Category Archives: Fun

Attempting to live an adventurous life in a nannying age

The Air League Flying Scholarships


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The Air League Trust is offering a number of opportunities in aviation and aerospace to young men and women permanently resident in the UK. The competition for flying scholarships opens online in November 2015 and all other competitions on 1 December 2015. Please find more details in the 2016 scholarship flyer. Please visit www.airleague.co.uk for further details and to download application forms for all competitions.  

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Armed Forces Day in Buckinghamshire, Saturday 27 June – please volunteer


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This year, Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Aylesbury Rugby Club. We must never forget the achievements and sacrifices made by servicemen and women, their families, and those veterans whose bravery has secured our freedom in some of the most dangerous and challenging conditions. This year’s event plays host to the air show including flypasts by P51 Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane to name a few. There will be  musical performances from The Memphis Belles, The Army […]

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A better way to engage with patients about health choices?


Via the doctor in the house, this video from James McCormack, Choosing Wisely: Could a little entertainment be what is missing from contemporary health education?

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Self-defence training with Combat Academy


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It seemed like a good idea to accept an invitation from Combat Academy on my day off. It was. As they say on their site: Our self defence training philosophy, concepts and techniques are among the best in the world and if you are looking for self defence training that really works in the harsh reality of an actual attack or assault then Combat Academy can help. We didn’t video the training but here are a couple of demonstrations with […]

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Experiencing an electric motorcycle: the Agility Saietta R


As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling, Motorcycle Action Group recently asked me to experience an electric motorcycle. I was skeptical. Find out how I got on: A review will appear in their magazine shortly. As part of the future of motorcycling, especially in town, electric motorcycles are good news. Related: my article after taking evidence on electric vehicles while I was on the Transport Committee.  

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What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


My wife Beth and I enjoyed a walk around West Wycombe and Downley with the Ramblers this morning. In the course of it, Beth (a GP) mentioned the video 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? It’s an astonishing fact that we have become so sedentary that it is thought proper we should be taxed in order to fund public health measures as simple as this: Walking is a fantastic way to […]

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Why localism has disappointed?


Via BBC Worldwide, classic stuff from Yes, Prime Minister: All too true, I imagine.

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Bootleggers and Baptists – explaining the characteristics of government regulation


Because I am today a member of a small Baptist church, I feel I can get away with posting this great video which is a little unkind about us. There may be some people at my church who don’t drink but I’m not aware of anyone having a theological objection to alcohol sales on a Sunday and lobbying for a ban. I guess the author of the video has other experiences. The video explains why government regulation tends to have […]

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You too can lose weight fast with The Sherlock Diet!


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Apparently the UK faces an obesity crisis. Helpfully, as reported in the national news [1,2], I am annually weighed in public in High Wycombe. This year, I had lost weight thanks to The Sherlock Diet. Today, I have lost 10kg since Christmas, 8 of them in the last 10 weeks. I was significantly overweight with a Body Mass Index of 29, just 3 kg off obese. My wife, a GP, hinted fairly heavily that the trajectory of my health was […]

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“And no more!” – triumph at my 4th weighing-in


As reported by The Telegraph and The Spectator, I’m publicly weighed every year in High Wycombe along with the Mayor and councillors. It’s an attempt to deter us from gaining weight at taxpayer expense. In each of 2011 and 2012, the cry was “And some more!”. After playing the panto villain in 2011, enough was enough by 2012 and, thanks to MyFitnessPal, Parliament’s gym, swimming and running across the Chilterns, this year’s triumphant result was “And no more!” In shock news, if you […]

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