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New Headphones

SportPosted by Christian Mark Taylor Mon, December 29, 2014 22:25:48
You know you are a runner when you get numerous gifts for Christmas that are running related. Not only did I get a new hat and a new armband, but I was also fortunate enough to get some of these bad boys:
They are Sony Walkman 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player headphones. The main feature that appealed to me was that they were waterproof as I have ruined so many headphones in the past due to sweat getting into the headphones.

The other great feature is that they are an MP3 so you do not need to plug them into your phone, iPod etc. It used to really annoy me when I was running and the wires would flap around. I also found that the headphone connection to my iPhone was becoming temperamental due to overuse so I wanted to move away from using it. I had already invested in a Garmin so I didn't have to use my phone as a GPS tracker, these headphones now solve the music issue.

As this is an MP3 you can simply drag and drop your music onto the icon and it will download into your headphones. As all the controls are on the ear piece, it takes a short while to get used to where the buttons are located. It is all very straightforward, the volume control is on the left ear piece and the play/pause, skip buttons are on the right ear piece. Simples!

I tested my Sony headphones out the other day and I have to say I was really impressed with them. Some of the reviews that I had read stated the volume was too quiet, however I found them to be loud enough. I tested out the numerous earbuds that are supplied and found those that suited my ears. After running 10km the headphones were still comfortable and they did not slip or fall out once. The key test will be to try them out when it is raining to see how they perform.

Here is a photo from my early morning run around Windsor Great Park. The clear sunny skies are misleading as it was freezing.

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The Special One Return’s?

SportPosted by Christian Mark Taylor Wed, May 01, 2013 22:21:44

I remember when Mourinho was manager of Chelsea and you cannot deny they were a special team back in 2004/6, but how much of that was down to the manager? I believe Mourinho was the key to Chelsea’s success and lets face it they have struggled to be consistent ever since.

I have to say consistent because the heroic performance of Di Matteo is undeniable and bringing home the European Cup is a hell of an achievement. So why did Abramovich appoint Rafael Benitez to the job instead of Di Matteo? Only he will know but appointing Benitez is probably the second biggest mistake Abramovich has made, the first being to allow Mourinho to depart in 2007.

Although Chelsea are doing well this season they are not exceptional like they were under Mourinho's tenure.

2003/4 - 2nd

2004/5 - 1st

2005/6 - 1st

2006/7 - 2nd

2007/8 - 2nd

Lets face it his record is brilliant at Chelsea, winning 124 from 185 games.

I think with Benitez off in the summer and Mourinho saying he will leave Real Madrid for a place that loves him. It will be a good summer if you are a Chelsea Fan, the ‘Special One’ is coming home.

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