Mintfest 2011

This post is over a month or more overdue, but better late than never. We visited the mintfest last year which we enjoyed so another visit was due. Off to Kendal we went but we got the bus times wrong and waited good hour plus while standing in the rain. The weather was grim still ...

The Business by Iain Banks

I have read a few Iain M. Banks before but not Iain Banks. Whats the difference, well M does science fiction & none M does mainstream fiction. The Business was published in the late 1990’s and is set in that time period but does not feel to out of date with modern technology, yet the ...

How to make cider

CIDER This is one of my favorite drinks, so it would be nice to press/make your own cider This article titled “How to make cider” was written by John Wright, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 14th September 2011 08.30 UTC I suppose that most teenagers over the centuries have had an early encounter with alcohol that ...

Graeme Obree: building bikes, writing books and beating depression

I watched the flying Scotmans film, so this is worth a re-post here This article titled “Graeme Obree: building bikes, writing books and beating depression” was written by Peter Walker, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 7th September 2011 10.57 UTC If you’re a cycling fan above a certain age it’s very likely you’ll feel a certain ...

Mountian Biking on new Local Routes

Over the last couple of weeks I have tried some new local routes which I have not rode on before. The first was on a damp mid week evening which meant it was the best time to ride some squeaky trials (using footpath)so I headed upto the top of Eaves wood to see the famous ...

Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter

The last few books that Stephen Baxter has wrote were all based on humans encountering some sort of climate related problems, as in the Flood & Ark. But the Stone Spring is set in the Mesolithic period when at some point the English channel was not under water but connected to main land Europe. Even ...