My son calls me on the phone: “Dad ya gotta help me… my team has only got four players for Urban Rec tonight. Can you play?” My son is twenty-three and I am ancient. He really must be desperate. Me: “Ah… what is Urban Rec… and why would you ask me?” My son: “I am asking you because I have asked everyone else, and no-one is available. A group of friends and I play … [Read more...]
How working with horses changes young lives
Most of us know that sport, exercise, and a whole range of other physical activities are great for mental health and provide positive relief from trauma. But physical activity with horses? Why horses? Could horses actually change the lives of young indigenous people (who have experienced extensive trauma in their young lives)? Professor Juli Coffin, who designed and runs an … [Read more...]
Penalty shoot-out? Nah. Let’s play Murderball!
The League Cup is over, and Liverpool wins the comp on penalties, 11-10. When I read a post on Instagram that puts the victory down to Liverpool’s exemplary data driven approach, I slap myself in the side of the head, grunt “derr”, and make a silly incensed reply stating what seemed to me the obvious - that the “data-driven approach” had little to do with a win that was … [Read more...]
To dance and to surf – its all about the body!
Last week the hometown had its first decent swell in a few weeks drawing all of the crusty salty-heads out of their hiding places to take advantage of the clean, off-shore, well-sized conditions. All the regular spots got crowded, of course, but local surfers were, at least, relieved that this new swell arrived just after the end of the summer holidays meaning that the best … [Read more...]
Yoga for colds, coughs, sore throats and snuffles – Guru Jack talks Ki therapy for snuffling sports stars.
Who needs a Doctor? Well, maybe after a car crash or a tumble down a mountain or when your partner poisons your porridge you might want some Modern Medical assistance. Most of the time though, the great healing powers of Yoga can deal with all the aches and pains and the bumps and lumps of your life. Those terrible Symptoms of illness like coughs and colds and sore throats are … [Read more...]