Running the Orient

‘Some of mankind’s greatest acts of philanthropy have had their genesis in boredom. Numerous creative breakthroughs have emerged out of ennui too. Or as Kierkegaard put it, “They gods were bored, therefore they created human beings.” For Aradhna and me, the inspiration for Summer 2018’s epic journey came from an exceptionally tedious wait for a… Continue reading Running the Orient

Out of Thin Air

A large percentage of the running books that I have read in my life involve a journey to Africa, usually to Kenya. The basic idea is that Kenya produces a terrific amount of world class distance running athletes, and that any athlete worth their salt should go there to soak up the magic, pick up… Continue reading Out of Thin Air

On Audible

Despite the current circumstances I’m not working from home or anything like that because ha ha ha, retail, am I right? Well. I didn’t realise that memes could be so terrifyingly prescient. Anyway! It might be a good idea if you are stuck in self isolation to check out the glorious world of audio books,… Continue reading On Audible

Endure, and The Rise of the Ultra Runners (Runners Book Club)

Since I’ve been injured I’ve been writing less. Although I consider running and writing, and reading, to all be complimentary, I did not necessarily think that the lessening of one pillar would also so significantly weaken another. In fact, I would have guessed that it may have made the others stronger as I would have… Continue reading Endure, and The Rise of the Ultra Runners (Runners Book Club)

Sunday Stuff (Disappearing Earth/ Hyper Light Drifter/ Leon Bridges)

Photo by Tim Tiedemann on Unsplash I'm not really a cold weather kind of guy, but there is something about a crisp but clear, ice cold blue morning in the middle of January. It's supposed to be a dreary, long month, but so far I'm actually enjoying it, thanks in no part to my continued routine of getting… Continue reading Sunday Stuff (Disappearing Earth/ Hyper Light Drifter/ Leon Bridges)

Sunday Morning Stuff (4th of July Creek/ Forza Horizon 4/ The Rise of Skywalker)

New year. New Sunday. Same stuff. No. Wait. NOT the same stuff. Different stuff. 2020 stuff. Well, not yet. There’s still plenty of stuff that I missed from last year that I’ve still got to get through. Let’s take a look at what’s been keeping me going over the festive period. Reading... I’ve been working… Continue reading Sunday Morning Stuff (4th of July Creek/ Forza Horizon 4/ The Rise of Skywalker)

Night Boat to Tangier

There are all manner of Best of 2019 and Best of the Decade lists to sift through to find out what has been missed, and that’s how I came to read Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier. Getting to art through the medium of someone else telling you that is Very Good creates unfairly high… Continue reading Night Boat to Tangier

Sunday Morning Stuff 08/12

It is the month of lists. Christmas lists. Best of the year run downs. And this year, seeing as it's a '19 and all, we'll be seeing a lot of best of the DECADE lists. This, I think, is impossible. There is no way that we're about to exist in a different decade to 2010,… Continue reading Sunday Morning Stuff 08/12