Digging a Well in the Pain Cave

For most of the year, I do my best to train intelligently. I engage in rich and varied movement patterns, combining Parkour, calisthenics and some resistance training, while building in insufficient rest periods to allow a full recovery to avoid injury. But just occasionally I throw all that programming out of the window and do something foolish and ill-advised!

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Overcoming the Bystander Effect

A 19 minute presentation, explaining what the Bystander Effect is, the underlying psychological and cultural influences that encourage the diffusion of responsibility, and what we can do to overcome it.

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What do you get Batman for his Birthday?

Bruce Wayne and I have little in common. For a start, he is a billionaire playboy while I am broke and happily married! Nonetheless, I was thrilled when, during an interview for 'Spartan Up Podcast' last month, the founder of the Spartan race and real-life superhero Joe De-Sena compared me to the Dark Knight.

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Heroism: a viral infection?

It is perhaps a little premature to give Toxo a mask, a cape and to resign ourselves to side-kick status, but we might be on the cusp of a fascinating new field of study - heroism as a byproduct of neurobehavioral manipulation by outside vectors!

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'Look for the Helpers'

So here we are again - blood has been spilt, lives have been lost and Britain is on the highest state of alert, anticipating further attacks to follow. Just a couple of months back I was reflecting on the aftermath of the Westminster attack and now Manchester is the focus. Perhaps it will be my home town, or yours next week.

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Hero Roundtable London 2017: post event report

A few days ago now, I joined speakers and thought leaders from around the world in the centre of London for a unique conference - The Hero Roundtable. I first learned about the Roundtable from a friend who, having attended a previous event, described it as the most inspiring gathering of people he had ever encountered. So, when I was invited to present my ideas about everyday heroism at the Barbican, I jumped at the chance.

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Why Heroes Assemble

The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders; delve into the universe of superheroes and you can't help but notice that it is populated by an array of unique beings who are inclined to collaborate. In fact, a sure way of distinguishing hero from villain, good from evil, is by applying this primary rule: the heroic impulse is to unite, while the forces of darkness seek to divide us.
 

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Toxic heroism and the Saviour Complex

'In the event of a sudden loss of pressure, panels above your seat will open and oxygen masks will drop down. If this happens, first place your own mask over your nose and mouth and adjust as necessary, before helping those seated next to you'.

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986 - the number of the hero?

The defining image of this year's London marathon will not be of an elite athlete crossing the finish line, destroying the race record and securing the adulation of the crowd. Instead, it will be of two middle-of-the-pack runners, one delirious and incoherent with fatigue, while the other supports him in the final steps of their 26 mile journey.

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Dragonslayer

On a wind-swept hill close to Uffington, in Berkshire, you'll find a patch of ground where no grass will grow. The blood of a dragon is said to have been spilt there, its scaled hide having been pierced by Ascalon, the famed spear of England's most recognised hero, St George.

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Foolproof?

We desire long, healthy and happy lives, and indeed we do enjoy a quality of existence unprecedented in human history, but there is always a trade off going on between our safety on the one hand, and our freedom and our ability to respond to the unique circumstances of the moment on the other. The disasters of the 20th century have shown us time and again that if we outsource our security and salvation to external authorities and then sleepwalk through our lives, it is a Faustian pact which will make us more vulnerable in the long term, and our lives are ultimately more impoverished too.

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An Heroic Response to Terrorism

It is absolutely right that we should take up arms and stand opposed to those who would wield terror as a means of furthering their own agenda, but it might be prudent too to ask about the origin story of our nemesis. If we can direct our efforts towards alleviating the suffering of others at source, to hold ourselves and our governments accountable for their actions in our name, and find opportunities to hear the grievances of the dispossessed and the desperate, perhaps we would need fewer heroes and lose fewer good people along the way?

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Flaneur, Traceur, Hero-eur?

The Flaneur, then, reminds us to slow down, to be curious and receptive. The traceur invites us to renegotiate our relationship with our inner and outer environment and to regain our sovereignty, and the hero, in turn, chooses to step out of the world, in order to be more fully engaged with it.

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Introduction to 'The Hero Forge'

I was born into a family of heroes. My father served in the British military for 35 years; he was a proud man and a warrior by more than profession. He was a man of few words but when he did speak, it was measured and born of hard-won experience. While I didn’t know it at the time, it was by walking in his shadow that I was apprenticed into the hero’s journey.

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