Being Struck By Nature

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Last night, on the banks of the Danube, a little beyond Passau, Germany, but firmly in Austria, I looked up. A few bright stars lit the sky. Unexpected. Unwavering. Undimmed. Their glow picked out the shadows of a few streaked and wispy clouds – marked by their absence of light. It was completely quiet, save […]

A Delayed Opportunity

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Yesterday afternoon I crested one hill after the other as I climbed my way through the Yorkshire countryside, wheels turning beneath me as I pedalled towards Oxenholme station. Drystone walls flanked my route initially, as I wove along the valley bottom before passing through Sedbergh and the hills beyond. The stone walls were replaced by […]

Physical Activity in the Good Society

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This blogpost first appeared in the Good Society Forum on 20th July 2020 and is reproduced here with permission. In February, I went for a jog with a running group with a difference. Each person had a cancer diagnosis, and was dealing with it in a hugely positive fashion, through the power of exercise. As […]

Why I Am Not A Cancer Survivor

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On 19th June 2018 I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer. It had already spread to my lungs. I was 24. To my surprise, two years later I am immensely thankful to be alive and able to write these words. I hadn’t expected to see Christmas 2018. The year following my diagnosis, […]

Effective Relaxation

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This is an idea that crystallised in my mind last week. From time to time, I’ve ‘relaxed’ by looking at the BBC website, Facebook, Youtube, Cyclingweekly, for hours at a time –  idling my brain and body. Eventually I rouse myself, but afterwards I don’t feel any better. In fact, I feel a bit deadened and […]

***THIS ISN’T ABOUT COVID-19!***

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Phew. It’s easy to think it’s the only illness in the world now. But it’s not. As significant and widespread as the impact of the C-word has been, it hasn’t meant other diseases have stopped. People still have, and are still getting diagnosed with, life-threatening illness, including the other C-word, cancer. The work of healthcare […]