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It almost finished us off...but LEJOG 08 is done !

Norm and I at John O Groats.... 1000 miles !!

Enjoying my champagne !!!

Well done Norm... outstanding effort !

Not forgetting the support crew !!!

and more support crew !

The longest 66 miles I have ever travelled .......

On top of the Great Glen...

Nessy and other monsters !

Joined by my biker pals from Castle Urquhart.... easy on the Irn Bru lads...

Snow Caps of Ben Nevis.... the midges were biting.

Black Mountain pass..... and the never ending road.

Tea break at Ullswater... notice Dread can walk here.

The Kirkstone pass climb of 1750 ft was sheer pain.....

 Kirkstone is the highest mountain pass in England.

500 miles celebration .. half way and the hardest about to come.

Horse power in Morecambe Bay...

I saw that Barbara Castle opened this ring road in Chester.

What a babe !

After 3 Punctures in 2 hours, we take out hats off to Magic Cycles for the instant repairs.... fantastic service.

Our Mick and Keef moment... notice Norms pie and chips, great sportsmans food.

The Cornish coast looks beautiful, but mile upon mile of serious hills wears you down quite quickly.

Thankyou Tricky Cider for a great pit stop..even at 7.5% proof.

Who needs sat nav ?

We did !

The start at Lands End... it was shut so we used the front gate !    1000 miles to go.

Ready to go ... 22 May 2008.

thanks to " Design my shirt "....lovely job!

Ranulph Fiennes attempts to Climb Everest for Marie Curie.

http://www.everestchallenge.org.uk/team/  

Kenton Cool on Sir Ranulph Fiennes

March 26th, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

Mountain guide Kenton Cool first met Sir Ranulph Fiennes whilst working as a guide in Switzerland three years ago. Kenton said: “I went to a meet and greet evening and everybody was sitting round the table introducing themselves, the guy at the end of the table said, ‘my name’s Ran,’ – then the penny dropped; Sir Ranulph Fiennes; childhood hero.”

Sir Ranulph asked Kenton to guide him up the notorious north face of the Eiger. At the time Sir Ranulph had no climbing experience, had lost the use of his fingers on his left hand and suffered from severe vertigo. After five cold, terrifying days in March 2007 Sir Ranulph and Kenton reached the top of the Eiger and raised £2.7 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Vist the everest challenge link above  and watch the film to find out why Sir Ranulph is taking to the worlds greatest peak for Marie Curies.  Extraordinary !

Scot Smashes round the world cycling record !

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont, from Fife, completed the round world journey in 195 days - beating the previous record of 276 days.

The 25-year-old crossed the finish line at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at 1430 GMT after an 18,000-mile journey which began on 5 August last year. ( average of 92 miles/day for 195 days !!)

Mark passed through 20 countries on his way, including Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

AND ANOTHER RIDER GOES END TO END ! March 10 2008.

Designer supremo and mountaim bike extreme fiend, Dread,  will join us at Kendal and promises to help us with a wee dram or two at the Seaview hotel in John o Groats. Welcome aboard Dread !

 

Boydi & Dread enjoying a wee dram at the Edinburgh Festival 2007.

New rider joins end to end ! March 8 2008.

Cyber guru of Bas Vegas ( Basildon )...Norman Suter will be joining the journey from start to finish. Welcom Norman and what a committment!

Normand and Boydi at the Sex Pistols concert, Crystal Palace 2002. Old Rockers !!!


Date: 23 May: I set off, a little cleaner I hope !    

Hugh Grant fronts campaign for the nurses who helped his dying mother Date: 26 Feb 2008

Hugh Grant yesterday pledged his support to a campaign to allow more Health Service patients to die in their home.

According to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity, most of us want to stay out of hospital if we contract a terminal illness.

However, only a small number think they will be able to receive the care which would enable them to do so.

The charity has launched a campaign to persuade the Government to commit another £ 2million a year to provide palliative nursing care in patients' homes.

Mr Grant - star of the film Love Actually - said: "This is about the precious last few days, hours of someone's life.

"My mother died of cancer and was cared for by Marie Curie nurses. She was allowed to die peacefully surrounded by her family after receiving the very best attention from those helping us to support her.

"Everyone should have that choice."

A YouGov survey found two-thirds of respondents wanted to die at home but just 14 per cent thought they would be properly looked after.

Marie Curie Cancer Care warned that plans to extend a pioneering nursing scheme to help more terminally ill people die at home are at risk because of a lack of funding. The charity has said £6 million over the next three years would allow it to extend a project called the delivering choice programme over England.

Paul Smith got a new bike ! Nov 2006

Paul Smith, mad keen cyclist, designs a bike for Mercian

World-famous fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is styling a bicycle for a firm that accidentally played a role in getting him into fashion.

In the 1960s, the Nottingham designer was knocked off his Mercian push bike in the city.

Friends he met during his recovery drank at a pub frequented by fashion students and his love for design began.

Now he has styled a range for the Mercian firm, based in Alvaston, Derbyshire, for their 60th anniversary.

He said that, while drinking at the Bell Inn he was particularly struck by one of the fashion teachers.

 Design by accident "We fell in love and we lived together and she taught me all aspects of design," he said.

"So she was my teacher. I always describe it as literally falling into fashion and being there by accident."

A cycling enthusiast, he was delighted to get the commission for the bikes.

"They're very light, hand cut, hand painted, they've done a beautiful job," he said.

The bikes were due to go on sale in November 2006

( source the BBC )



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