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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 12:57 pm
Happy New Year! You're all no doubt itching to learn how I got on with my 2016 New Year's Resolutions.

[Content note: weight loss/gain]
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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 11:01 pm
You may recall that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to enter and complete the half-marathon event at the Meadows Marathon. Well, I entered it! Now I just have to actually run the thing. This Sunday, to be precise. I've pounded enough cold pavements over the last three months that I'm fairly confident of finishing, though I've no idea whether I'll finish within my target of two hours.

In keeping with the spirit of the event, I'm trying to raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation, who are one of GiveWell.org's two top-rated charities in terms of misery alleviated per dollar donated. It is, in other words, a very good cause. Please sponsor me!.

Edit: I completed the race in 1 hour and 37 minutes, despite being hailed on for the last 1.5 laps. Better than that, though, was my friends' generosity: together, they donated over £400 to the Against Malaria Foundation.
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 11:28 am
Here's what I looked like last time I had a moustache:

Haha, fooled you. That's not a picture of me, it's a picture of my grandfather, taken in the Far East in about 1941. As an honest-to-goodness decorated World War 2 fighter ace, moustache-wearing went with the territory. Here's a picture of his CO at the time:

And here's a picture of Grampy with some of his squadron mates a few years after the war, when he was closer to my age now:

He's the one on the left: I think he looked quite a bit like me. My mum does too; it was apparently very weird for her to watch me play the Wing Commander in Chips With Everything at school.

Anyway, this was all by way of introduction to the main event, which is a begging letter. I'm currently growing a moustache for Movember, to raise money for (or rather, against) prostate cancer (which kills one man per hour in the UK alone). If you feel inclined, you can sponsor me here.

Here's what my proto-mo looked like this morning:

Some way to go, obviously...