Running: Parkrun and the shadow of the Hog

I understand its perks. Running with others provides easy motivation, things become a bit spicier and competitive, and there’s that all important community spirit. Granted these are great pluses, but getting up early on a weekend to run around a racecourse just isn’t my deal. It becomes even less my deal in the rain. I’d…

Karate: School Bully’s Revenge

Everyone knows a made to measure suit is a thing of beauty. It’s fitted exactly to your frame with all the love and care the tailor chooses to give, but sometimes we don’t need bespoke, sometimes we just want to grab a suit off the rail. It’s cheaper, it’s easier and quite frankly who can…

Wing Chun: man to man

Parents spend a fortune trying to give their children an edge in the rat race of the British education system. They’ll buy homes that fall in the right school catchment area, force them into various extra curricular activities, pay thousands for a public school education, and pack in those extra hours of private coaching. Some…

Book Review: Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story

I’m a Red personality type, it’s official – I’ve been tested. It happened as part of a work-training program entitled: Getting to know yourself and others. Reds aren’t common at my place of work, but there’s rather a predominance of Greens. If the profiling is to be believed, Reds aren’t the most amiable of personality…

Running: going the whole Hog

I was over halfway when I felt the twinge in my knee. It had a similar vibrational humming sensation to the strumming of a tort harp string. Though this particular tort string was a tendon – and it kind of hurt. The pace started to drop. While the pain was unpleasant, it was nevertheless tolerable….