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A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft…

A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft.

The HR manager interviewed him and gave him a test: clean the floor. The man passed with flying colors.

“You’re hired,” HR manager informed the man, “write down your e-mail address and I’ll send you the employment application form and the date you should report for work.

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5km Challenge: 25 minute milestone

On Sept 2nd, I started on a challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes, a goal of running a 5 minute/km average.

I ‘m not a huge fan of exercise, least of all running so I started skating. That first week, I skated over 50km. As great as that sounds, it wasn’t the idea of getting fit that prompted the long skates. It was the fact that I couldn’t afford the tram to get into the city!

It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that I actually managed to convince myself to go for a run.

I started doing the couch to 5km fitness program using an app on my phone. The first week started with a ‘easy’ 1 minute run followed by a 1.5 minute walk.  I almost passed out after 3.2km and managed a 7 minute average. A friend pointed out that she could walk with a pram faster than my best effort. How embarrassing.

It’s been 5 weeks since that first run and it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s taken a little bit of commitment but I’ve kept on running every few days.

Today, I managed to run 6 km in 30 minutes. Between start and finish, there was about 6 minutes of walking. Much better than when I first started. It works out to about 5km in 25 minutes. That’s basically reached my goal (I just need to remove the walking breaks).

I’ve set a new target to run 5km in under 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to meeting this new goal! I’ll be sure to share updates!

Are you a runner or have recently started running? I would love to hear of your experiences and running times as encouragement, motivation or a challenge.

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The cost of organic farming

There’s a whole lot of talk about GMO’s and organic farming popping up again on my Facebook news feed and each time it happens, I come to a cross roads. I can certainly see the benefits of moving away from our wide spread monoculture farming systems. Spending 3 years working on large broad-acre dry-land and irrigation farms has given me a chance to reflect on some of the issues that people have been throwing their hands up about.

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