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Boxing Day Dinner

It's been a day spent traveling, getting organized (well, reorganized) back in Lyon, and then getting prepared for the Christmas Dinner that we are having today, on Boxing Day. So what am I putting on the menu for tonight? We've got a few little flavored cheeses for...

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Danizy and Achery

Merry Christmas! Today is the day for waking up at the crack of dawn, opening presents, and then having a late breakfast...unless you are in the north of France. Here we open the presents and eat a huge dinner on Christmas Eve and, come Christmas Day, sleep in before...

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Picardie Villages

We're up in Picardie for a couple of days celebrating Christmas with Cécile's family before shooting back to Lyon to collect Jamie for Christmas Part II: Electric Boogaloo. I didn't bring my running gear this time as I am spending a couple of days reading, relaxing,...

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Something’s Coming

Could be! Who knows? There's something due any day; I will know right away, Soon as it shows. It may come cannonballing down through the sky, Gleam in its eye, Bright as a rose! Something's coming but, sadly for the world, it may not be the 'something good' that the...

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2017 on Strava

If you want to keep up with my training and racing without clicking through to the site, it's easy. Just drop your name and email address in the box on the right and you'll get a weekly email with all the news, all the links, and extra content, too. It's fast, it's...

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What Sort of Country Are You?

On the front page of Buzzfeed today is this hard-hitting piece: Answer Some This Or That Questions And We'll Tell You Whether You Like New Year's Or Christmas Better And people say that millennials don't appreciate serious journalism... There was a more serious but...

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Trump: Getting Things Done

You'd hardly know it from reading the local press here - or anything on Twitter, Reddit, or Hacker News, too - but Donald Trump's first year as US president has turned out pretty well. Indeed, in comparison to the last half dozen men to hold the office, he's achieving...

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Out & Up, Back & Down

I mentioned to Cécile yesterday that I felt so much better getting a run in before work: more energy, brighter, raring to go - that was me. Hence, I was looking forward to knocking over another run this morning and having that same feeling return as I count down the...

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New Shoes and Snow

It's not yet Christmas 2017 but my training for the 2018 ultra season kicks off today. It's about a week earlier than I got started last year but I think I am ready to get going again and try and get some kilometers under my belt before the end of the year. It's going...

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One At A Time?

The anti-fascists were out in force in Lyon this weekend doing...well, anti-fascist things, I guess. I didn't see them in the streets though, according to a report in Lyon Capitale, they weren't all that far away from my place. Still, I did catch the sign they marched...

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Whose Fault Is It?

In The West there's a story of a business doing it tough: ‘I regret to inform all my wonderful and supportive customers that we’ve had to make some dramatic changes to save our store.” As I read Melanie McInerney’s heartfelt Facebook post, I felt guilty. Even if it...

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Putin: Not My Job

After so many years in the job you have to trust the guy when he says it isn't in his remit: Focusing on domestic politics, Putin also said he would like to see greater competition in Russian politics. But he said it is not his job to build up the opposition in a...

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Newsweek and Ryan Sit Bring the Fail

Like so many in the media, Newsweek will do whatever they can to turn a story - any story - into an anti-Trump hit piece. Here's their latest headline: TRUMP GETS HIS OWN BIRTHDAY WRONG AND MELANIA DIDN’T KNOW WHERE SHE LIVES, NYC BALLOTS REVEAL How stupid these...

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Froome’s Doping Problem

News broke today that Chris Froome had returned as adverse finding (read: tested positive for doping) at the Vuelta a couple of months back. As CyclingNews.com explained it: Both Froome's 'A' and 'B' samples revealed excess salbutamol. In a statement announcing the...

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Alabama Votes

Alabama is voting today to determine which of Roy Moore or Doug Jones to send to the US Senate. So who is it going to be? If you go by the polls then...well, you're probably out of luck. They've been all over the place in the last couple of weeks and a couple from...

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Dating an Intersectional Feminist

When I was teaching sociology I used to enjoy putting questions to my class to extract their ideas and get them to think about how their personal and deeply-held beliefs align (or did not align) with what they were reading for the class. I wasn't trying to push them...

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A Walk in the Rain

Another day of keeping active, if not running. I spent the morning doing some shopping with Cécile, then cooked up a great mess of roasted cauliflower before heading out the door for a wander around the city. I had two episodes of the More Perfect podcast to get...

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Riverside Stroll

After last weekend's DNF at the Saintelyon I am into my off-season as far as running goes. I'm planning on taking a couple of weeks off from running, getting back into good habits of sleeping and eating well, and enjoying the run up to Christmas without running, so to...

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