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I run marathons. Everything else is a result of that.
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Beget: to cause or bring about.

Beget: to cause or bring about.

I can’t remember who first said to me: Money begets money What I know is that when they said it, there was more than a tinge of bitterness in their voice. And I guess I believe that it is true – if you are lucky enough to start out with a big pile of cash, [...]

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Minimum Complexity = Maximum Results

Minimum Complexity = Maximum Results

I read a piece today in a fashion magazine published by the Guardian. I was having a relaxing 15 minutes on Good Friday with Julie. We were in the new local coffee shop on the same street as the Freestak x Like the Wind offices (check it out if you ever happen to be in [...]

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Starting To Click

Sunday morning: I was just unloading some decking planks from the back of the car, when our neighbour crossed the road to say hello. He was on his way out to get some ingredients for lunch. As a keen gardner himself, the neighbour was interested in what we were doing with the array of potted [...]

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My On-and-On Love of Photography

I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. I have really early memories of my Mum taking me through boxes of old photographs on the landing at home. I can still easily recall the smell of the 4 x 6 inch prints in their paper envelopes. I found the little plastic pots [...]

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What would it take?

What would it take?

The last few weeks have been really interesting. For a whole host of reasons I have managed to get out either cycling or running almost every day. This is a return of mojo like I have never experienced before. I must confess that for the last couple of years I have really been pretty pathetic, [...]

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Hold on.

Hold on.

Alabama Shakes is my new favourite musical obsession. I tend to get fixated on a band (or sometimes just an album. I have occasionally ended up obsessing over a single track). I love their funky, soulful rock. And Brittney Howard’s voice … magical. Anyway, they have a track called Hold On. It is about … [...]

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These are a few of my favourite things …

These are a few of my favourite things …

Unlike the characters in The Sound of Music, my favourite things do not include ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens’ but there are a few things that I have been consuming, wearing, playing with or working with this year that I wanted to briefly mention. This is [...]

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Could this be a signal? LVMH (maybe) in talks to buy Rapha

Could this be a signal? LVMH (maybe) in talks to buy Rapha

This post is about signals. Two signals actually. One is the change of this blog from a personal obsession about running a marathon. The other is about how the endurance sports and lifestyle / fashion worlds are colliding. First: changes to this blog When I started this blog (initially posting anonymously as the Red Squirrel) [...]

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A conversation and a coffee with one of my heroes.

A conversation and a coffee with one of my heroes.

The youngest, aged twelve, could not conceal her disappointment, and turned away, feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very ordinary men and women. This quote is from Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott, 1886. It is similar to the Hollywood adage that ‘you should never meet [...]

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The addiction cycle reasserting itself

The addiction cycle reasserting itself

I have no evidence to say whether I am more or less inclined to get addicted than the general population. I used to think that I was much more susceptible than most, but that was probably me just giving myself an excuse for my vices. Now I tend to think that I am about as [...]

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