Yearly Archives: 2015


Cycle Revolution

Very pleased to report that my favourite cycle shop exceeded its crowd funding target so now stands a great chance of staying open and remaining in the area. That’s good news for cycling, but not such good news for Jim’s big ginger beard… In a completely unrelated coincidence London’s Design Museum is currently showing Cycle Revolution,  an exhibition on cycles and cycling. I was completely absorbed and easily whiled away […]


Save Brixton Cycles

I’m a massive fan of the folks down at Brixton Cycles. Great bikes, great helpful, friendly and non-patronising service, way more than just a local bike shop (they’re not even local to me but I’m more than happy to travel to go wild in their shop). So, it would be a great shame if they had to go. Spread the word that they’re under threat and if at all possible, […]


Oh what a luvverly summer… 1

OK, so this is gonna be a long post. Been somewhat remiss about blogging as has been pointed out to me… but only because I’ve been oot and aboot enjoying the summer while it lasts. Early September saw us in Woolacombe Devon, for a great week in the camper van, and visiting friends en route in Bristol and other bits of Devon. Our first campsite in Devon was something of […]

White Emu

Kasai Masai's, Nickens Nkoso dancing

Sounds of…

…Free music… One of the things I love about a typical fickle British summer is the amount of superb free music that can be found without too much looking. The Horniman Museum and Gardens is one such fabulous venue and provides lots of other stuff to occupy, including the nearby lovely Sydenham Hill Woods, which form part of London’s Green Chain Walk. I digress. I’ve spoken of the fantastic Congolese […]


At last…

… Somebody talking a bit of sense in the mainstream press to counter the alarmist misinformation on the whole Calais / migrant issue. Now the UK elections are over, highly flawed, madcap schemes like this one  seem to be the order of the day as the Tory government tries to make like it’s doing something about the so called “immigration problem”. Normally I like to keep it light but I’ve […]


Lions

Cecil the lion

… The BBC reported that the Zimbabwean government is seeking to extradite Walter Palmer, the (dentist) killer of Cecil the lion. Apparently the government has some help… Meanwhile in London, “Je Suis Cecile” notices began appearing on the lion statues in Trafalgar Square…


There goes the summer…

Ok so in typical UK summertime fashion, it’s come and gone in the blink of an eye… Still, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits for our second trip in the camper van. With a couple of weeks gone since we first tried her out, we were better equipped for a longer weekend. We arrived at Crowborough campsite in the pouring rain but hey, a sunny day was forecast for the […]

Grain field

Festival crowd

The country comes to town

London’s Brixton gets some occasional bad press mainly because of past riots. However, it’s a great part of town and once a year comes the weekend long Lambeth Country Show. An opportunity to hear great music, lie about in the sunshine, quaff gallons of highly potent Chucklehead cider, watch a sheep shearing show and much more… all for free! Last year the headline act Aswad got totally rained off… a […]


Here comes the summer…

Very excited about the summer which hasn’t been shaping up too badly so far… After falling in love with travels in a camper van in foreign climes, finally bit the bullet and got one of these. For our first try out we headed out to Oldbury Hill in kent. The campsite was great, not least because of the friendly couple running it. Better still we only had to walk to […]

Wild flowers

Crouch, touch, pause, engage

Back on the subject of sport, a mid week visit to the theatre proved to be well worth the effort. Crouch, touch, pause, engage tells the true life ‘coming out’ story of Gareth Thomas, a Welsh international professional rugby player. In the often very macho world of sport, let alone rugby, this could have gone far more horribly wrong for Mr Thomas. He did a brave thing and it all […]