Mountain biking in Manchester

No, that's not "near Manchester". I mean actually in Manchester. Did you know about this? I didn't until this year when my OH bought me a mountain bike skills lesson at the National Cycling Centre (NCC). It was great fun! I love cycling. I don't do a huge amount of…

Black Cats - what lovely people

I'm just back from a week of snowboarding in Tignes in the French Alps. This was my first snowboarding holiday where I really felt I was not a beginner. I pushed myself and my equipment until the cracks started to show and then tried to solve the problems that I…

A beginners perspective on snowboarding

I love snowboarding. If anyone asks, I usually say I've been snowboarding since 2010. The truth is that I tried learning to snowboard 5 years before that and was so disheartened by the experience that I thought I'd given up. Even in the last few years I've sometimes been very…

Android mindfulness apps

Mindfulness has attracted a lot of research interest in recent years and its benefits for physical, mental and emotional well being are often discussed. I've been practising mindfulness for about 7 years. The improvements that I've experienced in the same period have been decreased anxiety, decreased tendency to panic, increased…

Through the Language Glass

"Through the Language Glass" by Guy Deutscher is my favourite kind of book. It unpacks an academic subject for a mainstream audience and does so with a fluidity which, in this case, meant that I soon found myself looking at the appendix and wishing there was more. Actually, even the…

The News Entertainment Industry

In my youth, I felt that I really ought to read the news and Keep Myself Informed. I remember being told that this would be particularly important at job interviews. Any such feeling in me was well and truly crushed when I worked abroad for a year without access to…