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Bainsy




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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iainm wrote:
i'm reading 'the corrections' by jonathan franzen. if 'freedom' is better, it must be mighty good, as really enjoying it so far.

i can recommend pretty much everything by david mitchell (not that one). brilliant writer and 'cloud atlas' had me thinking about it for months after.


Will second that re David Mitchell
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nello wrote:
Anything on triathlon? Sadly no, but the '10,000 Hour Rule' will chime with those who believe that nurture plays as big, if not a bigger part than nature, in the pursuit of individual success. Cool


Suggest you read 'Bounce' by Mathew Syed

Great book that expounds 10,000 hour theory
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished two adventure/travel books.

One called 'African Brew Haha' by Alan Whelan about a man on a Triumph Tiger riding from Lancashire to apetown collecting tea bags on the way. Pretty good, read lots of books similar (minus the tea bag bit).

Second book was 'To the End of the Earth' by Tom Avery, about an expedition to the North Pole with dogs and sleds to try and beat Robert Peary's 37 day effort in 1909. Lots of folks thought, and still still think Peary's claim was BS. Very interesting as I had no clue about any of these people or the controversy that raged around it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bainsy wrote:
Nello wrote:
Anything on triathlon? Sadly no, but the '10,000 Hour Rule' will chime with those who believe that nurture plays as big, if not a bigger part than nature, in the pursuit of individual success. Cool


Suggest you read 'Bounce' by Mathew Syed

Great book that expounds 10,000 hour theory


+1 Bounce

Great book, not half as much about table tennis as you might think
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving. Wow I am in love with the way he writes. Only downside of reading a really great book is finding something to replace it!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just about to start Wind in the Willows - decided that, at 34 years of age, I was finally mature enough to absorb it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FoulOleRon wrote:
Just about to start Wind in the Willows - decided that, at 34 years of age, I was finally mature enough to absorb it.


You won't be disappointed - it is a great book. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just finished Christie Wellington's autobiography. You don't know whether to be massively impressed that she's an all round superhero or have her shot for making the rest of us look very average.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tacky wrote:
I've just finished Christie Wellington's autobiography. You don't know whether to be massively impressed that she's an all round superhero or have her shot for making the rest of us look very average.


How very dare you. I am far, far below average.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher (not Eastenders Rolling Eyes )

about the 'rivalry' between Ovett and Coe but some great anecdotes and stats in ther too
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TransitionTed wrote:
The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher (not Eastenders Rolling Eyes )

about the 'rivalry' between Ovett and Coe but some great anecdotes and stats in ther too


Sounds good. Saw Coe at the paralympics yesterday and was very excited! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ENGAGE by Matt Hampson (with Paul Kimmage)

MH broke his neck playing rugby for Eng U21 s and is now paralysed from neck down. So this is part rugby, part recovery, part emotional, part inspiration of a young man dealing with terrible adversity

Excellent book - had been on my shelf for 2 yrs and can't believe it took me solong to readit !!!

Iron War is next !!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tacky wrote:
I've just finished Christie Wellington's autobiography. You don't know whether to be massively impressed that she's an all round superhero or have her shot for making the rest of us look very average.


I've read that too (still got it). Brilliant book and certainly pushed me from "thinking about a triathlon" to getting out and start training for one. Next Year....
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pacman




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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cygnusx wrote:
currently reading "Into the death zone" - Matt dickinson

follows on from

Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
The Climb - Antoli Boukreev

amazing books about the illfated 1996 Everest attempt, you don't need to be into moutaineering to like them. Gripping stuff.

Also really enjoyed

"Jungle" by Yossi Ghinsberg
"Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer
"between a rock and a hard place" by Aron Ralston


I've read Into Thin Air and found it very good but I find some of the material on K2 to be more interesting. No Way Down by Graham Bowley and Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan are excellent reads. K2 Life and Death on the Worlds Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts is a great history of the second highest mountain in the world and much more difficult to climb than Everest.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatPom wrote:
One called 'African Brew Haha' by Alan Whelan about a man on a Triumph Tiger riding from Lancashire to Capetown collecting tea bags on the way. Pretty good, read lots of books similar (minus the tea bag bit).


Edited to correct unfortunate if unintentional racism.
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