Sunday, May 07, 2006


I did it! I ran round Edinburgh today, managing to come a heady 2379th (out of just over 6000 runners though...) The weather was not kind, but the worst rain was just before the start with it brightening up during. I am proud to be able to say I beat 4 Smurfs, but a bit embarrassed to have been beaten by Tweety Pie and Sylvester...
Kit is now 3 weeks and 3 days old and developing a personality day by day. He had a hearing test the other day. It used to be that at 8 months someone would shake a rattle and see if baby looks round. Now at one day old they strap electrodes to their heads and necks before playing a series of clicks though an earphone. He only got a 50% reading for his right ear after he was born, so this was the follow up visit - and we are 100% auditory! It must have just been birth muck.....
We took Kit into Napier to show him off on Thursday - yet more nice people being friendly and very generous to the boy! He even got an astrology reading given to him with the warning that the read lines stood for confict...hmmm, there were a few too many of them if you ask me, so we'll either need to rub them out or destroy Venus rising.
On Friday we took him for a walk round the Botanic Gardens. This is something that Lorna has been planning for a long time,part of her vision of motherhood. It was a beautiful day and the place was packed out with other prams...pram rage! I'll we welding some steel plates to ours for next time.
Neil, Janice and Cameron came to visit today to meet Kit - and he made Cameron's day by peeing all over Lorna's top - ha ha!
I go back to work I will be beginning my "cycling to work" stint all being well. Save money, get fit. That's the plan, anyway. I've done a practice run to Queensferry and can get there in about 40 minutes; of course I must remember there's a return journey to be done each evening.
Went on a bike(motor) run yesterday with Mike and Colin. Had a brilliant time, headed up to Braemar for lunch and avoided all the threatened rainshowers. Sadly Kevin didn't avoid the not-forecasted oil showers, meaning he and Claire couldn't join us.
Lorna begins her first real "by herself during the week" time tomorrow but I know she'll cope.


  1. Eddie Merckx8/5/06 11:10


    Appeal after cyclist attacked in Moredunvale Road
    1310 hours 20/02/06
    Press Office Fettes

    Police are hunting a man after he carried out a violent attack on a cyclist last week.

    The 23-year-old victim was cycling in Moredunvale Road, Edinburgh at about 9.30pm on Thursday (February 16th) when he was approached by his assailant who for no apparent reason struck him on the head with an unknown object.

    He suffered serious head injuries which required hospital treatment.

    The attacker is described as white, having a local accent, slim build wearing a black hooded top black bomber style jacket and dark trousers.

    Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and who maybe saw the attack and in particular a person riding a black moped in the local area at the time of the offence.

    A police spokesman said: 'We would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time or who saw a person meeting the above description to come forward and contact the police.'

    Anyone with information is asked to call Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131.


  2. Grandpa C8/5/06 22:59

    A great result - well done. Next year you could make it a family event - put the sword blades on the pram wheels - let Lorna run on ahead - Kit swinging his rattle around his head and screaming - and you could just jog along behind. That way you would have a trail blazed for you. Sort of Ben Her !!! Well done - !!

  3. well done for the fun run. sorry to hear about the stabbing

  4. Dr Kildare10/5/06 14:04

    REGULAR CYCLING can improve your health. It can:

    provide an excellent workout for the heart;

    almost halve the risk of a heart attack, by helping to reduce risk factors like obesity, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure;

    improve mental wellbeing, by helping us to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, promoting self-esteem and reducing stress or insomnia;

    build strength, especially in your back and legs;
    promote the mobility of hip and knee joints.

  5. Grandpa C13/5/06 16:50


    Looks more like regular cycling will get you a smack on the head !! But what in the world has this to do with anything ?? We may as well continue the Blog with a discussion on who lives in Moredunvale Road or why black is/is not a good colour for a moped !

  6. Christopher growing Tattie boagles in his ears already .. must take after his Unc Bill. Lee - well done on the run round Edinburgh and beating half the field into the grund. Adios doon uner xxx

  7. Wee Christopher with tattie boagles already ... must take after his Unc Bill. Lee - well done on running aroon Edinburgh .. we runners (not joggers) are cool.
    Adios Clan doon uner xxx

  8. Ester Rantzen16/5/06 14:48

    Do not leave cycles in isolated places. Park cycles safely and considerately where they will not cause a danger or obstruction to others, particularly to older people, young children or people with disabilities. And always lock a cycle when leaving it, even if it's only for a few minutes.

    Make sure you secure bikes to proper cycle stands or robust street furniture (but do observe any requests not to use certain items of street furniture and be sure not to cause any damage). Lock cycles through the frame, and secure or remove wheels. Also remove smaller parts and accessories that can't be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick release saddles.