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Celebrities turn their Lights Out to honour WW1 heroes
Dear Mr Devall,
The Royal British Legion invites you to take part in LIGHTS OUT, to remember those Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War.
A UK-wide event, LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. LIGHTS OUT will be one of the largest mass participation events of its kind ever seen in the UK, and will complement a candlelit service held at Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014.
TAKE PART IN LIGHTS OUT
You can be part of this historical event in a number of ways:
Watch our exclusive film which features Jeremy Paxman, Fiona Fullerton, Louis Smith, Twiggy, David Gandy and Chelsea Ladies footballer Gilly Flaherty.
Attend a local LIGHTS OUT event in your community or why not think about organising one in your area? Resources are available to organise a successful event.
A limited edition Centenary candle is available from selected M&S stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com from 4 July 2014 for £4, with all profits going to The Royal British Legion.
For nearly 100 years The Royal British Legion has been supporting our Armed Forces community from the First World War and its aftermath through to the conflicts in Afghanistan today. Please help us to continue this work by making a donation online or by texting LIGHTS OUT to 70020*
However you choose to commemorate, we hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives during the First World War. Please join together with us to create a unique national moment to honour them.
Head of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion
*You will be charged £1 + Standard Network rate. £0.97p goes direct to The Royal British Legion.
This road-test was originally published in 1997 on the original SOC Geocities hosted website and transferred over here when Yahoo killed off Geocities.
When Suzuki offered to let me have the VZ800 Marauder for a week or two to test, I was very happy to have a 'free' bike for the duration of two big runs to the BMF/ACU National Rally and a Suzuki Owners Club Scotland trip.
The only factory custom bike I have ever ridden before was an early Yamaha XS400 back in the early Eighties. It had not endeared me to custom bikes! After a trip to the FIM Rally in the Czech Republic in 1995 with a riding partner on a Suzuki Savage, I had begun to think that although not actually my cup of tea, with real perseverance, these bikes could be more than 'canteen cowboy' outfits.
So it was with a bit of trepidation that I picked the bike up from Ken Fulton, the SOC's magazine Editor (at the time), who had in turn picked it up for me from Suzuki GB. He's local and it saves having ti…
When we were in Spain last summer I used my Cardo Scala headset connected to my TomTom Rider everyday. I did check the law in case it was different to the UK, but although there was something passed in 2003 aimed at the overuse of handheld mobile phones by drivers and drivers using iPod speakers in their ears, it seems it may have covered motorcycle use of the headsets. One of the many other motorcycling blogs I follow on blogspot is Gary France's "Flies in your Teeth" and he also brings up this subject. Follow the link to see the full story. I have replied with what I had found out from RACE (Real Automóvil Club de España) but as yet he's not added my comment.
The translation from Jorge at RACE is:
"The Rules of the road says in Article 18 Section 2 of the following:
"It is forbidden to use headphones or connected to receivers or sound reproducing apparatus, except during the corresponding teaching headphones and conducting try outs open for obtaining driv…
(Originally written and published on the old Geocities hosted SOC website in 1997)
With the UK Government thinking of ways to force commuters onto public transport on the one hand, soaking the motorist with the other hand - road tolls, commuting into City tolls, increased in Vehicle Excise Duty on top of another hike in petrol tax, the motorcycle couldn't be better placed to provide personal transport when you want it, in a more 'environmentally friendly' way. So when I was offered the latest addition to the Suzuki commuter range, the TU250X, I was actually quite looking forward to trying a bike that might fit the bill for the beleaguered commuter of the future. During my trips to Spain this Spring, I saw quite a few TU's on the streets in Murcia. Although not as popular as the Yamaha SR250, there were significantly more than you'd see in any UK town.
The Mediterranean weather is far more attractive for people to consider biking. Most of the city centres in Spain are …