4MIDABLE

4  things / 1 month

1. Running

I need to drop a bra size. Possibly two.It’s coming up to our annual break in Abersoch, and I don’t want to put the Whale into North Wales. I love my open-water swimming (“hark at Robson Green”, I hear you shout) but you won’t get me playing my part as Wetsuit Man to the assembled several familes we go on holiday with, unless I’ve shed some serious weight.

And that’s where trainers come in. And where trainers come in, that’s usually where New Balance come in.

You know my love of New Balance by now. But they’re usually seen under a pair of selvege or cords. This time, it’s serious. They’re under a pair of shorts – that’s right, it’s my annual get-fit-for-Wales two month exercise binge where I

I need to drop a bra size. Possibly two.

It’s coming up to our annual break in Abersoch, and I don’t want to put the Whale into North Wales. I love my open-water swimming (“hark at Robson Green”, I hear you shout) but you won’t get me playing my part as Wetsuit Man to the assembled several familes we go on holiday with, unless I’ve shed some serious weight.

And that’s where trainers come in. And where trainers come in, that’s usually where New Balance come in.

You know my love of New Balance by now. But they’re usually seen under a pair of selvege or cords. This time, it’s serious. They’re under a pair of shorts – that’s right, it’s my annual get-fit-for-Wales two month exercise binge where I do all I can to get into that wetsuit.

And I’m doing it in a couple of pairs of NB’s finest: the 580 Elite Edition Solarized and Vazee Pace.

Why two pairs? Off-roading sees me don the chunkier solarized beauts, whilst the gym sees me with the more slimlined (unlike me) Vazee Pace’s…..

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The 580 Solarized’s are a great modern take on a 20 year old classic. But these have bells and whistles such as well as a beautiful suded/mesh upper. For example, you get glow in the dark bits and bobs on the outsole and the N logo’s. Snazzy, and will stop me getting lost in the Leek hills. A Stoke Weirdo in The Moorlands, as the film would be called. A REVlite midsole gives me the cushioning, flexibility and comfort I obviously require and I get to still wear a pair of 580’s

The Vazee Pace’s are  lightweight. Go on, feel free come out with the obvious joke, I can take it. These are what serious runners wear, and if it’s good enough for them…… Again there’s REVlite technology involved, but these are sock-like in fit, giving you the feel that they were made just for your good self. They weren’t, as clowns like me can buy them!Proof of the pudding will be August 12th 2016. Grrrr, I mentioned pudding! nb2

2. Roads by Portishead

A song that is timeless now as it was 22 years ago when it was first released.  Portishead were so much more than part of the Bristol sound of the early-mid 90’s, captained by Massive Attack. Claustrophobic, soaring, sad, string-laden, dark; ‘Dummy’ is one of the greatest debut albums ever in my view, and ‘Roads’ is the best song on the album.

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Melody Maker thought that Portishead “were undeniably the classiest, coolest thing to have appeared in the country for years”.  Classy? Yup. Absolutely. Portishead can be majestic. Cool? That’s in the eye of the beholder, the listener, but coolness wasn’t sought and their sound was and is so fragile, understated and emotional, that it seems churlish to label them with such a term.

You don’t go running in down dark, empty streets listening to Portishead. But I’d recommend in any other place or situation, stick ‘

3. The duck out of Rosie and Jim

Two ragdolls, living on a canal boat, travelling the waterways and coming to life when they wanted to? A bloke they called Tootle, steering said vessel around this fair country?

Absolute tripe, but wouldn’t everyone in life love a Duck that warns us of imminent danger?

Forget the name of this humble magazine – this isn’t favouritism. I’m just fed up of superheroes who shoot fire or act like spiders. I want a kids TV programme character who has a special power that can really come in useful……..like when Rosie and Jim followed Tootle to the supermarket, put loads of stuff in his trolley that they wanted that he didn’t see, and he paid for them whilst they scarpered back to the canal boat.

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Genius that is, but even better is that when they got back to the boat they could have a chat, read a paper, or have a cheeky whisky……. and it was Duck, sat atop said barge, that warned them when Tootle was on his way back. A simple quack or two sufficed, and the two ragdolls went back to being ragdolls again.

Now that is a superhero worth knowing. Well in, Duck.

4. April showers

Football matches are for putting on a big coat and going around in it. That’s what football matches are for. None of this blouson or rain jacket malarkey.

So how ace is it to see snow and sub-zero temperatures again this week? How mint was it to de-ice the car on April 27th?

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No? Well just think of the opportunity to purchase a new big coat, and then go around in it. And once you’ve done that, thank the Great British climate.