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Fleur Britten is a journalist, and since 2004 has worked for the Sunday Times. Where she is currently senior commissioning editor of Style Magazine

We have her new book here at the office. And we have some to give away!

I have been having a read and it has definitely inspired me to do a trip!

A bit about the book:

Starting out in Moscow and taking the Trans- Siberian Railway she ends up in some unusual places, meets some crazy characters and sleeps on a very random selection of couches. Along the way, Fleur discovers that the promise of 'couch available' rarely means just a couch, with meals, unofficial local tour and family welcomes all part of the experience. It seems that the more couches she accepts, the more she starts to realsie that couch surfing isn't just a sofa for the night- it's a whole new way to travel. 

I have 4 to give away and so the first four people to email me with the correct answer to following will get a Couch Surfing book:

The Question:

In the Summer 2009 catalogue how long did it take James our photographer to get to China on the train? 


email me at [email protected] 

enjoy your lunch times.

toyosu blue monday

  • Posted by howies
  • 11 August 2009

Found this video while having a snoop on the fixed gear website.  It's by jun iwai from Japan.  His other videos are definately worth a look too.

Mwnt Beach

  • Posted by ruben
  • 7 August 2009

Wee Do- the Hungry Cyclist


As some of you may already know (as many of you’ve reserved tickets already) the next Wee Do at Carnaby Street is the Hungry Cyclist, on Tuesday 11th August.

If you haven’t heard of him before you can check out his website.

His name is Tom Kevill- Davies, he loves riding his bike and he loves to eat. It really is that simple. As a journalist and author he enjoys writing almost as much as eating and cycling. This means basically that he cycles wherever he can find good, well prepared, locally produced, fresh and traditional food before eating it and writing about it.

Come and listen to some amazing facts, and join us for a beer or soft drink, from 7.30pm - 9.30pm.   If you would like to reserve tickets please email ([email protected]) or call us (0207 287 2345).  But hurry as we don't have many to give away!

If you want to be first to hear about our Wee Do events then there are a few ways to do so...

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Or email us and ask to be put on our Carnaby Street Wee Do listserve.

Saturday's Gritting

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 August 2009



The gritting event at Waterloo's Tunnel this Saturday seemed to go down a storm!  I still haven't managed to get down there to check it out,but after seeing these photos I am definately going to head down there after work one evening.  I was really curious how this collaboration of knitting (or crochetting...there's no discrimination!) and graffiti would turn out.  From these photos it looks inspired.  Check out their flikr album.


  • 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!

Mile End skate park

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 July 2009

Mile End has an awesome new skate park; east London has always been a bit lacking.  It was built by the guys at Gravity, and is a smooth all cement/marble surface.  Tipped to have something for everyone.

mile end skate park

Kingpin productions released "Hold Tight Mile End" at the beginning of this Summer, to show off what the park has in store.  It's beautifully shot, and has some amazingly talented UK riders (Shaun Witherup, Will Harmon, Neil Smith, John Tanner, Scott Howes, Sam Taylor...to name but a few)

As I said amazing cinematography, with a great soundtrack...oh and the riding is sick!

More hold-tight Skateboarding >>



  • Posted by howies
  • 28 July 2009

A while ago I blogged about a yarn bombing (a.k.a. gritting) event at Waterloo in the 'art gallery' tunnel under the station.  It's this coming Saturday from 12pm, and open to anyone who wants to have a go.  So if your handy with your knitting needles, or a crochet hook is your weapon of choice, head down there for a collaboration of wool and spray paint.  Alas I will be working that day, but I cant wait to get down there and check out the end result.  For more info click here.


Hackney City Farm

Just wanting to say a big thank you to Chris from Hackney City Farm for speaking at our Wee Do in store last night.  Everyone who attended really had their eyes opened as to what urban city farming is all about.  From feeding their animals, selling their eggs, teaching local kids who've been excluded from school, making bio fuel, producting food for and running a cafe, making pedal powered cinema, permaculture in the woods, selling second hand bikes, putting on introductory workshops in pottery, having gigs in their courtyard...the list goes on!!!  I would highly recommend going down to the farm and checking out what they're up to.

Chis Hackney Farmp.s. We have our next Wee Do coming up on 28th July... watch this space for future listings :)

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