Forgot to add in previous post but as I’m taking a break from political tweeting and probably a lot of socmed activity in general, will be listening to recommendations e.g.

Tactical Taekwondo


And my brother has recommended Simon Mayo’s Confessions. Simon Mayo previously of Radio 1 fame when I was a young thing and the Confessions slot which was and continues to be a deep insight into British life. I haven’t listened to any yet but remember the show. Listeners call / write in with their secrets and Simon Mayo & team decide to be merciful or not.

Newer confessions (& subscribe options)


Older confessions


People’s Uni and 2nd module update

Some further amends including clearer numbering, explanation areas and possible removal of somewhat confusing future of pharma section to be completed for first module shortly.

Met with University of Surrey colleagues today to begin to plan 2nd module. This is a different set up as there may be a) a formal partnership with People University and a module / taught module via online learning

b) no module

c) link to module from People’s Uni and no branding

d) branded open online module – ooc

One of my colleagues has begun contact with Uni of Surrey colleagues to check re clearance, branding, attribution as we can’t proceed further before then. Uni of Surrey have a partnership in China and students from across Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia so there are a range of possibilities even for a short module. It may depend on where, when, how Surrey is considering strategic partnerships e.g. like the DUFE initiative.

A module topic is based on what would be relevant and also what would be relevant that can be completed alongside existing research / teaching commitments (e.g. something that they can develop quickly / in short batches). For example they have many years experience across African countries but also more recently some Eastern European / Central Asia.  So this is all in theory based on their previous and existing work:

Possible topics / subtopics
Regulation and Management of water supplies
Risk based approaches to water monitoring and surveillance
Water supplies in peri-urban settlements
Transmission routes, survival in environments
Laboratory analysis
Water treatment
Possible audiences
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Eastern and Southern Africa
Issues / items for further investigation
Translation of languages e.g. historically produced in English for African content, for EE / CEA it will also need Russian (Nicola to mitigate / sort)
Further discussion with WHO re advocacy
WHO, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UNIS existing training materials
Accreditation routes if wanted
Links with Environmental Health

Books and podcasts

To survive the commute etc, stuff I’ve recently read / reading


The story of my experiments with truth – Gandhi – interesting to find his experiments with Tolstoy farms in S.Africa

Hard Bastards – short interviews with criminals and martial artists – Kate Kray (married to Ronnie Kray) bit like Ross Kemp’s TV series


The ultimate athlete – George Leonard

The sound of laughter – British comedian Peter Kay

Thatcher stole my trousers – British comedian – Alexei Sayle

To read

Rest of The Ultimate Athlete

When breath becomes air – Paul Kalanithu

Legends of the Caucasus – David Hunt

Rest of British Taekwondo coaching course book.

Will be moving away from general topics to focus on all things taekwondo / martial arts for a while.

Coaching Session 1

First session over. It is very different to juniors as there were 2 rows of black belts, many of whom are more senior / experienced than me. Everyone was very kind and good humoured in spite of it being a bit of a rabble – in a good way, good to see some people enjoying themselves!  Have to shout more than I thought – Master  Mark makes it look easy 🙂 

I was out on the timings a bit, some of the drills finished quicker than I thought and I would re think doing poomsae Il Jang in pairs as it takes quite a bit of working out for the partner to block, punch/strike, kick in opposition to the poomsae partner.

The application / budo is essential though and there may be a better way of practising that. There are some tendencies in tkd to split into either poomsae or kyorugi which I want to avoid, don’t want poomsae to be some kind of dance – sorry WTF but I didn’t start in tkd to do rhythmic gymnastics as a sport.

Maslenitsa at Pushkin House, London

I went with a friend to a Maslenitsa celebration this evening. He goes to Sweden quite a bit but has not visited Russia.

We now both know a version of Russian musical chairs and have tasted our first Russian blini. There was beautiful, enchanting singing and the stories of Maslenitsa customs explained. They mentioned that Sunday is a time of contemplation, cleaning out ‘spiritually’ after the winter, before Lent, even though some of the traditions are not religious practices.

My friend remarked that evenings like this make him realise how much we all have in common.

tkd coaching update – plans good to go

Assessed session and general practical session plans now ok’d so good to go in March. I was concerned that progression not really measurable enough but this is ok.

Will think about more fun elements to add in between now and then especially for opponent awareness. I will be teaching / coaching the senior sessions on Saturday at Master Worsfold’s request which will be good practice for April assessment.

4 sessions in club: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xledrefjcqz4bt8/4sessionsplanner.doc?dl=0

assessed practical: https://www.dropbox.com/s/00drl878o6rlp9t/2017_04_09_%20ssessedPracticalSessionPlan.doc?dl=0



Planning kicking sessions

At the moment still going with axe kicks for assessed practical and running 6×30 min session with senior class leading up to moving to side of opponent & kicking (1/2 turn minimum) as these are useful for sparring.

Like most people I have sometimes stepped back when an opponent attacks when side step & counter would be more effective so that’s the plan.

My own personal training schedule is rubbish at the moment and it’s not an ideal time to be doing coaching course at all but life isn’t ideal. 

But I remember as a very green belt being asked to take juniors through basics and early poomsae – andalso thought you must be joking but we all survived intact.

Onwards and onwards

DJI OSMO camera stability

We have been looking at different options for recording video for online learning.

Cycling through Radiotherapy in Sutton is not an option we can probably achieve without causing unnecessary stress for patients or staff, however there are other options for using for tours of the site either on a bike or something else.

Someone recommended DJI Osmo


It will do everything needed and one to consider in next job too.

Forgot to say, I could use this with current Xperia