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.

23 December 2016

Bike and Biker Books - Great Reading

For many many years I have been an avid reader. It's what (in part) makes me a clever clogs when we play Trivial Pursuit. Surprisingly though rubbish at Scrabble.

I have several interests. I like fantasy and SF.  I like detective series books. And mostly, I like to live vicariously through the lives and trips of other motorcyclists.  Adventure motorcyclists as the authors no doubt want to be called.

Here is a short list of the books I have read recently.

The Long Ride 'Home' - Nathan Milward
Llamas, Bananas and Bears - Stephen Mason
Two Years on the Run - Luther Maddy
Looking for America - Ian Mutch
One Man on a Bike - Richard Georgiou
Touching the World - Cathy Birchall
Through Dust and Darkness - Jeremy Kroeker

All a little different with a different level of preparedness and planning undertaken before they set off.

Perfect for those winter months when the bikes are locked away in the garages and cabin fever is setting in.

If you have any to add, please put the titles and authors in the comments.

AirBag Revolution

I signed up to see if I can get on the testing team for an airbag vest.  

I have read about the various jackets and can't say that I am too enthused at being connected to the bike with a cable to the jacket. it may work for snow mobiles to stop them carrying on and killing a bus queue, but being tied to the bike... No thanks.

This one is self contained and electronically deployed.

So fingers crossed I am one of the 500.  

17 December 2016

Behind You,


I don't know if other countries have pantomime as part of their theatrical tradition but here in Great Britain it is a major part of the Christmas season.

Many towns and cities will have their own; from local amateur dramatic productions to big all star cast productions.

A recent trend has been to attract "big names" from the world of TV to star in the productions and bring in the audiences. The soap opera world in particular.

This year at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury the cast was headed by Stephen Mulhern, who we know as a game show host.

In Ben Roddy we have a superb dame. If you don't know what a panto dame is, Google it.

Don't bother.... Here's the wiki definition - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantomime_dame

This year the panto was Dick Whittington. The tale of the young man coming to London to seek his fame and fortune.

This Dick achieved his fame and won the girl of his dreams, Alice, a rather different way. Going to sea and being shipwrecked in Morocco and defeating the King of the Rats there is a very different story. As a reward he became Lord Mayor of London.

Another brilliant show.  Another triumph.

Dick Whittington was actually a real person. He was born almost 650 years ago and was Lord Mayor four times. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Whittington

Not far from where I work there is the hospital and the cat mentioned in the link above. The cat is made of brass and enclosed in a wire cage

Next year Peter Pan.

We enjoyed it so much I have already booked for next year. This year the seats were a bit too high and we had people in front with St Vitus Dance (google it!) and so I booked us front row circle seats instead. No one in front of us.