Skin Type

Skin Type 1

Always burns – never tans


Skin Type 2

Always burns – sometimes tans


Skin Type 3

Sometimes burns always tans


Skin Type 4

Never burns, always tans

16/8 intermittent fasting

I’m trying a new strategy… I haven’t really done much research on it but it’s so simple and I’m giving it a go. 

I eat from 12noon til 8pm (or 1-9pm) and then don’t eat for the next 16hours. 

I’ve been doing it for a week and a half and I’m still feeling good about it. 

I miss the nice breakfast I usually eat with the family but I’ve lost a 1.5kg so far. 

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is the manifestation of primary infection with the varicella zoster virus.

Shingles is the reactivation of dormant virus in the dorsal root ganglion.

Chicken pox is highly infectious.

  • Spread is via the respiratory route
  • It can be caught from someone with shingles
  • A patient is infective from 4 days before the rash first appears
  • They remain infective for 5 days after the rash first appears.
  • The incubation period is 10 -21 days


Clinical features tend to be more severe in older children and adults, and include:

  • fever
  • itchy rash starting on the head/trunk before spreading.
  • rash is initially macular then papular then vesicular
  • systemic upset is usually mild.


Management is supportive:

  • keep cool
  • trim nails
  • calamine lotion
  • school exclusion:
    • guidelines now have reverted to the traditional advice:
    • exclude children from school until all vesicles have crusted over (rather than 5 days post onset of rash which had been advocated for a while)
  • Immunocompromised patients and newborns with peripartum exposure should receive varicella zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG). If chickenpox develops then IV aciclovir should be considered.


  • most common complication is secondary infection of lesions
    • Rare complications include
      • pneumonia
      • encephalitis (cerebella involvement may be seen)
      • Disseminated haemorrhagic chickenpox
      • arthritis, nephritis and pancreatitis may be seen very rarely.


The Goose and The Golden Egg

In Aesop’s Fables, a lucky farmer finds his goose has started laying golden eggs. He’s stoked.. but soon gets greedy, he feels like he can’t wait for the goose to lay the next one so just kills the goose so he can get the eggs out all at once. Unfortunately for farmer brown, that ain’t how golden egg laying works and of course the goose is empty. Now he doesn’t have any more eggs and has lost his one means of getting them…

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,  Stephen Covey presents the importance of focusing on balancing our capacity to produce (eg the goose) and what is produced (eg the golden egg).

He calls this P/PC balance – where P stands for what is Produced (production of desired results) and Where PC stands for Production Capacity (the ability or asset that produces those results).

Covey says that we must balance the production capacity with production because focus on one over the other will produce detrimental effects.

In relationships this is important – in a marriage for example if one member of the couple are simply focused on the benefits of marriage (the products) – say getting a decent meal, ironed shirts or sex whenever it’s required and doesn’t focus on the Production Capacity – the asset – in this case the marriage itself soon he will forget the little kindnesses and courtesies which are so important to a marriage.

In other words becoming overly focused on oneself and what one can get out of a relationship (the golden egg) ends up damaging the relationship itself (the goose).

Another example is our family car; our not-so-trusty zafira…. we are using it to death. We concentrate on what it produces (a trip from A to B to C – the golden eggs) and we never focus on the production capacity (the car itself – the asset – the goose), so we never service it or spend any money or time tuning it up. As a result our zafira is slowly dying. If we regularly serviced, kept the oil and steering fluid topped up it would last many more years…. but alas I can’t see the old girl doing much more than another year or so.

There are many other examples of P/PC balance and where this can be applied to our lives. From finance to family and sports to socialising this simple principle (which isn’t actually one of the seven habits – but more of an introduction) is a good way to look at the world.

You never know these days…

Big Ben and Parliament House

2016 was a crazy year. Loads of celebrities died so everyone thought there was some kind of curse. Probably people who were famous are just getting older and when people get old they do tend to die.
Weird year for politics as well. Somehow Donald Trump got elected to the White House (totally unpredictable and pretty scary character so far). Somehow the U.K. voted to leave the European Union.
Brexit was something that just seemed too stupid so surely couldn’t happen. And yet the Britaish public voted for it.
Well this week the high court decided that the actual triggering of article 50 couldn’t just go ahead without parliament’s say so.
So in the next couple of weeks we’re going to find out if Theresa May is going to get her way and Hard Brexit (whatever that means – that’s half the problem NOONE knows how the heck Brexit is going to happen).
Jeremy Corbyn, socialist leader of Labour, has said the his MPs must support The Torys in pushing Brexit through. The problem there is most of his own MPs (from what I can tell) hate the guy, so are they actually going to do what they’re told and what they’re expected to do or are they going to vote for what they believe is right (block Brexit) and for what often the constituents want…. very interesting times. The lib dems mean while, who are all but bystanders in politics these days (having been slammed in the last election – following the Cameron-Clegg power sharing government) are positioning themselves as the anti-Brexit party…. which might be a smart move.
There have been so many horrible surprises in politics lately that maybe, just maybe, we’re going to get a surprise that blocks Brexit which – in my opinion at least- would be a positive thing…. but that’s probably too much to wish for!

Changing the lens

As humans we are predisposed to seeing the negative. If something is ambiguous we tend to read it as negative. Evolutionary speaking this was important – better to walk the long way round and stay alive than pass what might be a sabre tooth tiger lurking in the bush…

Today, however, we can suffer from the very mechanisms which evolved to protect us. If someone responds to us in a short neutral way (say a one sentence email when you’d sent a masterpiece of prose) our brain sits up and looks for the danger or the negative connotations which usually aren’t there. 

Just the realisation that we see tend to see the negative is helpful but one rule I try to stick to is:

Never put down to malice what can be explained by something else.  

The something else can be that the person is really busy, they don’t know what to say, they’re incompetent or they’re just having a bad day. 

On Becoming Proactive

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E Frankl

Dr Frankl was a Jewish psychotherapist who spent much of the Second World War in Auschwitz and other similarly terrible concentration camps. His amazing book Man’s Search for Meaning describes not only his hideous time at the hands of His Nazi captors but the deep and timeless conclusions he drew from it his incarnation. 

There are dozens of lessons to be drawn from this mans teachings and I will never them justice here. But one lesson is that we can’t change some things that happen but that we do have the choice how we respond to it. 

We chose how to spend our time. In fact everything we do is a choice. 

Being proactive is one of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits and it’s something that I am working on all the time. In everything I do I try and stop myself and calculate if I’m being proactive or reactive. I always try to be proactive. 

Pro activity is where the magic happens. 

Trolling through facebook is for the vast majority of the time being reactive. You’re reacting to other people’s post, your reacting (with a little dopamine hit) to likes that you see on your status. You’re letting someone else be that Mark Zukaberg or your old class mate affect how your feel. Needless to say I’m cutting down on my Facebook time. 
Another guy who doesn’t spend much time reacting to social media is Cal Newport

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

While on affirmations (see previous post)… These are the affirmations from this book… Not sure if they work but it can’t hurt to repeat them in case it does (in fact I’m pretty sure the book says you can’t just repeat them, you have to do this thing called “taking action”… sounds like a lot of hard work to me!)

Millionaire Mind

“My inner world creates my outer world.”

“What I heard about money isn’t necessarily true. I choose to adopt new ways of thinking that support my happiness and success.”

“What I modeled around money was their way. I choose my way.”

“I release my nonsupportive money experiences from the past and create a new and rich future.”

“I observe my thoughts and entertain only those that empower me.”

“I create the exact level of my financial success!”

“My goal is to become a millionaire and more!”

“I commit to being rich.”

“I think big! I choose to help thousands and thousands of people!”

“I promote my value to others with passion and enthusiasm.”

“I am an excellent receiver. I am open and willing to receive massive amounts of money into my life.”

“I choose to get paid based on my results.”

“I always think ‘both.’ ”

“I focus on building my net worth!”

“I am an excellent money manager.”

“My money works hard for me and makes me more and more money.”

“I am committed to constantly learning and growing.”

“I have a millionaire mind!”

Daily Incarnation

Mahatma Ghandi said:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

Statue of Mahatma Ghandi in a park in Geneva Switzerland

Tony Robbins talks a lot about priming for the day. With the following words becoming habbits, I hope to shape my destiny. (I’ve taken a lot of this from Dale Carnegie).

Dave’s Daily Incarnation:

I smile. I greet everyone with enthusiasm and appreciation.

I praise I never criticize, Exonerate not condemn. I Find the good and light in my every moment and I never complain.

I know every person is my superior in some way and I give them honest and sincere appreciation.

Under different circumstances I would be a different man so I can see each situation from the others perspective, walk in their shoes and I strive to deeply understand them.   “I don’t blame you one iota for feeling as you do, if I were you I would undoubtedly feel just as you do….”

I deserve very little credit for being where I am, and unreasoning bigoted people deserve very little discredit for being what they are. I sympathize with those people.

I foster a deep genuine interest in others, I encourage them to talk about themselves.

I am present and give those I’m with my full attention without interrupting or being distracted. I discover what is interesting to them and I become interested in it.

I’m always enthusiastically grateful.

I am grateful for every moment of this amazing life. I am so grateful for my beautiful wife who is strong, loving, passionate and kind. I am so grateful for my wonderful daughter Leah who is adventurous, gentle, thoughtful and kind. I am so grateful for my awesome son Jonah who is courageous, empathetic, entertaining and a physical embodiment of Gods love to the world. I am so grateful for my sweet daughter Alvah who is just the happiest most smiley baby I’ve ever seen.

I am a good listener and remember names, jobs, hobbies and birthdays.

I avoid all arguments, as I know they cannot be won.

I never tell anyone they are wrong or talk in absolute terms. I am humble and open minded. “I thought differently but I might be wrong, I’ve been wrong pretty often before, so lets look at the facts together”

I never openly oppose others but say “I imagine” or “I would have thought”

When I am wrong I admit it immediately and clearly.

Even when I am greatly upset I am friendly. I encourage people to say yes yes.

I take the time to see any situation from the others point of view, then go firstly to demonstrate that empathy from their side, describing the problem they have before identifying it from my own point of view.

I appeal to nobler motives – I give those I’m with a high reputation to live up to; though my eye’s that person is someone special.

Every day in every way I am getting better and better.

I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.