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i ain't the one

  • Posted by mark
  • 5 September 2009

today we will mostly be listening to...


Environmentalism and Climbing

  • Posted by mark
  • 23 August 2009


I found this article on UKclimbing.com by keen climber, runner and environmental consultant Es Tresidder on the relationship between Climate change and Mountain sports.

Also tonight on Countryfile, BBC1, 7pm, John Craven is reporting on how eating less meat can contribute to saving our planet!

Ethics of eating meat byCaroline Stacey

''if the average UK household bought half as much meat, according to CIWF's calculations, carbon emissions would be cut by more than if we used our cars half as much. Is it really such a sacrifice to cut out a chop or a chicken breast here and there to decrease our animal intake to 500g of meat and 1 litre of milk or 100g of cheese per week, if it means, in the words of CIWF's D'Silva, "healthier people, happier animals and a healthier planet"?

Both articles make for very interesting reading.

Ping Pong

  • Posted by mark
  • 7 August 2009



Serious Sam Barrett

  • Posted by mark
  • 5 August 2009

My mate Sam has 2 record release shows coming up to promote his new 'Close to Home' Lp, there's one up north and one down south so if you're lucky enough to live near Leeds or London here's the details...

13th August, Nation of Shopkeepers, 27-37 Cambridge Street, Leeds, 8:00pm, Free Entry (<you can't argue with that!)

14th August, The Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden, London, 8:00pm, £6 (tickets available from wegottickets there's only 15 left so be quick)

I know he would much appreciate the support and if you can make it to either one you'll get to witness something pretty special...



  • Posted by mark
  • 31 July 2009

mark peru pics 309

i managed to make it back from Peru in one piece, plus a sprained ankle, a few blisters and a major case of  freckles

made it to Lima - Ayacucho -Andahuaylas - Cusco - Puno - Arequipa - Paracas

i cant recommend it highly enough

733 photos and this is my favourite!

deepest darkest Peru

  • Posted by mark
  • 24 June 2009


In 6 days time im off to Peru for a month, i've never been to South America before so i can't wait to get there.

I'm flying to Lima and then after a few days making my way to Cusco by bus to begin the Inca trail.

I've got new shoes, new bag, loads of merino a toothbrush but not much of a clue!

Anyone got any words of wisdom before i get myself in a whole heap of bother 4200 metres above sea level???

the yorkshire rambler

  • Posted by mark
  • 23 June 2009



My mate Sam has just written and recorded his first full length album, it's coming out on a DIY record label http://yadigrecords.blogspot.com/ that our friend Rozze has just started up in leeds.

This is the first release and it's a reet corker!

He's gonna be playin around the country and the USA over the next couple of months so go here http://www.myspace.com/sambarrett  have a listen and see if he's playin anywhere near you, you're in for a treat!

Long live Serious Sam Barrett!

cake hole!

  • Posted by mark
  • 17 June 2009

teapigs 024

After hearing rave reviews (mainly from herself) and with a little persuading i managed to talk Hollie from our customer services team to bake us some cakes.

This morning they arrived with our delivery, we knew they were coming, we could smell the chocolate a mile off, i didnt have any breakfast this morning so id have extra room in the old belly!

Thanks Hollie (have you made us the crispie cakes yet?)

Ps. watch your teeth on those little silver ball thingys!

Man Vs. Horse

  • Posted by mark
  • 12 June 2009


If  you're at a loose end tomorrow why not have a go at this?

Man Vs. Horse

Man has always pitted his wits and body against his fellow men, the animal kingdom and the natural world to demonstrate superior athleticism and mental strength. This is never more apparent than during Llanwrytd Wells' annual Man versus Horse Marathon.

Inspired by a conversation in his local pub, in 1980 Gordon Green, the landlord of the Neuadd Arms, overheard the claims of one of his patrons who professed that over a significant distance across country, man was the equal of any horse. Deciding this was a matter for a public challenge, the Man versus Horse Marathon was born.

The race has been run every year since, changing and attaining new levels of entry and challenges each time. It took 25 years before a man finally beat a horse, when Huw Lobb won in two hours and five minutes, finishing two minutes before the fastest horse.

The race itself is run over 22 miles of mixed and very hilly terrain, including farm tracks, foot and bridle paths, forestry roads and open moorland. The event attracted 414 entrants in 2008: 299 runners, 74 relay teams and 42 horses. Dukes Touch of Fun ridden by Geoffrey Allen won to claim the £1000 prize.

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