Say thank you for parkrun

It was extremely disappointing to read the news this week about the Little Stoke parkrun. For those who haven’t heard, the local parish council has become the first in the world to impose a charge on parkrun organisers to host the weekly – free – timed 5k event. Stoke Gifford Parish Council said it was…

A further spot of silliness

I shouldn’t do it, I know I shouldn’t. It’s like picking at a scab. The nice people at WordPress give us bloggers a handy tool to weed out the spam comments that appear on our blogs (current count = 12,915 spam comments, including this colossal comment) and that means that I don’t have to read them.…

It’s decision time…

There hasn’t been a General Election since I began this blog. No opportunities to shout my political views from the rooftops. No reason to write a tub-thumping, barnstorming piece about my chosen cause. Until now, that is. Today the country decides. Except, really, it doesn’t. The country is an abstract, barely held-together concept. It is…

One for the bloggers

Are you a blogger? I know a lot of my readers are. If you are, then this post may strike a chord with you. If you’re not, then I apologise; carry on with your day and come back soon for something more food/running/beer-related. This is only a temporary diversion I promise. Still with me? Then you’re…

A funny thing happened on twitter this week

It is not every day that I get called an inspirational woman. Largely, I suspect, this is on account of me being a 32 year-old man. With a beard. But this week, a fellow twitteree (twitterer?) was kind enough to add me to their list of inspiring women. “Why?” you may well ask. In truth, there…