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9-Apr-2013 An easy day in Dhaka

Tuesday 9 April 2013 Leave a comment

Chris, Sheila and the kids are going to Thailand & Burma today at 11am and I am staying on at the apartment so I had a hundred questions about the driver, the air con, locking the doors, phone numbers etc etc. I spent a bit of time reading some of their very interesting books (Sheila is doing a phd in public health so I guess some of the books are hers but they are both into education so who knows) – feels like heaven anyway as I love non-fiction books with a passion.



I then walked out to the coffee shop – it feels like days since I was last by myself. In fact its been just 2 weeks since I left home, but it feels literally like 2 months since I caught the ferry to the airport. I guess you go to so many places and see so many new things and your mind is constantly ON. That’s why today I thought I would just go slowly.

I then walked to Gulshan-2 and had a look at the shops and had a juice out. I had a look at Jatra a good handicraft type shop.

I was back home by 5pm and skyped with Dawn. Watched some BBC World News. Had some leftover rice & dahl, did some reading and went to bed at 1030pm.

I have not written much about beggars here or in India. They are all over and everywhere constantly hassling me. Sometimes politely,  sometimes funny, sometimes more aggressive. I have been torn, over the years, as to how to deal with them. Politely say no? Ignore them completely? Give the most seemingly needy some money? Firmly ask them to leave me alone? Try to explain why I WASN’T giving them money? In the end I still can’t decide which approach is best and do all of the above at various times. I usually prefer to just give very small amounts, coins etc to either the oldest or most handicapped beggars as whether they are working for someone or not they clearly have the most miserable lives.

One of the surprising things was the security setup here. The apartment is in like a diplomatic enclave, and there are a lot of embassies,  foreign schools etc here.  The main entrance to the enclave is on the UN Road where there is a boom gate and a bunch of armed guards. I guess they keep out anyone suspicious. I have seen them hitting auto-rickshaws with big sticks if they are not doing what they say. They are trying to keep out rickshaw wallahs in traditional lunghis (all the foreigners don’t care what they wear). Lights are mandatory at night also on a rickshaw in this area.

Yesterday a car got burnt out round the corner, I think these torchings are quite common. We also saw some people pushing a torched car (after it was put out).

Our day trip to see river dolphins on Thursday has been cancelled due to another hartal. I bought a bus ticket to Kolkata for Saturday as all these hartals are just so unpredictable and make planning very hard.

Sheila & Chris are hooked into sms from the American Embassy and emails from work about the political situation. Here is an email I got from Sheila as she was about to fly out :

Security Alert for all HKI Bangladesh Staff

Current Situations:

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called for a 36 hour nationwide hartal (strike/shutdown) starting from Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:00 a.m. until Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
10 injured in Narayangaj clashes
Clashes between the strikers and law keepers have left at least 10 people, including two journalists, injured in Narayanganj as the opposition-sponsored 36-hour strike took effect.
Police and witnesses said BNP and its youth front brought out a procession from Narayanganj’s Kumudini Welfare Trust around 6am. When police tried to stop them, pitched battles erupted.
BNP-police clash at Cox’s Bazar
Agitated activists of the main opposition BNP’s Cox’s Bazar unit on Monday night clashed with the police hours after its Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed was arrested in Dhaka.

The local BNP unit has also called a shutdown for Thursday in the district following a 36-hour nationwide BNP strike starting on Tuesday.Police arrested former Cox’s Bazar MP Salahuddin Ahmed at around 9:30pm from Dhaka’s Gulshan.
BNP’s volunteer wing Swechchasebak Dal has also called a general strike at the port city of Chittagong for Thursday demanding the release of BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman.
After getting the news of his arrest, local leaders and activists of the opposition brought out protest processions at Chakoria and Pekua at around 10:30pm and vandalised at least 20 vehicles.
Police said shots were fired and crude bombs were also detonated at the time leaving four people including two policemen injured.

Upcoming Days:
Islami Chhatra Shibir has called a nationwide whole-day general strike on Thursday 11 April demanding release of its President Delwar Hussen.
The Jamaat-e-Islami student front is also opposed to sending Delwar Hussen on police remand for questioning.

Hefajat-E- Islam announces:
Hefajat also announced to hold rallies at different parts of the country, including Sylhet, Khulna, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Faridpur, Brahmanbaria, Barisal and Bogra from April 11 to April 30 to force the government to meet its demands.

It seems full week of hartal and it may continue from next week also after 14th April.

Instruction during hartal:

A hartal is a mass protest, and can involve a total shutdown of the country. It is a recognized political method for articulating any political demand. Hartals can turn violent if the population, or political groups, enforce the shut down. Violence can also occur the evening/night before a hartal. We advise all HKI Staff to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel throughout the country.

All Staff are advised to exercise caution and minimize movement and exposure even within the enclave during a hartal. Employees outside of Dhaka are also take additional precautions.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.

1.    Please tune to your local media for information and avoid all area covered rally, meeting and be safe.

2.    Keep  your ID card with you always while coming or leaving to office.

3.    Don’t wait outside 1 place for long time

4.    Better not to use Auto rickshaw (CNG) during hartal, if needs use without locking door.

5.    Use cycle rickshaw if needs to move emergency or emergency vehicle.

6.    Don’t use HKI or rented car.

7.    Don’t move to the field.(depends)

8.    Don’t travel to the field by steamer/ launch/ bikes.

9.    Make sure that your official movement is approved by your supervisor.

Please monitor the local media for updates.

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6-Feb-2013 Books I read in 2012

Wednesday 6 February 2013 Leave a comment

I made a list of almost all the books I read in 2012. I had been keeping track of them all in shelfari which I do really like, but some of the books are not listed there, which is weird as they were bought or do a deal with Amazon and the books are listed at Amazon. I also wanted to link all of them to a page that shows the cover and a review etc (like on Amazon) but there are too many of them and I don’t have time at the moment.

Here is the list – it probably says quite a lot about the type of person I am, and my interests!

  1. waiting for a wide horse sky by elaine kennedy
  2. Gaining a sense of self by karen laura-lee wilson
  3. holy cow by Sarah Macdonald
  4. maharishi by martin ebon
  5. yoga of kirtan by steven rosen
  6. the naked buddha by eric harrison
  7. studying hinduism in practise by hilary rodrigues
  8. once were radicals by irfan yusuf
  9. maximum city Bombay lost & found by suketu mehta
  10. India Calling by anand giridharadas
  11. Such a long journey by rohinton mistri
  12. Eat pray eat by michael booth
  13. The Hungry Years – William Leith
  14. the blue-eyed salaryman by niall murtagh
  15. Complete idiots guide to hinduism by Linda Johnsen
  16. Behind the beautiful forevers By Katherine Boo
  17. singing for freedom by ani choying drolma
  18. a season in red by kirsty needham
  19. the most dangerous man in the world by andrew fowler
  20. spent – memoirs of a shopping addict by avis cardella
  21. observations of a very short man by nigel marsh
  22. the checklist manifesto by atul gawande
  23. gandhi ceo by alan axelrod
  24. skytrain by canyon sam
  25. delivering happines – tony hsieh
  26. becoming indian by pavan k. varma
  27.  the undercover economist by tim harford
  28. Q&A by vikas swarup
  29. delirious delhi by dave prager
  30. shanti bloody shanti by aaron smith
  31. The Boy Who Loved Apples by Amanda Webster
  32. Older by George Michael
  33. china cuckoo by mark kitto
  34. hell bent by benjamin lorr
  35. only half of me by rageh omaar

Obviously I read lots of websites, magazines and other stuff as well, but these were the main books I read and remembered to write in a list.


6-Dec-2012 Hell Bent book

Thursday 6 December 2012 Leave a comment

I just finished this book: Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Bikram Yoga a great book, what more can I say?

We saw the book at Auckland airport so was a dead cert we would buy it. Although we love Bikram yoga, I know enough about Bikram to know that there are lots of people who are not huge fans. The book was a fair look at good and bad. Its clear though that the Yoga itself comes thru with flyong colours.

Author Benjamin Lorr wandered into a yoga studio—and fell down a rabbit hole

Hell-Bent explores a fascinating, often surreal world at the extremes of American yoga. Benjamin Lorr walked into his first yoga studio on a whim, overweight and curious, and quickly found the yoga reinventing his life. He was studying Bikram Yoga (or “hot yoga”) when a run-in with a master and competitive yoga champion led him into an obsessive subculture—a group of yogis for whom eight hours of practice a day in 110- degree heat was just the beginning.

So begins a journey.  Populated by athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, legitimate medical miracles, and predatory hucksters, it’s a nation-spanning trip—from the jam-packed studios of New York to the athletic performance labs of the University of Oregon to the stage at the National Yoga Asana Championship, where Lorr competes for glory.

The culmination of two years of research, and featuring hundreds of interviews with yogis, scientists, doctors, and scholars, Hell-Bent is a wild exploration.  A look at the science behind a controversial practice, a story of greed, narcissism, and corruption, and a mind-bending tale of personal transformation, it is a book that will not only challenge your conception of yoga, but will change the way you view the fragile, inspirational limits of the human body itself.

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15-Oct-2012 Boy who loved apples book

Monday 15 October 2012 Leave a comment

I loved this book: The Boy Who Loved Apples by Amanda Webster. I finished it today after only a couple of days reading it.


6-Oct-2012 Saturday

Saturday 6 October 2012 2 comments

I am writing this whilst watching the Into the Wild film – it’s probably one of my favourites. I have the book also that I read in India. I did see that Chris McCandless was born on the same date as me (not the same year though).

This morning I dropped Chelseas and a friend off at another friend’s then drove to Cronulla for a swim. I just love it in the waves, although today was very rainy and windy – no one on the beach at all – even the lifeguards deserted their posts for the dry! I swam around the buoy – 17.7C – so fairly warm in the water and quite decent swell. I loved it so much !!

Then I went to the Best Little Bookshop in town, and traded in 5 books for $27 and bought 2 to cover it, then a new one to boot – I am definitely trying to get rid of my books but its a slow process! I will be getting a kindle or a kindle reader on the Samsung Galaxy phone (when I get it) but either way will be going digital.

I went to the Sylvania fruit shop to get some veggies and Sauerkraut for one of the kids.

Back at home, it was just before 4pm. I’d half thought of going to a Jivamukti class at 6pm, but realised it was 5pm and that I would not make it. I was then going to follow up with the Joe Strummer-inspired Revolution Rock also in Newtown at 8pm, but in the end decided I didn’t want to rush out, and miss yoga and hang around for a few hours AND then get home at 1am. (I am surf lifesaving tomorrow and just want to chillax).

After I’d made the decision, Dawn announced she was about to go running so I went with her, but on my mountain bike. We went down to Big Marley and I just ran from the end of the new firetrail they are building. My first run for a month – my ankle seems to be pretty much better now. However I will still take it easy.

Had a bath then made dinner, a little rice, veggies, with fresh ginger and fresh Turmeric (that I got today in Cronulla), then watch the movie.

14-Aug-2011 86,400 seconds in a day

Sunday 14 August 2011 1 comment

I saw this image on one of my favourite “blogs”:

86400 seconds in a dayI mean its obviously great, and meaningful, and worthy of more than a 5 second flick thru. Maybe you should brew a pot of tea and have a longer think about it.

I bought this book last year which is on basically the same subject – 168 hours in a week – how will you use yours ?

Image here, in case the original gets moved:

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25-Jul-2011 Journeys on the silk road

Monday 25 July 2011 Leave a comment

I went along to this function this evening, “Join Joyce Morgan, senior arts writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, as she discusses her new book. Journeys on the Silk Road follows the remarkable discovery and journey of the world’s oldest printed book, the Diamond Sutra.

Sealed for a thousand years in a cave in the Gobi Desert, its emergence has illuminated the spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road and coincided with the growing appeal of this ancient tradition in the West.

I was interested as I went there (Dunhuang, China) back in 1987 even before the authors of the above book! Also its good top support the local community – lots of people there!

Didn’t go swiming (still haven’t been since getting over the cold) but there was a good article in the Guardian about “Wild Swimming“.

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16-Apr-2011 Finished Mao book & Running injury

Saturday 16 April 2011 Leave a comment

I finally finished the book Mao-A Lifesee my review here. I am trying to review all the books I read, not sure why, just a couple of sentences is usually all I do – you can check out my books read in the past (the last year or so’s worth not all the books I have ever read – there are literally too many to count), what I am reading now etc here on shelfari.

For the last week or so I have had a pain behind my left knee when running – definitely related to tightness in my muscles in my hamstring etc. It definitely feels like an injury now. bugger.

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4-Aug-2010 Nigel Marsh Talk

Wednesday 4 August 2010 Leave a comment

Just watched this:

His book Fat Fourty & Fired is well good also.

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30-Jul-2010 Book updates

Friday 30 July 2010 Leave a comment

I finished the Rowing to Alaska book – (review here). Today I went into the Kinokuniya bookshop in Sydney and bought the Food Rules book, then read it on the train. my review here. I also bought the Omnivore’s dilemma (a review, not mine obviously as I haven’t read it yet, here)


11-Jun-2010 Discovered Shelfari

Friday 11 June 2010 Leave a comment

Found just the right website for a guy like me to track my reading habits:


11-May-2010 Indian Summer

Tuesday 11 May 2010 Leave a comment

Despite the long hours yesterday I still went in to work. I finished the book Indian Summer. It was a good book. I always like books about India. I guess I was interested in this one as the author was the same age as me, and a pom, and I have always wanted to be a teacher in an Indian slum. I think I will get there one day. I liked how he compared the english kids as self-important, self-centred versus the indian kids who were very keen and diligent students. Knowing my kids I know where he is coming from! That doesn’t necessarily mean I am becoming a grumpy old man!


6-May-2010 Endless Steppe

Thursday 6 May 2010 Leave a comment

I went to the library last weekend and borrowed 5 books in approx 10mins. I finished reading the first one, the Endless Steppe today. I realised it was a kids book but it was very good. Now I am old enough to have my own family I can see what a trauma the whole thing was.  Scary.

The other thing I have found is that I am really keen to always learn more about each author I read, to understand their particular perspective. This book was a true story, and I was keen to see that the author moved to the USA but died last year. I guess that’s a really neat thing about the internet these days – everything at your fingertips.

I tried to get my kids (teenagers) to read it but they are a waste of space where anything cultured is concerned. Jazmin read the complete Twilight series in a few weeks over summer, so she can read stuff if she wants but she’s always on the computer or playstation. Scary.


12-Aug-2009 New Beginnings

Wednesday 12 August 2009 Leave a comment

I am going thru something of a metamorphosis at the moment – trying to work out the type of person I want to be when I grow up. Right now, there is only so much I can take – of work, of coolrunning, of all these other commitments.

So I am acting a bit like a monk at the moment – I have withdrawn off to my “wilderness” bolt hole of the RNP and am just doing lots of running, not much socialising and certainly no races. to be honest the main reason I rarely race is because I am not sure I really fit in to the main demographic of most fun runners anymore. Definitely not the city to surf or many of the other runs. I prefer the smaller runs, SMC, Sydney Striders, the M7 marathon is good etc. (also because I am skint).

I am thinking of running Willy to Billy though, that’s a good one.

Anyway, on the metamorphosis side. I have decided to cut the crap and just focus on the type of runner I want to be. So I am putting in some additional runs, and making it a higher priority, and a bit more sleep.

I am reading the more about the types of runners I want to be : AntonSleep Train and Shogun.

I have changed my diet a bit (more on that at another time). just shifting it up a gear. If I am going to run sub-5 at Six Foot next year I need to get hard core.

Books – I read this cool book by a total wally. or at least I always assumed that Deepak Chopra was a real wally, but his buddha book is just truly stunning & amazing and it really moved me. Now of course it was written like a novel so you never really know if Siddhartha/ Buddha said or thought that, or if it was that Deepak guy, but it was cool anyway. Well worth reading. anyway my reading is going off on a bit of a tangent for now. No dout I will write more about this later.

Music – the new wilco, and the old bright eyes.

Stop apologising for the things you’ve never done because time is short and life is cruel, its up to us to change (That’s the Jam, A Town Called Malice)

30-Jun-2009 Not Red – Reading & Thinking

Tuesday 30 June 2009 Leave a comment

where to start?

well I did a race, fatass but not by name and no I didn’t organise it, and it wasn’t even mentioned on CR. I estimated 3h 30m but did 4h 08m in cold rain. still I was a bit disappointed. not that I came nearly last (I don’t actually care about the position) but how can anyone run nearly 2hrs faster than me on a 4hr run! winner was 2:21 (results). I mean I actually ran fast on some of it. really. and I totally knew the course and didn’t stop or fart around etc. I must be some miserable middle-aged has-been !!

Next I bought this cool kitchen gadget and been making spaghetti radish, beetroot, zucchini etc so been having a lot of salads. Even the kids been getting into them. Also making some pesto (pine nuts, basil, bit of oil, bit of balsamic – NO CHEESE, vegan).
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Bookwise – have been tucking into the books again – I read The Road to Wigan Pier. George Orwell has been a recurring author through my life. The book is fairly depressing, but his portrayal of socialists closely matches many I have known. I don’t think I have ever voted labour, or classed myself as a socialist but have been close to it at times. Ultimately socialism (and communism) lost because people are just too f**king greedy and selfish, but Orwell didn’t see it like that, but it became clear in post-war America, Europe and then Asia.

I was then lucky enough to buy Red China Blues at a market in Bundeena for about $4. This rammed home the point about why communism and socialism failed the world over and will continue to fail (without some big arse government like Mao’s pointing a gun at your head).

Anyway I am reading something a bit lighter now – Jesse Martin’s Lionheart (you know, the kid who sailed around the world solo).

Last weekend I felt totally cactus – its been pretty busy and fairly stressful at work. Working long hours. Worse is that I have been getting up at 6am/6.30am to walk the dog. Its ok generally, nice gentle walk along the beach etc watching the sunrise come up, listening to the waves lap etc, but to be honest if I get up that early I want to go for a run! Anyway didn’t even run last weekend, just spent the time reading and perfecting home made chai.

I barely answered any emails, and that includes CoolRunning stuff. A shame as sook is away and me and vurt are on a go slow. I feel like I am over everything and need to quit everything and re-charge my batteries. That’s what I want to do. Re-boot. Start afresh. Come back as a better runner.

We had some computer troubles and were one down (we have 3 permanently connected and shared for all in the house, not counting my netbook which is not shared) and when I fixed that I decided to do a proper backup. I use the free option within Mozy to store my main files online but have other archives also.

Websites – I read a lot about all sorts of things – here are a couple that I highlighted and thought about. neato:

How to feel like you have time to read everything – Only losers say they don’t have time to read blogs.

Why Technology Can’t Fulfill – technology generates fake choices, meaningless options, or real choices that are really entrapments.  This is an argument worth exploring because there is some truth in it.

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28-May-2009 Last Weekend

Thursday 28 May 2009 Leave a comment

oh boy – I am really getting into this running lark:

Saturday. The weather looked shite when I woke up so thought it would just be a hard core few at bushies. there were loads of people. From wattamolla there are only a few options and we headed towards killer gorge. some new guys running and I was going well so figured I would clean them up later. I came stone last from our group even though I ran well. Even Six Bricks beat me. Billy listed me under the females for being so slow. Still I had a good run. Saw Lynda coming back close to Wattamolla (she’s on CR too). Heard about the bishops race (ssshhh…) I put it down as 16km. felt like it anyway. pretty pooped for the rest of the day, can’t even remember what I did, running is always the best part of the day.

Sunday. SMC 25km. I wanted to go to top up the kms and have a hit out as I run mainly by myself I wanted to see how I’d go. Answer was shithouse time although I was fairly happy with my time (2:25) equivalent to a 4:04 marathon. Jeezus, I need to sort myself out if I am going to run sub-3 anytime soon! I started off midway thru the pack then slowly drifted to the back. SMC need to be congratulated on putting on a top event – just how I like it – well run but no bullshit. Same as Striders. Compared to SMH, C2S and Blackmore’s then its not hard to see why I don’t worry about the big end of town. Good to catch up with everyone afterwards (briefly) – had to dash home to take a tiddler to swimming lessons. I also dropped off approx 100 pairs of recycled runners. Totally cactus in afternoon.

Went running early morning on Tues and weds, need to put in some hard yards. Loving it. the best.

Been listening to the new manic street preachers album. t’is good. I read some of this book – Thick Face, Black Heart but chucked it in the recycle bin. total shite. waste of money. I am waiting for the road to wigan pier to arrive by post, but if not then I will start on the sid vicious book.


This was originally posted to my blog on CoolRunning. It attracted one comment:

Tim: so let me get this straight.  you are a ferral bush runner who shuns main events yet you are talking about a sub 3 marathon :)

22-May-2009 This Weekend & Kortenray

Friday 22 May 2009 Leave a comment

This saturday I plan to run with the bushies from Wattamolla (be there 6.50am) they will do approx 16km. then on sunday I plan to run the 25km (on road!) with the sydney marathon clinic. we’ll see how I do. During april I was on target for my 2000km this year but I am approx 100km adrift now so need to pick up some decent runs.

I was going thru some archives – am trying to scan in everything and reduce amount of paper I have when I found this. back in the late 1980s I clipped this out from a superb running mag that is no longer around.

You need to know that at the time I also used to run around Richmond Park like a crazy man. If you go to London then look it up – Richmond is a nice place and only a short train ride from the city. It is about 16km all round and has some excellent running paths – undulating hills, lots of trees but easy to find your way. There are paths criss-crossing the park but also lots of long grass you can run on. I have seen seb coe running here, and hugh jones (old guys that gen y won’t have heard of). The last time we were here we saw a pack of african runners running in peloton fashion – very beautiful.

Mike Kortenray – one of my inspirations:

I have just finished the Garbageland book. Good. But it didn’t really grab me. I will add it to the list of books I have to swap or sell.

ps I bought the lucky man song in previous post when the verve first released it, but was reminded of it in the film my kids just watched – marley & me – great if you are a dog owner. anyway there is a great scene there where they play the song. worth seeing the film just for that.

As this post appeared on my coolrunning blog, I did have a couple of comments:

Brick – Great article Kev.

Serena – Kevin I used to work in Twickenham (and later Teddington) for a car magazine in the v. early 90s – I used to see Seb Coe wandering about the place; he was so skinny. Also used to see Benny Hill wandering around. I wonder if the two of them were mates?  :)

3-May-2009 Why Blog?

Sunday 3 May 2009 Leave a comment

I have a friend who is a frequent user of twitter and often encourages me to use twitter. But I am struggling, I am not sure I get “it” even though I am often an early adopter of technology – call me a twitter sceptic.

But I think I get blogs (started using Blogger on the homepage of CoolRunning Australia in 2000) which was well before it hit the mainstream.

For me I like the idea of a blog to capture the state of my mind at this moment in time – maybe to leave a record to my kids of the sort of person I was. Or for myself if I lose my marbles and want to re-find who I once was. At least to me that sounds like a convincing argument for keeping a blog. I have a personal website but suspect it needs more explanation. I also find that when I write, assuming I am not stressed out, it helps me sort out the sounds in my own mind (there is always a lot happening up there but its too noisy to make much sense).

I have also decided to not write comments on my own blog eg responding to previous comments, but will address them in future posts.

So a couple comments:
1) Plu asked for a photo of my Kayak. Technically its a “sit on” hence you might imagine that in the big sea it will be hard work. That day I was riding a Squid but I have 4 Kayaks – others include an Ocky and a cuttlefish.
2) Great Gatsby – sorry I didn’t like it. It is part of a concerted effort to read some more “classics”. I’d heard of the book many years ago but actually thought it was about a hotel called the Gatsby (for some reason) and it was only when I read the back of it that I realised it was on something else totally:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby brilliantly captures the disillusion of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things ultimately hollow. Gatsby’s tragic pursuit of his dream is often cited as the Great American Novel.

It came across as rich things with too much money and I couldn’t get into it. Or maybe I put up a mental wall so I couldn’t get into it. One of my mantras in life has been “I don’t wanna hear about what the rich are doing, I don’t wanna go to where the rich are going, They think they’re so clever, they think they’re so right, But the truth is only known by guttersnipes” or maybe I have successfully brainwashed myself into thinking that. Anyway life’s too short to worry aboutt bad books, there’s millions more out there to read.
i recently read the White tiger book as I am a total fanboy for stuff on India and China. I liked it.
3) Serena asked if I had read Vernon God Little – I haven’t but have listened to an interview with the author and would like to read it sometime. In general I don’t read many fiction books, usually prefer non-fiction, or pseudo non-fiction.

On the running front I ran down the street with the dog today, so its likely I will be able to start off slowly “soon”. if not tomorrow. In general if I get injured I am happy to come back slowly to make sure its healed properly.

Here are some of the Youtube videos I watched when I was doing the washing up last night – it’s a bit of an eclectic mix:

This was originally on my blog on CoolRunning and I had a few comments:

runrosierun – I have the same problem with Twitter. I’ve tried a couple of times but I just don’t get it.

Fred – Mott the Hoople!!! All the Young Dudes!!! Thanks for the reminder of this great song.

rachinaus – You are right Kev…life is too short for bad fiction – which is why I gave up always trying to finish a book if I genuinely didn’t like it – its also why I never understand people rationing a book they enjoy so it will last longer – I mean there are so many great books no one will ever read them all in a life time.

I also agree about Gatsby and the rich but I was always intrigued by the sub text of old money versus new money. Jay Gatsby never ‘belongs’ in this book because he ‘made’ his money. What he yearns for is not just Daisy – it is the life they represent – even with money he cannot have it because he had to earn the money and is a self made man.

I think maybe this can strike a chord for any one who has felt that they are not quite part of the society they are in – or the one they want to be in. But also to want what you cannot have is an affliction that affects more than just the rich I think – OK I promise to stop commenting about Gatsby.

Hmmm – the book stuff always engages me – maybe that’s why I’m giving up my job in the new year to open a bookshop

tim – I gave twitter a good go. I found the most interesting people I could. I read their tweets each night. It became a chore. i like blogs. I like this blog. It has a range of topics with cool links and is about someone I know quite well. Twitter is just too short to have any quality to it. I sometimes wonder if we as a society just love new things.

serena – I agree with everyone re twitter. I gave it a shot. My thinking is that I will keep up with all the social network stuff so I can stay up to date on what the kids are into, but twitter made my brain get sucked out of my head and into the ether. I had to keep patting the latest Vanity Fair for reassurance that people aren’t that boring everywhere (although the thing that made me squirm was seeing how boring my own ‘tweets’ were).
Kevin I was sorting through my books that have to be moved (I have hundreds; a book junkie) and stumbled upon The Great Gatsby. I wouldn’t have opened it but thought of this blog and had a look at it was filled with notes from year 12 Lit TAE exam, a little trip back in time.

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1-May-2009 This Is The Sea

Friday 1 May 2009 Leave a comment

So I couldn’t run last weekend, and the decks were reasonably clear of Six foot stuff and the missus was at work so I had a few hours spare to myself and fancied a kayak to Jibbon Bombora. Normally we are content to stay kayaking within Port Hacking but i have had the sniff of the open sea, and the Bombora is just out the heads and round the corner.

I paddled off in budgie smugglers and a rash shirt and cap. The water was a bit nippy. Half way there i could see these huge waves crashing against the rocks.

Anyway I continued, steering well clear of the waves and rocks such that I was halfway between Jibbon and Cronulla. I went out the heads the waves got really big. The first time a wave came over the kayak and got me wet I was a bit nervy as that hadn’t happened before in Port Hacking. By about 2mins later it was every wave coming over the top and I was like Kayaking a white water course. I decided that the Bombora was a bit far away and would head back in. Wow – THAT WAS THE RIVER AND THIS IS THE SEA!!!! I know exactly what the waterboys were going on about now, and that’s all I could think about.

Of course turning back to go in was harder than coming out. I really had that feeling of “oh my god, I could die out here”. (in fact someone did, but luckily not me). I eventually made it back in one piece and even managed a swim, however I was really cold and went home and got in a hot shower. There was no blood in my hands or feet and it felt like I was walking on high heels. I’d also hurt my wrist and finger. gripping stuff. I then spent the rest of the day under a blanket on the sofa totally cactus.

Actually went to a doc this week and I have raised glands due to (likely) some of many leech bites from last week being a bit infected.

I guess the worst thing is that I now have unfinished business at Jibbon Bombora. There is no way Dawn will go out there, so I should get it over and done with quickly.

I finally finished the R4YL magazine article on six foot, and I guess to reward myself I finally cracked how to upload my old outlook pst files into gmail, via thunderbird and a imap account on the coolrunning server. I still have 30,000 emails to upload to the following accounts: kevintiller, sixfoot, coolrunning and Loco. keep me busy I guess…. I loaded about 500 emails as a test. o wonderful.

listening – I downloaded a bunch of reggae (not listened to yet) and did listen to The Word Magazine’s cover cd

readingwise I finished the great gatsby. I was impressed when I saw it released as a popular penguin as I had wanted to read it for a long time. However I was totally unimpressed and it was a waste of $9.99.

This post was originally on my coolrunning blog and I had some comments:

Fire Horse – Well, I’m bummed about the injury for you (prev post), and that The Great Gatsby was disappointing. I started, but didn’t finish it – Ooh, that could be a new term for reading, DNF. The kayaking adventure is fab. My tip would be to practise riding in the surf – how long is the boat? You’ll be better able to work the waves. This is all armchair advice, you understand, as I haven’t been in whitewater since high school – too many kids hanging off me since then. Good luck, keep posting. And maybe get a life vest? Just a thought… 😀

rachinaus – Always loved the Great Gatsby…sorry you found it a disappointment. Currently reading ‘A Fraction of The Whole’ debut novel by Australian Steve Toltz…in the running for a few literary prizes this year (but don’t hold that against it) It’s a great read (and not anything like the Great Gatsby).

Re the kayaking – you certainly know how to live your live Kev

plu – You have put on hold my midlife crisis for a twin cab ute and sea kayak.

serena – Kev I can’t remember how much I enjoyed reading The Great Gatsby – I just keep thinking of Mia Farrow and how ethereal she was in the movie. Have you read Vernon God Little by [aussie] DBC Pierre? I don’t know what made me think of that one but I loved it. It was his first novel and won the Man Booker a few years ago.

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13-Apr-2009 A new start

Monday 13 April 2009 Leave a comment

Well, it’s been some time since I last posted.

Stop apologising for the things you’ve never done,

Cos time is short and life is cruel

But its up to us to change

Link to the video

I am not good at posting to blogs when I feel stressed and my running generally does a nose-dive also.
I am guessing the stress was six foot -induced and that’s over with for another year (no doubt I will post about that at some stage).

Actually my running went well over Xmas and Jan as per most years but then dropped off in Feb and March and picked up again in April (fairly obviously as Six foot is in March).

I would like to start posting more as it helps ME sort out the ideas buzzing around in my head to something that means something to ME.

Coolrunning is going great – I do less and less. Got some great people helping the site along. Although I should work out a formal way to handover to the one person that will run it. I am getting a buzz back into my running again and I like it.

Been reading heaps as always. The most memorable was Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy. Probably one of the saddest things I have ever read, but familiar (criss-crossed Wessex many times) and also me and my missus often choose the most tortuous options also. I also read a lot of blogs and internet stuff.
Some of my current faves are:

Digital Nomads:
Free economy community:
This is my heart it’s a good heart:

Been listening to a lot of music also – some old, some new etc sometimes on my ipod, sometimes podcasts, some downloaded stuff. As usual it’s just an eclectic mix. Sometimes I will listen to youtubes, or random bands I have read about or other people’s mixtapes downloaded etc.

Maybe I’ll stop there, so I can keep some other things to say later.

As this was posted on my old blog I did get one comment from my friend moondust:

I spotted you yesterday walking very determinedly through Wynyard station on your way (I’m guessing) from the Martin Place building to the Kent St. Some of the stress probably coming from there also. Just control the things you can control and deal with the rest one thing at a time.
Thomas Hardy is way too depressing for me these days, although he writes female characters very well. There’s a really good BBC mini-series of Jude the Obscure, with Robert Powell playing Jude. May be out on DVD. Very intense – teenage girl stuff.