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Posted by: In: Books, Entertainment, Travel 02 Oct 2011 0 comments Tags:

It took me 3 hours to drive down to the Wigtown Book Festival yesterday, but it was well worth it. It was the first time I’ve been to Wigtown and it’s a nice little town, with an attractive market square lined with many old buildings. Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses. So, its an ideal town shopping wise for book lovers like myself – I ended up buying five books while I was there. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health, Travel 26 Mar 2011 3 comments

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Thailand during which I attended a week long Movnat Workshop, which was coached by Vic Verdier on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta.

This was the second Movnat workshop I have attended – my last one being in Mexico. I had always wanted to visit Thailand and thought it a good opportunity to fulfil that ambition, while at the same time have a refresher on Movnat training, as well as increasing & improving my existing knowledge on Movnat. Read more…

Posted by: In: Fitness, Health, Travel 31 May 2010 11 comments Tags:

I travelled to Mexico at the end of January this year to attend a MovNat workshop.  I’ve been meaning to make a blog post about it for a while now, but kept getting distracted. So below you will find out about my experience there.

For those of you who have never heard of MovNat fitness training, I’ve provided some background on it and how I became interested in it here. If you want to find out more about MovNat, then visit the official website: www.movnat.com. If you’re interested in your health & fitness then I highly recommend that you learn about it and if possible book yourself onto a MovNat course. Read more…

Posted by: In: Travel, Videos 05 Apr 2010 0 comments

Visiting Japan is on my “To Do” list, since it’s a country I’ve long been fascinated with – particularly its history & culture.

Hopefully, I’ll be visiting in 2011. I’ve been doing some research on Japan for a while now though. A common problem I’ve noticed that some visitors have with Japan, is finding the correct building they want to visit – even though they have the exact address written down. It seems as though the Japanese address system is a bit different from most countries…

The Japanese street numbering system has puzzled me for a while, but fortunately I came across an explanation in a TED India talk which solves the mystery….

Also, it illustrates that whatever assumptions we may all bring into our daily lives, the exact opposite may equally be true.

Posted by: In: Fitness, Travel 05 Jun 2009 1 comment Tags:

I was fortunate enough to attend a MovNat Clinic in London last Saturday with Erwan Le Corre. It was a fantastic experience and I highly recommend that anybody who is interested in fitness to attend one of his courses if they have the opportunity.

Erwan was assisted by MovNat certified coach Colin Holding. There was a group of 10 of us and the clinic started at 9:30am and finished at approx 6:30pm. It was a long hot sunny day and Erwan crammed as much MovNat training as he could in the time available – however, by the end of it I was still inspired to learn more. The training took place at various areas of Hampstead Heath park, which considering we were in London was an ideal location for an introduction to MovNat.

For the first hour or so Erwan talked about MovNat – what it is, what natural movement is and talking about different types of training e.g. CrossFit, Yoga, specialising in sports, etc.

Warm Up

He then took us through a MovNat warm up consisting of: walking then running forwards, backwards & sideways. Moving onto walking in a crouched position, getting as low as possible. Moving on all 4’s forwards, backwards & sideways. Squatting & standing up, kneeling with attention to the flexibility of ankles & knees. Forward rolls, sideways rolls & backwards rolls then ending with some light sparring. I’d never done a warm up like it before – completely different to what you’re taught in a commercial gym. It wasn’t easy, but it was fun.

Key Movements

For the rest of the day Erwan demonstrated and had us practice some of the key movements in MovNat:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Balancing
  • Walking on all fours
  • Climbing
  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Defending

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to learn about the twelfth MovNat key movement – Swimming – but I was pretty tired by then, after trying out all the other movements, so probably best that we left swimming for another day…..

Combos

The training ended with Erwan explaining how to combine different MovNat key movements into a combination that you could use for a workout. Each of us created our own combo and went through a number of circuits. Mine consisted of walking along some fallen tree branches (balance), jumping between logs, vaulting a fallen tree, running to another tree and climbing one of its branches – repeating this approx 5 times. It was quite tough, especially climbing the tree branch (similar to doing a muscle up).

Erwan then created another combination for the whole group – a workout consisting of running, vaulting a fallen tree, moving on all fours & crawling under some fallen branches, jumping between small logs, running, then climbing along a rope between two trees, then running back to the start – repeated as many times as possible in 10 minutes. By this time I was exhausted, but it was a great example of how you can use the environment around you for a really good workout.

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The Frenchman Erwan speaks perfect English and is an excellent coach. He had recently returned from Tanzania in Africa and had been ill for a few days before the MovNat clinic – he said he wasn’t sure what was wrong with him – some tropical bug perhaps?? But he had fasted for a couple of days and was determined to turn up for the clinc.

It was only a few days later that I heard Erwan had actually been very ill after the clinc – he ended up in hospital the next day & was treated for malaria. He was admitted into hospital for tropical diseases for several days. Last I heard he has been let out, which is good news – hopefully he will make a full recovery.

He had mentioned to the group that he was not feeling 100%, and with hindsight it was remarkable that he was able to complete a full days coaching – talking & demonstrating for hours. A testament to his high levels of fitness.

What Next?

This one day MovNat course has inspired me to learn more. Hopefully I will be able to attend a MovNat seminar later this year or early in 2010. There was only so much that Erwan could teach in one day, and only so much information that I was able to absorb in one day, so a week long seminar would be great – I can’t wait….

Whether it’s one day or one week, if you have the opportunity to receive MovNat coaching from Erwan then don’t miss out on it. MovNat will improve and possibly change your ideas about how to achieve greater health & fitness.

Links

To learn more about MovNat click on the URL’s below:

MovNat – official MovNat website

Article about MovNat by Graham Averill of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine (PDF)

Men’s Health Magazine (USA), April 2009 – article A Wild Workout for the Real World

Posted by: In: Entertainment, Travel 03 Sep 2005 0 comments

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been travelling through to Edinburgh to see some shows at the Edinburgh Festival. I saw the Chinese State Circus & Wushu Warriors, Russian Cossack dancers and a korean martial arts/dance show called Yin-Yang.

I also saw the Australian show Puppetry of the Penis which was rather painful to watch – funny, but I doubt I’ll buy a ticket to see it again.

Another funny show was Nigerian Spam Scam Scam with Dean Cameron. After receiving spam email from Nigeria, Dean Cameron assumed the identity of a sexually confused Florida millionaire, whose only companions are his houseboy and cats, and began a 9 month correspondence with the scammer. With Victor Isaac as the bewildered Nigerian, the show, taken from the actual letters, documents the hilarious relationship which descends into misunderstanding, desperation, and deception

One of the last shows i went to was I Miss Communism by the Croatian American actress Ines Wurth. It was a one woman show all about her life growing up in Yugoslavia during its communist period and then leaving for America, and about her mother and grandmother. It was a good show, but a bit weird – one minute comedy, the next minute she’s telling you how some Serbian soldiers tried to rape her…

However, the best show I went to was A Shut Up Comedy From Japan. In fact, it was so good I went to see it twice. It was a silent comedy, which involved mime and acrobatics, starring two Japanese guys called Ketch and Hiropon. I hope they’ll return next year – if they do I’ll definetly be going to see them again.

Posted by: In: Travel 15 Jun 2005 0 comments

I went to Prague last month for a short holiday. I visited Prague Castle, Jewish Quater, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Strahov Monastery, Petrin Hill and a lot of other tourist places. I went on some city walking tours, which included a ghost tour (which was more comical than frightening), and generally wandered around looking at old buildings.

I went to see a Black Light Theatre show, which was interesting. I also watched the Astronomical Clock to hear it chime, along with hundreds of other tourists. I took a few photos, however I set my camera wrongly which resulted in most of my photos being blurred….silly me.

 

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Posted by: In: Travel 18 Mar 2005 0 comments

I’ve recently returned from Val d’Isere, France. I went on a weeks skiing holiday. The weather was sunny all week, and temperatures weren’t too cold. The slopes had plenty of snow, and with over 300km of runs for skiers of all abilities, I had plenty of opportunities to improve my skiing. Ques for the chairlifts were minimal or non-existent. The begining of March was the perfect time to visit. Skiing for 5+ hours each day was very tiring, but a lot of fun – I’ll definitely go back again.

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Posted by: In: Travel 10 Oct 2004 0 comments

I’ve been meaning to make some posts for a while now, but I’ve been very busy. I recently started a new job, and prior to that I went on a short holiday to Belgium. I went to see the Belgium Formula 1 Grand Prix in Spa. I stayed in Brussels for four nights. When I wasn’t at the Grand Prix I managed to see some of its sights, including its chocolate museum and the Grand Place. Hopefully, I’ll get some time soon, to add more of my holiday snaps.


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As for today – I went to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to see Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. They were doing a tour to promote promote their new book: Long Way Round. It documents their 20,000 miles motor bike journey around the world. (London to New York, via Russia, Mongolia, Alaska, Canada….).


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It was an entertaining event, with Ewan and Charley explaining why they undertook the journey, their preparations, crashes, the people they met, including local mafia types and Mongolian nomads.


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At the end I got a signed copy of their book, which I’ll start reading once I’ve got through the ten books that I’ve planned to read beforehand. For more info visit their official website.