Beget: to cause or bring about.

Beget: to cause or bring about.

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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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Stuck? Focus on the Passion (advice from an undertaker)

Stuck? Focus on the Passion (advice from an undertaker)

I woke up this morning with a topic for a blog post pre-formed in my mind. That happens quite often – my mild insomnia means that I am awake very early and I stare up at the ceiling working out the words that I am going to write, whether that is a post for this [...]

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Addictions and how easy / hard they are to break

Addictions and how easy / hard they are to break

My terrible secret is that I used to be a heavy smoker. It happens to a lot of us. In the 1990s, when I started smoking, 30% of the adult population smoked. Thankfully the minority of the population that smokes is falling, fast. By 2013 it was down to 19.3%. But when I started, it [...]

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It’s not meant to be easy. Or a solo effort.

It’s not meant to be easy. Or a solo effort.

I am sat in a lovely apartment in Chamonix, with my Freestak colleagues (including my wife, who co-founded the business). The weather is glorious. The town is full of amazing athletes challenging themselves in the stunning mountains. We are planning for a party on Sunday to celebrate all the amazing runners and the launch of [...]

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Saxobank to the rescue

If you read my last post, you will know that I have recently been in withdrawl from running – mourning the loss of an addiction that took me from hatred of what I had become to one of the proudest moments in my life. But in the last three years, running has slipped away from [...]

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Past glories and finding a new addiction

Past glories and finding a new addiction

Today is London marathon day and whether I like it or not, this is the day that reminds me that I’m not really a runner any more – not in the way that I once was and not in a way that I can feel proud of. I go out a couple or a few [...]

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Three punctures, one culprit: the story of a ride

Three punctures, one culprit: the story of a ride

This week the weather has been – as we like to say in the UK – changeable. That means shit in almost every other place on the planet. I guess there is truth in the myth that April brings showers and we have had a shed-load of them this week. But the weather predictors – [...]

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Looking at indie sports magazines through the lens of a Monocle

Last week I had the opportunity to do something that I have wanted to do for quite a long time: to see the inside of Midori House, the home of Monocle magazine and Winkreative, two businesses that are headed up by Tyler Brûlé. I actually had the opportunity to meet Tyler many years ago when [...]

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