My First Kiss

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The names have been changed to protect the innocent I was eleven when I had my first kiss. Eleven going on eight, as all boys are at that age, our childishness thrown into stark relief against the maturity of the girls in our class. Eleven going on sixteen as we faked our way to maturity. There were a few of us who lived in the same area, played together in the streets and parks, visited parental homes on sunny holidays in a carefully coordinated route to get the most bang for our (invisible) buck. Some evenings we used to sneak into the local football ground through a gap in the fence. If you were careful, and avoided Dick the groundsman …

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Weekend Reading

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The ‘Shazam’ For Plants Will Identify Any Plant From A Picture An estimated 400,000 flowering plant species exist in the world, and, understandably, it can be difficult to keep track. The vast majority of us can only recognize and name a handful of plants, even if we would like it to be otherwise. This’ll be one of those apps I forget about until I need. And by then I’ll already have asked my mate Graeme… Strong language: swearing makes you stronger, psychologists confirm It isn’t big and it isn’t clever. But the benefits, known to anyone who has moved home, climbed a mountain, or pushed a broken-down car, have finally been confirmed: according to psychologists, swearing makes you stronger. Bet you are …

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Bits and bobs

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AKA stuff that should probably be tweets. The restorative powers of hanging out with a toddler should not be underestimated. Even is she is currently, essentially, a tiny drunk shouty dictator. She is also as cute as a button. Since moving to a flat with a west facing living room window, I seem to have become a little obsessed with sunsets (as those on my Instagram can attest). This is a good thing. A gentle reminder that we are all just dots on a massive spinning ball of carbon, that every day has an end, and a new day will arrive soon enough. Calming moments. Anyone else have/remember the shooting gallery game Magic Shot by Ideal? And when I say …

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Rose Royce

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Every now and then I get the notion to wash my car by hand. However as it doesn’t happen very often that equates to taking it to one of those DIY car washes with the high pressure hose and soapy brush (ohhh I do like a soapy brush!) option. So that was how I found myself, a couple of Sundays ago, pulling into a local garage forecourt with just such a machine. My pockets were heavy with old pound coins as I aligned the car, got out and wandered round to the machine. It’s pretty straightforward, a slot for the coins and various buttons to choose but I knew what I wanted! A nice soapy brush before a damn good …

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Weekend Reading

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To Everyone Who’s Just Barely Holding It Together I remember a lot of days feeling like an egg; an intact shell that looked smooth and clean, with an inside that was messy and maybe even rotten. You’d have to break it to find out, I guess, but it never quite broke. A thin membrane was all that was keeping it together. If anything in this article hits home. Stop reading. Go do something good for yourself instead, walk in the sunshine, have a long hot bath. Make time for you (awesome, amazing, you). The stupid reason that larger clothes fit so badly A common complaint among women who wear sizes 16 and up is that if they can find items …

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The Dark Side of the gym

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Welcome to the dark side – free from running machines, douchebags and those trainers who like to scream at you… Instead we offer a friendly and encouraging environment for you to work up a kick ass sweat! Sound good? Head to – https://www.agfitnesstraining.co.uk #agfitness #gym #glasgow #weightlifting #fitfam A post shared by @ agfitnesstraining on Aug 4, 2016 at 5:10am PDT “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” It was a chilly Wednesday evening. The clouds overhead muted the world to dull colours and greys. I can remember driving their on the first night, the churning in the pit of my stomach, I was definitely nervous, I …

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April in review

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Lived Highlights Six by Nico New sofa arrived Bought a new car Hung out with a rock star Survived more Boot Camp and lost some weight Stepcount: 285,483. Read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee I only read one book last month, and this was it. The choice of book club and it was largely uninspiring. There is some good writing, the dialogue is pretty snappy, but I just never felt a connection or interest in the main characters. If To Kill a Mockingbird was your favourite book I’m not sure if I’d recommend this or not. It might ruin it for you, or enrich the world the characters live in. Either way it wasn’t for me. Watched Highlight …

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Weekend Reading

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Redshirts Aren’t Likeliest to Die — and Other ‘Star Trek’ Math Lessons The original “Star Trek” series isn’t just a milestone of science fiction, it’s also a treasure trove of mathematical ideas — as Space.com discovered when we attended “Star Trek: The Math of Khan” at the Museum of Mathematics. Star Trek in FAKE NEWS shocker. Honestly, what IS the world coming to? “Many American adults are wary of pedophiles”: The best internet advice for traveling to the US So you want visit the US. You’ve packed your bags, gotten your documents together, maybe paid for a pricey tourist visa, to sprawling land of barbecue and purple mountains. A gentle reminder to everyone across the globe that we ALL live …

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I want choices and I want them now

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Modern life is consumption. Modern life is the internet. Modern life is choice. Choose everything. Get exactly what you want. When you want. At a cost. This is where we are as consumers. If I can find something online, and it’s what I want, I can order it and it arrives at my door in a few days. As the type of person who is careful what he spends his money on, and who will research most purchases of any value so knows exactly what he wants, it’s a perfect storm. To be clear, I do get a little obsessed when it comes to making purchases online. For example, I’ve even researched and bought a specific tin opener (made by …

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Contemplation

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Contemplation A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:46am PDT Crisp morning air snaps at my exposed legs, gravel scrunches under my feet. I start the timer and head off, full of purpose on this bright Sunday morning. It’s cold in the shade of the trees but I know I will warm soon enough as the dappled light throws long shadows across the pathway. I follow the well trodden route down to the water, following the laughter of squabbling ducks which dash from shore to sanctuary as I pass. Further along the loch opens up before me and adds a further chill to the passing breeze. In the distance a boat bounces on wave tops …

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