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Maximising sporting potential

We have all heard of the famous “10,000 hours rule” – the theory that anyone with serious ambition can transform themselves into a competent practitioner of virtually any skill or activity if they apply themselves to it with enough dedication and repetition. The theory is grounded in every [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A touch of reality

The issues involved in the ageing process – and just mortality generally – are strange topics because of course from time to time they naturally affect us all and yet simultaneously, the human race being what it is, they’re ones that day to day we tend to (or try to anyway) completely ignore [...]

June 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Life is what happens to you when you’re busy doing other things

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of my vintage – over 65 – desirous of undertaking a physical fitness campaign [to begin by borrowing a quotation from Jane Austen, but then making it relevant to the 21st Century] will be beset, not only by literal and metaphorical [...]

May 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Celebrating an honoured institution

In this funny old world we inhabit – and this is not a blog about Brexit or President Trump – it’s sometimes reassuring to find one’s faith in some of our traditional institutions confirmed. I’m not a political animal myself, but over past decades the National Health Service (or [...]

April 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A blight upon the Earth

I trust it would not be wholly outrageous if I was to posit that I am no more and no less than an ordinary human being in that I probably harbour a range of subconscious prejudices against all manner of things and people in addition to those I openly admit. In which context let me proclaim that my [...]

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

From there to where?

As I contemplated this post earlier this morning I considered beginning it with “Some Rusters may remember Saint and Greavsie …” because I wanted to reference the catch-phrase of Jimmy Greaves (“It’s a funny old game …”) in the context of my intended theme-for-the-day of Life being [...]

March 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of life

Eventually age catches up with you, we all know that because we see it around us all the time. I get reminded of it every time I meet up with an old friend after an embarrassing number of years and – comparing how they were in my mind’s eye (i.e. when I last saw them) to how they are now – [...]

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sleeping on it

Over the course of time columnists on this organ possessed of far greater intellect and sensibility than mine have referenced and/or mocked the internet phenomenon of endless media reports detailing the latest academic research surveys or findings that seemingly ‘prove’ (or the opposite) some [...]

March 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Review of the sporting weekend

As some sports – e.g. football and rugby union – move towards the business end of their domestic seasons, others are in the early stages of their new ones, witness the European indoor athletics championships in Glasgow that featured widely upon the BBC main television channels over the [...]

March 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Watching the world and frightening yourself

One by-product of being someone who daily trawls the UK newspaper websites over the years is that one notices the frequency with which reports of latest scientific and medical research findings, particularly relating to health and ageing, appear to contradict each other. Thus one day we learn that [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

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