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So here is a my Happy New Year to anyone who reads my blog… I have not posted enough recently so again vow to start the year well, get bogged down with lots of good work, struggle to blog as often as I should BUT this year I will make a change.. I will keep up the blogs throughout the year and hopefully renew the current blog look.

I also have an exciting year ahead with a number of projects already started.

The first is the Yukon Quest in February. Myself and a small team have been awarded the media/photography contract which has been on my wish list for some time. Well now we have it and now we have to perform…

I also have a Kuwait trip coming up in January with a new EyeforLife workshop, new material and very exciting too…

The rest I will inform you about gradually over the coming weeks… Please comment and keep in touch in your way too and connect to this blog by subscribing to keep up to date…

Happy New Year


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January 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

In reply to Kes – Current education is not for education

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Current education is not creative....

Thanks, Kes, for your direction to this article on creativity in response to my article on Performance….

Two things stand out to me…. Teachers  and America.

Firstly I believe teachers themselves have had all their creativity stifled because they have to adhere to strict guidelines on what is taught and how. This is not creative in anyway and makes teachers merely agents for passing (or selling in the case of private schools) on the information that is set for children to learn in order for them to gain their GCSE’s or A levels. This in turn is used by Government as a measure of its education system but has little to with the actual intellect or beneficial outcome of the student. No Government for the last 25 years has had any decline in exam pass rates so much so that they are now looking at downgrading (devaluing like currency) the exams. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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James Cracknell’s Marathon des Sables

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James Cracknell – Superhuman?

I first met James at the bivouac on the Marathon des Sables, also known as the MdS. One of my commissions was to supply images for Discovery TV as they were filming James during this years race for a scientific programme analysing how the body reacts under such pressure in the desert heat. I was keen to examine his performance.

Is he superhuman or just a normal human being who is able to achieve the extraordinary? Like athletes Daley Thomson or Jesse Owen, or Richard Branson and Steve Jobs of the business world; these are individuals who found or find it hard to achieve anything less than perfection in their chosen fields.

The Marathon des Sables is a 250km run over some of the harshest terrain the Moroccan Sahara can throw up. It is a stage race where competitors run increasing distances each day until stage 4 which is 82 km long. They have to battle through of sand, mountains, rocks and wadi beds. Stage 5 is an official marathon and finally stage 6 is a mere 20 km but over some of the highest dunes in the world. And that brings them to the end of the race. It is a self sufficient run so James had to carry everything he needed for the 7 days and water was rationed and handed out at checkpoints and at the end of each stage.

The highest ranking Brits prior to this year were the two previous years at 13th. Ian Sharman in 2008 and William Davis in 2009

“I am not a runner and I weigh in at 90kg” James told me. “I will be pleased to finish top 50”. I was a bit sceptical at first as I have run the event and not being a runner and that heavy is incredibly hard going. Most of the top racers weigh in at 65 kilo’s max! Read the rest of this entry »

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September 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Montane Lakeland 100

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Here are a few images from the Montane Lakeland 100. A great race around the fells of the Lake District.

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July 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm