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Biology Coursework 2: plant hormone development

The second piece of coursework involves either a visit and write up or a report on an area of biological interest. I am hoping to arrange a visit in Leeds in the next few weeks but if not will write

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Training update – more strength training needed

I ran to & up Box Hill again yesterday – it was slightly better than last time – I took one less break and halved the time of the others, although at one point I had to take a very

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Cook Ding’s Kitchen and Practical Daoism in Everyday Life

Cook Ding’s Kitchen was one of the earlier martial arts blogs I found when I first started looking several years ago. He has recently released a book -Cook Ding’s Kitchen – a kung fu carry out – Practical Daoism in Everyday

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Quantified Self meetup in London

The meetup was led by a nice lady, Adriana Lukas. It was at Google Campus – they have some seats where we could sit before the meetup officially started. It felt a bit like and not-like the hub, certainly some

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Superhuman and Medicine collections at the Wellcome Museum

Conveniently located – a 5 minute walk from Euston rail station. The Superhuman exhibition finishes tomorrow so just managed to get there in time. Icarus and Daedalus seemed a very suitable start. Some notes: a pair of gloves with sticks

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History of Anatomy talk at RPS by Simon Chaplin

Simon Chaplin is Head of the Wellcome library and he visited the Royal Pharmaceutical Society earlier this evening to give a talk on the History of Anatomy, kindly provided by the British Society for the History of Pharmacy. They are

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Surgeons’ Hall Museum Edinburgh

We visited yesterday morning for an hour. Incidentally, I’m not using the bite clicker now to relieve bites as don’t want to get attuned to a click. Am using TCP liquid antiseptic and the smell enough is something else –

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hypothesis update – not there yet – part 1

Can’t do experiment at the moment due to insect bites from Scotland (forgot to take the clicker with me) so want to wait until my arm is interference-free. Still struggling to work out if experiment is not left open-ended, what

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Blackthorn Trust

A friend and I visited Blackthorn Trust for an open garden and cafe today in Maidstone, Kent. She had received flyers through her door and had been wanting to visit. It is situated within the grounds of Oakwood Hospital. They

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Markku Parviainen: Taekwondo & children: problem in the future

Coach Markku Parviainen has an interesting post and blog comment about how childrens’ fitness has changed in the last ten years and how/where/what training needs to be adapted to take account of this: Children today are not in good shape

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Psychology and Physiology – the same thing?

I mentioned in a previous post that I would write about this in 2012. I don’t really know why or where I’m going with it. In this video from Koan Philosopher, at 04.58 he outlines some differences in neurological, neuroscientific

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new experiment – details to follow soon

If I am scientist then I am a fairly terrible one. I have tried one experiment in a learning network before and it produced some very strange side-effects but then if you try and link things to your physiology in

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various quick things

Managed to do back in again slightly yesterday (having now attempted to take laptop in trolley case, had to manoeuver several train bridges and steps, also weird twisting at workshop was running on Monday and wasn’t sufficiently careful) didn’t sleep

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Time to dust off the self-discipline

My back has been improving – have survived the last two weeks at work – just – managed one overnight trip and presentations/workshops too. Standing is painful still but improving. I’ve been doing the Qigong exercises since June 18th with

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Quick update connecting and massage

Just spent at a few hours at a local Surrey  healthcare open day at a vineyard that I didn’t know existed before Thursday, fairly near my home town. It was an opportunity to chat to anyone interested in volunteering in

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Anatomy and Physiology PLE

Still working on this but starting to grow as follows using these body systems (there are others): Breathing (respiratory) accessing new information, connecting with new ideas:- Google & Yahoo Groups, Physio Forum, New Media Forum, Youtube Physio playlist. Have not connected with any anatomy

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QiGong exercises for lower back muscles

As follow up to yesterday – hope to by the end of the weekend to begin some gentle stretches.  Have looked at advice on the Eight Section Silk Brocade set from CloudHandsblog, also known as Ba Duan Jin: “Most people

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Be your own visual aid – back injury, diagnosis and recovery

Long post alert now and if you have a limited interested in muscles I wouldn’t hang around. Several weeks ago when I was learning about respiratory systems I conveniently caught a cold which was a great way to think about

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Meditation is not medication 2 – non-doing and rehabilitation

Nellie Deutsch as previously mentioned, has been a source of inspiration for a number of years. She is currently doing very exciting stuff with Integrating Technology – if a suitable path opens up, I would love to connect everything that

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Meditation is not medication but what is it?

Not quite sure how but found myself wandering back towards meditation this week (blogged about great post on Ikigai last year on the martial arts mind, previously). It has coincided with continuing to look at neuroplasticity and mind/brain training initiatives

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