Some of you will have read about YES 2014. Its a part of what I do and I give my time for six months to hopefully make a difference to 12 young peoples lives. I can’t do it regularly because its all consuming and I do not want tomake business out of it. The cost for 12 children to go is around £40,000 and I am reaching out to anyone who might be able help. Very soon we will have a giving page but in the mean time I am looking for one or two people who might like to underwrite this in its entirety. I meet many people who could afford this but the key to wanting to help is, if you feel a connection to helping? Basically the youth today are the future and will be here long after we are gone.. They will be making decisions that will correct a lot of what we have done wrong in our time. This is why its close to me. Please read the info on our FB page, share it or send to someone who might help. If you want more information please private message me.
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There is a difference this time in that we are not solely working with bereaved youths or charities. We are now reaching out to any young person who might have a history or that has experienced a disruptive development or teenage years, no matter what. There are so many young people today affected by environment, parents, divorce, food, drugs, gangs, you name it, its out there. We live in a world that throws so much crap at us from an early age and then tries to make us feel better with a few gadgets and toys.. YES is a whole lot more that. It offers its participants the chance to get away from the environment they are currently in. It throws some huge challenges along the way and most importantly the desert does its “stuff” and gives us all a chance to reset. A little like re formatting your hard drive, re installing the operating software and then getting on with work.. Only YES is in a life sense.
Go to our Facebook page to find out more and if you really are interested, contact me through any of these platforms for an initial chat.
Not sure if this post will end up a tad cynical but I have some time to waste while I wait for my visa to be stamped in my passport. In fact I have wasted many hours over the last few days just for this so the journey had better make up for it, if it ever gets going that is.
Anyway I am sat I a cafe on Pall Mall in the window seat. Feel a bit like one of those girls in the windows of Amsterdam with every passerby taking a look. But I had to take the window seat to ensure my bike stays chained to the railing outside and does not get whipped away by some thieving little shit as has happened in the not so distant past! I can assure you, I won’t be baring my chest over the next hour or so, either.
I noticed all the opulent buildings and imagine the businesses that reside in them. The owners of which probably took up residence on one of the Caribbean Islands or the French Riviera many years ago. I then imagine all those little worker bees (human slaves) buzzing away to help keep these people in their lifestyle.
It doesn’t matter too much what it is they do either. There are the traders on the Exchange, van drivers, accountants who count the riches and take a tiny percentage for their efforts. The lawyers or sharks the feed off the battle wounded from divorce to corporate wrangles involving billions. All of them trying to make their buck and a few at the top making all the bucks and controlling who gets what.
My thoughts then went to the monotony of people’s lives. How they repeat day after day the same old stuff. Get on the train, go to the city, trade, sit in front a a computer, drive a bus, drive a taxi and so on. These thoughts then took me to some of the adventurous souls I know and how they talk about breaking out of the mould. Some of them regularly give talks. The same talk over and over again. Speaking engagements that become so repetitious that they also fall into the same habits.
Only yesterday my partner coach had a meeting with another coaching company. Her assessment of it was just this. “I listened to exactly the same spiel coming out of the owner it’s like it’s all he knows!” And as she told me I remembered the times I have repeated the same crap to 10 different people knowing I am doing it and hating it.
So what can I take from all these ramblings while wait for my visa? I suppose life is about repeating. The whole world wakes up with the sun, strives for something better and sleeps at night to recover. We all eat 3 times a day. We all do pretty much the same things just in a different environment and for someone else. So judging someone for a “lesser” role or job is just sad. And believing you are somehow better or different is very false and sad too as people no matter what are all pretty much the same. And we all die.
While I have been sat here maybe 200 people have walked by. One person looked in and beamed a smile and I reciprocated. That made my day. If there is anything you can do to make your day better it’s probably to smile. So simple.
Like so many people I have recently watched Breaking Bad. I am not a TV fan and only watch a few things on catchup or the streaming channels if they really appeal or come recommended. I am not sure why I watched Breaking Bad as it neither appealed nor came recommended, I was just intrigued by the press and media surrounding it. If you intend watching it and don’t want to know any detail it might be an idea to stop reading now but if you have seen it, I would love to read your opinion too. Read the rest of this entry »
Mmm I woke up this morning and motivation was so hard to find. I started the day with a meeting which went well but then my head just descended into and abyss of darkness and wonder at where I should start. I finally made the decision to go into London where the noise and bustle would undoubtedly wake me up. I knew I could find somewhere to work from and could make a few calls on the way. I packed the dog off to the carer and she seemed delighted to not be in a quiet place for the rest of the day as she ran speedily up the steps to her temporary home until the evening. In fact she was so fast she misjudged the steps and catapulted herself into second step with a huge crash. Slightly stunned and falling back to the road, she then attempted it a second time with a little better judgement. The door opened and she was gone…. Read the rest of this entry »
I decided to spend 10 days away in August to get the bones of my first book drafted. I did that, still have more to write and will spend the next week away trying to finish the first draft.
But I would like to take the time and space here to post about where I stayed. A kind of review about a farmhouse in Villetoureix, Riberac in the Dordogne. I did a deal with the owners who will be marketing this beautiful retreat from next year. For me it was just perfect this year! I do images and a short film (coming) and I can go there for a week.. Read the rest of this entry »
Its been two days now since the launch of UTWT, UltraTrail World Tour and there has been a fair amount of discussion on the TalkUltra site of Ian Corless. Just check here http://iancorless.org/
My own assessment will not be as detailed as Ian’s and not as authoritative but based more on my last 40 years in sport. Ian spends most of his time following Ultra’s and is probably right now, even tho I hate saying it, the most clued up in this area. So take a good look at his blog too.
My involvement over the last years has been in a media capacity for some extreme events/races and also as a runner or marathons and the MDS.
As I mentioned in my last post the ultra running world is a moving feast right now… Its exciting, growing, professionalising and attracting a very high level of disciplined runner. A new breed has appeared over the last three years that even when covering the MDS you can see a noticeable difference from year to year. Stronger, faster and and harder runners are appearing from nowhere.
With this, professionalisation is inevitable. Money will flow (unless we all go to war very soon, that is) into the races. Runners will become known and branded and there will be a call for a true ranking system.
It is here that I believe the UTWT or UTW[a]T as someone called it on Facebook, will sink or swim. Right now in its current form I think it will sink, be tossed around, choke, spit, and come to the surface spewing. It will then recover, maybe with new members or even a different name and be stronger. Its what normally happens especially when you rush in. A bit like diving in at the deep end at 3 years old with no armbands.
For a start they have put commercial reasons for setting up the tour in front of progressing the world of ultra racing. This can never work. Put the races and passions first and money will come and seek out the passionate. A ranking system is a logical next step for the ultra world. Also the categorising of races who wish to be considered competitive.
At the moment there is a mix of events. Those that are more “man challenges” and those that are races. This needs sorting out. Then the two, categorising and rankings system, go hand in hand. Races begin to flourish and the the sport becomes truly competitive and effective. More people get involved on a recreational level as a result because people love to follow their heroes. Its how the world works in sport.
So for me right now the analysis is quite simple. Its a bit of a cock up that will sort itself out in time. Or someone else will come up with a better thought out version that is true to the sport, true to the events and not solely a purpose of generating revenue and increasing personal exposure.