Category: “Fitness

Cycling bug tightens its grip after day in Garmin support car

Posted on 6 June 2012 | 8:06am

I am well aware that there are millions of cycling fans who would want and deserve more than I do to have been where I was yesterday, but who said life was fair? David Millar got in touch, asked if I fancied going in the Garmin support car at the Dauphine, and I said yes. […]

For my next trick …

Posted on 12 April 2011 | 4:04pm

First of all, thanks for all the responses to yesterday’s blog asking for examples of frontline cuts to mental health services. Thanks also to Mark Brown, editor of One in Four, for sending me a brilliant description of why ‘the frontline’ is different in mental health services from other aspects of NHS care. He and […]

Even if Tories milk it, am longing for Olympics to be success

Posted on 15 September 2010 | 12:09pm

This will not be the last time I write about the Olympics. Excitement is growing. Today the Games Maker volunteer scheme is launched. Though the Games may benefit the Tories politically, I still hope and believe they will be the best ever. Blog also contains musings on last night’s football, including my hand of God moment

Ideas please for weight-losing, a PS on Piers Morgan

Posted on 7 July 2010 | 3:07am

I promise I am not coming over all girly, in a ‘does my bum look big in this?’ kind of way, but I am on the lookout for a few quickfire diet ideas. Having just stepped on the weighing scales – something I have avoided doing since sensing my heavier weight coming on and staying, […]

Thumbs up for Wenlock and Mandeville

Posted on 20 May 2010 | 10:05am

As David Cameron and Nick Clegg prepare to set out agreed plans for their coalition government, I thought I would focus on another shiny new double act, and one which will become more not less endearing to the British public as time goes on. I refer to Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 mascots unveiled […]

London Marathon the best of British

Posted on 10 April 2010 | 12:04pm

An election free blog! How’s that for variety? Oh ok, the Tories’ plans on National Insurance Contributions are unravelling, and Brown and Darling have more economic credibility in their eyebrows than Cameron and Osborne possess in the entirety of their Bullingdon brains. But that is all I am saying on the election. Vote Labour to […]

The 25th Hour

Posted on 2 April 2010 | 11:04am

The image of Britain presented by the Tories is of a country of wrecked communities filled with feckless individuals and all of it is the fault of the Labour government. One of the best rebuttals of their broken Britain nonsense is the growing culture of volunteering, which will build and build towards one of the […]

News blackout on Olympian success story

Posted on 28 February 2010 | 2:02pm

With the Tories doing enough damage on their own, and the polls continuing to narrow as they happily  ignore all the free advice I give them here, I thought I’d do a rare blog free of Tory bashing. Instead a return to two of my favourite themes – the UK media’s refusal to accept that […]

Time to turn up volume on sport schools revolution

Posted on 11 February 2010 | 10:02am

A day out of book promotion mode today to head to a conference organised by the Youth Sport Trust to celebrate the work of specialist Sports Colleges. When TB talked of the three domestic priorities being ‘education, education, education’ sport was always an important part of that. The size of today’s event, with more than […]

Do we need same approach to booze as smoking?

Posted on 19 December 2009 | 9:12am

There can’t be many teenagers out there unaware that if a boy and a girl have unprotected sex, there is a chance of a girl getting pregnant, and/or both getting a sexually transmitted disease.  Just as there can’t be too many people unaware that if you drink a lot, there is a chance of getting […]