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Auckland resident Jonathon Mann, a part of the marketing team for a New Zealand tea maker, enjoys a variety of leisure pursuits during his off hours. A veteran of the Royal Navy who competed in track and field and served as a diver in the military, Mr. Mann takes it a little easier these days with yoga. He eats healthy and does his stretching to background music. Once a runner who could cover the 100 meter dash in 11.47 seconds, these days he prefers to race the 100 meters across his living room to the armchair, he says, in order to catch the televised coverage of the Olympic event. A longtime outdoor activity for Jonathon Mann, birdspotting, often has him respectfully stalking a variety of “prey” while armed with binoculars and field manual. Hummingbird activity keeps him attentive to neighborhood feeders. Mr. Mann also socializes with pigeon fanciers who breed domestic birds, in particular, Yorkshire Pigeons. Fans of racing pigeons will pay dearly for breeding stock: in 2011, a Chinese buyer paid £16,000 for a retired champion from the North Sea resort of Bridlington, England. Jonathon Mann also enjoys gardening. He counts nasturtiums, dahlias, marigolds, pansies, and foxgloves among his favorites for cultivation. When in England, he made sure to catch the annual Flower Show hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society in Chelsea, also known as the Great Spring Show, which showcases garden designs and will observe its 150th anniversary this year. Fairly recently, Jonathon Mann has tried his hand at knitting. Starting with mittens, he has progressed to using the needles to create argyle sweaters.