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Getting involved with the Adventure Travel Film Festival

September 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

By far our most exciting friends (they are cross-continental adventure motorcyclists, filmmakers, bluegrass banjo players and barge-dwellers), Lois Pryce and Austin Vince have started up the brilliant Adventure Travel Film Festival (http://adventu…

 

Getting our lovely allotment in the local press

July 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Our allotment won an award last year which was presented a few weeks ago at a terribly prestigious soiree. It’s all down to a tremendous amount of work by a few very green-fingered folk in the basin, of which I am not one, but at least I can do my…

 

Cameo appearance

July 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Not my film, but I happened to be there when the filmmaker, a fellow called James Geen, was filming for this friendly company back in January. I’m the one winning the sledging race at the end of the film – my skills on those crazy wooden one-ski s…

 

Feeding London with supermarket surplus

February 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Today I went to visit FareShare in my role as a trustee for the WFSouthall Trust, and was blown away by how brilliant they are. It’s the most simple idea – a charity that takes the surplus food from the supermarket supply chain, and redistributes …

 

I went to Lao… several years ago

September 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

This isn’t news, it’s just me using this blog as a scrapbook! I just rediscovered an old travelling buddy on Facebook – one of those lovely people who you spend every hour with for a few days, and then you go to London and they go to San Diego, an…

 

Getting nude for art

August 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

At the Big Chill festival last weekend I got the chance to get my kit off in the warm early morning sunshine with a fieldful of friendly strangers. Here we are (courtesy of someone from the Metro, spying on us from the other side of the pond) bein…

 

I survived two miles in the Thames!

August 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Triathlons and all sorts of variations on the theme are just booming in the UK at the moment. Ordinary people can excel, it gives the weekly or daily exercise regime some focus, it’s competitive but also sociable, and it means you’re outdoors and …

 

Swimming with an Olympian

August 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

The new editor of the good old Outdoor Adventure Guide that I launched and edited until last year recently sent me on a wee assignment which involved getting into the Serpentine in Hyde Park in order to get some swimming tips from Keri-Anne Payne,…

 

Did you know I’m one of Hackney’s more adventurous residents?

August 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Apparently so. Pretty chuffed that a knock-on effect of stopping the miserable commute has been that I am locally entrenched enough to be a newsworthy Hackney citizen TWICE! That’s once here for singing in public, and once here for being the perso…

 

Singing Elgar in Hackney

August 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

Work hard, play hard and hobby hard, I say. My latest wintertime hobby is choral singing – I am a member of the Hackney Singers, a brilliant bunch of singers who bite off seriously tough choral projects, and meet weekly in St Luke’s in Hackney to …