Conquering the unconquerable

When you go and do something and you fail, it is easy to view it as impossible to achieve. As it were the failure can over take you and remove the drive you once had to achieve your goals. This is some that can be seen many times in the kayaking community, where someone attempts a waterfall or rapid and it doesn’t go to plan. In my opinion people either recover and get straight back on task at accomplishing the goal of successfully running it or never attempt it again and admit defeat. This happened to me last year when I attempted the AberGlaslyn gorge for the first time on a high-medium level, to cut along story short I swam a portion of it…

Now however I have returned to the river and paddled it successfully, this felt awesome to do as I had previously believed I would never paddle it again. But on Friday a few weeks ago I did five head dry laps of it with some good friends. It turned out to be a great day and one of a couple of moments when I have consciously felt myself get better at boating. So heres a little video I made of paddling the AberGlaslyn.

The clickety clack of the tracks or the beat of the white headphones?

It seems to be the norm now for most people who step on a train to wear the iconic white headphones with the white cable trailing into the persons pocket. This fashion for one surely shows the emphatic spread of that fruit company that loves its i’s, whilst this success of minimalistic, consumer centric company can only be marvelled upon. Has it not lead to a large change to a habits in public, particularly on public transport. Take ‘i’ for instance, sat on the rickety Arriva Trains Wales to Aberystwyth, with my sleek mac on the table linked to the iconic glass iPhone with the unmistakable white cable in the hope that mid Wales may have some 3G coverage. Where as the couple sitting opposite me are happily chatting, reading todays extensive copy of The Observer, however out of the three other people in my direct line of sight, two have white cables trailing down their chests and another has some oversized wireless headphones that look fit for a recording studio. What does this change over the past few years mean for people on trains, is everyone in their own independent world which is composed and made up of the music of their choice, wether it be Bach or the latest dub-step-hip-hop beat. Does this relieve the monotony of traveling with people or does it simply cut out all chances of conversation with your fellow travellers to a far off place, does this mean that in future people will only talk of meeting their wives on dating websites and no-longer on the 17:27 to Pwllheli. Or does this mean that people no longer have to listen to the shouting and screaming of the single mother trying to occupy here young children and can continue to do what they wish in the comforting melodies of Coldplay. Ultimately though has technology not done huge amounts to improve the experiences for people and the people they directly are already friends with, but has it done very little if not hurt the community that the individuals make up?