Year: 2006

Christmas day 2006 – photos

Christmas this year was at home – and very enjoyable. (My) Mum came over on Christmas eve and had the pleasure of watching her grand daughter open her cringigly large pile of presents. The weather wasn’t brilliant but we managed to get out for a half hour walk, too. Click here for pics

Happy Holidays, cycle style

Listen to a great rendition of Tchaicovsky’s Nutcracker Suite performed entirely on bicycle parts. Those clever little devils.

Some photos of a weekend at home

Another lovely homely weekend. On Saturday I went to do a (semi-fun) charity Madison Cyclocross in Manchester. The ‘Madison’ bit means that riders race in teams of two and ‘tag’ each other, taking it in turns to do a (5 or 6 minute) lap. I had a good laugh and it’s the antidote to the seriousness of the national trophy cyclocross series.Sunday was a great day for lazi ...[Read More]

Lily gets festive

Some people are just born to sing…. and others just enjoy it anyway. Lily’s rendition of Jingle Bells Listen here >> Jingle Bells

Putting up the tree

Lovely day last Saturday – always nice at this time of year to spend a day just being around at the weekend because I tend to be racing on a Sunday in the Autumn and early winter.  Lily, Katie and I just did a few jobs around the house, including getting the Christmas tree up and decorated.  It’s a drawn out festive season when you have little children, but it helps grown ups to ...[Read More]

National Trophy round 4: Peel Park

Finally things started to come together in a National Trophy race for me this year.  Whilst 27th probably doesn’t sound altogether impressive, it signalled that I’ve started to shake off the demons that have delivered me to three dreadful rides in the premier UK cyclocross series. It was a superb course – the hardest I think I’ve ridden for a few years – with slipp ...[Read More]

Got his Mo-grow working

My mate James is living in Australia for the moment, and they do this thing every year – growing a moustache in support of a Prostrate Cancer charity. To the right is James’ lovely slug. And to the left he can be seen in a context he’d now find comfortable.

Remixing is the sincerest form of flattery

James Spitznagel enjoyed my latest experimental track ‘HB01’ so much that they remixed it! It’s a pretty experimental bit of music to begin with but James has taken it to another level. Now it ebbs and flows, and drifts in and out like some tidal whalesong. I’m truly flattered and it whips the pants off the rushed original. Listen to it here.

A million miles

The term “travelling salesman” takes on a new meaning when you consider the tale of Peter Gilbert, a gentleman from the United States, who has just clocked up a million miles in his Saab over 17 years. He drove the car seven days a week, racking up the miles as his work took him through rural Wisconsin. “When I hit 600,000 miles, the car still wasn’t burning oil,” Gil ...[Read More]

It was 19 years ago today

… that Mr Kirkup told the band to play. December 6th, 1987 could well have been one of the big defining moments for the UK music industry, but it turned out to be just the day when The Doofers, undoubtedly the biggest thing in the Sedbergh School music scene that year, travelled to the Lindens studio in Rosgill, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. We were so green, but just full of youthfu ...[Read More]

Scared of Santa

Thanks to my brummie buddy Simon who sent me these. Santa is a scary fellow indeed and no wonder – he’s got a big beard, you can’t see his face, he wears some very dodgy gear and on top of this, your parents tell you that he knows when you’ve been good or bad. Click on the picture to see some classic photos of children who are clearly terrified.

The Hugheses multiply

Our lovely friends Andrew and Denise Have added the 6lb Kitty May Hughes to their family. After a far from ideal pregnancy, we’re just chuffed to bits at the safe arrival of this little sister for Will. It’s not all good news though. She’s half Welsh and early signs are that she may be partially ginger. Will have to report back on that one. According to the fantastic Baby Name Vo ...[Read More]

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