I was watching an episode of The Bill, a British police drama, today and it had a guest appearance by an actress I once knew, Emily Morgan. We actually shared a two-storey apartment back in the late 80s in the east of London and I remember her rehearsing for that role. It is funny how some past memories seem like they are from another life, mind you these were from my bachelor days. So I searched and reminded myself of her successes on the big and small screen. I did remember that she had a speaking part in Four Weddings & a Funeral, and various British TV series’, like Brass and Drummonds, but had not remembered that she had a role in The French Lieutenants Woman as a younger actress; here is a shot of her opposite Jeremy Irons.
I do remember that there were a lot of actors that I knew came to the apartment at various times, and of course if you are in the business this is nothing special, but for others, it is all a bit surreal. Here is her biography. That was a nice memory.
I have been known to comment on my wife’s growing pile of running shoes, compared to my one pair. But of course, she has been running somewhat longer than me. However the other day I invested in my second pair and they look too shiny and clean to run in. I am sure I will soon get over that. As with most things these days, I didn’t get the latest and greatest, but last years model; makes them a bit cheaper and I got a good deal, especially with a further 20% off using a code from Running Heroes. It is recommended that you wear runners for a maximum of 800km as they lose their bounce and support. These days with recording of run data, it is quite easy to track this, so my first pair have about 300km left on them. I will be alternating these with the new ones going forward. We will see if the new ones make any difference to my running.
I edited a photo today that I took with my Iphone 5 at the weekend while on our trail run/walk. It is amazing what you can do with phone shots.
Seen on our travels today, it was a backyard wedding.
Parkrun (or ‘parkrun’, can it be all lowercase at the start of a sentence?) day today and we headed to Balyang Sanctuary in town. As usual, and you would think I would learn by my mistakes, I set off on the 5k far too quickly with 4.56 and 4.59 for the first 2k. At the turnaround point I started to notice the error of my ways and was breathing hard. Then as I was joined by a fellow runner who had caught up with me, he could see (and hear) my struggle and started to encourage me and talk me through the rest of the distance. Then as a person who I knew passed me and called back encouragement and used my name, my new running buddy picked up on that and added my name to the encouragement. If it had not been for this person, I would have stopped running and walked while I recovered my breathing, but with this encouragement I completed the final 3k at even pace, 5.26, 5.28, 5.25. Although this seemed like a real chore today and not fast at all, it is actually my second fasted 5k, so I have to be happy with that. After the run we formally introduced ourselves and had a good chat about running and life in general, and are now friends on FB. So this is a story of what a good running community does for each other.
An early post tonight, as we are up at 4am tomorrow, more of that later.
Strava Art or GPS Art (for users of other activity tracking apps) can be a very elaborate deal and is mostly pre-planned. However my favourite versions are those that are unplanned and found after the run to resemble some solid object.
Here are a few of my recent runs and my interpretation of what they represent.
Maybe a water pistol or if you turn it upside down it could be a sleigh!
Then there is a bird (of sorts) or maybe a dinosaur (think the kind with tiny forelimbs).
Then there is disco-man.
Yes there is a name for it and I seem to be hooked on it, those crime dramas from Scandic countries. But not just these, others from the region always seem to catch my eye.
So here is a few I have enjoyed.
Borgen, who would have thought a Danish political drama would have such worldwide appeal.
Fortitude, a Norwegian murder mystery, set in a remote community.
Wallander, and not the dodgy and dour Kenneth Branagh version either, but the original adaptation of Henning Mankell’s detective story filmed near Malmo, Sweden.
The Bridge, another murder mystery series set against the premise of a joint police investigation between Denmark and Sweden, joined as they are by the Oresund/Tunnel Bridge crossing.
Lilyhammer, a somewhat politically incorrect comedy noir set in the Norwegian winter olympics venue, starring the straight faced Steven Van Sandt
The Killing, a police investigation series, and now the latest to hit our screen Before We Die.
I have been told I am a bit weird by my nearest and dearest one for liking these, but I haven’t even started with the french dramas yet.
The untimely death of 49 year old Jana Novotna, professional tennis player, brings home how thankful I am that I am physically healthy. Being of a similar age really makes you think of your mortality. This year with increasing my exercise and improving my diet has shown it is never too late to make changes that will improve your long term health, both physical and mental. However, as with Novotna, the luck of the draw or genetics may still have the last say.
I won’t end on a sad note, so I found this on the Internet today…I have no more words
You will have to try harder than that and invest in a spell checker.