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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Losing Weight - Part 1

Gotcha! I thought somebody might read my blog if I did a weight loss post. It's a popular topic. This isn't a weight loss blog. It's more 'anything and everything', whatever happens to come into my head at any given moment. But. . . weight loss is something I can write about.
Years ago, a friend threw a surprise birthday party for me. I stepped on the weighing scales at her house as my own scales were long buried in a cupboard. I got a second surprise. I knew I had put on weight, but 15 kilos? It spoilt the party for me and I sat in a corner and sulked.
Next day, still sulking, I complained to a slim colleague about it. "You can run it off", she replied very matter of factly. She was a keen jogger. I started to complain about running and she cut me off. "If you don't want to run, then walk. It just means it will take you twice as long. Takes me 30 minutes to do a 5km jog so you will have to cover 5km in an hour. That's a brisk walk. Walking the dog and stopping every few minutes doesn't count. And you need to do it daily if you want results."

Friday, 21 October 2016

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Down Under. And Down and Out

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Redfern Speech. On 10th December 1992, addressing a largely Indigenous crowd in Sydney's Redfern Park, Paul Keating became the first Australian Prime Minister to publicly acknowledge to Indigenous Australians that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Australian Aboriginal communities continued to face:

“We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. We failed to ask - how would I feel if this were done to me?"
YouTube: 1992 Redfern Speech. Prime Minister Paul Keating, Sydney, Australia.

So You Don't Write in Your Blog Daily?

So you don't write on your blog every day? Me neither. 
But I'm going to change all that. There is an Italian café/restaurant just a few doors away from where I live in Prague. It specialises in seafood which is perplexing because Prague is located in the geographical centre of the European continent, and more particularly 1000km from the Italian Mediterranean. How do all those little fishy and shellfishy get here so fast? The menu always says they are fresh. But I'm not here for the seafood.
This cafe is where I will blog daily. It is difficult for me to get a coffee the way I like it here in Prague. I have an espresso but in a large cup, with hot milk on the side. Try saying that in Czech. It is my attempt at replicating the

These Boots Are Made For Walking.

Gotcha! I thought somebody might read my blog if I did a weight loss post. It's a popular topic. This isn't a weight loss blog. It's more 'anything and everything', whatever happens to come into my head at any given moment. But. . . weight loss is something I can write about.
Years ago, a friend threw a surprise birthday party for me. I stepped on the weighing scales at her house as my own scales were long buried in a cupboard. I got a second surprise. I knew I had put on weight, but 15 kilos? It spoilt the party for me and I sat in a corner and sulked.
Next day, still sulking, I complained to a slim colleague about it. "You can run it off", she replied very matter of factly. She was a keen jogger. I started to complain about running and she cut me off. "If you don't want to run, then walk. It just means it will take you twice as long. Takes me 30 minutes to do a 5km jog so you will have to cover 5km in an hour. That's a brisk walk. Walking the dog and stopping every few minutes doesn't count. And you need to do it daily if you want results."