The gloves come off

June 24, 2014

You see some unexpected things when cycling through foreign lands. About once a day I’ve come across an elevated basket that looks a bit like the ones people use to catch fish in waterfalls. Instead of fish, these ones are used to catch rubbish from passing cyclists. It’s a great idea (that avoids you having […]

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Back in the 100 mile club

June 23, 2014

I may have been missing the peculiar comforts of the Forest Hotel, but Groningen fell short of my expectations. It was terribly quiet for a Saturday evening, apparently due to the World Cup. I felt a few spots of rain as I set off, which reminded me that I’ve been dodging rain the whole trip. […]

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The insurmountable plan

June 22, 2014

I opened one stuck together eyelid to discover it was already 10am. My eyes were still red raw from the previous days pollen, but I’d managed the remarkable feat of 10 hours uninterrupted sleep. If I’d still had any aspirations of cycling 117 miles today that would have been the end of them, but I’d […]

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Stick or twist in Haarlem

June 22, 2014

The invitation of a Stena Seaways Full English breakfast that came through the ships tannoy at 7am was tempting, but I didn’t really have the stomach for it with several hours cycling ahead. I figured I would get something lighter once on shore, and exiting the ferry I headed down to the Strand where I’d […]

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All aboard the Spirit of Misadventure

June 20, 2014

Statistically the first few miles of the trip are the most dangerous. The protected cycle lanes in the Netherlands make riding a bike almost as safe as being a pedestrian in London, so you very rarely see the Dutch wearing helmets. I’ve decided to join them and make this a helmet free trip – which […]

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Going Dutch: Ronde van Nederland or bust

June 19, 2014

A couple of weeks ago we took delivery of our new Dutch bike, complete with baby seat so Arthur can come along for the ride. It’s Chloe’s bike, but I quite like taking Arthur for a spin round Finsbury Park when the weather allows. It’s also about this time of year when I think about […]

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Long time no cycle, first time good

May 15, 2014

Remember me? I am enjoying it, but parenthood doesn’t half place a lot of demands on your spare time. If I add to that a house move, then a hell of a lot of (wholly unexpected) building works, then I might be some way towards having a credible excuse for not having written a blog […]

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What I was drinking over Christmas

January 8, 2014

The convenient downside of ordering supplies directly from a brewery is that it requires a certain critical mass in order to get good value from the £14 delivery charge. I got such good value from the delivery charge that I have made it into the New Year without completely exhausting my stocks. Pick of the […]

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Arise King Arthur, and the end of 12 months in the chiller

January 4, 2014

I was 5 months ago that I last wrote a blog post. Walking across the sun-scorched grass in Hyde Park in my shorts and cooling down with an overpriced Magnum seems a world away from the storms of the last couple of weeks. In fact nothing’s been the same since we welcomed our beautiful son […]

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The frustrations of technology, and Royal baby name relief

August 4, 2013

We signed up for a free trial of Netflix this week, but might not have done had we foreseen the trouble it would cause. At this point I should point out that none of the trouble related directly to Netflix, but the much underused PS3 that sits underneath my television gathering dust for 51 weeks […]

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