Category Archives: pessimism

Birds cause back pain

After months of not running due to joint problems caused by rheumatoid arthritis, prednisone has allowed me to start running again, much to my great joy. After only about a week of running, however, I have developed back pain (again). … Continue reading

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Not going anywhere any time soon

Since January I’ve had pain in my right hip and it has prevented me from running since 13 February. It’s been nearly three months now and the hip is somewhat improved but is still very sore to move. I have … Continue reading

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OK, now I am a quitter

OK, I achieved my goal of increasing my body mass to 60 kg and I’ve stayed there. I ramped up my eating, while exercising less. Not exactly a difficult task. But for the past six weeks I’ve had a tender … Continue reading

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Not (yet) a quitter

Inspired by my daughter, daiskmeliadorn, I decided to set myself some goals. My first goal was to reach 60 kg body mass. It took longer than I originally planned, but I got there. My second goal was (is) to complete … Continue reading

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Goal achieved!

I made it. At the start of 2019 I took a leaf out of my daughter’s book and set myself some goals. One of these was to increase my body weight until I reached a mass of 60 kg, and … 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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The answer from a banana

I am currently reading a brilliant book – A Line Made By Walking, by Sara Baume. In the book a young woman, Frankie, retreats to her (dead) grandmother’s bungalow to reflect on life and death, and a lot more besides. … Continue reading

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The revenge of the bin chicken

I walk along this road every morning about 03:30. Can you see those white blobs in the upper branches of this tree? They’re ibis, known more commonly as bin-chickens for their Darwinian(!) adaptation to urban life. They’re always grouped together … Continue reading

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One step forwards, two steps back

Back in November 2015 I was doing a lot of running and I developed a painful condition affecting the connecting point between my left hamstrings and my pelvis: Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT). I had to stop running altogether (and even … Continue reading

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