Embryology podcasts

I’ve added the podcast for the “First 18 days of the embryo” lecture to iTunes and the medicine page. I missed it out by accident thinking I had already created it. Thanks to Eve Bridgeman for the recording.
I want to include images as part of the enhanced podcasts, but I need to draw these myself and have unfortunately had nowhere near enough time to do this. I’ll revisit these recordings in the future and add them at some point, and I’ll make note of that here.

Key Performance Nutrition

Take a look at my new website: www.keyperformancenutrition.co.uk. Want to buy some nutritional supplements?
If the site gets a lot of attention we’ll probably add the ability to buy from the site directly. At the moment it’s an online catalogue and an advert for the shop. I should also be adding some interactive stuff, like a forum and a gallery. It should be a source of local bodybuilding news. I wrote the bulk of it a while ago, but it took until a mammoth session (several doughnuts and much coffee) yesterday to get the rest of the content sorted.


Holy cow! The road outside our house is actually getting covered properly! Tarmac seems to be going down today, and it is supposed to be cobbled when it’s finished. We won’t know ourselves when it’s done. At the moment I’ve practiced the method of parking next to high curbs with high drains to a fine skill. They’ve even had extra holes in the road and large cones to up the challenge this last week.

New Grips

2006-10-20--Woods Grips
I regripped my woods. These are a couple of old clubs from eBay (hey, there’s no difference between £100 and £20 per club when I’m struggling to hit the ball) that looked like they still had their original grips, probably from 5 or 6 years ago. It took me about 20 minutes to remove the old grips and fit the new ones to both clubs, and cost about £8. It really makes the clubs feel so much better, and isn’t difficult to do as long as you have the right tools (curved stanley blade, shaft grip and a vice or work bench) and don’t skimp on the solvent.
I recommend Golf Grips Direct. They sell packages including everything you’ll need to do the job except the vice, (and they sell those separately too).
I hope this helps (I need all the aid I can get).

Ultimate Ironman, Ultimate Father

Dick Hoyt and his son Rick compete in marathons, triathlons, and ironman events. While that in itself is an excellent thing to be able to do, bear in mind that Rick is disabled and his father pushes him the distance in his wheelchair, or on his bike, or pulls him in a dinghy.
“Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day.”
Article link here. It’s a must read.

Embryology lectures

It’s difficult (embryology, that is). Both teaching and learning the subject is difficult. As a subject that I am used to, albeit in a rather superficial manner in most areas, it’s not easy to know whether I’m getting the key points across or if I’m muddling the ideas. The group of students in the Swansea Graduate Entry Programme are from such a diverse range of backgrounds that it is impossible to treat them all alike (particularly in their first year), so to what level do you cater? Medical students don’t really need a huge amount of detailed developmental biology knowledge but the basic processes and concepts are very important, and will help them. Are the lectures too simple, or not simple enough? I suspect that the answer will be different for each student. Am I overly repetitive, or is reviewing ideas helpful? Is the subject matter itself interesting enough, or must it be clinically oriented to hold their attention?
In the last couple of years students have done well in this part of their exams. As to whether I have aided or slowed their understanding, I’m uncertain. I hope the exam results tell the true tale.

New sports

I am an awful golfer, but I’m enjoying myself.
Kim often complains that I don’t try new things because I hate being crap. There may be a sprinkling of truth in there (who likes to be bad at something?) but I think my current golfing skills indexed with the number of hours I spend each week bashing at a little white ball with a golf bat strongly suggest that she’s wrong. She sees my history of sporting performances and remembers the good times, but forgets the effort I put in to get there. Each time it was the fun that got me there.
Playing today we hit some good shots, and we hit lots of bad shots. I hit my 3 wood 200+ yards off the tee. I chipped the ball from beneath the green up and across the hole. I hit my 4 iron straight and where I aimed it. I’ll not mention my putting. Of course I also fluffed tee shots, got caught up in the rough, and completely forgot how to strike the ball properly too, and my scorecard was abysmal by the end. Those patches were frustrating. We had to remind ourselves that we’d only been playing since the end of August and that we’d only played on proper courses a handful of times, and we relaxed, and it all came back together again. Look to the future.
As long as it remains fun, I’ll keep playing. There’s no hurry.