Google Digital Business Showcase Double Tie New Fashion Innovation

I was honoured to be invited to the closing event of Google Digital Garage in Leeds yesterday, October 23rd. There were many interesting people and businesses there, as well as inspiring stories of new entrepreneurs seeing their ideas find mass audiences after receiving advice from the Google Digital team.

greenYgrey Fashion Innovation

I could showcase my books there, as well as publicising the greenYgrey brand. My books of course include my fantasy travel by Google Maps trilogy, so Google arriving in Leeds was kind of weird, in an X Files kind of way; with the third of the trilogy of course an X Files parody.

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Double Tie Fashion Innovation

Perhaps inspired by greenYgrey fashion correspondent, Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, who is one of the stars of the X Files parody nearing completion; she was inspired by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Bruno; Marc wore a double tie of green and yellow with his grey shirt to promote the greenYgrey.

It was a new fashion innovation as far as he knew, and still is the way he wore them: one over the other and knotting them together.

He googled it to see if it’s original, and the closest he found was that 1980s movie Back to the Future featured a double tie worn in… wait for it… 2015. However, their double tie is two separate ties.


Back to the Future

Dr. Marc Latham’s books are available in book and digital on Amazon and Smashwords. Thanks to all those who’ve bought them.

Remembering Rock n’ Roll… in a greenygrey Way

While Marc Latham has been trying to write with as doctoral and mainstream a voice as possible for the last decade, there’s always an influence from the 1960s-style counter-culture he entered around 1980 , when Heavy Metal music and culture inspired him to learn about that genre’s history.

California Dreamin’

While his sporting focus remained rooted in Britain, and there are many great British rock bands, Marc was most interested in the escapism of the 1980s LA music scene, from Van Halen to Guns N’ Roses, including Motley Crue, Faster Pussycat and LA Guns.

The Hollywood Vampires supergroup are now celebrating that culture and ethos. They are the survivors though, and many didn’t make it.

In the introduction to his first poetry collection, published after grunge had dealt a crushing blow to the California rock scene, Marc wrote that he mentally spent his weeks in Seattle and weekends in LA.

Surviving Rock n’ Roll

Marc didn’t party as hard as a lot of rock n’ rollers, and doesn’t recommend you do either, but on the other hand, greenYgrey style, he doesn’t want to preach either, and doesn’t think he’ll deter anybody who feels that way inclined anyway.

He wants you to have as best a time as possible, but knows that can be twisted negatively – condescending to the youf culture, or irresponsible to the middle-aged.

Marc is now middle-aged, but still remembers his youf. Those were his bands then, and they still are now. New generations have had their own bands, but rock n’ roll never changes that much, and just seems to go round in circles.

Coma-Tones Only the Angels

So he still takes an interest in rock music, and tries to attend at least one rock concert a year – the rock n’ roll hall of fame greenYgrey gYg of the year.

He also reads news on the Planet Rock and Classic Rock websites.

Reading the Classic Rock article headlines today my attention was grabbed by a band described as being too underground to reach the heights of Guns N’ Roses.

I couldn’t remember hearing of the Coma-tones, and that’s probably because they apparently didn’t want to sell the rights to their songs, including the one below, which I think is an instant listen classic.

A couple of their members have apparently left this Earth, but cause of exit isn’t known.

The video is also a greenYgrey classic, combining urban highway greenYgrey colours with unpredictable forwards-backwards motion.


great greenYgreying philosophy captured in a great greenYgreying photo.


I did awesome on week one! I know I really had not much to do. Nothing super challenging here, but I did it! Did not skip a run, yay me! With so many set-backs I don’t see any improvement, but I’m trying not to let it get to me or I will feel like giving up rather than pushing harder. Wednesday I was exhausted, guess it’s normal considering I had run three days in a row after not running for a week. Good thing was that I felt rested by Saturday. I just wish I could have run longer and/or faster.
Hoping this week goes much better. Week two here I come! Monday: 3 miles Tuesday: 6 miles (intervals) Wednesday: flex day or day off Thursday: 4 miles Friday: day off Saturday: 10 miles Sunday: day off
I’m going to have to swap…

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Completed Round Ripon 35 Miles: First Ultra-Marathon

I completed the Round Ripon 35 miles Ultra-Marathon on Saturday, but in a slower time than hoped, although the course was as much about navigating as running, so it wasn’t conducive to continuous running.
round ripon start
Ambitions Out the Window – Keep Running
I was originally hoping to run it all and aiming for 7 hours in line with my canal towpath training, but ambitions to run it all went out the window as we left Studley Royal village, with a stile to get onto the single file country track causing a log jam and walking pace.
I could have got lost lots of times, and even other people with more map-reading skills were struggling or getting it wrong, with the map very basic (we were advised that the map provided was the minimum) and not many signs around the course, and finally ended up getting a little lost after checkpoint 4, on the last stage to finishing line.
After starting at 9am, the people who were at checkpoint 4 with me at around 3pm finished at around 8 hours or lower, but I ended up at 8.43.
So a bit disappointed with the end, and time, but it could have been a lot worse, as I was following other people most of the time and getting directions, as well as working out the way a few times.
Physical Test not Exhausting
It was my first ultra-marathon, and very different to the four marathons I’ve run, which were all on tarmac. So, it was a learning experience, and the most more difficult than marathons part was not the extra 9 miles; rather, it was the not knowing if you were going the right way or going to get lost.
I could probably do better if I do another one, but I have no plans to at the moment! I think I could do longer distances within the maximum times, a 50 at least, but don’t know if it’s enough of a challenge, with a lot of walking involved.
I wasn’t that tired at the end, with lots of stopping and walking up the many steep hills, as is the ultra-marathon technique for maybe all but the fittest.
I have felt just as tired after my normal distance marathons, when I’ve been racing to achieve my best time.
I walked the few miles back to Ripon after the race, with my legs not feeling that tired. They have seized up a bit since though.
I also walked a few miles home from the city yesterday, to end my running season, and wind the legs down some more, with the dry sunny weather lasting the week out until today!
Good Running Season
It’s been a great spring and summer of running, achieving more than I’d imagined at the start, with this year only supposed to be practise for next year originally; when I plan to run my fifth marathon, fulfilling an ambition set after my first one in 2004 to run a marathon every three years until 2016, when I’ll be 50.
I actually turned 50 last week, so this ultra-marathon is a bonus added onto my original ambition. I therefore had a more relaxed attitude to it, which is just as well, because it wasn’t like I thought; but a more rewarding experience in some ways because of that.
It’s another achievement, although running 31 miles in training probably gave me more pleasure, and was more what I was looking for – to test how far I could continuously run. I think I could have continued for 35 miles that day, with the mostly flat and straight canal towpath a lot different to the Ripon Rowell.
Great Social and Scenic Experience
The Round Ripon was also a very nice day and experience as well, with lots of helpful people organising it, and out on the course, and good camaraderie amongst the runners. The course was also very scenic, with a mixture of hilltop moorland and forests, running along the River Ure for a while, and some lakes too.
I probably dropped about 20-30 places in the final stage, but it wasn’t really about places at all, with people helping each other out with directions etc.
My personal highlights were picking up some speed running through a wood between hours 1-2, imagining myself a native or wolf; leading a few people through the village of Masham, after remembering there were directions in the map; and a herd of deer running across the track in the last mile, through the Studley Royal Deer Park – I don’t know how common that sight is, but it was worth a little bit of the getting lost to see it.
Round Ripon Results (I’m at 108!)