Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The weighting game

Since giving up cigar smoking after a recent illness last year I am horrified to say that I have put 2 ½ stones on in weight [For those of you who deal in lbs or kilograms – work it out for yourself, it’s a lot!]

I do not appear to be able to stop eating. I guess it is a comfort thing, something to do with not having the support of the smoke and the crutch in the hand, or maybe even something to do with OCD? [Another story, a long time ago – beat you, you bastard].

I am the first to know when I am overweight as my trousers and shirts no longer begin to fit, and then I have to buy bigger, and then bigger clothes. You can probably surmise that I have gained weight before; I have also been able to lose it pretty quickly again too.
Now, what is a bloke, in middle age, harping on about his weight for you may well ask? Or you may not even care; however, I have lost count of the number of people who have mentioned my weight gain this very day!

I have decided to go public, or bloglic, with this as I am determined to lose weight for both myself and my family. I need to be able to run around the park with our little one soon, and having lost a part of the right lung it is hard enough getting air in without contending with all this extra flubber.

I will not be making a big thing about this but each Monday evening I will post my weight on the site, so I will hopefully no longer be such a sight!
Hopefully this will prove less expensive than joining a Gym.

Monday 8 January – 15 st 4lbs

Monday 1 January – 15 st

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Swinging voters

I find the political fall out and position jostling on the whole Saddam execution affair almost as despicable as the hanging itself.
Gordon Brown [Chancellor] has apparently told the BBC the manner of the former Iraqi leader's hanging was "completely unacceptable".
Is it just the manner he objects to or the act of hanging itself?
It was my belief that the Labour Party was always against the use of Capital punishment if so, it is strange how very little has been said before or after the hanging by the leaders of this government.
Even now Tony Blair appears to be avoiding making any formal statement on the subject, could it be that he is waiting to see which way opinion swings? [No pun intended].
I don’t think anyone was surprised that the hanging was not filmed, in fact I told my partner it would only be a matter of days before such images were released. In this day and age who cannot resist turning on their camera phone and taking such images of such Historical importance? Can you imagine images of Hitler’s last few hours being made available?

How long will it take the Political Parties to wake up to the power of Internet sites such as YouTube?