New Year: Time is Seamless

“New year non-weather. Wet. Dank. Grey. Chilly but not winter cold...I have never ‘done’ New Year. Time is seamless. Months, days, weeks, years are artificial, man made things, so what are we celebrating?Susan Hill, Jacob's Room is Full of Books So begins Susan Hill’s (author of The Woman in Black among many other things I’ve… Continue reading New Year: Time is Seamless


New Year’s Resolutions

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.” - Hal Borland This is not your average list of over-optimistic New Year’s resolutions. Don't expect a ten-point plan that I will have abandoned by mid-summer. No sight nor sound of 'lose weight',… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions

No Pain, No Gain

Col du Galibier

Twelve days of January have already been and gone (almost) and so far, 2017 is looking pretty good; from my personal perspective, at least. There may have been a near-apocalyptic tube strike which brough London to a rage-boiling standstill, making my sister 50mins late for an exam, the man-baby hasn't stopped tweeting rubbish, and a… Continue reading No Pain, No Gain

What a Difference a Day Makes

Col du Tourmalet Summit

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. - Thomas Paine December 31st holds all the weight of the news, life events, triumphs and deaths of the 364(/5) days leading up to it. 2016 was a year which everyone seems determined to consider a write-off, a horror show, a disaster.… Continue reading What a Difference a Day Makes

Feeling Fat, Grumpy and Ready for a Change


Really, this ought to be the introduction to an update on my progress in the Rapha Festive 500; the British cycling clothing brand's noble initiative intended to get people riding between Christmas and New Year. I couldn't wait. I was looking forward to having clear parameters within which I would achieve a certain mileage, and a… Continue reading Feeling Fat, Grumpy and Ready for a Change

December Strategy

I feel like I am at the foot of a monumental mountain. The refreshing first day of 2017 still seems a long way off and the burden of what is still to be done in the now waning 2016 feels akin to the weight on Atlas's shoulders. Rather than rushing to complete projects or submit whatever reports one… Continue reading December Strategy