As we all know the Olympics jamboree hits London next summer and some of the athletes carrying the biggest expectation for medals will be the cyclists.   They will be battling it out in the gladiatorial velodrome which will be the best atmosphere and venue of the games (pity I failed in my bids for tickets).  Any of us who have ever played any competitive sport at whatever level know that the old adage ‘fail to prepare then prepare to fail’ rings true which is encapsulated in the theory that you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in a chosen field. I was reminded of this in the excellent article looking at life in the British Cycling Olympic Boot Camp which is accompanied by a lovely photo montage of what one of the riders calls a Day of Doom.  At the end of each day, each rider will have clocked up around 70 miles of intense riding round the empty Manchester velodrome which provides an almost ghost like setting, devoid as it is of any spectators.  How different it will be come the racing in London and should the cyclists prevail, then amongst all the hype, let us remember their dedication.

photo credit: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian



I’m fascinated by creativity and what it is.  I feel that it is one of the strange intangible things that you cannot touch or even describe but you know it when you see it.  I like the fact that it drives us forward in all aspects of human development – science, art, literature, trade, engineering etc are all enhanced through creative thinking and development.  I don’t in any way work in what would be a described as a creative industry – in fact I struggle with that term, after all isn’t all the best industry creative by it’s very nature, irrespective of the particular field that you are working in?

Today I was just watching tele with my girls and I noticed that one of them was beavering away with scissors, paper and pens – nothing unusual there, it’s what kids do.  However after lunch she came through and said “Dad I’ve created a game” and proceeded to show us a simple but fun and enjoyable game that she had come up with.  We played it, laughed and enjoyed ourselves.

Creativity in action

photo credit: laffy4k