Friday, 29 April 2011
Thanks to anyone who has read my humble efforts and roll on 3000.
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
Like many of you I strive for a good work, life balance and when I go home (within reason) I like to leave my work behind. All too often however my iPhone provides emails from work or worse still phone calls from colleagues at work. Added to this is the fact that my calendar app has all my work entries. Yes I know I can easily hide these and turn the phone off, but I love the iPhone for all the other things you can do on it. Fun things.
It struck me I needed another phone and I knew exactly what I wanted. I knew it had to be a BlackBerry. Many have a physical keyboard and of course they have the best email delivery system in the game. Press send and your emails magically appear on your BlackBerry almost instantly. Added to this, they have a very good calendar.
I didn't want a new phone on a contract so I managed to buy a second hand unlocked Bold 9000 that was in mint condition for not too much at all. A free BlackBerry sim from the lovely people at T-Mobile gave me the BlackBerry email service and internet access for 6 months! The Bold 9000 is not the latest phone but it has a wonderful screen and the best physical keyboard of any phone I have ever used. It is a bit of a beast in terms of its sheer size, but you have seen a picture of my shoes which surely indicates that I am not the height of Tom Cruise. I have written some lengthy emails with ease on the Bold and the fact I receive them instantly on the BlackBerry, means I can respond to them all that quicker.
|BlackBerry Bold 9000 - a brilliant phone!|
I now have the best of both worlds. I know that only work emails, texts and calendar entries will come on the BlackBerry. This, for me is a welcome change and already it is working out pretty well. For those of you out there in a similar situation to me, I can wholeheartedly recommend one.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
We met at Little Venice and cycled all the way to the City, as the GPS arrow was pointing in that direction. Eventually we reached the exciting bit where the GPS unit was almost in a frenzy and informing us that we were close.
Close meant rummaging around trees trying to avoid dog mess and the penetrating stares of onlookers who must have thought we had been let out for the morning from some institution!
After what seemed like an age my friend let out a yell of triumph and came towards me to show me his prize. I was expecting, well, something almost pirate-like. A chest at least. I was slightly crestfallen to see that his bounty was a 35mm film canister. Yes, one of those little black tubes from yester year. Inside I was expecting a sovereign, a ring, perhaps a pearl. No. It contained a soggy piece of rolled up paper. My friend wrote his name on said paper and then updated his discovery on his BlackBerry - not even an iPhone!
That done we cycled to a nearby cafe where my friend discussed the merits of urban geocaching in graphic detail. I am not overly sure about its long term appeal for me personally, but was certainly an experience.
If there is anyone out there who is into geocaching please leave a comment and state your case.
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
While out I saw a couple of Police Officers on their customary mountain bikes. It occurred to me that surely in an urban environment a Brompton would be the perfect form of transport? Just imagine what it would look like - pretty cool I would guess.
If they were ever used by the Police just imagine how this would filter into television programmes. There might be the odd chase scene in major cities on Brompton folding bikes. The possibilities are endless.
What do you think? Drop a comment.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
|You will find it hard to believe that you are in the middle of London!|
Open seven days a week, it only closes on Christmas Day. Opening times are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but after 27th March it stays open an hour later. The cost for my family to get in (two adults and two children) was £29.50 but we decided to transfer the cost of this to a yearly membership of £64.40, which we felt, was a bargain as we knew we would visit there again soon.
|The bike cages|
|Bring your own lock and make sure it is all secure before leaving|
|The observation area|
|Wonderful views from the observation area|
The children’s playground is one of the best I have ever seen as well as being safe and secure. Zip wires, tunnels, climbing areas and the water fountains that spray up from the floor totally at random was all great fun.
|Peacock Tower. A great viewing area!|
I would also love more subscribers as I only have three! I am very grateful to my three subscribers (one of which is David Lindo. Please have a look at his blog by the way. It is brilliant for all us urban types who also like dabbling with some bird and wildlife watching in an urban habitat).
The sun is out and like bears, hedgehogs or the tortoise from Blue Peter (assuming they still have one) Brompton Folding Bikes of all ages and colours have started to come out of the long winter hibernation. It is a sight that is magical to all those in the know.
You of course may be like me? I am not a fair weather Bromptonian and have gone through the wind, rain, sleet and snow of an English winter. However, now that the sun has finally started to come out, I am much happier.
I have been toying with the idea of getting another Brompton. I have looked on Gumtree but have to report that all the Brompton's I have expressed any interest in, leave me with the word dodgy ringing in my ear. I'll explain. I sent a text to one person to ask if the bike in the picture was the actual bike. It wasn't. The words, "...but it is exactly the same as in the picture," were text back. This played itself out in the similar way for no less that three separate adverts! Anyone out there with any experience of this, please comment.
A friend told me about the Cycle Scheme where you are able to make some savings on buying any bike up to £1000 via your employer. I have yet to properly look into this and again anyone reading this who could tell more, please comment.
My Brooks saddle continues to not only look good but is getting more and more comfortable as it has broken in. I can definitely recommend one for your Brompton. This will prove vital for the Brompton World Championships in August. I haven't started training in earnest yet but I feel I must put in some work before the big day.
I will hopefully post much more post in the next few weeks, so until then keep riding the Brompton and if you haven't got one yet perhaps the prospect of a fantastic bike that you can take anywhere and get in the colour of your choice might spurn you into action.