The Fun Theory

I love this video!

For me this symbolises what learning and working should be all about. When we are having fun we forget we are working, and suddenly what seemed a chore, becomes easier to complete and repeat without even noticing we are working!
The Fun Theory Video

I was reminded of this by a friends post on her WordPress blog (see the video)ย  which is also good fun & related to the topics that I have been musing over since the Olympics have finished….

‘Inspiring a Generation’ (which generation)


‘How on earth do I get some level of fitness back into my life??’

Also I have been on a ‘Gold Post Box‘ quest & today I found one, but not before coming across this one in Emsworth, which is probably even more fun as you can instantly tell who won the medal ๐Ÿ™‚

Emsworth residents are clearly proud of their medallist & it was hard to take photos because of the people crowding around the box to read the messages on it! I think that postboxes should have been painted Gold, Silver and Bronze, not just Gold!ย  To win any Olympic medal ever is a major achievement!! At one time in my life I dreamed of making the qualifying time in the 200m, just to know that had the Olympics been held in Europe then (The next Olympics were in Seoul), I might have been allowed attend!!
If you have a read of the news entries from Emsworth Online from August the 6th and August 8th, all becomes clear.

Today I found a Gold Post Box at last ๐Ÿ™‚

Gold Letter Box Cheam

This one is in Ewell Road, Cheam in honour of Joanna Rowsell who won her Gold medal cycling in the Women’s Team Pursuit.

Here’s the official Photograph from the website & the ‘Team Stamp!’ย  As a former philatelist I think I must get myself one of her stamps to go with the photo!

Joanna Rowsell's Letter Box, Cheam

As for the inspired generation… judging by the age and shape of a lot of the joggers and cyclists on the roads since the Olympics, it definitely seems to be mine!ย  I certainly spent time during the track and field events remembering how good it felt to be really fit and wondering if I had any more ‘comebacks’ left in me!ย  (I have had 2 so far – my first at 21 when I stopped smoking for more than a year & achieved my fastest 200m time of 25.8s, and my second aged 31 when I stopped smoking for hopefully the last time made the transition to longer distance and actually managed to run 7 miles all at once on a regular basis!)ย  Admittedly it took me 70 minutes, but for a sprinter to run cross country for more than an hour without stopping is nothing short of a miracle!

Yesterday I ran for 25 minutes and covered not more than 2 miles, so I really have a long way to go, but a start is better than not starting, and I did do 50 sit ups also!ย  Tomorrow I have to move a trailer full of mulch from the front garden to the back garden.ย  If I can still move after that I will try another run!ย  Watch this space…


PS: Request for help from experienced WordPress Bloggers… I would like to add groups of photos in a grid, or as a slide-show.ย  I can see that this is possible but am confused how to do this?ย  Any suggestions would be very gratefully accepted!


About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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15 Responses to The Fun Theory

  1. grannymar says:

    The photos question might be one to ask on twitter. Then when you get the answer, share it with me please!


  2. grannymar says:

    Thanks Barbara. I will study that when I get a few minutes. Do you watermark your photos? If not, the link might help you. I have not gone down that road as nobody would bother ‘borrowing’ my efforts>


  3. Hi Barbara! Thanks for following my blog.

    Do you have an About page? I can’t see one. The first thing I do when I visit a new blog is check the About page.

    We have a gold post box in Stockport but I haven’t been to see it yet. Now it’s on my to do list. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Barbara says:

      Hi Tilly

      Good point about the ‘about me’ page

      I suppose my very first blog (Wilson the dog of my understanding) is my ‘about me ‘page for now. Maybe I should cut and paste some of that till I get a clearer idea of who I am & what on earth I’m doing here!! (I’m a late developer, I’m the first to admit!)

      I had an idea when I came up with that post, but then different things have come into my head to blog about since then which all seem diametrically opposed to each other and not very linked in any way….

      My next composition is most likely to be about my experience at my most recent Leonard Cohen concert (our 4th in the last 2 years) which was wonderful, but also n the last 2 weeks we have gone to the Paralympics, been on a camping holiday in Devon during the wettest weekend since June, improved the garden further since my last blog, came home from a weekend away to find that my youngest had hosted a wild party in our home, then to improve my mood somewhat following that discovery, both of my girls got some great exam results ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s sometimes hard to know where to start!!

      Where am I in all this….. Spinning in circles I think!! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • All great material! I suggest you write draft posts with the key points; they will refresh your memory when you come to write them properly.

        Your blog will evolve into something you probably never envisioned. Mine started life as a bit of everything and changed as I began to learn what I liked to write and what people liked to read. Don’t feel constrained to go one way over another – just write what you feel like writing; you’ll find your voice.


  4. Barbara says:

    I have been doing just that… I write emails to myself when I think of things to write about, or good headings….

    I have a diary app on my beloved iPad which I use to compose posts late at night, when my spelling is far from accurate!

    I have had a go at an ‘About me’ piece which should now show in the sidebar…. This is a big learning curve for me! Thanks for the tip! Let me know what you think, or more importantly if you can’t find it!!



  5. Thanks for mention Barbera, great post ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Al says:

    Neat video. We have a thing here for people working in high rise buildings. “Up 1, down 2.” The idea is to encourage folks to use the stairs instead of elevator if they’re only going a short ways.


    • Barbara says:

      Good plan! Peter had serious surgery a few years back & his ward was on the 4th floor (USA 5th) Having to walk through a chest surgery ward every day made me very grateful I was able to walk up the stairs, so I walked up every visit, no matter how exhausted I was. I try & do stairs up to 6 (US 7) floors most of the time except when I was ill. I think I would be ok up to about 4 floors now, & will be soon back to 6


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