Monthly Archives: October 2009

Two busy weeks

I haven’t written much lately for two reason;
A I’ve been too bloody busy
B Everytime I’ve had spare time wordpress has not worked properly, especially when it comes to images. Telling wordpress about it does not help either…stop sucking you’re supposed to be one of the best…

St Paul's & The Gherkin at night

The last two weeks started with a lovely London evening spent with Marliina we ate at Giraffe on the South Bank and managed to get both half priced cocktails AND cheap food…yes we were a bit sly there and paid for the drinks seperately, but hey we need to save money for flights 😉 It was lovely to meet up again. As usual we mostly talked about how it is having a distance relationship, priorities, Sophie’s Choice and much more.

Then on Friday I met Karin for the first time at Nandos on Baker Street. It was like meeting an old friend, funny how it is with blogs you get to know people with out having met them before…although I know her brother well. Anyhow we had much in common, uni studies, past jobs, living in hostels etc, and time flew past.

harcourt_front_portraitSaturday I did a big mistake…I went to Portobello Road…GAH! Its mayhem in Notting Hill on Saturdays, tourists everywhere. I should have known better I bloody live in Notting Hill. Anyway managed to buy an engagement present and card for Jens and Stina so not a complete disaster.

Met up with Anna and Karin before we went to Jens and Stina’s engagement party at The harcourt for a great party, so many friends had turned up. The Harcourt will always be a special place, Stina met Jens there and I met my Sweetie there. I bumped into Sofia and probably made her think I’m a freak…lol…should not talk to strangers in the ladies loo, must learn appropriate places to say hello in…toilets not being one of them 🙂

Inspiralled Food Sunday I met Ingrid at the vegan cafe InSpiral Lounge in Camden. We only had tea and a smoothie and talked the time away, we are both going to India next year and we do quite a bit for charity. I could not stay long as I had too much to do but we decided to meet up again and visit a museum. As for the cafe I am sooo going to go back there again, although earlier on a week day so I can try their exciting food in peace.

Then finally Thursday last week Sweetie came to London, it was so lovely to see him again how I have been waiting. We made a pit stop at the Swedish Church to say hello to all their nice staff and catch up on some gossip, then of home. We relaxed a bit and then ate at Feng Sushi in Notting Hill, very cosy dining room and decent Sushi…not brilliant like Dinings sushi but then it is cheaper, a lot cheaper.

Friday I worked in the morning and then we met up in the Harcourt, to say hello to Martin, John and Dee. After that we were of to the Pipeline Bar to visit all of them there and eat some Swedish food, had some lovely chanterelle pasta only complaint it was a bit too salty. The evening we spent with Jenny eating at Wagamama and then all three of us met up with Jocke in the pub.

NFL US Flag Saturday and Sunday just blurred past, went to the Harcourt at 1 to see Swedish Allsvensk football, we’ve been rubbish this season and are almost relegated. But what happens…well we actually win a game despite having two players sent off, unbelievably we have a chance. Then we won the ice hockey too, what is going on?!? Afterward me, Sweetie and a few other guys celebrated with mexican food and Margaritas at Mestizo we ate waaay too much as someone ordered too much food…we were full up already by the starter which we mistook for the main course until the main courses started arriving 😀 NFL UK Flag Sunday we had to go up early for a Sunday (thank you winter time for the extra hour of sleep 🙂 ) to get tickets for the NFL American football game…thanks bloody royal mail strikers for not delivering our post, get back to work you’re useless…

NFL Game startsWe finally got our reprinted tickets for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots and checked out the tailgate party before the game, apart from the beer tailgate was shit. And by the way how the F&*K can you call it football??? You don’t touch the ball with your feet more than about 7-10 times per game…sounds like I don’t like the NFL but I do its just not FOOTball. The game was great, the patriots won, the atmosphere was fantastic with 84,000 spectators and lovely friends to watch the game with. Just a shame Buffy couldn’t make it, the biggest NFL fan in our group who bought our tickets and then couldn’t go due to a stupid exam…By the way we had fantastic seats thanks 😛

When we got home Sweetie started to pack, I felt a bit ill and feverish (no not oink, oink) we ate pizza and went to bed. At three in the morning Sweetie started his journey home 😩 and I am again alone. We had a lovely time but sadly it as too short, I miss you already.

In Swedish
Har haft mycket att göra de senaste veckorna, trÀffat mÄnga vÀnner, Àtit god mat, varit pÄ förlovingsfest osv.

Sötnos kom Àven till London frÄn torsdag till mÄndag morgon, sÄ underbart att ses igen. Vi trÀffade gamla vÀnner, Ät mycket bland annat svensk, japansk och mexikansk mat, kollade pÄ allsvensk fotboll, svensk ishockey med vinster i bÄda vilket firades med mexikansk mat och margaritas. PÄ söndagen sÄ blev det amerikansk NFL fotboll pÄ Wembley stadium, rÀtt lag vann och allt var mycket trevligt, tycker dock inte de ska kalla det FOTboll nÀr de max rör vid bollen med foten typ 7-10 ggr per match, byt namn.

Hatade att sötnos Ă„kte hem, det Ă€r tomt utan dig 😩

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Never…

Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.

Jesse Jackson

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Running on medication, painkillers, vaccine or whilst sick

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Ok this is a post I have realised I have to write, I have noticed many people end up on my blog by using the exact searches below;
“Can I take paracetamol during a marathon”
“Paracetamol marathon”
“Paracetamol and running”
“Marathon running and tamiflu”
“Tamiflu and running a marathon”
“Tamiflu and running”
“Ibuprofen running the marathon”
“Ibuprofen and running”
“Swine flu vaccine marathon”
“Swine flu vaccine and running”
“Painkillers running marathon”
“non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and running”
“NSAID and running”

Seriously guys do you really need to ask yourself this question???

If you are sick and/or in pain you should not run especially not a marathon. If you have a sports injury (or injury in general) you should RICE it R= Rest I= Ice C= Compression E= Elevation. Then you should not run until painfree again, if in severe pain seek professional medical help. Remember that painkillers just masks the pain and that they do not cure you. If your pain is chronic then you need to discuss running on medication with your doctor.

If you are sick, whether it is a cold, Swine flu, normal flu or stomach upset you should not run at all until you are well again. Running whilst being sick is dangerous and stupid. I do not recommend running with a hangover either although not all agree with me on this point.

And if you are not sick then you have absolutely no reason to take Tamiflu,unless you are in a risk group with a close family member ill in flu or Swine flu. My personal belief is that if you are not sick and take Tamiflu as a precaution then you are EXTREMELY SELFISH. There is not one single country that has enough stocks of Tamiflu to cover all their population, which means that if you take Tamiflu as a precaution there might not be enough if a pandemic breaks out and you are not immune just because you taken Tamiflu once. Secondly the more people that takes Tamiflu unecessary the quicker Swine flu will become resistant to the drug.

If you just had a vaccination against something it might be advisable not to run the same day otherwise it should not be dangerous. Although sometimes the vaccine itself make you ill with a mild mini version of the disease you were vaccinated against, not uncommon with flu vaccines. If this happens to you do not run until you feel better.

Lastly some people take painkillers like Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol before a run believing that it might improve their performance or prevent sore and aching muscles. Studies on runners in a 160 km ultra marathon showed that there was NO difference at all in the performance or muscle damage and soreness between the group taking painkillers and the group not taking painkillers. The study also showed that the group that took the painkillers had an increased risk of getting Endotoxemia and inflamation. Other studies have shown that endurance runners taking NSAIDs had increased risk of getting hyponatraemia and renal failure. So do not take painkillers before running because they will not improve your performance or minimise damage and soreness and it can be life threatening. Yes some runners will moan at me for this advise but seriously if you run a long way you might get pain for two reasons;

1. You have run a hell of a long way and the pain is your body saying enough no more, often not a serious injury and will ease of once the race is over after rest.

2. Something is a bit more serious you either have a proper injury or your body might not be made for long runs.

There is no reason to take painkillers to prevent these pains as for reason number 1 it is much better to take the painkiller AFTER the race. For reason number 2 you should stop running straight away THEN take the painkiller and seek professional medical help to see if it is a serious injury or if you are not predisposed to long runs stick to shorter painfree runs. Again painkillers does not heal you they only mask the pain.

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In Swedish
Folk har hamnat pĂ„ min blogg efter att ha sökt pĂ„ termer som “Springa med smĂ€rtstillande” “maraton och Ibuprofen” “springa maraton med Tamiflu” “Svininfluensa vaccin springa maraton”. Min tanke Ă€r seriöst behöver ni verkligen frĂ„ga sĂ„dan idiotiska saker?

Är man sjuk eller har ont sĂ„ ska man inte springa utan vila tills man blir bĂ€ttre och/eller smĂ€rtfri. Har man just blivit vaccinerad mot nĂ„got sĂ„ kan det vara bra att vila den dagen och om man blivit lite sjuk av vaccinationen, som man kan bli ibland, sĂ„ ska man vĂ€nta tills man blivit frisk igen.

Är du inte sjuk sĂ„ ska du inte ta Tamiflu, förutom om du Ă€r i en riskgrupp och en i din nĂ€rmsta familj blivit sjuk. Att Ă€ta Tamiflu utan att vara sjuk Ă€r sjĂ€lviskt inget land i vĂ€rlden har tillrĂ€ckligt med Tamiflu till alla sina invĂ„nare sĂ„ bryter en pandemi ut sĂ„ kommer fĂ€rre behövande fĂ„ Tamiflu. Att ha Ă€tit Tamiflu en gĂ„ng gör dig heller inte immun mot svininfluensan samt ju fler som Ă€ter det i onödan desto snabbare blir svininfluensan resistent mot Tamiflu.

Sedan tror en del löpare att man springer fortare och fÄr mindre ont efter ett lopp om man tar smÀrtstillande i förebyggande syfte innan lopp. Detta stÀmmer inte studier pÄ löpare med eller utan smÀrtstillande visade inte nÄgon skillnad i prestationen och/eller muskelskador/smÀrtor efter ett 160 km lopp. Men de som tagit smÀrtstillande hade ökad risk för att fÄ Endotoxemia och inflammation. Andra studier har visat pÄ att lÄngdistance löpare som tar smÀrtstillande innan ett lopp hade högre risk att fÄ hyponatremi och njursvikt. SÄ att ta smÀrtstillande innan ett lopp ger dig inga fördelar i loppet och med ÄterhÀmtning efter loppet utan kan istÀllet vara livsfarligt. TÀnk Àven pÄ att smÀrtstillande inte botar dig utan gömmer bara smÀrtan tillfÀlligt.

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Mum, Sis & Hairspray

Had a busy but nice weekend with mum and sis, we talked a lot and ate a lot 🙂

Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour Crush, by Simon Perry

They arrived Friday at Liverpool street station in the middle of rush hour and I there is no way mum would cope with rush hour so we went for coffe and sandwiches at the nearest Starbucks.

After guiding my sis around my GIGANTIC flat…those who have been in my flat will get the irony…we went to eat dinner. We went to Wagamama, yummy as always and even managed to squeeze down dessert 🙂

Tamarind and Chili PavlovaTamarind and Chili Pavlova with Raspberry sauce

On Saturday we went first to Planet Organic and then to Whole Foods, I really love food shops I can spend hours in these two shops. We bought Ciabatta bread and Truffel Brie cheese in Whole Foods and raw chocolate bars in Planet Organic.

Hairspray 2 Then we had a quick sandwich lunch before we went to see the musical Hairspray. Hairspray was good, good story, nice songs and the casting was brilliant, I can really recommend it.

After this we stuffed our faces again this time at Black & Blue with lovely fillet of beef in nice surroundings. We drank red wine and champagne and for a second night in a row I managed to wolf down a dessert…think I need to run a marathon on Sunday 🙂

Champagne and Peach SorbetChampagne & Peach Sorbet

Sunday we had a slow start with Truffel Brie and Ciabatta breakfast and then we went to the Victoria & Albert Museum. After finally getting to see the Great Bed of Ware and a few other things we went to eat again…yes there is a pattern here 🙂

Victoria & Albert MuseumVictoria & Albert Museum

This time we went for Londons best Crepes at the Cafe Creperie in South Kensington. Then we went to Oxford street for my sis to shop a bit in Top Shop, Hamley’s and Gap and finishing it of with Coffee and Chai Tea Latte in Starbucks. For dinner we ate at the Italian restaurant De Amici’s just around the corner from home, the food was nice but the service was dreadful not sure I will return there again. Then we had an early night as mum and sis flew home Monday morning.

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What personality is that blog?

Had to pinch this from Maria-Alexandra as it is almost accurate and quite funny. My blog is;

The Performer

ESFP- The Perfomers

“The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and donÂŽt like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.”

There are only three things that are wrong, I do not avoid conflicts and I initiate confrontation when it is needed. Also I have worked in management positions.

Quite funny though “…help other people in a concrete and visible way” No shit Sherlock my blog is a fundraising blog for charity and I am going pay to work for free in India 😀 You can check your blog’s personality here.

In Swedish
Norpade denna frĂ„n Maria-Alexandra för den var lite kul och trĂ€ffande. Min bloggs personlighet Ă€r underhĂ„llande och vĂ€nlig, jag lever i nuet och planerar inte för framtiden. Jag gillar njutning och skönhet glada fĂ€rger och goda dofter samt riskerar att ta ut mig. Jag gillar jobb som gör att jag kan hjĂ€lpa mĂ€nniskor pĂ„ ett synligt och konkret sĂ€tt….HallĂ„ det Ă€r en vĂ€lgörenhets blogg!!!

Tre saker stÀmde inte jag undviker inte konflikter och mÄste jag starta en konfrontation sÄ gör jag det. Den tyckte dÀrför att chefspositioner inte var min grej, jasÄ? Det har jag ju redan jobbat med!?!

Du kan kolla din bloggs personlighet hÀr.

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Life is a bit easier now.

Yes life is a bit easier now, got this through in my email inbox;
“Dear Runner

Further to your recent telephone call to the London Marathon helpline, we can confirm that your application for a guaranteed entry in the Virgin London Marathon has been successful and our database has been amended to show that this is your sixth consecutive year of applying.

We apologise for the confusion caused, but we hope this will now resolve the situation.

Your entry into the 2010 Virgin London Marathon is guaranteed and as such you will receive an Acceptance magazine in the post. Please allow two weeks for the magazine to arrive before contacting us.

This email takes precedence over any other correspondence you receive from us regarding a rejection.

Kind regards,
The London Marathon team”

My mum and sister has been here, the flat it sparkling clean after last weeks cleaning. But most importantly me and sweetie seem to get the msn/ email thing right at the moment 🙂 No headaches for a while and not so completely broke like I was last week. Life is a little bit brighter and soon sweetie is coming for a visit 🙂

Been to busy to update properly as I had visitors, will do a proper update of what we did (read we ate 😉 ) with pictures, probably tomorrow.

In Swedish
Allt Ă€r lite bĂ€ttre nu, skriftligt svar frĂ„n London maraton att jag ska fĂ„ en plats, mamma och syrran har varit hĂ€r, lyan Ă€r ren och fin, ingen huvudvĂ€rk pĂ„ ett tag. Men viktigast jag tror sötnos och jag fĂ„tt lite hĂ€ng pĂ„ det hĂ€r med msn/email förhĂ„llande 🙂 Livet Ă€r lite ljusare och snart kommer han hit, lĂ€ngtar sĂ„…

Ska uppdatera, med bilder och allt, mer hur helgen var med mamma och syrran nÀr jag har mer tid, troligen imorgon.

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Why can’t life ever be easy?

Haven’t written lately as I have had a terrible migraine for the last few days and on top of that I got this in my email box;

Commiserations
By now you should have received the news that your application to run in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon was unsuccessful. This news was contained in our Marathon News “Rejected” magazine which should have been delivered to you by post.

Dave Bedford
Race Director

I was thinking WTF! when I got the email. If you get 5 rejections in a row on the sixth time you apply you will get an automatic guaranteed place. As this year was the sixth time in a row I applied I should have got a guaranteed place. Especially since they contacted me regarding this in July, then they could only find my past four entries but we sorted it out and they promised I would get my place.

So with a terrible migraine and a bad marathon result I was thinking my day can’t get worse…but obviously it could.

Me and Sweetie had an arguement, and I tell you it is not easy having an arguement over msn/email, and then you can’t make up afterwards either 😩

Luckily my friend Simon was around to feed me some Nandos to make me feel better.

Today I have been in contact with the Marathon organisers who claims it is a mistake and that I should ignore the email and the rejection magazine (postal workers/strikers can you tell me when I will get my post??? 😡 ). He said they would send out a successeful magazine and an acceptance form but I will believe that when I hold it in my hand.

Also me and Sweetie are alright today 🙂

In Swedish
IgÄr var en jobbig dag, hemsk huvudvÀrk och fick ett nej frÄn London Marathon email. WTF tÀnkte jag eftersom sjÀtte Äret man söker sÄ Àr man garanterad en plats, vilket detta var min sjÀtte ansökan. Trodde inte det kunde bli vÀrre men dÄ brÄkade jag och sötnos, och det Àr inte lÀtt att brÄka via msn och email speciellt inte eftersom man inte kan kramas och bli sams igen.

Som tur Àr sÄ piggade Simon upp mig med lite Nandos.

Idag har jag ringt maraton organisatören och de har lovat att jag ska fÄ en plats, men det tror jag inte pÄ förrÀn jag har det skriftligt i handen.

Samt sötnos och jag Ă€r vĂ€nner igen 🙂

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