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ageing and decaying, misanthropic, cynical...black

Gone

On 05 September 2018 my mother died. She was 92 years old and she would have preferred to die about 5 years earlier, around the time this picture was taken. She hated being dependent on others but a combination of … Continue reading

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That euphoria didn’t last long

After a long period of recovery from a January 2016 vertebral fracture, followed by an August 2016 re-injury,  I started running again on 29 April 2018. I gradually ramped up the duration and intensity until I reached a point that last … Continue reading

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back on my feet again

It’s 04:30 and I’ve just run along The Goods Line to complete my 10.5 km journey and arrive at work 62 minutes after I left home. I’ve done that trip, at a pace of just under 6 mins / km, four … Continue reading

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D-day #2

After I had my cancerous prostate removed in late 2016, the level of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) was meant to drop to undetectable levels and stay there, for ever. A subsequent rise in PSA would most likely indicate a return … Continue reading

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D-day #1

I’m celebrating. I’m sitting in Campos with all the Newtown hipsters having an excellent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe origin long black. Today is D-day (Diagnosis-day) #1. The pathology report on the pigmented lesion on my forehead has been revealed (and the two stitches … Continue reading

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Prophesy fulfilled?

Back in 2011 we planted a Gymea Lily outside our bedroom window. The plant nursery told us that because it was only a young plant it might take up to 7 years to flower. At the time I remarked that waiting for … Continue reading

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Thanks Belinda

Some time ago, at daiskmeliadorn‘s suggestion,  I listened to a podcast of Professor Belinda Beck talking about bone health in athletes (and ordinary people). She suggested jumping down stairs as an ideal exercise to enhance bone density and strength. I … Continue reading

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