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Goodwood Revival 2009 Sights and Sounds

Goodwood Revival 2009 was a bit special for me –  SEE HERE

I managed to grab a few movie clips whilst I was there. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them – but in all honesty, you really need to be there… so hopefully I’ll see you at the Goodwood Revival 2010…


Credit crunch denial?

In this day and age with some less than safe areas to deliver to, can you blame Saint Nick for swapping a reindeer powered sleigh for an SE5a armed with a .303 Lewis machine gun?

We took a walk today into Farnborough to post a letter. It’s a long trek, but the healthy option – and green! Alex walked a fair amount of the way, but his push chair was always on hand (and helpful for me as support as my back isn’t fully recovered yet).

In the main mall there was some proof that the credit crunch has not hit yet…either that, or there are some seriously stupid people out there with no idea of money and worth…but more on that later in this blog entry…

Alex had a great laugh in the shopping centre, jumping and running around like a loon! He thought Father Christmas in the aeroplane was good, but not as much fun as the hall of mirrors was!

In the passageway with all of the mirrors in, there was also a very tinny echo…which was put to maximum use by the excited screaching terror!

Now much as a shrill squeel can set a persons nerves on edge, there was something a lot worse in the mall this day… A lot, lot worse.

I couldn’t bring myself to actually photograph the full terror of what I saw, but it was enough to make Cthulhu back up in horror…

What I did take a photo of was the next level down…

Yes… Dodgy animal pictures printed onto thin shiney photo paper (cheap). This is just the start as the tacky picture is placed in a very flimsy cheap looking frame and then little plastic numbers are stuck onto it to form the dial of a clock… a cheap little AA battery clock stuck to the back of the picture is the finishing touch.

Now this may terrify you, but take a look at the price….

£25.99

Either people can see value in this cheap tat that I am missing, or there are enough idiots with zero taste out there to get the seller of this hideous crap a living wage!

Now I mentioned that there was a worse terror than this picture, and I am not kidding.

The thing worse than this was the glitter covered wolf painting with the same clock affair. One of those dodgy wolf prints you see on black t-shirts or market bought jackets but with added glitter and a Chinese tick-tock.

Pure lowest common trash… Yet people must be buying it – and that is the scariest thing of all, especially as it is likely that they have the power of the vote….

Your life, and the life of those you love is in the hands of voters who buy things like this…..

Be afraid… Be very afraid.


Human dustbin

Officially crazy!

Alex likes a wide variety of foods. Things like garlic and olives don’t phase him, and pickled anchovies or roll mop herring are not turned down! He even enjoys dried vegetable snacks that are paprika or pepper seasoned (they come in onion, parsnip, beetroot or carrot – all thin cut and seasoned). He even had sushi a few months back (SEE HERE) -not bad at all for 2 1/2 years old!

The oddest thing though is chili peppers… Yup, he saw Chris putting some on my plate the other day and had to try a tiny bit. He found he enjoyed the little bit, so he had a bit more…

This is all well and good, but I enjoy them as well. Yesterday I had some on my plate and Alex walked over, bent his head over my plate and said “Chili!”
I offered him one and he took it – the first taste is a bit bitter (as you can tell from the photo), but he just wolfs it down after that… then asks for more!


The weekly Ghost is getting bigger

Once a week a ghostly screaching figure attacks Chris as she attempts to change the bed sheets.

Oddly enough Alex vanishes whenever the ghost is around… It doesn’t take Scooby Doo to figure out who the ghost is!

Alex gets a lot of entertainment out of getting covered by a light sheet and then running all over the bed. He screams like a mad man and throws himself all over the place – it isn’t much help for Chris, but it is cute!!!

He’s getting bigger by the day (duh!) and has measured in today at 101cm! Yup, at 2yrs 7mnths he has topped the metre! We’re going to need a taller house!


Spongebob Exercisepants

Call me crazy, but Spongebob is helping me keep fit, exercise my back and lose weight…

As you know, I have damaged a disc in my lower back. I can’t sit up, or even walk very well without something to keep me stable. Using Alex’s pushchair or my Nordic walking poles allows me to walk and gently exercise and rehabilitate my back .

The poles have proved to do much more for me as well – as mentioned in other blog posts. It burns 30% to 40% more kcal than running or jogging, as it uses the upper body as well – and it also raises the heart rate into a different sport zone without having to go as fast as you would running or jogging.

Because of the slower speed and stick aided stability, the body impact is greatly reduced – which benefits the back, legs…heck, any joints! Great for weight loss, improving fitness – and rehabilitation when you can’t run or jog…. or walk easily unaided.

Proper training is a must as with all sports (even simple jogging – if you do it wrong, you can screw yourself up)- but it isn’t expensive and not too time consuming. I initially had 10 to 15 minutes of coaching to make sure I knew what I was doing (and not damaging myself any further!). A fortnight later I had some follow up training to make sure I was still on track. I did this with Helen Wallace from the Alice Holt Forestry Commission (see my links on the lower of the left hand column).

One of the things that has oddly helped me get to grips with getting the most from this exercise is Spongebob Squarepants…

I have endured the theme tune so many times now, as Alex loves the show – and as such the tempo of the tune has stuck in my head! Where I  exercise and breath in over two strides and out over two strides, I now have Spongebob’s name – as sung at the pace of the song – going through my head as I exercise…. breath in over 2 strides “Sponge-bob” and out over two strides “Square-pants” …. I did say you could “call me crazy…”

Now this chant helps keep my heart rate in a set zone and keeps me walking comfortably. The actual speed of my foot fall doesn’t change, but the speed of the walk itself can, simply by increasing the stride, but keeping the same time beat going. It’s like a walking metronome… constant tick-tock-tick-tock sponge-bob-square-pants…..

Crazy…maybe, but thanks to Alex’s love of the TV show, my pole walks, my back and my overall fitness is improving.


Alex hits the City


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Canary Wharf Tower – and the yellow maniac at the bottom is Alex, being followed by Chris.

He loved running around the Canary Wharf fountain…as you can see!

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I was in London for Business, Pleasure and a head shave for charity (see previous blog entry), and I took Chris and Alex with me.

Alex had a whale of a time in the Docklands area – luckily it wasn’t overcrowded. I was surprised at how great the area looked. I’m so used to London being either old or dirty – I still love the place as a living breathing city, but did not realise that such a modern and airy build had happened.

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Alex made lots of friends – patrons of restaurants….local police officers with dogs….heads of industry…. the usual toddler type things!

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He even tried sushi – and loved it…. He never fails to surprise me.

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He managed to stay awake and very active all day, but once in he car…and also back at home he was so tired he just fell asleep. Early night on his own choice!

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