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 …

 

Someone asked my opinion…

August 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

At the London ski show staff from a new video site were asking passersby to ramble on at length, in an amateur fashion, about their experiences of working in resort. I didn’t like to show them up with my polished presenting style, so I toned it do…

 

Coast to coast

April 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Coast_to_coast.pdf

 

What’s so good about Breckenridge?

March 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

A page for Fall-Line issue 89 on Breckenridge, Colorado village of gold nuggets, bacon and maple syrup, some sort of vicious tree-eating weevil, and bright-coloured clapboard saloons. A year after the trip, that’s the over-riding flavour left in m…

 
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Mad Dog newsletters

March 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

Cheap deals, secret resort and a big pancake! Dear Hannah, Mad Dog has been digging about in the snow to find you some juicy bits and pieces from the ski world. Gnaw away! Top ten ski resorts Those folk at easyJet have declared that the top ten re…

 

Day two in Japan: a ‘bad’ powder day…

February 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Warning: only read on if you are not the jealous type. I’m in Furano, in central Hokkaido, Japan’s north island. Any Japan spods will know that it’s illegal to ski off-piste in Furano (and it’s not just one of those empty threats either – I know s…

 

Day one in Japan. Affirmative: they do get cows drunk

February 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Today I achieved two long-held ambitions – to go to the Sapporo Snow Festival, and to eat Kobe beef. More on both later, but suffice to say both were a spectacle. Kobe beef cows, incidentally, really are massaged with beer, but not, as I had alway…