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happy happy joy joy

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 July 2010

It's been a funny old day, and I thought I'd post this up as it always makes me smile.

I'm sure lots of you have seen it but hey- it's sometimes good to enjoy completely pointless stuff to put things into perspective.

It's all a load of balls.



The Bourgeois Bicycle Caravan

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 June 2010

Freshly pressed.

The Bourgeois Bicycle Caravan has landed!

In the Autumn of 2009, the trio of Jimmy Bodean, Harold Hobart Hellybutt & Del Da-Foster embarked on an expedition, along the western seaboard of france, by bicycle. With trailers brimming with the necessities (surfyboards, box cameras, pencils and books of russian beat poetry) the trio went in search of the image perfect and the ultimate rambling tale.

This is the outcome, and very nice too.

Read more here... or pop into the Bristol shop and pick one up.

James Bowden is the guy who does lots of our catalogue shoots.


Free delivery at shops too

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 June 2010

Mail order is great but sometimes it doesn't always have the sizes or colours left that you are after. Before you lose heart and start listening to too much blues music, we would like to point out that the Carnaby Street, Bristol and Cardigan howies shops may very well have the items that are sold out online, so get in touch with us at [email protected]  (0207 287 2345) or [email protected] (01179 29 8928), [email protected] (01239623745). Until midday on 30th June we can send items out to you with free postage.

Ramsey row

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 June 2010


Every year for the last 5, Porthgain rowing club have created a race for pilot gigs, long boats and any other craft willing to negotiate the challenging course around Ramsey Island off the coast of St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

I have rowed it with the girls nearly every year, but this year I wasn't in the team who had been training together so I didn't think i would get to row. But then one rower could not make the event so I volunteered to stand in their place. At the time of offering I didn't realise they had a hope of winning this year, then I got a bit worried to say the least as I had not been in a boat for over a year.

With only a few weeks untill the race I only managed to get in a half hour row to see if I could do that, then an hour row which I managed to do and then a final half hour sitting in a new position, a slight technique change and double checking seating position was comfortable in the boat we were racing in.

On saturday we were all nervous, but this turned to excitement as more and more boats turned up on the beach, in the end there were 21 boats competing which was the most we had ever seen, the weather was fantastic, even with a fairly strong breeze it was welcomed to cool us off in the blazing sun.

We started the race at 3 o clock, keeping it a steady pace untill we got a third of the way around to the most critical part of the race where we have to go single file through a gap in the cliffs called the tooth. By that point we had put in a huge effort and just managed to overtake the leading ladies crew and then we managed to sustain it after the tooth. Thanks to the fantastic coxing of  Tom, taking great lines around the cliffs we managed to put more and more boat lengths between the two ladies boats.

Before we knew it we were leaving Ramsey Island and were heading back to Whitesands beach, where we put in another effort to take a mixed crew just before the finish line making us the winning ladies crew on the day, 9th overall and in a time of 1 hour and 14 minutes.

We were all very happy and proud we'd finally had a win after 5 years of trying. We all got trophies, had quiche and beer on the beach and then headed off to the Celiedh for more merryment and celebrating.

My trophy

Wee Do Bristol

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 June 2010


bath ales are providing the Freedom organic lager for tonight

You can pick up tickets from our shop or reserve them via telephone or email.



So...Glastonbury has kicked off!

Every year I say I'm going to get tickets, and then cop out because buying them seems like such a rigmarole.  There is way too much forwards planning involved for my liking!  But I'm saying it again "next year I will go".

This years line-up looks pretty damn awesome...so in dedication a Glastonbury edition throwdown threes (as we haven't had one in a while now!)

On the Jazz World Stage- Mos Def...(he'll have a full band with him, should be epic) ;feature=related[/youtube]

On the John Peel Stage tomorrow- Wild Beasts... ;feature=related[/youtube]

And of course...Gorillaz [/youtube]

Whatever you're doing this weekend- have some fun in the sun :)

canoe to work 2

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 June 2010


It was an early night last night as Ade mentioned, due to the paddle into work this morning.

I was up at 5am trying to sqeeze my kayak in the car, then off up to misty cardigan.

We met at the bridge, unloaded and got on the water. It was pretty shallow to start,we got to a rapid and we were all good doing cheesy grins for the camera, until Tidy and Ade found that rock and then it got a bit wet. Luckily Ade got out in  time and saved his camera, shouted "don't panic!", I fished out flip flops and Scottie helped empty the canoe. We met up with Kim and Ruben on the way down.

Scottie emptying the canoe

We saw herons, kingfishers, a buzzard but no otters today.

Here are some photos, it was gorgeous, we have to do it again soon.

misty river

Into cardigan


  • Posted by howies
  • 24 June 2010



Here at the Bristol Shop we are losing an amazing member of the team. Amy joined us just after we opened  1 1/2 years ago and will be leaving us in August. She is going off to Southampton to study for a degree in Environmental Sciences and as one of the full-timers, she will leave a whacking great hole in our tiny great team.

So, for the first time in a while, we are looking for another Amy. If you know anyone at Bristol University who can clone one by August, please let me know- but failing that we need a new person.

You must have an interest in howies and the way we do stuff. You've gotta be able to interact with our customers and love our products. We need an ideas person who can help us continue to build our shop community. We need someone pro-active, enthusiastic and who notices the little details.

If you are Super Amazing and want to join the gang, send a letter to the Bristol Shop written in a way that best describes YOU. Include what you like-drawings, photos CAKES...

We want to find the chocolate sprinkles at the top of the Cappuccino. (one of our regular customers used that metaphor and I said I'd nick it)


Our address is: howies, 62 Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RE

Kingdom Bike

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 June 2010

James McKnight one of our team riders has set this ace little blog up.

Really is worth a look, Mc Blog Part 1.

'James Mcknight starts a summer series of updates and rants about anything and everything from the saddle of his Euro 'access all areas' Vendetta. Don't expect to find gear ratios, sprockets and spoke tension here, this is a glimpse into the life of the professional bike bum, pump tracks, brioche and beer.'

This guy is always on his bike. A total nightmare to get hold of him! haha!

Right now he is somewhere bike testing in the sun! What a life!

Thanks McKnighty...

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