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Flying Finns and Flying Finishes – A Life Lesson From History

I flicked the main beam switch and grinned as four searing white beams of light pierced the darkness in front of the bonnet. The dirt road ahead became a bright inviting tunnel leading into the forest. The intercom in my helmet came to life. Dave my navigator was counting down, 3…2…1…Go! I planted the throttle, the car squirmed left and … Read More


A New Year Of Choice

So, a New Year has started and it’s time for a little reflection and looking ahead. We all do it at this time of year. We ask ourselves questions, don’t we?. Mine looked like this. What has changed for me? Have those changes been voluntary? Have I been passive or reactive? Have I been master of my own destiny or … Read More


I Think I’m Beginning To Think

As of today, I’m 46,564 words into the first draft of my third book ‘A Foolish Escape’. Part of my writing process is to go back over old journal entries and blog posts. This morning I came across this one, dated 20th November 2015. I wrote it aboard my boat in Marina de Lagos on the Portuguese Algarve. It was … Read More


TL;NR

Have you seen either of these abbreviations in any of your online reading lately? TL;NR or TLDR Personally, I’ve been seeing them more frequently. I first came across TL;DR at the bottom of an interesting article a few months back. I had to look it up because I had no idea what it meant. For those that don’t know, they … Read More


Life Is Change

‘Life is change’. Heraclitus of Ephesus, the Greek philosopher said that some 2,500 years ago. It’s impossible to argue with the statement. We all live, and we all experience change. Every single day. We change. Other people change. The whole world changes. The only variable is how that change affects us. Directly or indirectly, dramatically or hardly at all. Change … Read More