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January challenge: could you walk 1000 miles?

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

This month’s challenge is to walk more. That could be walking to work, or taking a stroll during your lunch hour, or going for a Sunday ramble to the pub. It could be finding the footpaths that go through unexplored parts of your local area, it could be heading out…

Get Outside in 2018

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside,Lifestyle, With No Comments

Fresh air is a wonderful thing. Spending time outdoors makes us happier, healthier and gives us time to enjoy the miracle of nature; something that is all too easily overlooked in the hectic routine of modern life. In January I spent two days enjoying some fresh air in the New…

The merits of women-only rides

On January 22, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

Gender-specific activities, it seems, will never be without controversy. A BBC East Midlands video promoting British Cycling’s women-only ‘Breeze’ rides has drawn a fair amount of comment, not all of it positive: ‘why are these even necessary?’; ‘inclusion by exclusion is not inclusive.’ I once took part in an overnight bike…

Slow ride home

On January 11, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling, With 2 Comments

The sun has not yet risen as I pedal away from my boat, ahead 140 miles of riding over the next two days. This pilgrimage is to my twin sister’s house so we can spend our 35th birthday together. Pale blue and grey is reflected in the canal as the…

Carrot or Stick?

On January 5, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

A proposed 25p tax on coffee cups has been all over the news today, and in my inbox appeared an email from 38 Degrees asking me to share the petition supporting the tax. It stated that the levy could seriously tackle plastic pollution and save the environment. Obviously, I agree…

The danger of delete

On January 4, 2018, Posted by , In Eat, Sleep, Cycle,Writing, With 2 Comments

When I migrated this website to its new operating platform, I ditched a large number of my old blog posts. They were either outdated, irrelevant or simply badly written. Given that I was promoting myself as a writer, it would be foolish to put anything out that I was less than happy…

BAM January sale

On January 3, 2018, Posted by , In BAM,Lifestyle, With No Comments

I write this as I sit here in my BAM Raja yoga pants. I don’t even practice yoga but my, these pants are comfy. I am proud to put my name to the BAM bamboo clothing brand: as one of the latest BAMbassadors  it’s my job to wax lyrical about…

My car-free year

On January 3, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With 3 Comments

My New Year’s Resolution way back in 2012 was to live without a car for a year. This wasn’t just my car, it was any car: friends, colleagues, taxis, Dad. The challenge was an illustration of what’s possible when you try; I wanted to demonstrate that car-free could be a…

The Kingfisher

On January 2, 2018, Posted by , In Writing, With No Comments

An ode to the delicate little kingfisher I see flitting up and down the canal A flash, a splash, a burst of blue, A rocket of iridescent hue, A fleeting jewel on endless wing, He catches fishes as a king. Alighting on a branch he gleams In stark contrast to cold-stripped beams,…

Veganuary Diary

On January 2, 2018, Posted by , In Vegan, With No Comments

My sister is taking part in Veganuary as her birthday present to me. She is an omnivore so this is a real challenge. Below is her account of eating animal-free for a month. 1st January I woke up at around 4:30am feeling really rough.  Too much champagne.  Then I suddenly remembered that I…

Resolving to be resolute

On January 2, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With 3 Comments

I nearly broke my New Year’s Resolution last night, less than 24 hours into 2018. It is to spend less time on Twitter (and to stop reading the news*) and resist being drawn into Twitter spats with people with whom I’m likely to never agree. But to see a tweet…