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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Does anyone have to be "Britain's Greatest Olympian"?

In case you've been living in a hole for the past few week or don't actually spend your life on social media, you may have noticed that the London 2012 Olympic Games are currently happening.  I haven't written about the Games yet as I am a frustrated ex-athlete who's career was cut short by an accident.  I just sit here, watching in awe, trying to push my jealousy to the back of my mind.  Seriously, though, I am gobsmacked by the dedication that our athletes put into their sport and it's all because they love what they do, not because they get paid to love what they do.

Our medal total is growing and there have been amazing achievements by ALL of the athletes in the Games (let's just ignore the shoddy sportsmanship during the badminton for now), not just the ones who have won medals.  Are we forgetting that the athletes that have qualified to represent our country at the Olympics are the best we have, not the only ones we have?  It just so happens that sometimes there is another athlete who is better than them.

So when the Huffington Post UK (amongst other media outlets) try to create speculation over who is our greatest Olympian ever - Sir Steve Redgrave or Bradley Wiggins - I ask if it really matters?  Can we not just celebrate success no matter on what level it is achieved?  

Surely if the Opening Ceremony is our benchmark then our greatest Olympians are the next generation of athletes?

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