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BBC Talkback

Mark speaks about the music that has influenced him most in his life. Mark Pollock Media · Mark Pollock on BBC Talkback

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My friend and fellow adventurer, Piers White

My friend and fellow adventurer, Piers White

We had rented a small yacht in Athens: Piers, myself, our partners and our close friend Nick Wolfe who was skippering. All hands were on deck in the hot sun as we sailed towards the harbor of a small Greek island, when suddenly through the indigo-blue Aegean sea, a...

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Why weight loss isn’t about willpower

On the morning of the Commonwealth Games Rowing Championships in 2002, I stood on the scales in a paper-thin Lycra vest and shorts. The screen flashed up 68.8 kgs (10 stone 12 pounds), comfortably below the 70 kgs (11 stone) upper limit for the lightweight category...

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Speaking about psychological safety in Dubai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjIduHZM58k   Mark recently travelled to Dubai to speak to 5,000 HR professionals at the HR Summit and Expo. After his session, he joined Shane Philips, CEO of Philips Group to chat about building resilience, responding to...

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Exoskeleton Access Programme

We launched an Exoskeleton Access Programme at Dublin City University. This programme to provide universal access to Ekso Bionics robotic legs for paralysed people, stroke patients, those with MS and other neurological conditions for a nominal fee.  

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What is normal?

  I can’t step onto a weighing scales at home anymore. Instead, I travel to the National Rehabilitation Hospital and roll onto a weighbridge in my wheelchair. Like an HGV driver being inspected at customs, I am pausing temporarily on my way to another place. My...

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My first piece of kit post-fall: the table my dad made

I had an unexpected rush of emotion this morning as I rolled into my kit room in Trinity College Dublin. Simone, my fiancée, hadn’t been in here for a while, and she said, “Oh, look! Your red table. I’d forgotten about your red table.” “Imagine,” she said, “There are...

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8 years on from intensive care

Yesterday, 8 years ago, I fell from a second storey bedroom window onto the concrete below. I’m not sure how it happened, but I suspect I got up to go to the bathroom and, being blind, using my hand to feel my way, that night, my hand found an open space where the...

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A 50 Subject Spinal Excitability Study

We completed a spinal cord excitability study in a group of 25 healthy subjects and 25 paralysed subjects in Trinity College Dublin to gather baseline data to feed into more complex research studies with multiple technologies.   

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