Archive for February, 2010

Jenny’s Marathon – Update

Posted in Special Events, Updates on February 14, 2010 by WeeMann

Jenny has updated us on her Marathon training (e-mail came out on the 4th):

Hi – hope you all well and 2010 is treating you well.

79 days to go so thought I would send you all an update as to how I am getting on with the marathon training!

I have completed 13 miles which is half way there and this weekend I am aiming for 14 miles which will be the furthest I have ever run – scary!!!!!  I am looking forward to it in a strange kind of way!

I am going to London on Saturday to attend an advice day which is organised by Virgin London Marathon I am also meeting another girl who is also running for HemiHelp so that will be good – I think it nice to chat with someone in the same boat as you!

Thank you to all of you that have sponsored me and/or donated prizes and things to me for my fundraising – it is coming on slowly but surely!  I have a fundraising night organised for next week (those of you that are local should have had an invite??!!  Let me know if you haven’t and would like to know more ….) and the online and offline donations are starting to grow.  If you would like to find out more about the charity that I am running for and/or sponsor me please visit my fundraising page at

Hope you all well and look forward to catching up soon

Thanks again


In actual fact Jenny has now completed 16 miles, so is doing well. On the downside, she was due to go to a party in the evening, so may well have passed out through sheer exhaustion!

Terry Pratchett’s Nation

Posted in Pop Culture on February 1, 2010 by WeeMann

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s work.  I’ve got all the Discworld novels and most of the other books he’s written, so when my mate, Gareth, and I were bought tickets by our respective wives to go and see Nation at the National Theatre just after Christmas, I think it’s safe to say we were both excited.

The book is all about two survivors of a tsunami in the south seas in an alternate Earth, one the last of his people from the island (the Nation) and the other a girl who lands on the island after the ship on which she is passenger is wrecked.  Others arrive throughout the book, but it is their story really.

The show was fantastic. Visual effects were stunning and the sound was brilliantly done.  All in all it was a wonderful night out.  So when I heard that they were beaming it live to cinemas across the globe on Saturday, I just had to go again, this time with my wife, Karen.

I didn’t know quite what to expect, but the show transferred well to the big screen.  Some of the visual effects weren’t quite as stunning, but as they had been designed for theatre goers rather than a cinema screen I think that’s fair enough.

I’ll let Terry and Mark Ravenhill, writer of the play adaptation, give you a little more info.

I believe the show is on until the end of March.  If you’re a Pratchett fan, or even just a fan of well produced theatre, I urge you to go see this one.

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