I thought my mate was joking.

He told me a dude has sold one of his testicles for £22,000 ($35,000) so he can buy a Nissan 370Z (or Fair Lady as I think some countries call it).

So I checked it out and yup, it’s true.

I tell you Grasshopper you can’t make this stuff up.

I can also tell it’s something called ‘Black Friday’ today in the USA.

Because for the last week, my email inbox has been stuffed to nearly virtually exploding with the world and his wife offering me unbelievable, mind melting discounts on stuff I don’t want.

I’ve no idea what Black Friday is, other than it seems to come after Thanks Giving.

It sounds kinda nasty.

Like what might happen the day after too much celebration.

So, turning to my trusty source: The BBC I discover:

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year as millions of people descend on the shops to try and save on their Christmas shopping.


I’ve been doing all my Christmas shopping online for the last few years now. I can’t think of anything worse than spending the day doing battle with other shoppers whilst not being able to find the size, colour, make of what I’m after.

I’m out of breath just thinking about it.

One of the best lessons I learned from narrowly avoiding bankruptcy 3 years ago is that very little is worth going into debt for.

Certainly nothing you can buy from a shop.

It’s one of the things I love so much about Qigong and more recently Callisthenics too.

You see, once you know what you’re doing.

Which doesn’t take long.

You no longer need to fork out any more cash.

Think about it.

What equipment do you need to practice Qigong?

  • Some flat shoes,
  • Comfy loose clothing,
  • And a bit of space.

And you’re off to the races baby!

What equipment do you need to practice Callisthenics?

I mean, your body is the gym.

The hardest part of Callisthenics is finding somewhere to do pull ups safely. Luckily there are quite a few handy trees on Louis walk I can use.



Which reminds me.

As I walked Louis into the woods for his morning walk yesterday and made him sit whilst I took his lead off. A leaf fell down and landed on his back.

And it reminded me of a game I like to play each year.

Catching leaves.

The aim is simple. Catch a leaf as it falls from the tree before it reaches the floor.

Give it a whirl if you can, it’s great fun and it’s free.

It took me a while, but I finally caught me a Beech leaf.


I think there’s a lot to be said for simple pleasures.

Hey, whatever you’re doing today, whether it’s doing battle in the shopping mall, walking in the woods or simply going to work I hope you have a great time.

Bye for now


P.S. The Qigong Daily reader discount I’ve been banging on about for weeks, ends on Monday. If you want to grab a bargain before Christmas I suggest you visit: