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I find I’m forgetting to update this site.

But then I also don’t know how many of you actually read this stuff and whether my efforts here are wasted or not? I suppose I ought to intsall analytics and then at least I’d know if I was being visited. Alternatively you could just let me know you do read this and it’s useful.

Anyway – my last update saw me hoping to do my red belt. And as it turns out I did do my grading and somehow manages to completely mess up one form that I know inside out and backwards as they say. The two forms I was most worried about – Chilsung Il Ro and Pyung Ahn Sa Dan went smoothly.

But for some unknown reason Pyung Ahn E Dan I completely and utterly stuffed up.

My M’am pulled me aside and told me what I did wrong and as she started to tell me I was nodding and muttering “I know, I know” because guess what …? I do know.

Still long story short due to circumstances my re-grade will not be the end of September but instead I’m aiming for the one at the end of November.

Tang Soo.

My red belt test is either imminent or I’ve 4 months to wait.

Only Wednesday and how well I perform (or don’t) in training will decide whether next Saturday I step up to the plate and do my red belt test. If I fall short it will be entirely my fault. If I do fall short then I’ll have to wait until the end of September as the July grading we are away for.

Not from lack of effort.

Not from lack of application.

And most certainly not from lack of extra-curricular training.

What it will come down to is my own stupidity and doing the wrong thing in the ‘heat of the moment’. As an example, today I stepped up to do a ‘front stretch kick, round house kick’ (ahp cha go dull ro cha gi) combination and I went to put a spin between the two kicks. The thing is I know there is no spin so why did I put the spin in?

As I say my stupidity.

Anyway, watch this space or better still watch my stream on Google+ for much quicker updates.

Image from:’s been a while since my last update and to be honest I’ve been concentrating on my other web properties.

Please do have a look:

– my photo a day blog.
– or Panoptic.

Though truth be told the writing aspect has very much taken a back seat, so here’s a quick roundup.

Owen is safely ensconced in Geneva in Switzerland and now has the room to accommodate folks that don’t mind sharing with him. He is very much “living his dream” at CERN despite Madame Fruitbat** attempting to sabotage it all.

Jenna started “big school” and is loving the newness of it and has now started to learn the flute on top of piano & violin.

Coel meanwhile is enjoying the new found freedom of not having his sister to watch over and report his every action. Also, despite winning the world title in sparring for his age and grade in Tang Soo Do he has hung up the gloves and like his sister no longer participates.

All three remain in good health – though we have to take Owen’s word about that sometimes!

As for Kathryn, she is still soldiering on with her ‘illness’ and on top of that found out she had a cancerous mole on her big toe that turned out to be a melanoma – one very hasty op later and she now needs a bit of minor plastic surgery which is booked for early days of October. But due to speed of discovery and removal prognosis is excellent.

As for myself – well I just keep on keeping on as my old pastor used to say and today I head into new territory. Today I hope to leave my younger children behind when I grade to 4th gup. My ambition being very much to secure that black belt.

More anon or look me up on facebook for more frequent and up to the minute news.

** our name for his lunatic and now ex-landlady.
And should anybody be looking to stay in Geneva then please contact us first so that we can advise whom to avoid.

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