This time last year

I was all prepared, the uniform was laid out ready for the 6am start, I had read through the guidelines in the pack we were given and was mostly pottering about my flat until the opening ceremony started. The Commonwealth Games came to Glasgow last year, and I look back on my involvement with pride, happiness and a nice sense of nostalgic glee. It was a whirlwind week the memories of which will remain with me for a long long time. I still wear the jacket we were given and occasionally get a knowing smile as I pass someone in the street. This past week the World Swimming championships returned to Glasgow to the venue I attended, alas I wasn’t …

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The AMAZING Apple Watch

There is no doubt the Apple Watch™ is a lifestyle changing piece of technology. It is a quintessentially Apple product that soon makes you forget it’s pulsing with electrons, a tiny technological marvel strapped to your wrist, and almost immediately it becomes an integral part of your life, intrinsic and woven into your everyday. Without it you are less, with it everything is more. Why didn’t they say all this in the adverts! When I ordered my Apple Watch™ I hadn’t fully appreciated the impact it might make but, as I’d held back from ordering one as soon as it was launched, I’ve had the time to read a lot of reviews driven by actual day to day usage. Reading …

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Weekend Reading

Bumper edition this weekend, mostly because I’ve had a bit of free time and have been reading a lot more. Another mixed bag of things I found interesting, enjoy! Reading War and Peace on my iPhone This is the story about how I read War and Peace on my iPhone. According to some scholars and pundits, I probably shouldn’t have done this. These days, critics of digital reading worry that serious literature sort of can’t be adequately read on high-tech devices. Read: http://ift.tt/1KfDcne Working Out Motivation : Here’s How To Make Your Exercise Habit Stick It’s not always easy to convince yourself to exercise after a long day of work. (Ok, it’s never easy.) But people who consistently manage to …

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Paddling downstream

This is infuriating. I’m trying to write a post about how, recently, I’ve been reflecting on my approach to my life and how it’s been slowly changing over the past few years. But I can’t seem to find a way to start it so I’ll just batter on… Life is a journey. (that was gonna be the opening line, what a middle-aged cliche!) Thing is, that’s what I’m starting to realise more and more, that I have been on a journey without really realising it, I’ve been floating along, carried by the current but whilst I’ve gathered a little speed here and there, it’s only been the last couple of years I’ve started paddling. Jesus. Listen to me. I’ll cut …

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Weekend Reading

I’m really enjoying compiling these posts, I hope you are enjoying some of the selections. Apple Music’s a Crushing Disappointment, But Not Because It’s Bad What happened? By all accounts, Apple Music is a totally serviceable streaming music service. But it’s 2015. Give me more than the same old service everybody’s been offering for years. Read: http://ift.tt/1GNihm0 Sky High On a warm July night in 2012, I watched the launching of a fireworks display I’d helped to build, and which our team of nine had spent a week installing as a competitive entry in L’International des Feux in Montreal, the most prestigious fireworks competition in the world. Read: http://ift.tt/1M1MwtS A Long Walk’s End When fugitive James T. Hammes went on …

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Hierarchies

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at www.polymeansmany.com. Every month the Poly Means Many bloggers choose a topic to write about. Some months I find it easy, some months I find it more difficult. Whilst I’ve now identified as non-monogamous/poly for a couple of years now, I’m lucky that my relationships haven’t massively changed in that time. When we started out exploring this lifestyle we eschewed the idea of hierarchies largely because they just felt wrong to us, it didn’t feel right to start out with a set of rules that could limit how things progressed …

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Weekend Reading

Another week, another set of things I’ve spotted on the internets, a few more than normal because I’ve been catching up. Enjoy! The stupid history of water guns For decades, water guns were benignly stupid things. Grown-ups still found a way to ruin them, because we ruin everything. Read: http://ift.tt/1GaXyLY How to Be Extraordinary: William James on the Psychology of the Second Wind and How to Release Our Untapped Human Potential “Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake… We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources. Read: http://ift.tt/1JSAJ25 How to Stay Focused in an Age of Distraction: A Beginner’s Guide to Meaningful Productivity I bought the original …

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Back from Somerset

It’s always a bit odd, returning home after spending 5 days trudging round fields, drinking cider and enjoying various forms of entertainment, the post festival blues are real. My third time at Glastonbury and it continues to delight, amaze, annoy and bewilder all at the same time. I come away with real thoughts of changing my life, examining what I currently deem makes me happy – all these THINGS and OBJECTS, what do they give me? – and challenge myself to try and change, even a little. This, nicely, fits with the ongoing desire to simplify and minimise my life. Entertainment wise, it was mostly music based this year, and a lot of walking and exploring, still didn’t find the …

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Weekend Reading

More random readings I’ve stumbled across this week. Note: no post next week as I’ll be somewhere in a muddy field at Glastonbury. How to Avoid the Productivity Rabbit Hole This article is by Josh Zerkel, Director of Worldwide Account Management and Training at Evernote. We’re not entirely sure where the kitten photo came from. It’s best we keep it that way. We can haz productivity. And, so can you. Scroll through your LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter feed. Read: http://ift.tt/1JPWC1X 20 astonishing holiday complaints Presented to you, for your entertainment and pleasure – 20 of the most outrageous, ridiculous and stupid travel complaints made to tour operators A recent survey from Thomas Cook and ABTA reveals 20 of the most …

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Spoilers

This post contains no spoilers I am guilty of posting spoilers. TV show plot twists, sporting results, movie endings, I’ve done them all. But I’ve learned, by being on the receiving end one too many times, to think before I post. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” says some book or other – note to self: write-up your thoughts on the Bible some day, you know, cos there aren’t enough religious nuts in your life – and truth be told it’s not a bad way to live your life. Presuming you are a decent human being and not a complete and utter dickhead to being with, but I digress, back to spoilers. It took me …

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