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Save the Velodrome

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 December 2010

Save The Velodrome
Time is ticking for the oldest cycling circuit in the country.

South London’s Herne Hill Velodrome is in danger of closing for good.

Quickly deteriorating, and suffering a lack of funding, the track and surrounding mtb trails are used by hundreds of children.

Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins started his track career  there aged 10. Now future champions race and train helped by a team of devoted coaches and volunteers. A campaign - Save The Velodrome - has been formed by a community based alliance of local residents and the cycling community. Keeping it going will require funding - both corporate and private, as well as ongoing voluntary support.

Perhaps fuelled by a tough economy, and a wider interest in health, cycling seems to be enjoying a resurgence at the moment though - and as more and more people realise the benefits of riding for both their hearts and pockets, this campaign seems to be perfectly timed. So to help keep this important venue alive, please visit savethevelodrome.com and register your support.

With thanks to Judith, Jason and Peter.

Winter Survival Kit

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 December 2010


Winter Survival Kit

Lots of tea.

Cosy blankets.

Homely soups.

Thick socks.


Plenty of dry logs.


Some good books.

The knowledge that no winter can last forever.

Illustration: David sparshott

2010 another record

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 November 2010

Scientists have thought that the oceans temperature was not warming as previously thought and was actually stabalising in temperature, however they may have been wrong in their thinking.

They changed their method of measuring the sea temperature, which was great because it was more accurate, but they have now realised it was not comparable with previous readings which were made using a different measuring method.

So now instead of the sea temperature leveling off and global warming not following the pattern they expected, it turns out actually 2010 is actually the warmest on record, even warmer than 1998 & 2005.

Clever or dumb scientists.

Read more here on the New Scientist page.


  • Posted by howies
  • 26 November 2010


chips, chinese, late nights and early mornings.....

We have a new record of packages processed out the door in a 24hour period (drum roll please).....


It couldn't have been done without the customer services team staying late, the warehouse team coming in early and all the other howies people who chipped in by leaving their normal jobs to make it all happen. (THANK YOU!!!!)




Use less plastic

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 November 2010

I saw this video a while ago on the Do Village site and it really made me think.

I bought a metal bottle instead of using loads of plastic ones and I use re-useable bags all the time.

If I do have to use a carrier bag because I've forgotten my re-useable ones (I'm  not superwoman) I will always re-use them as many times as I can, obviously I'll always try to carry my shopping first, even if it ends up with not being able to get in my house and dropping it all on the floor.

Anyway, I saw this video like I said and today I remembered it whilst doodling away designing for next summer, and it gave me a great idea, so thanks Ruth Carruthers for posting it on the Do village for me to see it.

Enjoy, it has great music and message, send it on to anyone you know who uses far too much plastic.

snow riding

  • Posted by howies
  • 24 November 2010

We have snow forecast, weird its sunny here, not so in Copenhagen though.

Here are some fantastic photos of people making their way around on their bikes in the snow, thanks to Cycle Chic.

They don't look prepared at all.....it could be us soon.

Happy Friday

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 November 2010

Outside its cold and sunny.....

......Inside howies HQ it's quiet, lots of people out of the office today.

It's Emma & Hollie on mail order working very fast and answering lots of calls today, mostly Emma at the moment as Hollie is out

Julia on accounts,

James and the boys downstairs

David on logistics,

Tom & Tidy printing your tees,

Aron in the graphics room

and me on design.

We're looking forward to the weekend, here's to Happy Saturday tommorow

Of Interest........

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 November 2010


An interesting interview with Marilyn Neuhart, author of The Story of Eames Furniture, and her husband John. The book is published by Gestalten.

Click here to watch

Magic in the sky

  • Posted by howies
  • 9 November 2010

Last week I went on holiday to a place I had wanted to go since I was about 15 and my hubby (Steve) since he was 8 years old.

We just hadn't gotten round to it or something, anyway I sold my crappy car for peanuts and saved away knowing it was Steve's birthday coming up, it was all a suprise and I was so excited.

We went to Iceland, I wanted to see the landscape, the extremes, the people, taste the food and to see the Northern lights.

We went out on Wednesday night to see the lights and stood in darkness under mostly cloud which is not good for seeing them.

It had snowed that day, we managed to find a small spot of starry sky but nothing appeared.

We were not deterred,  Thursday night we went out again (Steves's Birthday), pure clear sky and we had a good feeling we would see them.

The clothing I was wearing was great for the first two hours then it got to midnight and it was freezing and all we had seen was a smear across the sky.

Then on a slow exposure (7 minutes on the camera) a green smear appeared which we could not even see.

We couldn't beleive our eyes, then a further 2 more 7 minute exposures of similar effects we could actually see them emerging.

It was subtle and slow at first then gradually got brighter and brighter and spread across the pitch black starry sky, like paint on a wet paper.

It was fantastic, what a birthday present, I love nature it's weird, unpredictable and so powerful.

We are now planning a summer trip camping and kayaking.

Here is a link to my Steve's photos

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