Thursday, September 23, 2010, 09:57 AM ( 3592 views )
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So, as promised last year, Jonny took part in the Great North Run again. We're disappointed to inform you, however, that he came disappointingly short of his winning prediction, the race eventually won by the 'lucky' Haile Gebrselassie. (No, that's not our Jonny, out-of-focus in the background of the image).
You'll be pleased to know Jonny managed 1hr 57mins, an improvement on last year. So, by about 2025, we'll be expecting that elusive win.
More worryingly, however, is the fact that we've only managed 1 blog update since last year's race.
Where did the time go? Have we really been that busy? Even the Ghostbusters guy below has released new, ever more ambitious cover versions in the time we've managed just 1 blog update.
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 11:52 AM ( 1911 views )
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Picture the scene. 6:30pm, Saturday 19th September. Pete and Jonny are on a train, tiredly returning from a series of meetings in London, when out of the blue, Jonny gets a text message from his cousin asking if he would like an entry for The Great North Run. The only problem being that the race was in 14 hours time. And Jonny had done absolutely no training whatsoever.
Never a man to turn down a challenge, Jonny gleefully accepted. The fact that the pair of them had been downing pints earlier while watching the Arsenal v Wigan match at The Emirates Stadium (funny how lots of Solution Group meetings seem to be located near Premiership grounds) didn’t seem to bother the newly self appointed, running adonis.
The prince of swimwear turned up at the starting line looking like Steve Ovett's older, unfit, hairy brother. Setting off like legendary Newcastle United nutcase Temuri Ketsbaia on a particulary fruitless mazy effort, Jonny soon realised he better slow down the pace or he would find himself on the local news wrapped in tin-foil being paraded to the nation as a prime example of how not to train for a half marathon
But, no. The hirsute, free scoring Ben Lomond Centre Forward paced himself sensibly and that fierce regime of a game of football every day for the last 29 years paid off. Crossing the line at a very respectable 2 hours, 2 minutes and 14 seconds there were smiles all over the big man's face. Until he realised that if he had only ran each mile 10 seconds quicker he would have ‘broken the magical two’!
Apparently he’s thinking with a bit of training he might even win it next year...
Friday, July 3, 2009, 11:11 AM ( 1907 views )
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Apparently, human beings and birds are the only creatures on the planet that actually eat the fruit of the chilli plant. Most other animals think it is poisonous.
So what better way to celebrate this fact, than by spitting in the face of mother nature and engineering a chilli pepper 4 times stronger than the previous 'hottest' chilli? (Scoville Heat Units (SHU) - 923,000 SHU - fact fans)
That's what a couple from Dorset decided to do (Dorset, that well-known chilli growing hotspot). And so we have the Dorset Naga. A chilli that required Tesco to add an extra 'star' to their chilli-heat-rating system.
Naturally, we tried them at Solution Group, and 2 pints of milk and 30 minutes later, we ended up with a blog post title that sounded more like a 1970's progressive rock outfit.