Category Archives: Places

Will they stay or will they go?

I spent a week in Scotland recently. While there, I learnt a lot of things. Some of them are mildly interesting: If I lived there, I’d be a lot fitter. There are a lot more hills to cycle up than … Continue reading

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When to steal your own bicycle

I headed out for a long ride on Saturday, with the aim of ticking a box on Strava: the Gran Fondo challenge for August. This simply involves riding 130km, which I thought I should be able to manage, given enough … Continue reading

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Fundraising Powered by Lego

Due to the difficulty of keeping 1,000-year old stones together, it turns out that there are three things in life that are certain: Death, Taxes, and being asked for money when entering a cathedral. There are, however, different ways of … Continue reading

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Alas, their time has come to an end. My faithful walking companions of many miles, many mountains, and many countries have finally shuffled off this mortal coil. To be fair, they gave me a warning of their impending demise a … Continue reading

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Fair and square

I’ve been spending my lunch hours in Victoria Square. It’s a grand, open, public space at the top of New Street. There’s a statue of old Queen Vic off to one side (put there a year before she died). There’s … Continue reading

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Charity begins when you step out the door

I recently started a new job, working in the centre of Birmingham. This makes quite a change from my previous place of employment, which was out in the sticks. I commute by train, instead of by bicycle. There’s something to … Continue reading

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Model Railways

I’ve had a passing interest in model railways since I was about four. One of my earliest memories was visiting a great-uncle, and being taken to an army parade (which I recall as being dreadfully dull, given that 95% of … Continue reading

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Last of the Summer Ride

The weather forecast for this week was rather depressing when I surveyed it at the weekend: rain all week, with maximums of 12° for all days apart from Tuesday (same max, no rain), and today (max of 15°, no rain). … Continue reading

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Black and Scruffy Food

It’s been a while since I mentioned anything on the food front, so here are two new things I’ve come across in the past month or two. Firstly, there’s Jersey Black Butter. A friend brought some back from a Jersey … Continue reading

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The Companionship of the Long-Distance Walker

I have very clear memories of family hikes undertaken when I were a lad. Most of these took place when I was aged between 10 and 15, living in the Free State in central South Africa. We’d all pile into … Continue reading

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