Cambridge half marathon and Tate Britain

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This is not the Cambridge half, of course. This is Cambridge parkrun the day before. And very muddy it was, too. Photo taken by Rob Moir who is able to twist around, whilst running, and take a good quality picture without falling arse over tit, before accelerating off. Thanks Rob.

I was very lucky to run the Cambridge half. Four days before I did a bit of light lifting without an obvious problem but overnight my knee became painful. The following day it was very sore and stiff and I thought this might be the second Cambridge half in a row that injury or illness would stop me running. The next day, Saturday, I did parkrun but the knee held up and for the rest of the day. Just over three miles is one thing but thirteen miles is something else. Nevertheless, I did the half, and miraculously, with no ill effect to my knee except a little aching and stiffness. Phew!

I’m not running very consistently at the moment and not for very long either. I did run my fastest parkrun this year, yesterday, but I’m still catching up on last year’s times. Today, I ran the Swavesey 5 miler. Swavesey’s a village 10 miles from Cambridge surrounded by very flat fenland fields and when the wind blows, as it often does in the fens, there’s no protection. It was windy today but the temperature was mild. Nevertheless I ran in my jacket to avoid the wind chill. I came in 22nd out of 69 but two and a half minutes slower than last year.There was also a half marathon at the same time in which 134 ran. Another half was a temptation but physically I don’t feel 100%.

After the race, as I was leaving, I came across a gaggle of St. John’s Ambulance standing alone in the wind. They asked me how my race went. I revealed it went okay (this is not fake news!) and I said their presence was very reassuring to me because of my heart disease (they also had a couple of bikes out following the runners). Good people (does Trump use this phrase, it sounds familiar).

And so to the Tate Britain gallery, Millbank, London to see the David Hockney exhibition. Well worth visiting to see all his iconic pictures and pictures of various periods. Very enjoyable wandering  around the galleries again and absorbing the wonderful creativity.

Lorna is contemplating Jules Olitski’s Instant Loveland. There’s more going on in this picture than appears at first sight, particularly in the lower left hand corner. Thankfully there is no danger of Lorna being overwhelmed by a kaleidoscope of lurid colours. Actually, I am sympathetic to this type of art but I still find it highly amusing.

This is Edward Halliday’s Christian and Hopeful Arrive Before the Celestial City, 1926. I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress and I don’t remember it as a naked journey.

I walked into Cambridge’s premier bookshop, Cambridge University Press, with confidence and purpose. I found the hardback book I had seen in the window display and optimistically scanned it for the price. £60!!!!!!!! I staggered back, weakened in body and spirit. The staff were familiar with such reactions, helping me to sit down and wafting smelling salts under my nose. They gently prised the £60 tome from my immobilised hand, glanced at the price and offered the standard treatment response. “Don’t worry, sir. This title will be issued in paperback in two months at less than a third of the cost. I’m sure you’re  feeling better already, aren’t you? I was!




7 thoughts on “Cambridge half marathon and Tate Britain

  1. It sounds like thecrunning is going well and I am glad to hear that you are being sensible, not cramming too many races in if you are feeling below par!
    What was the £60 book? At that price I would expect it to be something quite special? Can you get it from the library before it comes out in paperback? I remember paying over £200 for a 2volume set on breast reconstruction, as a trainee. I had to reassure myself by saying ‘it’s an investment in my career’ a few times! But it was a good book and worth it!
    2 months isn’t too long to wait for a busy chap like you😊

    • The book was Freud in Cambridge (he never came to Cambridge, of course). It examines his impact on Cambridge (University) people and his sphere of influence.You sensibly suggest I get it from the library but that ignores my relationship with books which clearly function as a form of comfort blanket. I gotta possess it! I’m thinking of sitting outside CUP with a card reading “Book habit to fund… please give generously.” Given it’s Cambridge I wouldn’t be surprised to find I could buy it at the close of day. Professional and academic books can be astronomically priced but as you reasoned it’s a career investment and worth it.I have a much dodgier set of justifications but they still work in my favour.

      • Lol! I think you could be right about begging for money for the book! But you might end up going viral on Facebook as a sign of the fire times we are in😆😆 is your interest in Freud professional or just a very high brow hobby?

      • No professional interest, just a fascination with psychoanalytical ideas and the psychological world. I recommend the Freud Museum in Hampstead, North London. They’ve got his original couch. I’ve had to suppress an urge to lie down on it. The place is like a shrine not just to all things Freudian but to a social class as well.I don’t think he popped around to the cornershop to buy his cigars!

      • Yes I’ve developed in interest in psychology over the last couple of years!trying to understand both myself and others. Amazingly work have agreed to send me on a coaching course, so I’m hoping to learn some skills that will help me to help others . I’m looking forwards to it!

      • Yes, I’m hoping to mentor colleagues, help them to achieve joy and satisfaction in their work whilst improving lives for patients😇It will be a tough gig.

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