Jerusalem, Capital of Israel

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel

If news reports are to be believed then, in a few hours time, President Trump will announce that it is the position of the United States of America that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. To that I say bravo, Mr President, and it’s been a long time coming....
Anti Social (Media)

Anti Social (Media)

Yesterday I had one of my semi-annual meltdowns about social media and – once again – jumped off the social wagon. I’ve had areal love/hate relationship with social media and the swathe of social media channels is both fascinating to me while...
Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

Waiting to collect Jamie this afternoon after his fencing training I flicked through the catalogue on my iPhone until I (re)stumbled upon Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. I tapped the screen and fell into the Canadian drawl, soft acoustic guitar, and understated...
It’s Gonna Be Cold…

It’s Gonna Be Cold…

All things going to plan, about this time tomorrow I should be finishing (or already finished) the Saintelyon. It’s going to be cold and it is going to be snowy, and while neither of those things is something that I can say I enjoy, at least it won’t be...
9:08 to sub-11:00?

9:08 to sub-11:00?

Last year I finished the 72 kilometers of the Saintelyon in 9:08. This year I am shooting for a sub-11 hour finish. And that probably requires some explaining… I’m coming into this final ultra of the year with a completely different attitude to last year....
Japan and Refugees

Japan and Refugees

Japan is a country with a high population but not a high refugee population. How many refugees does Japan accept each year? Answer: not a lot. A week ago the United Nations refugee agency urged Japan to accept more refugees after it became clear the country had only...