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January
31

Downsizing for Dummies

Posted on Thursday 31st January, 2013

Food has always been my best friend and my worst enemy.   I grew up in a household where it was plentiful, fresh and delicious.   I also spent 12 years at boarding schools which served up some of the most hideous, vile filth that has ever masqueraded as comestible.  

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January
31

The Road to Cambridge

Posted on Thursday 31st January, 2013

I surprised myself, as well as my friends and family, by opting to use the Cambridge Weight Plan to kick-start the weight reduction process.   For those unfamiliar with Cambridge, it consists of a number of meal replacements - in my case three per day - as well as a simple meal of white meat or fish with green vegetables or green salad.   There was to be nothing red on the plate, no oily fish and certainly no fruit.   This is a diet that involves almost no carbohydrates, no fat and no sugar.   The object of the exercise is to put your body into a state of ketosis - a posh word for starvation.   In so doing, the body learns to burn fat when it needs energy rather than reaching for a Mars bar - deep-fried or otherwise. 

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January
31

Feeling the Burn

Posted on Thursday 31st January, 2013

To say that the first few days were difficult is something of an understatement: my mind roved madly from one subject to another, never able to settle and concentrate properly.   My mood swung violently and I was often irritable. 

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January
31

Farewell to Cambridge - or is it Au Revoir?

Posted on Thursday 31st January, 2013

As it turned out, the end came much more quickly than I had expected: I made a visit to Pani Ewa on October 22.   During our meeting, she presented me with a cerise-coloured ribbon, embossed with the Cambridge logo.   This was cut to the exact length of my waist on the day that I had first consulted her - 112cm.  

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August
25

Let's come together for 'Liberation technology'

Posted on Saturday 25th August, 2012

Phillip Connolly is an old school friend of mine who has always seen things from a different perspective.  He is a firm believer in the idea that disabled people's resilience is a vast reservoir of unused potential - and the key to achieving equality.  In the first of two blog posts he discusses his notion of 'liberation technology' as a new way of dismantling the barriers that confine people with disabilities. 

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