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Artificial grass, new boots and running 3 miles

I tried a new pair of Adidas AG boots this week. I instantly liked the snug fit around my feet, more studs, lower profile… but, would any of this make a difference to my football experience?

Here’s what Adidas say;

Dominate space. Command the play. Create goal-destined shots from impossible angles. Control the game with every touch in ACE. These football boots have a 3D Control Skin upper that delivers precise control with zero wear-in time. Designed to dominate on artificial grass.

Engineered 3D Control Skin upper for supreme ball control
TOTAL CONTROL stud alignment for artificial grass (long bladed synthetic fibre)
Synthetic and textile upper / Synthetic lining / Synthetic outsole

One hour of fast paced football in very wet conditions on a 3g pitch and, I was completely sold on these boots. I had no issues with grip on the wet surface and, I’m totally convinced that they have been much kinder to my ankle & knee joints. That’s a win win right there.

Check them out here.

And this was the result of my Garmin watch tracking my running. We played 9 a-side on half the pitch. 3.1 Miles.

All in all, a good night with plenty of running and some fast crisp passing… and, a couple of awful shots on goal to keep me humble.


What we teach

When we teach a child to make good decisions, we benefit from a lifetime of good decisions.
When we teach a child to love to learn, the amount of learning will become limitless.
When we teach a child to deal with a changing world, she will never become obsolete.
When we are brave enough to teach a child to question authority, even ours, we insulate ourselves from those who would use their authority to work against each of us.
And when we give students the desire to make things, even choices, we create a world filled with makers.

– from Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin.

Seth Godin’s e-book/resource on education is a big read. I haven’t read it all yet.

It’s full of insight and challenge about education that can also be applied to all of life. Business. Church. Family. Relationships. Value.

Really challenging.

Deviate from the norm

You make a big impression when you deviate from the norm

We’re reaching a point in social media where things are gradually becoming systematic:

Create content, publish content, have audience engage with content, study content’s metrics, repeat.

Nobody would dare fully stop or even pause their strategies for long today, because it can be detrimental to the brand’s relevance.

When you deviate from the norm, you’re ultimately shaking up the system and putting your own mark down in a place where there wasn’t one before.

Amen to that.

The above quotes are from an article on Social Media Today – here

Newsletter is back this week

We were off on holiday for quite a bit of July so it kind of feels like we are back at it now… the big push from August to Christmas! ha!

Anyway, you may not know that I share a weekly Newsletter of content, some of which I blog here and some from other sources around the web. It’s still in it’s infancy but after a July break the Newsletter will re-ignite this week.

This week among other things, I will explain why I had to unsubscribe from Beerbods recently.

You’d make us very happy if you popped your email in to subscribe below… g’wan.

I don’t know. Best to say nothing

I find myself in that situation more and more in social encounters — skirting round questions in order to avoid an embarrassing argument only to find I’ve caused more awkwardness. It happens not just when I’m asked what I’ve done in the privacy of the polling booth. People increasingly seem to expect me to have firm convictions on almost every story in the news, then get upset not because I voice strong opinions, but precisely because I don’t.

Sites such as Twitter and Facebook have turned into platforms where you can make it quite clear to everybody that you are not a racist, a sexist or a homophobe. Or if you don’t care about being considered a bigot, you can always do the opposite and make a name as a raucous controversialist. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Reputations have been trashed in fewer than 140 characters and once you become known for your outlying views, it’s hard to retreat to more sensible ground. Often it’s best to say nothing.


Blog was word of the year in 2004

After everyone finally remembered that it was short for “web log,” Blog was crowned Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2004. The Blogosphere gave rise to new approaches to media, journalism, and websites in general. Through services like LiveJournal, Xanga, and Blogger We started archiving our lives online and basically never stopped. Basically, it was cool that we were all privately and publically recording ourselves, until government surveillance made it scary again.


Blogs didn’t look great in 2004. The web didn’t look great in general. It was still very exciting back then though. How things have changed.

I sort of wish I had an image of my first blog from 2004 to have a giggle at… mmm well, maybe not.

Teach them to yearn for

If you want to build a ship, dont drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea.

– Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Something to think about here for businesses, organisations, churches…