Running for a Record

September 13, 2014

Today I completed my 50th parkrun. Five kilometres were duly covered and I had a lot of fun. Not least because apart from hitting this (hundred-and-fifty-) milestone, I ran it faster than ever before.

After last weekend’s slightly disappointing 10K time, I stormed home in 31:46, a solid 20% improvement on my first parkrun and a time of which I’m justifiably proud. I know I say I’m not a runner, but it’s looking more and more like I am really.

50 Club

To celebrate I have purchased a few bottled ales from Morrisons. Since I’m in a month of sobriety to help with my running I feel this is the most appropriate way of marking my success. Next weekend it’s the Walsall 10K. I’ll be back to being sober by then.

PS: And thanks to my friend on Facebook who misunderstood the comments on my celebratory post and assumed I was celebrating my 50th Birthday today. You cheered me up no end and more than one mutual acquaintance is now trying to wipe coffee off their screen.


Running for Money

September 7, 2014

Thank you to everyone who’s supported me by sponsoring my 10K run this morning. The weather was good, the terrain hilly and I had a very pleasant run with the others who turned out for the 5K and 10K. Little brother Jimm Rennie joined in as well, and being much faster than me was waiting at the finish to cheer me on.

2014-09-07 08.15.10 Read the rest of this entry »


Loitering within Tent

September 6, 2014

Today I had the most tremendous fun playing Blues with Dischord, at the Whittington Country Fair.

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We delivered three sets across the afternoon and were lucky enough to see a few friends in the crowds of visitors enjoying the late Summer sun with this “traditional” country fair.

The ferret wrangler was most amusing, and the classic cars glinted in the afternoon sun when the cloud briefly dispersed. There was food, beer, craft, local interest groups, and even a miniature steam traction engine.

Many thanks to John for inviting us, and to Nigel who joined us on sax for the occasion.


Book Worm

September 5, 2014

In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed posts on Facebook about ten books. Here is mine:

With sufficient respect to Nigel for asking, and in the hope people may find it interesting, here are my ten books. Books that have stuck with me for one reason or another. Read them all.

1. Equations of Life, Simon Morden
2. Rock and Roll is Dead, Steve Lawson
3. Jingo (and Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms and Thud!), Terry Pratchett
4. The Horse and his Boy, CS Lewis
5. The Crow Road, Iain Banks
6. Poetics of Music, Igor Stravinsky (translation from the original French)
7. And now let’s move into a time of nonsense, Nick Page
8. Sharpe’s Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell
9. Pigeon Post, Arthur Ransome
10. The White Cat. I’m not even sure who wrote this but it was my boyhood favourite bedtime story. “There once was a King who had three sons… we shall see what we shall see.”

Please do feel free to share your ten. I’m not going to nominate anybody. It’s been quite fascinating reading other people’s though.

And beneath, in the comments, Nigel was kind enough to wonder how and why these books have a hold. So I decided the best way to address his interest would be via the blog. Here again are my top ten books in no particular order, this time with a little about each. Read the rest of this entry »


Maths in Local Gov

September 1, 2014

Local education chiefs are being applauded for an increase in Key Stage 2 SATS results.

We have seen a remarkable rise from 71% of children achieving a set level to 72% of children.Maths Read the rest of this entry »


Kindness of Strangers

August 29, 2014

Very quick note to say thanks to James.

On Tuesday, when everything went horribly and comically wrong for me, I ended the day by running out of fuel just outside Aldridge. My passenger Pete called his wife to ask her to come to our rescue, but before she could reach us a passing motorist turned round and came back to check that we were OK.

James was not only a pleasant young man showing excellent character. He also had 40 litres of unleaded fuel in his boot, destined for his rally car.

You really can’t put a price on timing like that. A couple of litres in my motor and I could limp to the petrol station. Pete was astonished. I was delighted. James was a hero.

Thanks James.


Big Yellow Taxi?

August 27, 2014

So they paved Paradise and put up a parking lot…

The Old Library. Monumental.

The Old Library. Monumental.

We’re short a pink hotel but there’s plenty of boutiques and music venues. And a huge library standing empty. Read the rest of this entry »


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