Thursday, December 22, 2005

Heavens to Murgatroyd

"An eclectic mixture of sport, music and novels" may be a reasonable definition of this blog. Inspired by the gang at , taunted by the holiday season upon us, and egged on by colleagues who are, apparently, running a book on start dates, I'd like to entice you to read and comment on my blog.
Rather than an upfront personal expose, you'll need to be patient. As we progress together, there'll be time for profiles and such : I guarantee to avoid providing a full genealogical background, so rest easy.
Infused with updates on running and general exercise progress, you should also find filtered throughout, thoughts on music faves and HM novels (further doffing of the cap to the wonderful community at
For now, three updates:
1. running
2005 has proven to be a solid training year; although 2004 provided me with a PB in distance (> 3,000k), it also promoted regular friendships with both chiro and physio. 2005 therefore, was a consolidation year, with solid, consistent performance. No races, rather a set routine which proved challenging during winter : 6am starts in July provided ample time for philosophical reflection, which then ground to a halt when I recalled Henry Brooks Adams' definition of Philosophy : "unintelligible answers to insoluble problems". Henry was on the money there, and he certainly got around.
The BB family moved to another part of The Hills in Sydney during June 2005; managing real estate agents, solicitors, removalists and tradesmen was easy - what provided angst was the thought of finding ALL NEW RUNNING ROUTES. A note of thanks to "go girl" ( for her help here. Please avoid sneaking up on Mrs BB while running and raise her heart-rate to unmanageable levels.
Today was a red-letter running day: 6am, cloud cover, relaxing 9k run through the sleepy suburb, with only the occasional peripatetic dog and aerogard-resistant flies for company.

2. books
My attitude to novels is " go! read! ", as stated eloquently by BrerFox in her excellent historical mystery website (shameless plug :
I am more than a casual reader, and HM really attracts. Lots of great novels, which -when well researched - provide better understanding of previous cultures and times as well as being cracking good reads.
Currently I am enjoying David Wishart's "Food For The Fishes", featuring Marcus Corvinus, the senatorial amateur sleuth. The 8th in the series (I think), and very consistent, This time Corvinus and family head to the coastal resort of Baiae, near Naples. Naturally dastardly deeds follow. His wisecracking attitude is witty and entertaining, and Wishart's other main characters are also appealing, notably Bathyllus, Corvinus' major domo - sooo unflappable.
If you are an aficionado of Roman history/novels, there is much waiting for you : start with Wishart, Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor. Superb.

3. music
If you like Jimmy Buffett, 10cc, Bowie, Al Stewart, Skyhooks, Supertramp, Harry Chapin, Steely Dan ( I assume EVERYONE likes the Beatles), then check back for regular thoughts in this part. If not, you're done.

As Snagglespuss says : " exit, stage left! "


  • At 11:31 am, Blogger Robert Song said…

    Welcome to Blogland. Can't wait to hear your music comments.

    No races in 2005 and I thought I didn't race much!!

  • At 3:38 pm, Blogger Tim said…

    Hey BB,
    I moved to the Hills in October, and I've really enjoyed the running. Heaps of cycleways (and hills!) - dicovering new routes is an ongoing adventure.

    Tim (redback)

  • At 6:48 pm, Blogger courtlylove said…

    Ahhh - thought I detected another Parrothead!



  • At 10:29 pm, Blogger Shane said…

    Welcome to the cool bloggers team :)

    Pretty impressive 2004 mileage total, surely you would have found it hard to not enter a race this year, maybe 2006 will be the comeback.

    Well anyway happy blogging and enjoy the Xmas break.

  • At 10:01 am, Anonymous Hiroshi said…

    Mondegreen? What about "When shepherds washed their socks by night". And the little girl who named her toy bear Gladly after the song in Sunday School "Gladly, my cross-eyed bear". Hiroshi.

  • At 2:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My joke book has only three jokes about joggers and two of them aren't funny. But I like this one.

    A jogger picked up a tennis ball on his morning run, and not having a pocket in his shorts he had to stuff it down the front of his shorts. He was joined by a jogger friend who noticed the bulge in his front.

    "What's that?" asked the friend.
    "Tennis ball."
    "Gee it must be painful. I had tennis elbow once."


  • At 1:59 pm, Anonymous Hiroshi said…

    Joggers suffering from ailments might find the following advice helpful. It is taken from Rev. John Wesley's "Primitive Physic" first published in 1747, who claimed its treatments could be applied by "plain unlettered men".

    Pain in the joints. Collect earth worms, throughly dry them, then powder them, and eat the same.

    The itch. Wash the parts affected with strong Rum.

    The legs inflam'd. Boiled turnips mixt with Mutton-suet.

    Legs sore and running. Wash them in Brandy and apply Elder leaves, changing them twice a day (presumably the leaves).

    A broken shin. Bind a dry Oak-leaf upon it.

    Pain in the testicles. Apply Pellitory of the Wall beaten up into a poultis, changing it morning and evening.


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