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The Ride.

  • Posted by ruben
  • 9 June 2010

Every time a new issue of The Ride journal lands on my desk, it gets in the way of Work for a while.

See, I love bikes more than almost anything. (A certain someone would kill me if I worded that wrong.)

But it's not just the machines themselves, it's everything that bikes mean to the people who ride them.

It's the places, the stories, the friendships, the agony and the joy that owning a bike can bring you.

Bikes are so much more than 'just bikes.' And that's what The Ride is all about.

Issue 4 is online now - you can buy it here. It features a piece by our very own Nick Hand of Slowcoast fame.

I'm off to put the kettle on.

You can also pick The Ride up in our Carnaby St. and Bristol shops

Up There – Beautiful

  • Posted by ruben
  • 7 June 2010

I've seen this video flying around on the net for a while, but never really paid it any attention til today.

Up There is a 12 minute documentary on the artists who still hand paint advertising billboards in New York.

It's beautifully filmed, and these guys are just amazing. I had no idea there were still people doing this kind of thing.

Absolutely amazing. You should watch it.

a 2 hours stand on memory lane

  • Posted by ade
  • 7 June 2010



Podcasts make the 10 mile ride home a better place in winters depth. In November I was listening the the Dave Gorman show and heard them interview Bob Golding who was doing a one man play on the life of Eric Morcambe. It sounded great, he sounded great.

Then the reviews were more than great but I could not make the Westend to see it.

As a kid I would stay up late with mum and dad watching the Morcambe and Wise show. When I look back in my mind of memories, there it sits glowing happy gold in the childhood section.

So when I found it was coming to Cardigan I bought mum and dad tickets and we went to see it last night.

Everything good that everyone good has written about it is true . It was an older audience (I was a youngster in the crowd) and they responded as though it was Eric.

And a couple of time, as  I sat their in the big chairs surrounded by parents it could have been the 70's for me to.

If you live near Rhyl, Monmouth,Greenock, Dundee, Inverness, Dunfermline, Arbroath, Omagh, Sligo, Navan, Dublin, Carlow, Thurles, Tralee, Wimborne, Welwyn Gdn City or Edmonton get some tickets and see a great man's life in 2 hours.

I bet he gets a standing ovation there to.

nice bloke, nicecream

  • Posted by ade
  • 7 June 2010

The pace on Saturday was true slow summer.

A sweltering  day at the urdd eisteddfod with a picnic lunch watching performances.

Back into Aberaeron in the evening for great fish and chips in a seaside town.

An amble round the harbour to get an ice cream.

We went to The Hive on the Quay who have been selling sell renowned honey ice cream for 40 years . We were served by Sannan who turned out to be a true howies fan and a truely nice bloke.

We sat on the harbour wall and watched the sun over the Irish sea.

Roll off Autumn.

more books

  • Posted by howies
  • 3 June 2010


Talking of books its Hay festival this week coming, if you're off to Hay, have fun in the sun, if you want to know more have a look what's going on on their site.


Lots of inspiring thing to see including the amazing Laura Marling, she's playing tonight, if you're going to see her have a great time.

If you don't know about Laura check her out on her website, watch her videos, they're gorgeous.


project meeting room

  • Posted by ade
  • 28 May 2010

Aron's brother Hefin for his end of year design project is going to make our meeting room a better place to be.

This is his first draft model.

No coffee machine though...

Last Chance!

  • Posted by howies
  • 28 May 2010

This weekend is your last chance to see the life.still exhibition at the howies shop in Bristol. With photography from five homegrown documentary photographers and a collective slideshow from 28 photographers from around the world it really is something not to be missed.

The exhibition finishes on Sunday at 5pm so pop in this weekend to enjoy the space. some photos and a bit of audio slideshow!

The life.still exhibition is part of the Bristol Festival of Photography 2010 and features work from John Angerson, Gina Lundy, Rebecca Harley, Tamany Baker and Mike Lusmore. You can get more information about life.still at their website www.lifestill.co.uk

creative create

  • Posted by ade
  • 26 May 2010

Aron and Pete have been working on new installations for the shop windows in Bristol and London.

We have a web advert out at the moment where you can vote for your favourite retro howies tee, so the window displays will be a patchwork blanket of old designs.

Aron has been cutting out cardboard shapes and sewing  (quite beautifully) tee designs to them.

Should be in store in the next few days.

He also does dress alterations and bespoke wedding dresses.

(This last bit is not true)

w + k

  • Posted by ade
  • 25 May 2010

Jon Matthews who was an early howies investor and still invests in us with writing, ideas, advice and belief. We owe Jon big time.

While I was up at the sample sale he showed me round the W+K Hanbury street offices. Despite being a much bigger creative engine than us, there was still the same creative things we have here.

Walls of post-its. Scrap books. Idea trails. Scamps. Artwork and inspirations.

And on the very top floor they have a garden that is full of beer and wine and people.

I wish Pete had come.

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