Well since the rest of the UK is gleefully heaping scorn upon the News of the World I feel it would be remiss of me not to do that very British thing of hopping onto the proverbial bandwagon. And I’m even cheeky enough to simultaneously criticise their journalism and steal their (admittedly smart) headline.
I must however warn any readers foaming at the mouth with NotW-induced rage that this blog post is not going to be a diatribe against the paper. I won’t be raking its ashes and calling it a disgrace – or at least not ad nauseum. In fact let’s get it out of the way early on: NotW was a crap paper, and its actions were 100% immoral. Indeed, it is a disgrace.
That said, I am heartily sick of reading editorial after editorial ranting aimlessly about it. The Guardian has been positively ejaculating with joy all month, writing article after article to stir things up, few of which tell us anything particularly new about the story. And in common with most of the rest of Britain I was very nearly reunited with my lunch when Cameron said – with astonishing hypocrisy – that this would ‘end on my watch’. You’re kidding, right?
Just completed another article for the Scotsman, this time for their Sporting Scotland supplement. I was a little concerned when they first asked me to write a sports article, because I’m the most unsporty, uncoordinated person I know. But I was pleased to discover they wanted me to write a piece providing advice for people of all abilities considering running their first marathon.
Personal trainer Roger Alsop kindly agreed to be interviewed for the feature, and I also interviewed the very helpful staff at Run & Become Edinburgh for advice on running gear. The result was a nice upbeat feature that will hopefully help some reluctant (or fearful) first-time runners.
What did I learn in the process? That everyone has a marathon in them (so says Roger). I fear I might be the exception to that rule.
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