Girls and a Baby

I thought the term MILF was reserved for the vocabulary of the Beavis and Butthead monkey spanking porn addict. But alas, I heard MILF floated amongst the crowd on the High Street and out of the mouths of babes (well babes of the grown up full bossomed variety). I was walking behind a couple of girls, one of whom was pushing a pram with a toddler in it. The usual exchange of chitter chatter volley’d between them. And then I hear….

“Hello MILF.” By way of greeting as a new girl joined the pair.

“Hi MILF.”

chuckle, chuckle.

I had passed them by then, but I had to turn around to see if indeed they were worthy of the sobriquet MILF. I tipped my hat and smiled, for indeed they were….

Shedding

i’m going to shed my skin…

Focus

I went a little out of focus over the last few days. I tend to do that when I’m on the road a lot. I lose my routine, which I suppose is not a bad thing. It’s so easy to become as stale as a 10 day old chicken in a meat grinder. The only routine I hate interrupting is my physical fitness routine. I usually take my workout gear with me when I’m traveling, but the grind of the road takes the umph out of me. I did manage to go for a run once while I was in Edinburgh last week, and boy am I paying for not running the other four days. I ran 2.5 miles today and it hurt. Usually I can run 2.5 miles in my sleep, but today I felt every jarring slap of my feet hiting the pavement. And don’t even get me started on the stitch i got during the run, or the cramps I got while doing situps. You would think, I was a rank amateur.

I’ve restarted my 0430 morning meditation sessions again. My mood for the day seems to be more stable when I spend time meditating in the morning.

I spent most of today buried deep within the bowels of my laptop. I’m under a pretty tight deadline for this elearning module. The projects not going quite the way I’d hoped, but then they never do, do they? I reckon I have another 2 days designing before moving into the test phase.