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Seven habits for effective marathon training

In 1998, I made a New Year's resolution to run a marathon in less than 3 hours. It has taken me six years to achieve this goal. I've tried many different approaches to training; looked for shortcuts; made mistakes; and learned lessons. I have learned a lot from books, magazines and articles; but I have … Continue reading Seven habits for effective marathon training

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Targets in public services do more harm than good

Targets for the management of businesses, including public services, do more harm than good. Target setting is based on a command and control mindset which assumes that the job of managers is to find a way to “get the workers to do the work”. The Civil Service has taught managers that our job is to … Continue reading Targets in public services do more harm than good

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Vasectomy update

It is now 6 weeks and a day since I had the snip. I now have only very occasional discomfort when running – usually just at the start, when I still sometimes feel as if I need to urinate. When I am not running, and most of the time when I am, I cannot feel … Continue reading Vasectomy update

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Another World is Possible: Thoughts from the World Social Forum

I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. It became clear to me during the five days of the WSF that there is a common theme underlying many of concerns and campaigns that make up the anti-globalisation movement. There is anxiety that globalisation entails the rolling back of the boundaries of the … Continue reading Another World is Possible: Thoughts from the World Social Forum

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Update on the snip

After ten days, the stitches are beginning to dissolve, and the incisisions seem to be healing well. However, there is still some inflammation in the groin area, on either side of the base of my penis, and at in the scrotum at about the point where my vas deferens was cut. The inflammation in the … Continue reading Update on the snip

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More on the vasectomy

3 days later, I still feel as if someone has gripped my balls and given them a hard twist. I am not in pain exactly – more of a dull ache, really. As a result, I feel a little nauseus. I think it is getting better, but more slowly than I would like. The actual … Continue reading More on the vasectomy

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I had a vasectomy today

Today I had a vasectomy. I realise that this is relatively unusual for a man of only 36 with no children. But I have absolutely no doubt, and nor does my partner, that we do not want to have children, so I regard the risk of wanting to reverse it as, effectively, zero. Why? My … Continue reading I had a vasectomy today

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