Being robbed blind

Being a teenage mugger can be a risky career choice.

A seventeen year old thug who tried to steal a carton of cigarettes from a blind man in a German railway station got a lot more than he expected recently. The victim just happened to be the former world champion in blind judo.

Police said the youth demanded the pack of cigarettes before punching the ex-champion in the face.

The blind man sprang into action, throwing the mugger to the ground and holding him down until police, who were called by another commuter, reached Marburg Station.

I hope he’s learnt just how bad cigarettes can be for your health.

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Getting in shape for summer

That’s it. Enough is enough.

I won’t say that I’m not in shape at the moment, it’s just that the shape I’m in is not a particularly good one. The kilos have been creeping on and it’s time to bite the bullet, without swallowing it of course, and take action to get ready for the coming summer months.

The cold, dark mornings have got me completely out of the habit of riding extra kilometres before work. I’m still riding to work every day but it’s not really far enough to keep me as fit as I need to be. With the sun starting to rise a little earlier I need to take advantage of the extra daylight to put in a few more hours on my bike each week.

Nutritionist / Naturopath Philip Bridgeman of Wisdom for Health devised his Daniel’s Diet some years ago and many people have used it to great effect as a way to kick start a healthy long term eating plan. It’s a ten day detox diet that helps weight to drop, energy to rise and minds to think more clearly.

I tried Daniel’s Diet before with great results but human nature being what it is, I didn’t follow through in continuing to eat a healthy diet.

So what kind of results do people get on the Daniel’s Diet? There are several stories of the help that people have received through the diet on the Wisdom for Health webpage but here’s a few comments from one of the more outstanding cases.

“My mother took me to consult with Philip. I was very overweight and couldn’t seem to lose it. I felt bloated and “puffy” as well as having no energy. Due to all this I was lacking in confidence and had a poor self-image. On Daniel’s Diet in 10 days I lost 10 kg. I was feeling so good I continued on following the diet. In 3 months I lost 25 kg and regained all my energy and self-esteem. My Mom is so impressed she is now following the diet.”

So the time has come for me to detox.

For the next ten days I’ll be eating a range of fruits, nuts and vegetables. I’ll be cutting out coffee, dairy products and all sorts of processed foods.

I’ve had a healthy breakfast and I’m now sipping my last coffee for at least ten days. It’s a magnificent long black created with the finest coffee beans from Five Senses. It’s magnificent but I’ll have to go without my favourite drop for the next little while.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress and let you know if it’s working for me.

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Thumbs Up! Edition Six

I’m thrilled that there are bloggers who want to continue contributing something positive to the blogoshpere through Thumbs Up! Time for our sixth edition already.

If this is the first you’ve heard of Thumbs Up! and you’re scratching your head wondering what it’s about you can read the details here.

If you want to see the idea spread, and you use Stumble Upon, can I ask that you click the Stumble Upon button at the bottom of this post? It’d be great to see more bloggers accentuating the positive.

Iris has joined us this time with her Thumbs Up! post at Double Half highlighting another one of my favourite bloggers, Hann from Zingela.

Good to see Cindy Swanson taking part again with Thumbs Up! to A Chelsea Morning at her excellent blog Notes in the Key of Life.

Deano presents yet another reason to be positive with the post Just Scraping in a weekly Thumbs Up. highlighting his friend Tim and the excellent work of Mercy Ships at My Jarrol Spot. Deano always has great things to say and I particularly appreciate his efforts to post a Thumbs Up! post each week.

My Thumbs Up! this week goes to Evi from The Daily Soul. She is a young lady of just 16 from Greece who shows enormous maturity well beyond her years in her posts. I want to highlight her blog becuase I know that she has considered giving up blogging thinking that no one is reading her blog. She deserves a wider readership and I hope you’ll add her to your regular reads and encourage her to post more.

I don’t think I’ve left anyone out but if you did post a submission this week and you can’t see it here, please email me so that I can add your post. If you missed out on being a part of Thumbs Up! this week, get posting now and submit for next week.

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An engaging afternoon

We spent a few hours yesterday afternoon at an engagement party. It was great to celebrate with Ainsley and Carina and to catch up with a few friends at the same time.

One of our friends asked us about our memories of our own engagement. It seems like such a long time ago now. We will have been married for fifteen years this December.

I remember thinking just how amazing it was that someone as wonderful as Pauline was prepared to marry me. I still think it’s amazing that she said ‘I do’.

Someone commented on Pauline’s incredible eyes a couple of days ago and asked me if that’s what first attracted me to her. I said it was everything about her. It still is.

Do celebrations like that take you back to earlier years? Do you think about your younger days when you go to an engagement party, a wedding or a 21st birthday party

I love looking back at what was but I suppose it’s even better to be able to be content with life right now. I had some wonderful years when I was younger but right now I have a beautiful wife and two remarkable children. Sure, there have been some potholes on the road of life, there always will be, but things are pretty darn good.

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It's no Garden of Eden

The television’s on in the background. An episode of Backyard Blitz is just finishing.

The Backyard Blitz team did a makeover on a small backyard for a very deserving family. In the end the result looked wonderful and the team picked up the bill, covering the $31 000 price tag.

I wonder what we could achieve in our backyard with $31 000. I reckon we’d just brick pave the entire area. We are definitely the world’s worst gardeners.

We have a very nicely designed backyard. It’s on two levels with a brick paved area, some grass and some garden beds. The garden beds are full of weeds. Come to think of it so is the lawn. And now that you mention it, there are weeds growing through the gaps in the brick paving.

The plants we’d like to keep alive in our garden die with monotonous regularity. The weeds we could well do without, thrive.

I wish we knew what we were doing in the garden but we’re hopeless. I’d be more than happy to have gardening skills, or the money to pay someone who has, but without either it looks like I’ll just keep trying to poison the weeds in the garden beds and in the paving and mowing down the ones in the lawn.

What a shame Backyard Blitz never decided to play with our little piece of the planet.

Are you a gardener? Do you have green thumbs? Can you keep the right kinds of plants alive at your place?

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