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“If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.”

– Joe Rogan

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Cyclopark Skatepark

We managed to get out to a skatepark for Karta’s first post-lockdown session of the summer. We met up with one of Karta’s buddies and spent the afternoon at Cyclopark near Gravesend.

The park is easy to get to, cheap to enter and has a very chilled vibe. We will be going back next week!

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Greyhound

Watching Greyhound
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Manston finally cleared for take-off as a cargo airport

FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/REX FEATURES

Manston, a former Battle of Britain airfield and testbed for the Dambusters on the eastern tip of Kent, has finally been told to scramble for action as a big new cargo airport from 2023. Read all about it here.

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132.8KG

A slow start to my weight-loss journey. My biggest vice is eating food late at night. If I can force myself to break that habit, the weight should fall off of me. So, from today, I am only going to eat between the hours of 2 pm and 7pm – although I will continue to have my morning coffee with milk and sugar!

Here are the stats for today.

  • WEIGHT 132.8KG
  • BMI 39.7
  • BODY FAT 41.5%

The NHS website says that I should be aiming for a target weight of 85KG and a BMI of 25. I have a long way to go, but by my calculations, if I stick to my plan I should hit those goals in just over a year.

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The Old Guard

Watching The Old Guard
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Woodland Folk

Karta and I took our first post-lockdown trip to the woods with our friends today. We both agree that we have missed our friends and our days out in nature. With the summer holidays just around the corner, we will be making plans to get together every week.

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133KG

It is time for 85KG. I’m going to use a low-carb/fasting combo, mixed in with daily exercise.

Look out for random updates on my progress. Coronavirus doesn’t like fat people, and as a fat person it is up to me to minimise my chances of developing complications should I ever contract the virus. I don’t want to die hooked up to a ventilator. Paranoid? Maybe, but why should I take the risk?

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I’ve been thinking about a new hobby, Bonsai growing is at the top of the list.
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The Outpost

Watching The Outpost
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“Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”

Hunter S. Thompson
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“THE CREATIVE ADULT IS THE CHILD THAT SURVIVED!”

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Qi Skills for 21st Century Living

We began homeschooling Karta in January of this year. We have developed a learning regime that works well for our son. Now, as he heads into adolescence, I have been looking into the life skills he will need to survive in the 21st century.

This morning, I came across the concept of Qi skills, a series of attributes that will benefit children of the 21st century. They are as follows.

  1. Me skills: self-awareness, self-control, focus and attention
  2. We skills: empathy, collaboration, active listening, communication, perspective taking = Emotional Intelligence
  3. Why skills: exploration, curiosity 
  4. Will skills: drive, determination, perseverance  
  5. Wiggle skills: physical and intellectual restlessness  
  6. Wobble skills: agility, adaptability, ability to face, overcome and learn from failure  
  7. What if skills (possibility skills): innovation, imagination, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking

In addition to these skills, we are teaching Karta how to do the laundry, cook a meal, shop for food, travel on public transport, wake up independently and how to pack a bag. He is learning how to order food at restaurants, manage money, plan an outing or a trip and, soon, how to care for another living being.

We will show Karta that he must have love, compassion, altruism, morality and justice in his heart as he moves through life. Most of these skills are not taught in school, so we are lucky to be in a position to prepare Karta for the beautiful life that is ahead of him.

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What you need to know about contact tracing apps and privacy

Nearly all public health experts say we will have to employ testing and tracing on a massive scale to combat the spread of COVID-19. This has led several countries and tech companies to develop coronavirus contact tracing apps for smartphones. The idea is that such an app would allow someone who tested positive to share a complete record of who they had been in contact with.  – Read the full article.