Archive for June, 2009

Uh-Oh: New Kids cancel Australian tour

June 17th, 2009 No comments

From the BBC News Website

New Kids On The Block have cancelled their forthcoming Australian tour, blaming the economic downturn.

It’s not because they’re shit then?

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Half-Marathon Training

June 17th, 2009 No comments

I stupidly decided the other week that I could run a half-marathon in late September.

I’d been thinking about doing something like it for a few months (since my brother completed the London Marathon in 2009,) and when my friend Tom asked if I wanted to do a half-marathon, I jumped at the chance.

This now leaves me with a problem though. Although I do a reasonable amount of training for rowing, and I don’t consider myself to be unfit, I’m not a runner and now I have to do a load of training in three months in order to get myself prepared in time. Add to this the pressure that my experienced half-marathon running girlfriend is also doing the same half-marathon, and you’ve got yourself a little challenge going on (there’s no way I’m being beaten by a girl! 😉

So, I’ve begun my research into half-marathon training schedule. Most of them fit into a 12-to-10 week schedule, which is perfect. What’s not perfect, is the amount of running they get you to do.

The assumption is, is that you’re not doing any other exercise. For example, there are some that get you to run 6 days a week. With my schedule 4 days a week rowing sessions, that just isn’t suitable.

I’m going to have to come up with my own schedule so that I can work out a sensible plan.

First thing to do then, is to work out how far, and for how long I can currently run before I drop dead in a heap on the floor. I need to do this both in the gym, and on the roads.

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Crap Documentary: Close Encounters Over Siberia

June 17th, 2009 No comments

Last night, I spent an hour and forty minutes of my life watching an absolute heap of crap.

It was a programme regarding the “Tunguska Phenomenon” in 1908, where supposedly something crashed into the Earth somewhere in Siberia.

The documentary on More 4 was complete drivel, had no direction, was difficult to follow, showed no evidence, challenged no theories, had no scientific content and drew no conclusions.

I would not have minded so much, if it failed to prove one way or the other, as long as it at least attempted to prove something, except it did not. Instead, it jumped around from place to place, from local so-called expert to local so-called expert; and did little in the way of investigation.

Even the so-called Italian scientists in the programme were questionable. On investigating the bed of a recently formed lake, they found a forest of dead trees. However, to me, these “trees” appear to be about 3 inches tall, and swayed from side to side as the relatively small camera was moved near by. They also appeared remarkably small compared to the sediment that was kicked up by the camera. Yet still, they proudly proclaimed they had found “a forest”.

The other thing that bothered me was that the main presenter, who incidentally never showed himself on camera and only filmed things, came up with this little gem:

One afternoon, I took a walk in the woods and found the last fallen trees from 100 years ago.

But yet, in the programme, it explains that the original explorers took weeks to find these pieces of evidence. Are we to believe that actually, they could have found them in just one afternoon instead, if they had just gone “for a walk in the woods”?

If it gets repeated, save your self some time, and don’t watch it. It’s one of the worst documentaries I’ve ever seen.

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London to Brighton Bike Ride – Please Sponsor Me!

June 2nd, 2009 No comments

Again, I’m doing the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Please please please please please sponsor me!


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