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Travel photography tips from a Greek adventure

I’m a casual photographer with no formal expertise. I learn through mistakes and lucky shots. A two week trip to to Greece in 2009 was an action-packed holiday with lots of opportunities for photography. A week of watersports and mountain … Continue reading

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A brand new bag

Two courier bags. One black, one red. I’ve owned one of them for around 7 hours. I’ve owned the other for for about 12 years. One is brand new. The other is rapidly falling apart. One of them has just … Continue reading

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Why wait all summer for the mountains? Plan a biking trip now for next year

I was asked by Carolyn of Chalets Direct to contribute a post about biking in the Alps for The Ski Blog. I first met Carolyn in 2001, when we were both living and working in Chamonix, so she knows how … Continue reading

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It’s Early May and History is Repeating Itself

Since 1999, the first weekend in May has always been the cue for a kind of nervous excitement for me. During the years I worked overseas for Neilson, this time of year was generally the time when, after several weeks … Continue reading

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Hello St. Pancras – Where can I park my bike?

Today, the new £800m St. Pancras International rail terminal welcomed its first Eurostar service. I had a quick look at the nearly finished station on Saturday. It looks great. A simple hi-tech glass structure extends the original trainshed structure accompanied … Continue reading

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Unfolding the Folder – The Nonsense of Southern Railways’ Cycle Policy

This bike is pictured aboard the 18.19 train from Brighton to London Victoria. Trains travelling between the two cities at this time, and for six key hours every weekday, are subject to Southern Railways’ cycle policy, which outlaws all bikes … Continue reading

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If You Love Your Language Set it Free…

In the face of the ever-increasing global dominance of English, the French are known for their determined loyalty to their language. But despite what some would have you believe, they are able to have a laugh with it too. These … Continue reading

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Return to Liverpool – Part 1 – Platform 4

If boarding an Olympic flight at Heathrow, the Greek accents, illegible safety signs and stewardesses’ make-up tell you straight away that though you maybe sat on west London tarmac, culturally, your journey to Greece is to a large extent complete. … Continue reading

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Off-Road Utopia

Last weekend was one of our several-times-a-year mountain biking trips. The first significant trip of 2007. The destination for this springtime adventure? South Wales. The purpose-built, manufactured trails of Brechfa and Glyncorrwg, near Port Talbot. A superb weekend. Largely thanks … Continue reading

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Flying Away

8.22am on a Sunday morning. Each one of these vapour trails is a plane. And each plane holds a few hundred people leaving Gatwick and heading south-east for mainland Europe or beyond. Thousands of people. Thousands of far-away adventures beginning … Continue reading

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