CategoryVitality

An old man stumbling

Who is that bent figure lurching along a path? It’s me and I’m doing a Parkrun, only 5 kilometers, and I’ve slowed down to a shuffle and even so I end up halting and walk-running to the end at an overall pace that shames me. That was a fortnight ago. All my running goals for Darwin, vague as they were, have floundered. I thought being away from pandemic and home hassles would let me move, over a…

Commuting in the build-up

Do you thrive on routine like I do? Nearing the end of our time in Darwin, I reflect on the commute of my workdays (which is almost every day). By the time I leave, I’ll have travelled over fifty times to Lucky Bat Cafe and back home by bike, a short but hot six-kilometers on a mixture of bike paths and roads. I always need an hour for the sweat to dry up. Anyone who has lived in Darwin’s build…

Pretending to be in New York

Many’s the year I’ve thought of flying to New York just to attend the annual New Yorker Festival, that hotbed of intelligent discussion. But of course I never have. This year, I’ve bought a very reasonably priced season ticket to the first virtual New Yorker Festival. It runs from October 5 to 11, with the ability to catch up with recorded sessions until October 13. The program is brilliant. Some…

Eagleman re thinking harder

Neurologist/author extraordinaire David Eagleman, discussing his brand new book Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain at one of yesterday’s Edinburgh International Book Festival sessions, makes a point many of my acquaintances are well aware of, at least in the superficial way of having read about it in a newspaper: “People who cognitively challenge themselves their…

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