Beachside boot camp

I recently did an interview with Katie Page and Mark Hooks of Reboot, one of the UK’s leading fitness boot camp companies.

Click here to read more!

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Movember is over …

December is here.  I finally have a clean shaven husband – the tache is no more.  RIP the tache.

Hallelujah!

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Do gyms work?

I’ve just uploaded another article all about gyms and whether they are worth the money you pay.  Click here to have a read and, again, feel free to leave comments – especially if you have ever found a gym that operates differently!

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How to run

Have you ever wondered how to run effectively?  I have just written a great article on the benefits of running and how to get the most out of your training session.  Click here to read the article and please feel free to leave comments!

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Defend our democracy!

Rupert Murdoch is on a fast track to control over half of this country’s newspapers and television. This week is our only chance to tell regulators to stand up for a wide choice of news, and defend our democracy.

Britain loses if Murdoch wins. With all of the BSkyB TV network his massive dominance of our media would become further entrenched, extending his power and political influence. Here and elsewhere Murdoch has used his reach to promote conservative political candidates, the persecution of minorities, climate change denial and the dangerous lies that led to the invasion of Iraq.

We have until Friday to stop this! Let’s flood the regulator with thousands of submissions saying why we feel this deal is against the public interest. We’ll deliver tens of thousands of comments in boxloads to Ofcom’s offices on Friday, making a media splash. Send yours now via the link below, and encourage everyone you know to do the same today.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/ofcom_no_bskyb_takeover/?vl

Murdoch’s News Corporation already owns 39% of the BSkyB television company and four of our best-selling newspapers. His new expansion bid rides roughshod over the ‘media plurality’, which the government has a legal duty to uphold. Regulator Ofcom is accepting public comments on Murdoch’s plans for just a few days.

This deal would allow Murdoch to cross-promote his different outputs and increase his political roles. For 30 years no British political party has won an election without Murdoch’s blessing. This ability to get voters’ attention gives him frequent access to the prime minister – hence his nickname the ‘24th member of the cabinet’.

This is a fight for the soul of British democracy. We cannot afford to have one company dominate half of our TV, newspaper and online news. From illegal spying at the News of the World here to his Fox News empire in the U.S., Murdoch’s media erodes the values we hold dear and shows few scruples when attacking political or commercial rivals – now including the BBC.

In the world we are striving to create, citizens will be empowered by a media telling truth for the public good. Countering this deal is vital if we are to leave space for such a media in our country, and the world.

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Movember – Prostate Cancer

About Movember

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. 
 
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. 
 
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement. 

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
 
The Movember moustache has grown year on year since then, expanding to the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, The Netherlands and Finland. 
 
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising £26 Million (GBP equivalent) for Movember’s global beneficiary partners. 
 
The funds raised through Movember’s UK campaign benefit the The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), the UK’s leading prostate cancer charity.
 
The money raised as a result of Movember is channelled by our men’s health partner into a number of world class and innovative education, support, research and awareness initiatives.

The success of Movember can be directly attributed to the more than 627,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have supported our cause since 2003.  Movember is sincerely grateful for their efforts and appreciate all they do.
 
For those of you new to Movember, we challenge you to join us in changing the face of men’s health.

For detailed information about the Movember Foundation, financial and annual reports, men’s health, the programs being funded and the social impact Movember is having please visit:

The Movember Foundation Site

My husband, Mark, on Day 8 of Movember!  He looks like a cross between Dennis Hopper from Easy Rider and something out of Village People.

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Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is free at last.

Suu Kyi brings new and desperately needed hope for democracy to a country ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. But her ability to inspire millions of Burmese to resistance makes her dangerous to the junta. Her fate, and Burma’s, hangs in the balance.

The military have brutally cracked down before, and they are waiting for Suu Kyi’s next move. She has already held a mass rally in the heart of the capital. If she chooses, once again, to bravely defy Burma’s tyrants, she will need massive international support to survive, and succeed in freeing her people.

Suu Kyi is 65, she has been in detention for most of 20 years, never seeing her now dead husband or children. Burma’s people are strong, but they have suffered for 40 years under repression, and they see her as one of their last hopes. If the junta sends her back to detention, she may never get a chance to lead them again, and Burma could slip back into darkness for another generation.

Since her release on Saturday, Suu Kyi has repeatedly spoken of the crucial importance of the world for Burma. Considering her next steps, she has put out a call to the people and governments of the world to show our willingness to stand with her. A massive global response will strengthen her hand in dealing with the junta, and press our governments to follow our lead. Click to sign the statement of commitment and support:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/aung_san_suu_kyi_tribute/?vl

One day, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people’s struggle for freedom will echo in our children’s imaginations the way Gandhi’s and Martin Luther King’s does in our own. But her story is not over, and we have our part to play in it. Let’s answer her call.

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