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Saturday 25th January 2014


I went for a run with my wife this lunchtime. She turned back at the 2.5 mile mark, but I went on for the full (nearly) seven mile course, pretty impressed with how fast I was going and how easy it felt. I completed it in 74 minutes which was six minutes faster than I managed at the start of the year and I certainly could have done more. I think that ten years ago I did this distance in about 66 minutes, so that's something to aim for, but I am simply delighted that I am able to do it at all. Last year I wondered if I'd ever run this far again and now I am doing it on a weekly basis.

As we ran we listened to music on our phones. "Something in the Way She Moves" by James Taylor came up on my random play and feeling very in love with my wife and the way she was moving I decided to sing along out loud. My wife, embarrassed about my public catterwauling and perhaps unaware of what I was singing and that my words were dedicated to her, angrily shouted at me, "What are you doing? Shut up!"

"I am singing a song about my love for you," I told her and carried on. I was annoying my wife (someone suggested that this is my new catchphrase) and she crossly chastised me again, which I thought given that I was singing "I feel fine any time she's around me now" seemed to juxtapose nicely. "When I'm well, you can tell she's been with me," I sang and my wife punched me in the arm. She wasn't messing around, she was properly embarrassed by me and wanted me to stop. It made me laugh a lot and finally she laughed at me running and laughing. But her being annoyed with me over my attempts to be romantic is one of the thing that makes me love her. I think James Taylor should add an extra verse to the song expressing this.

I should have done some work on the Meaning of Life script, or at least packed for my ill-fated skiiing trip, but the run had sapped my will and I had a bath and watched TV instead, which was fun in its own way. Someone on Twitter told me that they thought that someone had stolen my idea (from an old Collings and Herrin podcast) of making a game out of six degrees of seperation on wikipedia (there's an app that challenges you to do it apparently). I replied that I thought that it was very unlikely that I was the only one to have thought of that, but even if they hadn't I didn't mind people stealing such a throwaway idea. But I expressed it in a way that I was quite proud of by saying, "I don't mind if they womble me". I thought that was a pretty good way to express the notion of someone else using one of the ideas that you considered a bit rubbish or unusable. In fact it was such a good idea that I would mind if someone wombled it and used it for themselves. I googled it to see if anyone had come up with this before (as I wouldn't want to womble them), but aside from womble meaning to act like a Womble, the only other definition comes from the Urban dictionary which claims to means "The act of tackling someone and fisting them at the same time." So there's a danger of being misunderstood. I am not sure what tackling mean, though I am guessing it's a euphemism for a reach around. I don't know why putting your fist in someone's anus whilst masturbating them with the other hand is associated with the wombles. It's not something I ever recall seeing Orinoccho doing. Though I have vague memories of Tomsk doing something similar.

Anyway how often does that definition of womble happen? People womble other people in my way all the time. If they can womble them in the other way simultaneously then that is very impressive. And if they can also act like a regular womble and recycle some of their rubbish as they're doing both of those, then that would at least partly help to recompense for their crimes.

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