I am going to start this post off with a disclaimer: last week I got a massage. It wasn’t part of any physio treatment but something I was offered to try at Marshall Street Leisure Centre and Spa. It was completely indulgent, very, very lovely (more on that later) and not something I have ever paid for before. And it got me thinking, are massages a waste of money?

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Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

I am such a newbie with climbing that until a very little while ago, I thought ‘climbing’ and ‘bouldering’ were the same thing. Both might involve leaving the ground and going up, but that’s about where the similarities start and end. Climbing involves ropes and knots and working with someone to make sure you ascend and descend safely. I couldn’t wait to try it at Westway Climbing Centre.  

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The water was so cold!

The water was so cold!

Tough Mudder. When I think of those words I think of mud, cold, wet, and rain. I see pictures of people clambering over obstacles and helping each other. It’s something I always assumed I’d do one day but never really signed up for. Then my friend Charlie, from The Runner Beans was putting a team together and before I cold talk myself out of it, I said yes.

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A class using the Speedflex machine

A class using the Speedflex machine

I always jump at the chance of reviewing classes. Once upon a time there only seemed to be three in all of London, and they were all targeted to people who weren’t me. Now of course London is awash with very cool fitness classes to try and last week I had the chance of going to Speedflex. Speedflex is a London-based studio where the main draw is this incredible piece of kit used to work your whole body.

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Drinks before The Literary Hour's Supper Club

Drinks before The Literary Hour’s Supper Club

Earlier in the month I found myself travelling around the world in one evening. I didn’t leave London but made my way to Hong Kong, Dover, India, Japan, and New York. This was made possible by The Literary Hour’s latest supper club, where we all joined Phileas Fogg as he travelled Around the World in 80 Days.

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