As I write this, in an underground food court in Ho Chi Minh city targeted at Western tourists sceptical of the banh mi purveyors on the streets above, the world is worrying about one thing: the C who must not be named — coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation has just declared the outbreak a pandemic. From Sydney to London, panicked shoppers are stocking up on canned goods, soap, and — famously — toilet paper. …

In September 2018, I rode my Genesis Vagabond touring bicycle from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’ Groats at the tip of Scotland. For those not clued up on such matters, this is, by most standards, a very long way indeed.

I write for a living. On the surface, that’s a pretty neat thing. But it’s not as glamorous as you might presume.

My working hours are spent researching the latest news and trends within the supermarket and hospitality industries, writing up stories for websites and magazines circulated amongst businesses within these sectors. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but I’m paying the bills by writing all day, and that in itself is enough for me to stick with it.

But there’s a hidden benefit to the work I do: I spend all day reading and writing material which, fundamentally, I’m not that…

Earlier this week, something strange happened. A hand-sketched portrait of Kiwi prime minister Jacinda Ardern went up for sale on TradeMe, the New Zealand equivalent of eBay. The twist? The artwork, entitled ‘Wild Rider’, depicted the young politician nude. On horseback.

‘Manifesting’ is a new trend sweeping the Bikram studios and juice bars of the Western world, and it’s one that I suspect has far more conservative roots than many of its adherents would care to admit.

According to Elizabeth Daniels, creator of, “Manifesting is intentionally creating what you want.” So far, so familiar. Just last night I intentionally created a beef stroganoff that I wanted. But Daniels’ claims for the power of manifestation go further than mere stroganoff.

“Everyone has the ability to manifest anything they desire,” she tells us, “wealth, optimum health, love, houses, cars, peace of mind…”

Perhaps there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ ultramarathon.

There are races which span deserts, cross canyons, and crawl across arctic tundras, races which twist and turn through fresh pine forests alive with birdsong and races which take place entirely on asphalt highways. Ultras are even played out on the flat, featureless infinity of a 400m athletic running track. Regardless of the surface, distance, or timespan, though, ultramarathons — like all races — almost always come in one of two flavours: the A-B format, and the loop format.

In the A-B format, the more familiar to most people, the…

Okay, first of all let’s get a couple of things out of the way: I am not a doctor, this post does not constitute medical or nutritional advice, and is entirely anecdotal. Though there is most likely a plethora of papers out there that I could cite to support my stance, there are also no doubt just as many studies ‘proving’ the opposite. Unfortunately we live in a time when it’s all too easy to come across as well-researched and thorough in your delivery, when really all you did was pick the study that supports your position. So this is…

There’s a saying that’s come to prominence in the last few years: “the struggle is real.” It’s sometimes used as an alternative to “first world problems”, but it can also be used unironically as a statement about the experience of carrying a burden: the struggle is, in some sense, real. What does it mean? And is it true? And why should we care? Well, to paraphrase Professor Jordan Peterson, it really depends on what you mean by ‘real’.

Most people have a fairly decent sense of what the word ‘real’ means, right up until you ask them to define it…

Drop a penny down a deep well, and wait for the sound of it hitting the bottom to ring out with satisfying certainty. Fire a tweet out into a similarly limitless void, and you might just never hear it land. Online, it can sometimes feel as if we are staring into the abyss.

In this case, the limitless void is a product of the tweet itself’s effectively infinite potential. It could get zero retweets, or it could be seen and retweeted and ‘hearted’ by all of Twitter’s hundreds of millions of active users. …

In a recent video entitled “Am I still vegan?”, celebrated parkour athlete and former UK Ninja Warrior competitor Tim Shieff delivered the latest plot twist in the quiet meltdown currently rippling through the online plant-based community: after six years of loud and proud veganism, he has made the decision to reintroduce animal products back into his diet. …

Ed Scott

Ed Scott is a writer from the UK. He once reached 184cm in height and has subsequently stopped growing.

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