Flight Report: G-ISOB ~ 24th May 2017

Posted on by 5WC in Beat, Hot Air Ballooning

After the Beat Hopper – G-ISOB – was launched at Norwich Cathedral I have been trying to come up with somewhere special to take off from for its maiden flight. It seemed somehow wrong to simply fly from my local recreation ground, or the field behind the pub, that I use every time I fly locally. Virgin Balloon Flights fly locally from Henley and their pilot, Mark Shemilt, now owns and flies my old cloudhopper – G-CEGG. I also knew that a couple of supporters of Beat lived in Henley and so, a couple of emails later, I’d arranged to fly alongside Mark, from a launch site right next to the river, my old and new hoppers together. It seemed like a fitting start to life for Beat.

As ballooning is a social sport, even if cloudhoppers aren’t, we’d invited another local hopper pilot to join us. The launch site – The Upper Thames Rowing Club – is literally just upriver from the Leander Club, site of the Royal Regatta, and on the grass next to the banks themselves we set about inflating the balloons. As this was the first time Beat would ever free fly, I took a little bit longer than usual on the preflight checks to make sure everything was correct and present – to the slight annoyance of the others who ended up waiting for me to be ready – but after a handful of photographs the three balloons were ready for a syncronised take-off. Although, annoyingly, my crew gave me a gentle push as I took to the skies and I launched swinging happily back and forth like a child on a swing! Read more

You Can’t Half An Egg: An Anorexic Diet

Posted on by 5WC in Anorexia
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This might sound like the strangest thing to say in the world, in fact you may actually think that I’m being foolish even believing it, but honestly, consciously putting on weight feels virtually impossible. Well at least in a sustainable way. We all hear people talk about how they’ve over indulged, how they’ve put on a few extra pounds, eaten a few too many chocolates in the run up to Christmas, Easter, or had a few too many takeaways recently. How it’s easy to put on weight, after all, a moment on the lips = a lifetime on the hips! But these are all subconscious acts. Essentially just over grazing through availability rather than a fundamental effort to increase weight. Actively eating more food is hard. Our body is designed to eat what it needs, when it needs. So to unnaturally force extra food into your body, is to actually start a war with your brain. To want to put on weight feels like a fight with your own natural evolution. Read more

An Anorexic At Christmas

Posted on by 5WC in Anorexia, Opinion
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While Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people whether based around celebration, religion or tradition, as we grow older, as the day goes from wonder and excitement to cynicism and stress, no matter how our way of remembering the birth of Christ changes, the memories we hold and the happiness they bring, remain the same. No matter how the current affects us, looking back will always highlight the magic this time of year creates.

I remember for instance, the nerves of playing a Myrrh offering King in my primary school Nativity, or the anticipation that would start to build when my brother and I dropped letters of claimed meriting behaviour into the open fire, starting their journey to the North Pole. Read more