Review: Origin, by Dan Brown

Review: Origin, by Dan Brown

Some people are not fans of Dan Brown’s books. Maybe they are a little too predictable, maybe they can be a little low-brow, and maybe they can overdo the whole chapter thing a bit (a chapter is not half a page of text, or it shouldn’t be half a dozen...
Be Prepared

Be Prepared

In the last couple of weeks I have read two books that have had me rethinking just how prepared I am for when things inevitably go wrong. By ‘wrong’ I mean when normal life, for whatever reasons, falls apart. Flood, fire, hurricane, earthquake, civil...
Staircase Summits

Staircase Summits

I’m not running right now but I am thinking about running, in particular about running the 2018 Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. There are really two key difficulties in that race: the ascent of the Nicolas de Lange staircase, and the descent of the Piste de la Sarra....
Macron’s Dangerous Democracy

Macron’s Dangerous Democracy

H.L. Mencken once offered this definition of democracy: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. The French people voted in a young, confident Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and, among his promises to the...
Tibialis Anterior Tendon Inflammation

Tibialis Anterior Tendon Inflammation

Tibialis Anterior Tendon Inflammation. Or, in other words,¬†ouch. It seems to me that, after some research and reading, the most likely explanation for the injury I have in my left leg is an inflamed tendon. Here’s what the Sports Injury Clinic has to say about...
UBS 24 II: This Time It’s Serious

UBS 24 II: This Time It’s Serious

OK, I’ll admit the title of this blog post over-sells it a little but, as for this year, I signed up on Day 1 of registration for the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour race and I’m really going to be looking forward to running it. It will mark the third...