I have voted for Jan Portillo to be one of the trustees at the RSA because I think she’ll do a really good job. If there are any Fellows out there who have not had the opportunity to vote, then please do so as time is getting short. Voting ends next Sunday.
cool stuff in London
New post for May Day!
Straw Works is exhibiting at Grand Designs Live from 3-11 May. We’re building a strawbale house during the exhibition. It currently look slike this….
A bit blurry I know but I’m doing my best!
It’s going to be beautiful and it will be for sale at the end of the Show. Come and see us if you have time. We’re running workshops every day. We’ve also go a new van.
Pretty cool eh?
Yes, it’s that time of year again.
Straw Works will be at Eco Build from Tues 4th -Thurs 6th March inclusive. We’ll be building a temporary strawbale building and plastering it with clay. Come and see us on stand 1660 and give us a hand … or even just have a chat.
http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/Content/Nature-and-the-Built-Environment This is the link to the Natural Building section of the exhibition – which is of course, the most ‘eco’ part of the exhibition and the most innovative Hope to see you there. Tell your mates.
This ride took place last Saturday. It was wonderful to ride alongside the Embankment and past Big Ben on roads which were free of cars. Approx 50,000 people took part. There were 3 stopping off points – Tower Hill, St Paul’s and Green Park where kids could play bike polo, cycle like mad to generate enough power to make themselves a smoothie and/or lie in the sun and listen to some music.
For the first time Al and I got to grips with the Boris Bikes which were great until the end of the day when the booking machines began to break down – I suspect due to overuse.
I almost got a picture of Laura Trott dressed in the Wiggle Honda team strip waiting for her race, but she turned her head at the crucial moment!
A great event and perhaps shades of things to come. I hope so.
Allan completed the London Sprint Triathlon last Saturday, 750m swim in open water followed by 20K cycling and then a 5K run, in a time of 2 hours 15 mins. Beating his expected time by 15 minutes. He’s trained so hard these past few months and it’s all been worth it. He’s also raised £625 for the Compassionate Friends, thank you so much to everyone who donated. We had a wonderful day with fantastic support from family & friends.
I can’t resist putting in this pic tho’. It’s a new product (developed recently in Crawley) – the Triathlon Transition Towel (TTT) for those people who prefer to change their shorts to suit each activity, as opposed to those who wear all purpose tri-suits!
Yet again this is not about cycling but it is something you should know about. So here goes.
The tickets were a Fathers day present and I was included. So last Tuesday evening we went to a gig in Islington. I write the word ‘gig’ advisedly! The band playing were called, Melt Yourself Down. I can’t describe the type of music they play, best to watch this clip to get a flavour.
Despite being an older person I have to say I loved it! The venue admittedly was a bit claustrophobic and I wondered if I’d be able to stay the course. But the music was so engaging and the lead singer, Kushal Gaya so absolutely mesmerising that my worries about not being able to breathe, about where the fire exits were, about being able to leave when I wanted all paled into insignificance. If you get a chance to go & see Melt Yourself Down I’d advise you to take it.
I have to say however I was so tired yesterday that I couldn’t even be bothered to write this blog…