Let it roll

Last night I went to see UFO on their farewell “Last Orders” tour, which was also their 50th anniversary tour.

When I was at school, UFO were pretty much my favourite band, and I’ve seen them quite a few times over the years, so there was no way I was missing this tour.
They did not disappoint.  From the off it was classic song after classic song, until they “buggered off” as Phil Mogg put it, before coming back for a stormer of an encore.

The only complaint I would have was the price of the merchandise.  £25 for a tshirt with just the band logo on the front, and £30 for one with the tour dates on the back.  This isn’t a gripe I’ve got with them alone, it’s almost standard for any big name group to charge an arm and a leg for merch.  Outside the gig was a guy selling bootleg merch, exactly the same designs as the tour merch inside.  £10 for a tshirt and £20 for a hoodie.
While I’m not condoning this, it’s understandable why people buy from these guys, and this one seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

Now if they’d charged £15 – £20 for the tshirts inside the gig, more people would have bought them and the money would have been in their pockets.

I know some bands have said their only source of profit is merch, but if they made a smaller profit per shirt, they’d shift more units, and make more money, and the fans would get an official shirt at a reasonable price, and everyone would win.

But I digress.

An excellent gig by an excellent band who have never disappointed me.  I’ll be sorry to see them go, but 50 of quality music is an awesome legacy.

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Consumerism. Wake up, time to buy

Yesterday, we were in TK Maxx, as one of my yoga teachers had found Manduka Eko Lite mats in her local one, for a third of the usual price, and I needed a new mat.
As my luck goes, they didn’t have them, so I was good to leave.  My wife however went looking to see if there was any shorts she could get for our upcoming trip to Cambodia.

While she was browsing I was randomly wandering round the store, not looking at things, and that’s when I noticed that the majority of the people were raking through the rails like zombies on autopilot, and that’s when it struck me.  They’re not looking for something they need, they’re looking till they SEE SOMETHING THEY WANT.

It’s almost like people are conditioned to buy to justify their existence.

“What did you do at the weekend?”
“I bought xxxx.  What about you?”
“Oh, I bought YYY”
“Cool”

Work, shop, sleep, repeat.

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Life of late

So I’ve not posted much lately.  Since the last post, there hasn’t been anything in the way of snow, and I suspect that winter has pretty much passed us by. (not good if you love sledging).

I’ve been attending 3 yoga classes a week, and doing the odd practice on my own at home as well, and I’m still loving it.  In fact, last night’s class was awesome.  I really enjoyed it, and had a great post practice buzz.  So much so that I didn’t stop off for a pint on my way home as I didn’t want to spoil it.

I’m eating less meat, and more veggie equivalents.  I love a roll and sausage on a Saturday morning, and Linda McCartney sausages are a great alternative to meat.  I also found Malcolm Allen veggie lorne sausage, which taste wise is no different from the real thing, but the texture isn’t quite right.  Other than that there’s no difference, it’s excellent.

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Snowing

First snow of the year.  Hope it’s not the last.

 

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Double the benefits

I’m just back from a lunchtime yoga class.
Lately (last few weeks) I’ve started being a lot more aware of how I feel mentally, after doing yoga, as well as physically.
I feel a lot calmer, more relaxed, and very chilled.

It’s got to the stage that – in the case of a post work evening class – I no longer grab a quick drink while I’m waiting for the train home, as the alcohol would kill this really pleasant feeling that I’m experiencing.  So, I take a slower, more meandering route to get to the station instead, and enjoy the sensation of calm that is washing over me.

So, double the benefits.  The physical – that I’ve always been aware of – and now the mental, which I’m experiencing more vividly than before.

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Back again

Not been about in a while.  My bad.

I did the 108 Sun Salutations, and raised £106 for the charity.   It was a challenge, but I actually enjoyed it.  There was an energy in the room that just swept you along.
Really nice nibbles and a choice of a bucks fizz or non-alcoholic alternative.
I really enjoyed the whole thing, and definitely want to take part again next year.

The travel plans for this year is a bucket list trip for me, Cambodia.  We’re heading out via Singapore, as my Karen has always wanted to go there as it’s apparently a foddie’s wet dream, and she loves trying new foods.
After Singapore, it’s a few days at Siem Reap for the temples, then on to Sihanoukville to relax, before heading home via Bangkok and Dubai.
Really looking forward to this.

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Back again.

So I’ve been lax in posting here.  My bad.
It’s not that I haven’t been doing things to post about, I have.  But I’ve been doing and not posting, so here’s a quick update.

We’ve booked a trip to Cambodia for next year.  Stopping in Singapore on the way out, and coming back via Bangkok – which is in danger of usurping Paris as my favourite city – and Dubai.

A week on Saturday I’m taking part in a charity yoga event.  108 sun salutations.  I may be a broken husk afterwards, but it’s all in a good cause.

Last weekend I got a new tattoo (see below), a Green Man.  I’m seriously happy with the way it turned out.  I’m going to book in again soon to get the Celtic animals/knotwork on the same arm, touched up so it all blends together really nicely.

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1st 10k in years

On Sunday, I ran my first 10k race in about 3 years.
There was way to little preparation, as I’ve only been running again for about the last month, but have been running up to 9k.
The thinking was, 9k feeling good afterwards, so another on top is do-able, as long as I remember I’ve been away from running for a few years, so don’t aim for a time, just aim to get round.

So that was the plan. I was thinking, based on the running I’d been doing, that 60 mins was a reasonable time to get round in, so I was surprised and very happy with my finish time of 55:15.

The course was a wee bit hilly, and I was feeling it in my legs for the last 1k, but I made it round and in a time 5 minutes under what I was aiming for, so to say I’m pleased is an understatement.

I think I’ve got the bug again.

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Quick question for the yogi’s

This last week I’ve been a bit achey. Holding my arms up in Warrior 2 was making my upper arms ache, and yesterday, doing vinyasas, I struggled not to faceplant onto the mat!

After last night’s class I was talking to someone, and they said it’s probably not the upper arm muscles, but my shoulder muscles, that are stiff, and my arms are compensating, hence the achey arms.

The question is, does anyone have any recommendations for any exercise to loosen off stiff shoulder muscles?

Any advice gratefully accepted.

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Run Forrest, run….

I’ve been dipping my toes back into running over the last couple of weeks. I’ve always missed being in the running club (I fell out of the habit after an injury, and just got lazy), and it’s more annoying now that they’ve re-located to the sports centre at the end of my road, so twice a week I see them run past my window.
SO, with that in mind I’ve been doing some gentle running to ease back into it. I’m up to just under 10k now, so I’ve entered a race on the 11th. It’s named after the guy who was my first coach when I joined the club, so it seemed appropriate.
I’m under no illusions about fast times, I’m just looking to enjoy the run, get over the finish line, and collecting my finishers t shirt (and hopefully catching up with Jimmy, my old coach)

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