21 February 2017

Victoria Concordia Crescit

If Arsenal don't get to the FA Cup Final this year and stake a claim on a record breaking 13th victory it won't be for the want of trying or the draw.

Preston North End from the Championship - level 2 in the pyramid
Southampton from the Premier League - level 1 in the pyramid
Sutton United from the Natinal League - level 5 in the pyramid

All defeated, and all away from home on the opponents grounds. All beaten with various amounts of difficulty and the usual heart stopping moments for us paid up members at Arsenal FC.

Next on the horizon are giant killers Lincoln City. Currently the runaway leaders of the National League (5th tier of the English pyramid) and already the giant killers of three Premier League clubs.  

At least we are at home. Day and date to be decided after TV divvy up the Quarter Final (Last 8 left in it) games.


17 February 2017


Routes not Roots.

Clearing loads of old files off my H-Drive at work revealed some stuff going back to 2003.

It is amazing how much you accumulate and just leave there. A folder here or there that probably not even been looked at for over a decade.

In the personal files section I found a load of tomtom and earlier garmin routes for trips long gone and several never actually undertaken.

Reminders of the past planning and aspirations. 


4 February 2017

New Toy - TomTom 410

After five years of service, I have invested in a new TomTom GPS.  It's not the latest model but was at a decent price and comes with the car mount as well as the bike mounting.

The Urban Rider I have had for five years has been reliable most of the time but the mapping limitations have gradually got to annoy me. No, annoy is the wrong word, frustrating. I will reset it back to factory settings and see if I can sell it on eBay.

Getting the new one to work with my phone has been a little fraught as I had no signal. So I have reverted to USB cable and the laptop.  At least now it up to date.  Once the weather improves I'll get the bike fittings sorted.

More to follow........

1 February 2017

Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride UK

The run this year is on July 1st.

I missed the 2015 run as I was recovering from my heart attack and again in 2016 as it clashed with the Somme Centenary.

Prior to that I had been from 2010 to 2014 inclusive.

Hopefully I'll get back on plan and be there this year again.


By now it is usually all settled. But with some major road works in the area the route from the service area on the A14 is still to be decided.

5 January 2017

MAG starts the New Year happy after ‘fast and furious’ 2016

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders’ rights, has everything to look forward to in 2017: here’s why.

‘It’s breath-taking how much has happened in the world of riders’ rights over the last three years.’  So says Selina Lavender, the Chair of MAG, speaking about the prodigious output of the movement over the last twelve months.  ‘Our staff had a fast and furious 2016 with immense challenges.  These included legal, political and logistical issues, and they pretty much defined a year of hard graft.  It also means we begin 2017 far ahead of where we were this time last year.’

What’s on the agenda for 2017?  ‘We’ll be taking the same inclusive and team-spirited approach’ continued Selina.  ‘We’re not looking for fights, we’re looking for allies - and that’s the hallmark of the organisation’s way of operating.  We’ll be visiting the Department for Transport a lot, to discuss everything from how you get a bike licence through to the challenges presented by autonomous vehicles.  There’s the threat of bikes being charged to use Thames crossings, a motorcycle and scooter theft epidemic, especially in London, and the use of overly-restrictive injunctions to control anti-social behaviour, which could potentially harm the freedoms of legitimate riders too.  In every case we engage, debate and propose better solutions to shared concerns.

‘It’s not glamorous work, and it requires a great deal of research. But our team has proven its ability to deliver, and they’re building their credibility all the time.  Let’s be clear: 2017 is going to be a big year for riders’ liberties.  MAG is right up there defending your right to ride.  We also invite dealers and the manufacturing sector to support our work.  What we do sustains the market by defending the freedom to ride.  It’s got to be a team effort, and we hope the sector as a whole will work to protect and promote riding in the years ahead – starting in 2017.  If we can do that, it really will be a happy new year for biking.’

MAG invites riders, dealers, mechanics and manufacturers to join MAG and help create a united voice for the common good of the riding community.

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or central-office@mag-uk.org

1 January 2017


Another month of facial hair growing has come to the end and I have not managed to meet my target of £100.

Every penny counts towards the research so I guess that I shouldn't be too disappointed.

At the time of writing  I have raised about £35.

In the UK the SMS page is still working - send a text to 70070 with message:

PAGD99 £1 to send a quid or any amount you like.

PAGD99 £10 sends a tenner.....

Manhattan Bluetooth Headphones

No sooner than I had found the Jabra's than Santa came with a new set of wireless headphones.

They are in a rather fetching purple colour. Connecting them to my phone was very easy.

The sound is very good and clear.  Unlike the Jabra set they don't have bright blue lasers lighting up all around.

Happy New Year

And all that jazz.

24 December 2016

Jabra BT620 Headphones

Going through a box of electronic gear I came across these again, complete with the manual.

It's been a while since I last used them. Some six hours of charging and I have been using them for a week now. 

The last time I had them out was 2013!


Over time the foam ear pieces have rotted away and so I took the remains off and binned them.

I gave a new set coming for Christmas and so their reprieve from the bin might not be for long.