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Fornham Circular Run Suffolk

In Books, Fornham All Saints, Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve, Life of Pi, Ottakers, The Clash on December 17, 2005 at 11:36 am



8.30am 7.5 miles in 59 minutes 29 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1277

Month to date 81 miles

Average miles per month 111

Average weekly rate 25.5

Week to date 7.5

Weather Cold clear blue skies.

Mind numbingly cold this morning. Gloves, hat and two layers of clothing kept out the cold and towards the end of the run I felt well and truly glowingly warm. I bought some second hand players sweatshirts whilst at Portman Road for a fiver and they have turned out to be quite a good investment. I must admit I wasn’t sure about them as they looked a bit heavy but if they are designed for football players running around then they are good enough for me.They certainly seem to wick away any sweat so they have the same properties as the designer running gear which can set you back a lot of money.

I have just finished reading two books.

‘Passion is a fashion The real storey of the Clash ‘ by Pat Gilbert. This was a bargain basement book, cost I think was £2.99 from HMV. A good read if you are in anyway interested in the Clash. It brought back a lot of memories for me of the late seventies and early eighties when I was living in London. The Clash based themselves in Camden and many people will have shopped at Camden Market whererehearsallrehearsall Studios used to be.

This was a time when unemployment was very high, the fascist National Front regularly held marches and you could easily get beaten up for wearing the wrong clothes. The Clash played a mixture of punk and reggae songs and so by following them you naturally supported movements such as Rock against Racism.

‘Life of Pi by Yann Martel’ £7.99 from Ottakers. I am always a bit suspicious when I see on the front cover that a book has won the ‘The Booker prize’ . I often find these books a bit disappointing however this was a good book and I would certainly recommend it. It would make a really good film. This is the storey of a shipwrecked boy called Pi (shortened from Piscine Patel so as not to get bullied as it sounds like Pissing Patel) who is the only survivor from a cargo ship which sinks in the pacific ocean. The Patel family are emigrating to Canada from India with a cargo of zoo animals that Mr Patel, Pi’s father a zoo manager used to manage.This is a storey of survival with a difference as the only survivors on board the lifeboat are Pi , a hyena, a zebra and a tiger.

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My Favourite CD’s – 2nd in a Series

In The Clash on July 28, 2005 at 7:48 pm


This is another album I would listen to when out for a run. Ok it provides a bit of a contrast when running in the peace and quiet of leafy Suffolk lanes but it provides great motivation and is guranteed to make you run 10 seconds faster a mile!

One of the great English punk bands. I bought this album in 1977. I saw them twice once up in London and a second time surprisingly in Bury St Edmunds at the Corn Exchange in about 1978-79. This is still my favourite Clash Album it contains more of the energy from their live performances. It is quite a raw guitar album apart from the Police and Thieves reggae track from Junior Marvin which received great aclaim. The front cover is a picture taken from a shot at Camden market.

Track Listing

1. Janie Jones
2. Remote Control
3. Im so bored with the USA
4. White Riot
5. Hate and War
6. Whats my name
7. Deny
8. Londons Burning
9. Career Opportunities
10. Cheat
11. Protext Blues
12. Police and Thieves
13. 48 Hours
14. Garageland

Career Opportunities

The offered me the office, offered me theshopThey said I’d better take anything they’d gotDo you wanna make tea at the BBC?Do you wanna be, do you really wanna be a cop?Career opportunities are the ones that never knockEvery job they offer you is to keep you out the dockCareer opportunity, the ones that never knock.I hate the army an’ I hate the R.A.F.I don’t wanna go fighting in the tropical heatI hate the civil service rulesAnd I won’t open letter bombs for youBus driver….ambulance man….ticket inspectorThey’re gonna have to introduce conscriptionThey’re gonna have to take away my prescriptionIf they wanna get me making toysIf they wanna get me, well, I got no choice.

The Band – Joe Strummer , Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.