Friday, 16 April 2010

Lee Child - Gone Tomorrow

Me with my favourite author Lee Child



This is the 13th book by Lee Child all of which feature the fictional character 'Jack Reacher'.
Jack Reacher is a former United States Army Military Police Major.He was the recipient of many military awards during his career: the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.
Since leaving the Army with a rank of Major he has become a drifter and the books tell of the situations he involves himself with , intentionally or unintentionally.
Reacher is a giant, standing at 6' 5" tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 220 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg).
The only possessions Reacher appears to keep is a foldable toothbrush and an expired passport. He wears his clothing for 2–3 days before discarding it, usually for some sort of budget clothing from a surplus store. However in this latest book he has acquired himself an ATM card to make life a little easier.
Gone Tomorrow starts on the New York subway Reacher witnesses a suicide on a Manhattan subway, he knows that there is more than meets the eye. Soon he's in deep, trying to unearth a dark secret for which both the feds and Al-Queda are willing to kill to keep from being revealed. Even in a city of eight million, a lone wolf like Reacher tends to stand out, and before long he is being hunted from all sides—which is exactly what Reacher wants.
Really was a fantastic read as are all the others which I have read over the last few years.
I was lucky to meet the Author Lee Child in Peterborough a couple of years ago. He did an hours question and answer session followed by a book signing which gave a tremendous insight into his thought process.
There has actually been a new release from Lee since Gone Tomorrow. Thew new book is called '61 Hours'. All I know is that it is starts with a tour bus crash in a snowstorm in South Dakota.
I remember Lee saying that he was going to set his new book in a really cold environment for a change.
Check out the Lee Child web page http://www.leechild.com

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Acupuncture




I had quite a shock yesterday when I went to see the physio regarding the ongoing lower back problems I have.
David (my physio) casually asked if I had ever considered acupuncture? I replied that I'd try anything if it helped ease my back pain with a hint of bravado. Before I had time to say 'Are those needles sharp?' he had whisked out a disclaimer and i was all signed up and ready to go!!!!

Traditional acupuncture is an holistic healthcare system that regards pain and illness, whether physical or mental, to be a sign that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium.
The underlying principle is that illness and pain occur when the body's vital energy, cannot flow freely. The body's energy flows can become obstructed, in much the same way as a trapped nerve or blocked artery. This can be for any number of reasons such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, or injury.

By inserting ultra-fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of vital energies to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.

I really could feel the needles being inserted and one or two made me wince a little. David later explained that my back muscles were quite well developed and were very tight despite my best efforts to relax. I could actually feel heat with some of the needles which was a good sign.
The secret is to get a little bit 'Hippyish' and be at one with the needles and feel them doing their work, unless David was winding me up ?

Overall I found he whole process very relaxing and I think I obtained some immediate benefit. Certainly during the night and during 'wake up' time I seemed to have more freedom of movement.

I have another session booked for next week so hopefully the progress will continue !