Spuds you like?

 

Spuds you like? (c) R Dennison June 2013

Spuds you like? (c) R Dennison June 2013

Fate is cruel.  Potatoes are vegetables, however chips do not count as one of the recommended daily allowance of five portions of fruit, or veg, we are meant to consume.

Salford council has taken a step toward mandating healthy eating for their residents by outlawing the sale of chips, from new outlets, before 5pm.  They are consulting on whether those items should only be available within 400 metres of a school after that watershed.   I suspect there is a tension between healthy eating policy aims and hungry youth.  Fast food retailers must be holding their breath too.

There may be trouble ahead.

After The Final Whistle

Michael Owen

Michael Owen (Photo credit: Steve_C)

I think we’ve established in previous posts that there is a difference between sports people saying they are ‘retiring’ and the same words coming from a regular 9 to 5 worker.

 

No surprise then that the media have picked up on a statement posted on Michael Owen’s website today.  In the post he confirms that at the end of his current season with Stoke City he is bringing the curtain down on his playing career.  I like that he says in his statement that:

 

“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.”

 

There have been plenty of commentaries and plaudits from the football world in response.  I had to dig around a bit to find out how he has answered the inevitable question a successful 33 year old asks when replacing one buzz for another: What next?

 

According to the Guardian newspaper Adrian Bevington, Club England’s managing director, said:

 

“We are already in talks with Michael about how he can share his international experience with our younger players in the future in an ambassadorial role”.

 

That seems a fairly modest next step.  Beyond that role it seems to me several opportunities may open up in the months and years to come.  There may be openings in the arena of sports presenting (following in the footsteps of Gary Lineker or Sue Barker); motivational speaking (John Amaechi springs to mind) or even politics (Tanni Grey Thompson or Sebastian Coe have done okay for themselves).

 

It will be interesting to see where Mr Owen’s journey takes him in 18 months’ time.  Wherever he is situated I hope his post retirement role brings him as much job satisfaction as his footballing career has done

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/michael-owen-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-season-8540212.html

 

Some Lessons Are Harder Than Others

From my experience making mistakes seems to be part and parcel of being human.

The 2011 riots in England involved quite a few people making mistakes, getting involved in crime and being punished for their errors.  Usually it doesn’t take a brush with the criminal justice system to make person assess where they are in life, versus where they want to be.  However, with a bit of thought, even serious mistakes can become learning opportunities.

This link to a BBC news story shows that principle in action.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18648920