Category Archives: Health

May 16

18 Months of Feeding The Owl

I’ve just hit my 589 day streak on Duolingo. In other words, I’ve spent some time every day, for the last 589 consecutive days, learning one or more foreign languages using the superb Duolingo app on either my phone, tablet or laptop. Having recently broken the 18 month mark (548 days) and now bearing down […]

December 21

Next Year, More Of The Same Would Be Just Fine…

2012 has clearly been an epic year to be British. I’m not someone who feels national pride under most circumstances – with the possible exception of rugby matches, and then I’m more confused about my heritage than anything else – but the combination of the jubilee and the phenomenal success of the Olympics has made […]

October 27

An Early Start

So, it’s that time of year again and after a brief hiatus in 2011, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet to my colleagues to join me in having a crack at Movember, in aid of Prostate Cancer, obviously. I have been sporting about ten days or so of beard until this morning and so decided to […]

April 28

Cleaning Up The Mailroom

Over the last decade or so – since we started Punch back in 2003 – the volume of mail coming into my inbox has steadily continued to grow in size year on year, from what now seemed to be very lightweight, to become the ever-demanding, resource-sapping monster that it is today. Like many people, I […]

Wordpress Confessional

Forgive me WordPress – it’s been several weeks since my last post, and I feel terribly guilty. It’s true that things are a shade on the busy side, what with trips to Istanbul, Dubai, Sweden and Munich in the last few weeks, on top of recent visits to Moscow, Budapest, Athens and others – but […]

Movember, Week 2

Right, so Movember is now nearing the halfway park. The thing is now looking visible enough to be an irritant for me and sufficiently amusing for everyone else, but it hardly seems worthwhile at this point. Still, it’s been a bit of an icebreaker this week on a number of occasions and I remain game […]

Stimulants & I

So, I’m back to my favourite subject – sleep – once again. Or, at least, the effect of specific stimulants on the quality of my sleep and therefore my life in general. Post-holiday, I’ve now consolidated my abstention of booze with the added sacrifice of caffeine – or at least, caffeine in it’s most potent […]

Typically Dramatic

We’ve decided to come on holiday in the UK rather than going abroad – with all the benefits and risks that are respectively associated. On the plus side, we haven’t had to travel too far with the little ones. On the downside we’ve had iffy weather all week, with rain all day today for example. […]

Advanced Web Rankings

I’ve just found a terrific keyword research tool which looks like it might save us a good deal of time and hassle moving forwards – http://www.advancedwebranking.com. We have been put onto the service by an industry contact and I’m always a little sceptical about using automated services, not least when we currently take a great […]

Oh, The Irony

I’ve had a bit of a night of it. Although we have taken our eldest daughter to a couple of festivals (the Big Chill, twice), it’s impossible to take two of them at their age – or at least highly impractical. Nevertheless, every Glastonbury weekend, I try and watch as much of it as I […]

Bone Dry

I’m now six months in to having been teetotal, which started out as a attempt to have a healthy January and has rolled on subsequently. Having done this once before, also for about six months, I will confess to feeling pretty good – although not evangelical, which I find pretty irritating – about the benefits […]

Hit Pause

The last week or so before holiday is always berserk – and this week has been no different. With three new joiners in the last few weeks, a leaver today and a couple of major new projects onboarding right now, the adage that ‘it’s never a good time’ is perhaps more applicable than normal at […]

Finding More Hours

This week my body clock has steadfastly refused to accept local time (Pacific, ie 8hrs behind the UK) to the extent that with two days to go, I really no longer want to acclimatise before turning around and going home. To be fair it has allowed me to wake up, typically between 4am and 5:30pm […]

A Double Week

An evident theme of this blog is the recurring fact that I’m continually shattered. Over the last week, my wife has graduated, my youngest has been christened, one daughter has been in hospital and the other has had a four day fever. Coupled with which, Emma’s parents are with us for the week, so whilst […]

Rest? Easy…

I’ve had back problems for about the last month or so now and I’ve got to say that it’s really starting to get on my nerves (ahem). Not entirely sure what caused it but it’s coincided with a pretty heavy stint in the gym which seems to have fooled me into thinking that I could […]

The Art of Punching (Something)

My eight week exploration of whether I can find time to crowbar a visit to the gym into my life every other day seems to be going better than expected. I’ve been seeing a personal trainer for most of my visits, which is a fairly huge extravagance for me – but about the only personal […]

Caffeine & A Very Long Week

Lots has been made of Google’s new algorithm Caffeine this week, with the forthcoming changes making ripples to the online search community to the forthcoming changes (which can be trialled). I picked up on an interesting piece from a blog yesterday in which we were mentioned, commented and only later realised that it was Australian. […]

Switching Off

Despite being on the losing side – and not thinking terribly positive thoughts about our opponents given some of what went on – yesterday’s match against South Africa was, I think, the best game of rugby I’ve ever seen. Stephen Jones described it, perfectly, in The Sunday Times as ‘epic’. Indeed. Not sure whether I […]

Getting Back On The Horse

This week, I’ve taken the situation in hand and joined a local gym – although I use the term local loosely as it’s 15 – 20 minutes away, which may well present itself as a factor in my attendance at some point in time. Having joined on Tuesday, I’ve found a couple of hours on […]

New Look, New Home

So, a few weeks ago I moved this blog from it’s former home to this new location, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the software I was using, from a site called ‘edublogs’ was proving extremely painful to use despite being based on WordPress, resisting updates on a seemingly arbitrary basis. Secondly I also wanted […]

Accidental Fatigue Management

It’s been a strange ten days. I anticipated having sufficient time on my hands to blog throughout the trip to San Francisco but aside from three trips to the pool and a party on the Friday night, I don’t think I had a non-work related waking moment. Which is not to say that was a […]

Sleep Deprivation – Meet Jetlag…

I just landed yesterday in San Francisco with Reality Digital for a conference later this week – flight was terrific and managed to get through a heap of work. Rob Proctor (Head of EMEA) and I landed and headed straight out to a terrific restaurant called the Franciscan, overlooking Alcatraz. It’s been raining something terrible […]

Illness Pervades

Things are a little slower than usual on the posting front here at present due to family illness. Nothing serious but it collectively adds up to a massive headache. I seem to have picked up a sickness bug which wiped me out last weekend – fortunately I was fine by Monday morning. Unfortunately, Emma seems […]

Silicon Valley Update – Day 1.5

Actually I’m going to give up trying to figure out what day it is. As my colleague Ben just pointed out to me, I’ve had 4.5 hours sleep in the last 45 hours, which is a little concerning to be honest. Pulled up outside Reality Digital’s office last night to find that the building is […]

Thrashed & Smelly

OK, so I was thrashed and, with apologies to Kingsley Amis, my body feels like i’ve been beaten up by the Russian Secret Police, but I managed to make it through my first game of squash in nearly 20 (!) years relatively unscathed. We’ve run out of ground coffee in the office so today I’ve […]

Squash: The Fear

I’m heading out to play squash later this evening with a friend locally – and I have the fear something terrible. Firstly, with the business having taken up so much of my time outside family life over the last 12 months, my fitness regime has suffered. Just a year ago I used to swim a […]