Monthly Archives: March 2009

Help – the blog’s flatlining – stand clear!

I’ve been watching a few episodes of “House” on DVD, having comprehensively missed them all when they were shown on terrestrial vision.

I’m quite enjoying them actually, despite the worse case scenario being death, in every episode.

In which case it is nearly too late for the makemeadiva blog to be saved by Dr Greg House 😦

The man we know in Britain as Hugh Laurie
The man we know in Britain as Hugh Laurie

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Maybe I should finish my blog off myself and relaunch under the “StoptheRot” banner?
Comments welcomed!
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Train hard, race easy…

The object of my desire

The object of my desire

 

Nuff said.

I’m cycling to Paris

I’m cycling to Paris

It’s going to hurt my bum

I’m cycling to Paris

For a fiver from my mum!

Strong possibility Ill be more rank and sweaty than gold and glowing

Strong possibility I'll be more rank and sweaty than gold and glowing

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Thank you!

Bureaucracy in the bicycle hut

I have signed up for the government scheme “Cycle 2 Work”, a salary recovery scheme that saves you money when you buy a bike using their voucher system and pay them back monthly for a year.  Essentially you get a good discount on the price when using the scheme.

You run into trouble in the administration of it though.  The scheme my employer runs (although annoyingly I believe this is changing for the new financial year) means I can only get a bike through Halfords who don’t supply the bike of my dreams.  I was told this was no problem as Halford could simply purchase from another supplier and then sell to me but, as of yesterday, Halfords have ridden over this dream unequivocally.

Apparently I could not use the voucher and re-apply under the new scheme, but having prevailed upon various managers to countersign documents and send off in a hurry as the scheme was closing I can imagine this might not go down very well…

Why oh why can things just not be lovely and straightforward?  I have enough to do worrying about finding actual time to do the training and starting to panic about fundraising without having to do battle to get the right conveyance!

Interesting footwear...

Interesting footwear...

 

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Time for a little joyful event focus

I mention the old London – Paris bike ride for charity (The Big Issue) from time to time but now I have to get a bit serious and do some fundraising.  The training is coming on “ish”.  Today I cracked the beast that is Pier Hill, that which has defeated me a couple of time already.  The trouble is, once at the summit (I am not sure of the altitude but it is but a nipple in the mammography of hills) I had to rip out the earphones blasting “now very irritating motivational dance music” like a maddened patient hooked up to life support machinery and then concentrate very hard to keep pedalling and not collapse.

What I will do when I am faced with an actual, real, never-ending hill in the heat of mid-July I do not know.  Suspect strongly that weeping will be involved.

Anyway, I quickly espied a scenic vista that I thought I would share with you.  Cunningly I could also stop to artfully frame said shot and my heart and lungs could have a second out from pounding and burning.  This is what I managed.

Obviously the lack of oxygen to my brain had taken its effect...

Obviously the lack of oxygen to my brain had taken its effect...

 

Fortunately I had also had the presence of mind to take a snap when cycling in a more civilised fashion along the front. 

Nice as this is, I am starting to wonder why the pics are coming up so small?

Nice as this is, I am starting to wonder why the pics are coming up so small?

Answers on a postcard please on either my comments or on the fundraising page below.  Many thanks 🙂

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It’s a dog’s life!

A lurcher's life in this case

A lurcher's life in this case

A new haircut goes unnoticed

How many times does this happen ladies? 

When I pointed it out, the kids said your hair looks longer (interesting and I’d lost at least 2 inches all round) and the OH said it looked darker.  The lovely hairdressing lady must have had one magic pair of scissors.

I should have never called this blog “makemeadiva”, it would be far more accurately entitled “stoptherot”.

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

Sun Tzu “The Art of War” 500 B.C.

Scary Chinese General from over two thousand years ago

Scary Chinese General from over two thousand years ago

I can’t add to that really.  Except to note that if Sun Tzu blogged I’d definitely be his lurker.

Cheltenham Epilogue

There are two post scripts from The Festival. 

1) Neptune Collonges was sadly found to have sustained a tendon injury during the Gold Cup and will be out until 2010/2011 season.  From reports it seems that his owner, John Hales, attributes the injury to the reason he ran lower down the field in the race than was certainly expected.  I hope they get him back sound and have more great days out with him in the future.

2) Kasbah Bliss DID NOT STAY.  I did not attend to the detail of the World Hurdle which was this.  In 2008 KB finished a worthy second to the magnificent Inglis Drever which was good form.  I thought a replication of that would be enough, as indeed it may have been ON the OLD course.  But last week’s race was run on the NEW course as was the race in 2007 wherein he finished 5th.  The New course has a longer run in and is said to expose any chinks in a horse’s stamina.  This information was shared today by Mel Collier in the Racing Post’s Anorak Corner.  Now I am not sure how one would have got this information except by using the evidence of ones own eyes but it just goes to show you must factor everything possible in before putting your money down.

Slapped wrist!

Get well soon Neptune

Get well soon Neptune

“Marketing Judo”

I was given this book to read today.  I am on a three day course over three weeks to uncover the mysteries of marketing and marketeers.  It’s all very interesting, but not six hours interesting, which is nearly how long I spent in the room being demystified and mystified in equal measures.

I can’t say I’d ever want a job in marketing but I do have to consider the issues and then market services in my job.  Apparently we must be distinct in the difference between services and product.  Although in our case it is separate again, being an offer.  I really don’t like that term myself.  You see, you can proffer your offer and potential recipients can offer to stick it up your arse for you, after all that.  Anyway, there will be less of that if I get the marketing bang on.  Allegedly.

Reading that back it looks like I might be offering services!  Well I am, but not THOSE kind.  Although come to think of it I am sure marketing the oldest profession is a darn sight easier than  marketing Skills for Life courses. LOL 🙂

Where do business cards go now there are no red phone boxes?

Where do business cards go now there are no red phone boxes?