Video Diary of a Jogger

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What follows are the sometimes uninformed and always unprepared video recorded thoughts and rants of a jogger. These are all recorded whilst jogging using a hand held Flip Mino (SD). The strange rhythmical sound which always accompanies the recordings is from the water bottle held in the left hand whilst holding the Flip Mino in my right hand. Excuse factual inaccuracies. They have, in the main, not been edited out. The brain does funny things when otherwise pre-occupied with the steepness of a hill or tiredness in legs. It has been known for Holyrood to become Hollywood without even noticing. All stated opinions are personal and in no way reflect the thoughts of any other individual, group or institution. These videos are all also available on YouTube in my Jogging Video Blogging Playlist. The pertinent route map is provided in each diary entry. In addition all routes can be viewed on a separate linked page.


Heaving Mass of Humanity

Rain forced me to keep to dry paths and away from grassy areas.

Just back from two days in London I appreciated and enjoyed the peace and quiet of my local area despite the rain. I commented on the 'heaving mass of humanity' in urban areas and how that 'busy' life just did not fit well with my current expectations and aspirations in life.

The incredible ability of wildlife to co-exist within small areas of St James' Park in London was, however, mentioned as was the wonder that Central London and Heathrow Airport functioned at all due to the complexity of the infrastructure systems required.


A Crane Encounter and "Three Craws"

There was a spirit of investigation in the air in that I wanted to revisit a route only taken once before, to consolidate my knowledge of the route. This took me through Danestone, Grandholm, the Science and Technology Park, Westfield Park and thereafter back home

The first four verses of 'Three Craws' were recited. A full version of the 'Three Craws' can be found at the Rampant Scotland website. I am not sure which is the definitive version. Probably not mine. But does it really matter?

The highlight of the run was round about the former Grandholm Mills area when I came across a crane (bird) sitting on the small bridge I had to cross. A real treat.


Local Golf Courses

I felt I wanted a change of route (05/08/2009) and I seemed to be drawn in the direction of the sea and the local golf courses. Although it was a longer than usual run the day was bright and the spirit of adventure was with me.

The route and views proved to be sufficient to keep me entertained during the run and so no other issues were discussed in any detail.

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Investigation of Local Pathways

None of the existing well trodden routes seemed to offer me any measure of interest this morning (04/08/2009) and so I briefly investigated the Danestone area to find starting and finishing points of paths which would form the starting point for a new route. The outcome was a most satisfactory and interesting morning run in which, among many others, I managed to video a heron in flight, I was given a severe reprimand by a sparrow, and I saw the less than inspiring work of local graffiti artists in underpasses.


Marriage, the Scots Language and Crows

Despite feeling as though I could embark on a longer investigative type run I restricted the duration to 46 minutes along one of my standard routes. The morning was pleasantly warm and bright and the brain seemed to be functioning satisfactorily enough to also engage in some consideration of serious issues.

The topic of marriage along with associated concepts of "living together", separation and commitment were considered as presented in the linked and unedited video in an uncoordinated and unsystematic manner, as is always the case with my video jog blogs.


Post Over-Indulgence Exercise and Issues with Airlines

It was a very pleasant morning (02/08/2009). Probably just right for a run. I was a little time limited, however, and still suffering from over-eating the night before, and so a 30 minute run was probably just about right.

Food, airlines, airline food, airline baggage, airline prices and dogs were worthy of some discussion during this short period of exercise.


Enjoying the Moment

The weather was excellent and the body was able and willing to engage in activity. There was, however, an unwillingness by my brain to make decisions about the route and I think I was even unwilling to engage in thinking about any issue in any depth. It seemed that it was a time to enjoy the present, enjoy the environment, enjoy the run and as appropriate to quietly contemplate whatever issue came into my head.


Drugs in Society and how that is Reported

Although the body was willing to embark on a longer run, time only permitted a 45 minute jog round one of the standard routes.

Just prior to the start of my run I tuned into part of a radio news report relating to a think tank report on how the police should deal with drug dealing. Either my perception of what was said was inaccurate or the radio report over dramatised one aspect of the report as I was certainly left with the idea that the think tank was recommending that police should tolerate some drug dealing as it was considered that the arresting of dealers could exacerbate criminality surrounding the illegal drug trade. The perception of what was said about tolerating some drug dealing let me into a rant about drugs, society, education and other issues.


The Joy of Investigating and the Frustration of Migrating

With my Flip MIno back fully operational and a blue sky above I was ready for an investigative run. The plan had not been fully formulated although a general direction had been contemplated. The intention was to investigate the feasibility of crossing the River Don at the former Grandholm Mills and run round Tillydrone, St Machar's Cathedral, Seaton Park and The University of Aberdeen's Hillhead Halls of Residence before returning home via Balgownie Road. The feasibility study was concluded in 13 minutes and the outcome was an implementation of the proposal.

It was a nice sunny morning (29/07/2009) and to investigate new jogging paths was stimulating, interesting and rewarding. Certainly an experience to be repeated and perhaps extended through the addition of additional loops to the route.


A Maintenance Run with a Nikon Coolpix P6000

It was a nice sunny morning (28/072009) and I was preparing to embark on a short maintenance run when I realised that my Flip Mino video camera had not charged despite being connected to my computer. Not only had the battery not charged, the battery had completely discharged. The alternatives were to not bother with a camera, audio record my run using my iPhone or my iPod, take my Nikon P6000 digital camera which has video capability or carry my miniDV Panasonic video camera. The novelty of using the recently purchased P6000 was most alluring and so I used it. The video turned out well but audio is a bit muffled and the wind has had a deleterious effect on the quality of the final product. It was, however, a useful experiment. The stabilization built into the P6000 seemed to work well and video and digital stills could be taken easily and to fairly good effect on the run. The mechanism of the camera was easy to use and the weight was acceptable even when running.


Nothing more than a Maintenance Run

The weather was really quite good but the body was voting for a rest. Throughout the run my legs refused to behave and the end result was a fairly miserable 45 minute run in terms of enjoyment. On the positive side the heart was smiling as another exercise session had been achieved.

Some mutterings about dogs and dog owners were recorded during the run when yet another four legged animal was seen to be on the loose in an area which prohibits the exercising of dogs.


Returning to a Former Route and Eco Friendly Lighting

The plan had been set yesterday. The run was going to take place over a 5.85 mile route over which I ran regularly some twenty to thirty years ago. I had stopped running on that route because of increased traffic on the Scotstown Road. Traffic travelled far too fast for it to be a safe option. Yesterday, however, I noticed that Scotstown Road was closed for maintenance and so I thought that the time was right to return to a former route. The actuality was, however, that Scotstown Road had been re-opened overnight. Not daunted I carried on with the run.

The weather wasn't very good but other than a short shower of rain the run was worthwhile and enjoyable. Discussion covered issues relating to more environmentally friendly or energy efficient lighting and service issues in stores.


Investigation of Local Countryside and Discussion of Window Dressing Issues

There was a plan, the body seemed not to be objecting, and the weather seemed suitable (25/07/2009). An adventurous journey was thus undertaken. It meant approximately 2.75 miles of road running first to get to the start point of the adventure but that didn't seem to matter. I thought that I had undertaken the same run about 17 years previously but I couldn't really remember the route at certain points. Google Maps helped and so I left with some confidence that I could indeed complete the task and that it would take around 90 minutes.


Language, spelling and some differences between UK and USA English

The morning sky (23/07/2009) was rather grey and I did not feel at all adventurous. As a result I decided that a 45 minute run over one of my standard routes would be the best outcome. The sky did, however, brighten up a little and there was sufficient warmth in the air to make it pleasant running conditions.

After some time discussion drifted into language and spelling of words and some differences I have identified recently between the USA and the UK.


Documenting the Present for the Future - GPS Enabled Digital Cameras

Morning run (22/07/2009).

The sun was shining early but unfortunately I slept until 6.55am otherwise I might have been tempted into a longer run. As it was I enjoyed a 45 minute run around one of my standard routes.

Digital cameras with GPS capability, the potential of these in documenting the present through social networks and Internet-based facilities and services such as Fickr and Google Earth, and surround sound systems, formed the core content of the comment and discussion.


Jogging Planning Disaster and Political Empire Building

Morning run (21/07/2009).

It was all planned but it didn't happen! I had used Google Earth to plan a route which I had estimated would take around 90-100 minutes. I had also rested the day before in preparation for the run. It was going to mean a 6.15am start but 6.00am came around and my brain and body said no! The sun was bright and the morning perfect for a run but it wasn't to be. Instead a routine 45 minute run which started at around 7.05am was the outcome. Amazingly I was not even very comfortable with that run. All in all a bit of a disaster except that I did have 45 minutes of exercise.

In addition to discussion about my own inadequacies on the day I very inadequately ventured into commenting about current political controversies. The words "Google Earth" could not even be uttered without faltering!


Health and the National Health Service

Morning run (19/07/2009).

Seemed to be a struggle this morning to make a decision about where to run. Although the run was fairly long (64 mins) it was an uninspiring effort which followed one of my standard routes.

In addition to discussion about the route and ongoing complaints about being tired my thoughts centred on health, medication and the National Health Service.


Local Investigation

Morning run (18/07/2009).

As it was raining and the weather forecast was pessimistic I had decided to go to the Gym and had dressed appropriately. However, the rain stopped just as I was about to leave for the Gym and so the agenda changed. I changed into outdoor running gear and headed for the streets. The end product was an investigative journey round the local district with several new finds in terms of paths and potential routes for the future.

Discussion centred round the route, local streets and local paths although some reference was made to the current status of the Afghanistan debate and the politics of supply of an adequate number of helicopters to troops.

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HiFi and Dogs - The Scourge of the Jogger

Early morning run (17/07/2009).

The weather forecast facilitated the decision to run at 6.55am. The state of my body made me decide to make the run a short one. The state of my mind assisted me in making the decision that the run would be a routine one rather than an investigative or exploratory one. I didn't want the expected rain to disrupt my other plans for the day and so an early morning, short, "duty" run was the outcome.

The sky was grey throughout the run and after 30 minutes the rain started just as I was heading home. Decision making was commendable and timing of the run almost perfect.


Duty Run and some Topical Debate

Early morning run (16/07/2009).

Rain and various other excuses had disrupted intentions yesterday (15/07/2009) and no run happened. There was thus no escaping the necessity to run today. I looked out at 6.15am and yes there was some sun and there was no rain. The decision was taken! Perhaps it was going to be a "duty" run, however, as I could not rase any enthusiasm to think about an investigative journey round the local area an existing one hour route, thus, seemed to be the best option.

The sun disappeared but the rain didn't come and so it was a good decision to get into the running kit and head for the grass and the roads. Unfortunately the roads were a little busier than I like and so I disappeared up farm tracks whenever possible. The proposed hour became 65 minutes and I retuned home tired but satisfied.

Topics discussed were rather unadventurous and included, Prime Minister's Question Time, Afghanistan and tanks.