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London and Brighton Naked Bicycle Rides

Every year since 2014, I have cycled in the London part of the World Naked Bike Ride.  This year, like usual, I stripped off and cycled in the capital back on Saturday 8th June 2019 with hundreds and hundreds of other cyclists.  But this year, on the following day I then cycled in the Brighton […]

LGBTQ+ in May

I sometimes think that everything is sorted and well.  There now is no need to campaign for equality or to even celebrate what has been achieved because, well, everything is equal, nice, and everyone is open minded, respectful and gets along with each other, right?  This is not the case. During the latter event I […]

UNISON Reception in Parliament

My blog posts are like buses. You wait for ages for one to come along and then two come along at once. Like my previous blog post, I went to Parliament again. But this time to attend a UNISON reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage and to launch […]

Watching PMQs

During the first month of any year, I have this feeling that I am not going to do enough. I know exactly where this feeling comes from. For the last handful of years, I have put up a fresh wall planner as we enter the New Year, so being able to see all the crossed […]

Happy New Year 2019!

I often start my Happy New Year post by saying the year just gone has been “great”, “special” or even “wonderful”, but 2018 has been marked by a devastating loss and it has overshadowed the good times. However, these good times do need to be revisited as now is the time to reflect on the […]

Rainbow zebra

Manchester, Leicester Prides.

Dear Diary, I wrote this piece and forgot to publish it.  I had some other more pressing things on.  I just checked through my drafts and here was the article I had written a few months ago. I suppose the benefit of publishing it now is that as I re-read this and voice record it […]

National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist

Yesterday I attended the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist and the first UK pedal on Parliament organised by group Stop Killing Cyclists. It has been in my calendar for months and months.  I really wanted to go but owing to some important matters at home, I nearly didn’t attend.  I am pleased I nipped down […]

Time-lapse – Cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford

 On Sunday 2nd September I cycled from Wellingborough to Oxford. I’ve made this journey back in 2015 when I visited Giles Gear for his Birthday.  Back then I used some country roads getting out of Northampton and then hit the A43.  I know, from experience, that if I were to take the whole left […]

Leeds and Wellingborough Prides

A week and a bit ago I wanted to go somewhere new.  I do enjoy Gay Pride events.  Therefore I wanted to mix the two so I scrolled through a website which listed all of the year’s Pride events in a big table to see if anytook my fancy.  Leeds caught my attention but I […]

The Crown Court

[WARNING: the subject matter of this post is not suitable for children] Some of the facts I mention below may have blurred slightly. I watched the case for three consecutive days without making a note, as I don’t think it is allowed, unless permission from the judge is granted beforehand. I am writing this post […]

Anti-Trump protest

I wanted to share some photos on here.  On Friday 13th July 2018, I attended the anti-Trump protest in London.  As well as this sharing of my photos on my website, I felt compelled to write about it and I am not entirely sure why. As per usual, I cycled from my home to Wellingborough […]

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It is now 2018!  Wooah. 2017 was generally a great year!  A few blips.  Enormous thanks go to everyone who made it wonderful and supported me.  I am someone who really focusses on connections.  An act, gesture, or spoken word, even if it was tiny, would have really made an impact. […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Hello, Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Have some quality time with family and friends. Christmas is always a happy time for me. I am so relaxed and content. I quickly just wanted to comment on the BBC Christmas idents. I think they are absolutely wonderful. I hate to admit it, but I was very close […]

Mobikes in Manchester

Dear Diary, Back in July, I had a couple of days free so decided I was going to make the most of it. Usually, I catch up on emails, watch some films, some programmes and do some “paperwork”. My definition of “paperwork” is wide reaching but amongst other things, it includes reading articles, writing them […]

Gay Pride Manchester 2017

A week ago today, around this very time, I was preparing for my second night out in Manchester.  Seb and I attended Manchester Pride 2017. I cycled from my house to the station and then locked up my bicycle.  With 12 minutes to spare before my train, I had a rhubarb cider from The Little […]

Cycled 80 miles from Wellingborough to London

Dear Diary, I fancied a very long bicycle ride. I wanted to repeat the ride I did a couple of years ago. I loved the feeling of setting off cycling from my house and during the same trip, cycling along Whitehall. On Tuesday 15th August 2017, I awoke a little late – it was around […]

Torremolinos – take me back

A month ago today I landed back home after a week spent in Torremolinos in Spain.  During this past month, I have spent too many minutes looking through the photo album and re-living this wonderful holiday.  I wanted to briefly document the trip.  Here are some photos: It was a much needed rest.  I finished […]

There and back

On Wednesday 19th April 2017 I cycled to Peterborough and back. I touch type.  As I talked about my journey, I typed what I said.  I of course went back and re-read it a few times.  I made a few edits.  I decided to then voice record it.  When I listen back to it in […]

Two cities

I meant to write this last year.  Opps.  I never got round to it.  I went to Paris on my own back on November 21st. The accompanying photo album was waiting on my desktop to be uploaded here along with an article.  Then it went to the front of the queue.  It was joined by […]

Anti-Trump protest

On Monday 30th January 2017, I took part in the anti-Trump protest in London. It was a demonstration organised within just two days. Thousands of people lined the streets of Whitehall to voice their opinions.  This was in response to Trumps executive ordering banning the entry into the US from 7 Muslim majority countries.  It […]