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Happy Birthday, Mr Jefferson

It's Thomas Jefferson's birthday: Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809....

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Yom HaShoah

Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust...

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On Wiping Maps

Israel must be wiped off the map. Iranian President, 27 October 2005   Assad's regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory. Israeli official , 11 April 2018 While the...

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Death of a Client

Another long day in the office and another workout on the way home. My legs are feeling OK and not quite as heavy as yesterday or over the weekend, but I just wanted to spin out the fatigue and so I jumped on the indoor bike and got going shortly after arriving. In...

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Once More Into the Breach

A long day in the office without much of a break but I still had the energy to get into the gym this evening for a recovery workout. The plan? A little bit of bike, a slow jog, and then home to eat a beautifully seasoned pan-seared duck breast finished off in a hot...

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Paris-Roubaix

No one wants to take Peter Sagan with them to the Roubaix velodrome and try and beat him in a sprint. If the three-time world champion has proved anything in the last couple of years it is that he is deadly in these reduced group sprints, whether it's from a group of...

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24H de l’Isere

My second ultra start of the year and another disappointing performance. Once again, my right leg had me in pain and I stopped after about seven-and-a-half hours. It's a shame, really, as compared to the previous weekend in Saint Fons I got a whole lot more right. For...

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Headed for Grenoble

Right about now I am headed for Grenoble on one of the trains that is still - thankfully - running in France in the wake of the strikes here. Why people feel they should annoy me just to get their point across I don't know. Yeah, yeah, French workers rights etc...

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230 Years Too Late

Drama as the Commonwealth Games get underway in Australia: Protesters have blockaded the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on the Gold Coast. Organisers were forced to drop one leg of the relay with the route looping for a short period. So what was the beef?...

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Endangering Free Speech?

Via Instapundit I found this new piece by Roger L. Simon titled Corporations Endanger Free Speech with Ingraham Boycott. As the 'blogfather' suggests, read the whole thing but, if you don't have the time, here's a quick summary: There has been a 'war' of sorts against...

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T-T-T-T-Tapering

Another gym session in this taper week, this one on the way home from work. It was a steady day in the office, but a long one that got going at 7:30am with email and buffering up the social media feeds, and then didn't finish until after 5:15pm when I left in search...

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It’s Taper Week

A race a couple of days ago, and a race coming up in a couple of days time. Yep, this is officially taper week. I was in the gym this afternoon trying my best not to run. I wanted to keep my legs and body moving and I didn't want to just sit around on the couch...

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Quickstep Clinic

A couple of years ago Cécile asked the question, is cycling a team sport? Le cyclisme, celui du Tour de France, est-il un sport collectif ou un sport individuel ? Les avis sont très partagés. Pour certains c’est un sport d’équipe, mais un sport d’équipe ne peut-il pas...

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6 Hours of Saint Fons

When previewing this race yesterday I wrote: While I should be aiming for a nice, steady 50K to 60K outing, I may well pull up less than 5K in. Indeed, I figure if I get through two hours I will probably get through six, but I am really 50/50 on getting to the 10K...

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Preview: Saint Fons 6 Hour

So tomorrow is meant to be the first ultra of the season, and I am not feeling that great about it. Mostly it is because my training in the last month has been all over the place, and I have missed a good couple of weeks leading into the race with a not-so-good right...

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On the Precautionary Principle

The Australian government has tabled a report on smoking e-cigarettes (aka vaping) and, according to Terry Barnes, the reaction is typical: The much-anticipated House of Representatives committee report on e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers – in other words, vaping...

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Elections Have Consequences

Barack Obama knew it, and he said it: Elections have consequences. He understood it, and he made sure others understood it, too. The lesson didn't stick with the Democrats, though, as the gnashing of teeth following the election of Donald Trump in 2016 demonstrates....

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Najib Razak is an Idiot

Najib Razak is the Prime Minister of Malaysia. And an idiot. Here's the latest bill his party has tabled in the parliament: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news”, with hefty fines and up to 10...

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