“Hughhhrrrahg” and “Bluhraat”

“Hughhhrrrahg” and “Bluhraat”

“Hughhhrrrahg” and “Bluhraat”

Sometime in the early 2000’s I went to Oslo for New Year. It was a last minute decision to go somewhere that felt kind of like Christmas rather than celebrate in drab old London. If you have ever seen the film 28 Days Later by the then upcoming Danny Boyle and starring (by the order of the Peaky Fucking Blinders) Cillian Murphy, well just picture the start of the film and imagine that Kim and Aggie from how clean is your house had blitzed the set. The place was absolutely deserted but really, really clean.

There are a multitude of reasons why the place might have been like this:

  1. A rage virus could have been released that caused everyone to turn into zombies and everyone else had scarpered
  2. All the rich people had buggered off to their houses in the countryside
  3. All the other people could not afford to go out and do anything as it was just too bloody expensive to do so

If it was number 1, then I would have most likely been killed by zombie like creatures so it is more likely that 2 and 3 were the main cause.

On point 3, I paid £17 for a half pint of lager and a glass of diet coke in a run-of-the-mill bar – and that was almost 20 years ago. The place was just stupidly expensive. £40 for two small pizzas to be delivered to a hotel room type of expensive.

Because the place was so expensive, it was imperative that in order to survive the day without breaking the bank you had to take advantage of the buffet breakfast that was included in the price of the hotel. There was some brown cheese that did not float my boat, and a selection of pickled fish that not only did not float my boat, it cast it down into the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker. I discovered that “Hughhhrrrahg” and “Bluhraat” was the traditional sound made when trying to eat this delicacy for breakfast. When sampling this delight I perfected this noise almost instantly. It really wasn’t my thing. But at least I tried it, and to be honest some of it I quite liked. Not the cheese though.

Most of the time I was there though I ate hot dogs from 7-11 for breakfast and lunch, and had Rudolph with red berry sauce for dinner. The latter being very expensive, but really, really good.

This experience set me up nicely for the start of my get fit regime this last week. If I am ever to get back to at least 80% of the fitness I had when I was forty, then oily fish: salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, mackerel, herring etc…are going to have feature in my diet in order to keep my joints happy what with having arthritis and all.

So far as part of my “getting fit after 50” plan I have the following objectives:

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  1. Have oily fish 4 days out of 7 for lunch: Without the training in Oslo this would have been impossible – if you want to know why, just open a tin of mackerel in tomato sauce and try not to vomit. I am told it is good for you though.
  2. Have egg based lunches for 2 days
  3. Have whatever I want on the remaining day
  4. Cut down on carbs massively as the quetiapine is making me crave these
  5. Only snack on zero fat yoghurt and grapes in the evenings, except on one day when I can have crisps and wine or beer
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  1. Pledged to do exercise 5 days out of 7: Not doing exercise every day of the week when you are older is essential in order to give your body more time to recover
  2. On all five days I will do at least 30 minutes on the rower or the cross-trainer
  3. On two days I will do at least an hour on the same equipment
  4. On three out of the five days I will also do free weights and body resistance exercise for at least thirty minutes
  5. I will go for a run or a bike ride on Sundays and one other evening during the week
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  1. Go to bed by 10:30 every night except Saturday when I’ll stay up as long as I want: Given the quetiapine this will most likely be 10:35


  1. I remembered running behind Ben Smith when I ran the Brighton Marathon and have followed his exploits with the 401 Foundation ever since. In order to get where I want to, I am going to have to channel my inner Ben.

I have already gotten into the swing of the above somewhat and am looking to lose two stone by the end of July. I have no idea if this is possible whilst on this medication, but I’m going to give it a damn good try.


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