- Accounts of away days - weeks, overnighters and weekend trips (before blogging)
- Family matters - stories and concerns
- Cricket stories and articles
- Almondbury Casuals CC - a history of a social cricket team.
- Draft mémoires of a cricket graduate/nothing to play for - an autobiography?
- Draft I wonder where the second team play/escape stories - away days with pals
- Some new skills in retirement
- On writing
Curation rash of personal improvement programmes.
They are all over the place, and more or less the same. I don’t see the value in repetition, other than it jogs and unsettles and gets you going again. If there is anything new, I'll try and flag it up.
Think Young - Peta Bee, The Times, Jan 21st, says have sex once a week, do squats and climb stairs, amongst the usual.
Improve your brain at any age - Rachel Carlyle interviews Sanjay Gupta (neurosurgeon) -The Times, Jan 7th, 2023.
New brain cells can appear and grow at any age. Regular movement is better than intense short sharp bursts eg daily walk in nature. He’s done all of the above and the benefits include better attention, improved prediction of productivity, more receptive of people and new ideas.
Natural world is a perfect remedy - Emma Ryan, Yorkshire Post, January 14th. A greater connection with nature can help with well-being (stress, anxiety and depression).
The Peak District in partnership with 13 gps are trialling a Nature Prescription, following pilots in Edinburgh and Shetland. Offered by trained health guys including a leaflet and calendar of ideas, highlighting a number of ways to make connections with nature.
Nature prescribing is part of a wider social prescribing which includes self-help, community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support, depending on need.
Adrian Childs and Simon Armitage on TV winter walks. Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay. Both mentioned the coast as a reset. I assume this is a reassessment of some kind. Neither went into detail, though Adrian did confess he'd been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, which made sense to him. So a review of what does and doesn't make sense in their lives. Plus maybe a plan of change. Again no details.
The 7 things that every man over 50 should be doing to stay healthy
Peta Bee again The Times, Jan 14th, 2023
- Lose the paunch. Harmful metabolic activity in fat coating the intra-abdominal organs. High risk of diabetes (type 2).
- Protect your prostate. 1in8 men get it. Usual lifestyle factors - overweight. insufficient exercise, booze, being black, family history. Age main risk. Can’t do a lot about many of these. Ian Marber recommends a load of vegetables and vitamin D (small doses).
- Walk further and faster every day - 6000 to 8000 steps at 100-130 steps per minute.
- Get 7 hrs sleep per night. Stress and financial worries main cause of poor sleep.
- Lift weights. Twice weekly.
- Check blood pressure.
- 3 consecutive alcohol-free days a week.
Reminder - Basic must do’s exercise of some sort, including weights (walking fast 30 mins x5 weekly is gold standard)
don’t sit for more than an hour
try meditation, at least spend time on breathing
get your sleep
get outside, breath and walk together in the sun and see what you can see in woods and fields
spend time with friends and relatives
and the usual - moderate drinking, keep weight down, watch salt intake
Going to give this a rest now.
Why stretching is so vital for your health - Caroline Williams, Times May 28thAge-proof your face, body and brain (it's never too late) - Peta Bee, Times November 5th8 easy ways to be happier, Meik Wiking, Times October 8th
Loads of stuff happening which we can do nothing about. Switch off the news maybe. Keep going with our relationships and daily routines. Otherwise be aware of our feelings and reactions to events. They are under our control.
Maintain social fabric through shared activities (games, coffee, singing). More meaningful conversations and less small talk.
Get outside. Enjoy the light. Stay calm. Go for a brisk walk. Keep moving, it's free.
Eat well. Oranges for eyesight. Almonds and wholegrain for the gut. Fruit and veg for everything.
Why chase the money? Evidence suggests that wealth may simply lead to search for more wealth. We can only live in one room at time. Find comfort in small pleasures - love, belonging, laughter.
We cannot be happy all the time. There are challenges. Anger and anxiety - nobody else owns these emotions, just us.
No time for sitting around. The gristle (fascia) that keeps us connected needs care as well. Sit less and stretch more (yoga, pilates).
These are messages that we have heard before. No harm in repetition. I do worry about people who don't have a lot of money - they can be unhappy?
Oh No: not again
A repeat of 2013 (link), started by getting stuck again on Stalybridge railway station.
11.30am: we, me and my son Chris, decided on the train from Greenfield. We’d to drop off a child and I needed the loo, so we changed to Slaithwaite. He’s mobile-timing everything and we’d missed that one. Right, back to plan A. Traffic not helpful, so Stalybridge said the mobile. Greenfield was one train an hour. Stalybridge four (includes the shuttle to Manchester Victoria, but Chris had planned to Picadilly). Time for a quick beer in the buffet real ale bar. Full of men, presumably ‘ale-trailers’. Out for the Picadilly arrival. Packed and couldn’t get on. I suggested we could have gone to Slaithwaite and caught a return to Greenfield. Chris points out we wouldn’t have a car. Ah, what was I thinking? Now on plan D. Chris-mobile decided taxi, not the shuttle. It worked. Going up to 1.00pm as we got out at Picadilly - he pays £20.
Tried a couple of taverns - ten deep at the bar just like the train. Walking toward Picadilly Gardens and what is on our right and emptyish? ASK the Italian. More than good enough. Peroni, Expresso-Martini (what? son of mine?), bread and balsamic/olive oil, calzone and bruschetta. I got legged up with the vinaigrette, but the waitress helped out. I pay over £40.
Into the Christmas market. People everywhere. Manchester on a Saturday before Christmas and a World Cup final. Official looking guide at the tram station directed us to the Altrincham tram. Platform card reader. You must repeat when you get off. Comfortable ride. Lady next to me wanted to know what all the fuss was about. She’d gone to town to have her hair done, expecting a quiet time. Explaining how the Samoans all play in Australia and who all the crowd was - they couldn’t all be from down there - was a stretch, but I managed and she smiled and listened attentively - still got it.
Walk past the cricket arena. Ryan Hall on the other side of the road. A group of very big people dressed in blue enjoyed my ‘Go Samoa’ chant. Tickets on the mobile, through the turnstile, a climb resembling Scafell and we arrived at the wrong place. A little man said we were part of a long line of displaced persons and “follow me”. Still the Ferguson stand, but down on solid ground and a distance from where we started. 3.45pm. Kick Off 4.00pm.
64000 and not far off full. Massive space. A cliche would be to describe it as a cathedral of soccer. Too noisy. Something more climatic, like a smouldering volcano. Messaged James (my 2013 partner) to let him know where we were. His strange reply was something about beer?
My seat was okay as long as I kept my knees in the aisle. Some slight bruising and didn’t see a lot. Especially when people keep standing up - a hazard at all rugby games. Highlights included the Samoan war dance, a couple of set plays from the Australians and Kevin Sinfield finishing his ultra-marathons. Australia were never in trouble - they would have vapourised us. You have to have a beer. Carling in 330 plastic bottles at £5 each. Nasty.
Full time and Chris arranged to meet up with a university pal. No rest, keep moving. Manchester United social club with wall-to-wall TVs screening the second half All Blacks v. England at Twickenham. Wish we’d play like that every week. The alumni got on well, recalling old events and swapping World Cup football cards. John Wilkin in the club and mobbed. An articulate pundit. And we were off again, retracing our steps to the tram. Danny Brough and Luke Robinson in the queue. It’s all a bit tight, people everywhere, but merciful short distances back to town and Stalybridge. Nobody said a wrong word. Home over Greenfield. 9.00pm.
The Long Walk and Quay St
The Burren; Cliffs of Moher
zapato brewery one of three along the canal from Slaithwaite.
So, despite protests from Andrew, we walked from Marsden - 25 minutes. Muddy puddles on the towpath, so more moaning. He soon calmed down with three pints. Fiona drinks coke or tea. Doris, her mother, lives in Jamaica. Fiona was born here, but spent most of her childhood and teenage years over there. Two brothers over here.
What is going on?
It's a metaphor
Back to Scarborough
This is NOT an ad for Centre Parcs. Whenever we said where we were going, our mates said take a full wallet and toilet rolls. Almost a sport, knocking it. Yes, but we had no issue with the experience as a whole.