Archive for March, 2009

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Rochester Castle

Sunday March 29, 2009

I spend quite a bit of time in the grounds of Rochester Castle, whether passing through on foot or relaxing on the way back from a bike ride.  A fair few of my photographs of the Dahon have been taken in or around the Castle so I thought I’d post the photo below of the Castle from the air.

It’s from MultiMap’s Bird’s Eye view option and this capture shows the Castle and its grounds.  Just above the Castle you’ll see Rochester Cathedral.

To view the images on MultiMap, which allows you to zoom in, pan and rotate, click here and then select Bird’s Eye imagery.

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Rain?

Saturday March 28, 2009

For the first time in many weeks, or so it seems, today it rained.  Today it was a Saturday when the bikes stayed inside and out came my coat and golf umbrella.  It was a walk into town today and I missed the bikes.  I’ve grown accustom to the comfort and speed of the Dahon for getting me into town but today I chose to leave it in the dry.

Oh well, perhaps Sunday will be a nicer day…

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Erik Mongrain – Air Tap

Sunday March 22, 2009

Thought I’d share my latest musical discovery: Erik Mongrain.  The video below is of Air Tap and can be found on his ‘Fates’ album.

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Cyclists’ Touring Club

Sunday March 22, 2009

I rejoined the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) last week.  I haven’t been a member for a good number of years but I thought that I’d rejoin as I’m spending more time on the saddle.

If you’re a keen cyclist then you should definately consider joining the CTC.  You get a range of benefits including:

* FREE £10m third party insurance
* a bi-monthly cycling magazine and weekly email newsletter
* an invitation to over 1000 cycling events each year
* route and touring information
* technical and product advice
* cycle-related legal advice
* discounts on many cycling products
* access to CTC holidays and tours

As the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. By joining CTC you are supporting UK cycling and giving us a louder voice when campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that are important to you.

One of their campaigns caught my eye today: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk which enables you to report poorly maintained roads with the aim of getting them fixed.

Take a look at CTC, their campaigns and the benefits available to members – then join today!

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Ride to Upnor

Saturday March 21, 2009

I don’t know what’s happening, whether it’s Global Warming or not, but it was another nice day here in Rochester.  So out came the Trek and off I cycled.

Today’s destination was the small town of Upnor along the River Medway towards the sea.  Never been there before despite it being only a couple of miles away.  There’s a castle there (Upnor Castle) but I didn’t see much of it, only a section of it down on the beach.

On the way home, I stopped at Rochester Castle (a favourite spot of mine) for a bottle of Coke and an ice cream – a great end to the ride.

The total trip was 11.36 miles.

A couple of photos below but more on my Flickr pages.

Link: Photos of Upnor on the BBC

Upnor Castle

Tudor Rose Pub

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Google Street View UK

Saturday March 21, 2009

Google Maps‘ Street View has finally arrived in the UK.  Only a handful of cities are currently in the database but (obviously) London is one of them.

Here’s a snap from Street View showing Fudges Cycles where I bought my Dahon D7HG last year.  Click here to view it for yourself.

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DoD Visitors

Sunday March 15, 2009

I use Who’s Among Us here on the blog to see who’s online reading at any particular time.  All it does is plot visitors on the map.  I can’t see any more detail than the image below shows but it is interesting to see where readers come from.

The map pins are occassionaly reset/cleared, which is frustrating, but it’s still an interesting thing to watch.

The image below was captured at 2040GMT on 15th March ’09.  Most readers are coming from Europe and the east of the States.

Take a look at the live stats yourself.

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