Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights – Alistair Humphrey’s film

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There was some over-indulgence of the weekend courtesy of the Paisley Beer Festival (excellent timing, as we avoided the crowds) and the single malt collection in the house.  It was fun, but it’s time to knock it on the head and get back into training.

With that in mind, it’s time to get running again.  I’ve not got the excuse that stopped me over the winter (snow and ice on the roads) and I can always use the treadmill in the gym at work if that’s the case, so time to man up, get out there, and get the painful bit over and done with, so I can get back to enjoying running again.

I’ve not been vegging out completely though, I’ve been back on the bike with a vengence, so hopefully it’ll be a fairly gradual climb back to where I was at when winter made me wimp out.

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Remembering Syria

Last night I was watching a programme about Christians being persecuted across the Middle East – the exception being Lebanon, which has it written into it’s constitution that both Muslims and Christians HAVE to have equal representation in the make up of the government.

There was a section in the programme about Syria, and the Christian town of Maaloula. When we were in Syria a couple of years before the current crisis started, we visited Maaloula. It was a beautiful little town in the mountains, with an absolutely stunning monastery, which we visited.

We – unfortunately – see images from war zones all the time now on tv, and shocking as it usually is, when you see somewhere that you have actually been, it really brings it home.

The people we stayed with, who ran a hostel in the old city in Damascus, fortunately managed to get out, and made their way to Jordan.

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The new wheels

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So, I got the bike

On Thursday last week I picked up my new bike, and very nice it is too. Unfortunately, thanks to the weather, and the 60mph+ winds in particular, I’ve only ridden it once, and that was on the way home from the shop 😦

Yesterday we had snow. SNOW!!! It’s almost Easter!!!!

Anyway, it’s just going to make the first proper ride, all the better for the waiting.

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