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3 nights in Bangkok make a guy…

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, as the lyric goes. I wondered what 3 nights would do to a soft guy from the home counties. In film and literature the city is depicted as a tough, murky underworld – all drugs, cheap sex tourism and street salesmen not leaving you alone. So […]

Nightrider – 100km of London by bike by starlight

At some point in the last 6 months it seemed to me a good idea not only to sign up to a 10k open water swim, but to also sign up to a 100km bike ride. That’s vaguely like doing two marathons in a week. The swim was everything I hoped, but the bike ride didn’t quite work out the same way…

Jubilee River Swim – my 10k challenge

On 2 June, on a glorious sunny June morning on the banks of the River Thames, just outside London, I and several friends set out on a 10 kilometre (6-mile) swim of the ‘Jubilee’ River. But first, let me take you back six or so months.

Concert review: All Shall Be Well (The Exultate Singers)

9th May 2012 St Pancras Church, Euston Road Exultate Singers, David Ogden (conductor), Richard May (cello) and Richard Johnson (organ) As the closing concert in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, The Exultate Singers presented a tour de force of works by four living composers: Tavener, Nystedt, Panufnik and Grier. A single cello from […]

See you back at The Ranch – or not

I don’t often rejoice in a demise, but the closure of The Ranch on Whiteladies Road in Bristol, gave me a little frisson of schadenfreude. The axe is entirely mine to grind, so let me just paint the picture for why I so despised this blameless Clifton drinking establishment. The Fine Line, which once inhabited […]

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