Pedal Wallas Wanted

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 July 2010
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Thank you to all those who came to the Wee Do last night, it was a lovely, relaxed  evening.

For those who could not attend, here is some of the fascinating stuff that you missed.....

Dan Wedgwood from The Adventurists told comedy tales of how Tommy set up the mad cap adventuring team and explained that they are moving away from vehicle based trips to horse journeys, a dug out canoe race down the Amazon and the Pedal Walla rickshaws around Bristol. The Pedal Wallas created the biggest buzz, such a genius idea, and if they manage to get permission they may very well be taking people up Park St too with a bit of electrical assistance! The first major outing of the Pedal Wallas will be at the Harbourside Festival so look out for them there. They are looking for keen cyclists and co-operatives of cyclists who know Bristol well to be the Pedal Wallas of Brizzle, go here if that is you. Money raised from the Rickshaw Run across India that The Adventurists organise, goes directly to Frank clean drinking water projects throughout India, currently funding around 28 projects.

“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore, a basic human right. Contaminated water jeopardizes both the physical and social health of all people. It is an affront to human dignity.”

United Nations Development Programme.

Did you know that bottled water from the likes of Evian travels on average 666 miles to get to you and therefore has a rather large carbon footprint, not to mention the plastic packaging and the fact it is owned by a huge multi-national?  Frank water on the other hand sources spring water from the UK and wants to put itself out of business because it wants to support refill bottles instead, so that they have a smaller carbon footprint. But whilst bottled water is still needed for specific events where refill is unavailable, all of Franks profits go to clean water projects in India that use suitable technology and train local people to do any basic maintenance needed. All projects also including education programmes so pass on potentially life saving information about hygiene and keeping water safe from contamination.

Frank is currently championing the 'Turn Me On' campaign which includes a petition to Bristol council to re-establish drinking fountains throughout the city so that people can refill their water bottles on the go (remember we have a refill point in our shop if you ever need a refill, Carnaby St shop has one as well.) It's part of a country-wide campaign you can find out about here.

The next Bristol Wee Do is by Vashti Richards from Bristol-based micro-loan organisation Deki on 29th July and all details will be online very soon.

BUY BACK THE TOWN

  • Posted by howies
  • 16 June 2010

Here in Cardigan the High Street is suffering.  In the three years I've been here I've seen half a dozen or so shops close, read mutliple complaints about high rates choking local businesses, been disappointed by the council's decision to give  Sainsbury's the go-ahead to carve out a place in our countryside and also to consider letting tesco expand it's already large empire.

Pwllhai is a disused site in the town center that is for sale. 

There is momentum being gathered for local people to buy shares in order to purchase the site for local use. (reduced rate parking, market area for local producers, etc.)  The news broke a couple of weeks ago in our local Tivy-Side newspaper.  This week's issue calls for an immediate response from those interested in investing in the town because time is ticking.  A Cardiff developer is interested in the site.

Colonel Sanders, Ronald MacDonald and Mr. Starbucks need not apply.

Colonel Sanders, Ronald McDonald and Mr. Starbucks need not apply.

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

Hossegor

  • Posted by aron
  • 8 June 2010

Me and Tom have just got back from a lovely week in Hossegor.

Did lots and lotsa cycling.

We visited the Carhartt Pirate Ship bowl but it was under maintenance.

Drank some giraffes.

Went to the nudist beach, but didn't get naked.

Swam in the sea and played plenty of frisbee.

Got sucked dry by mozzies.

Ate our own body weight in cheese.

Celebrated two birthdays.

Got my saddle nicked... until i got home and found it in my bed (not funny, Tom).

All in all, blooming superb. The French have got it sorted.

(Photo - Chew and Wench sipping beer and not giving a damn)

Up There – Beautiful

  • Posted by ruben
  • 7 June 2010
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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.

Reconnaissance

  • Posted by ruben
  • 2 June 2010

Me and Hicks went off on our bikes to find a new route to Mwnt beach this lunchtime.

We wanted to know if we could find a way that would avoid the main road... and we did.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and the view was great.

Coming back to the office after the ride was tough.

Tale of two counties

  • Posted by hollie
  • 1 June 2010

I managed to wangle a few days off work last week so went to visit my sister down in London.

Being such a country bumpkin & coming from a town as small and sleepy as Cardigan, I always find london so exciting and overwhelming.

It was a really good couple of days, but i suppose it's a bit like babysitting - it's fun and enjoyable at the time, but then it's nice to hand it back and go home!

After making the long journey back on Sunday, I went on a walk through the woods in Llangoedmor (not far from Cardigan) where i came across this little cottage, and  it struck me just how different the country and the big city are...

i kind of know where i'd prefer to be though....  :)

life.still exhibition open

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 May 2010

Thanks goes out to everyone who came along for the opening night of the life.still photography exhibition at the Bristol shop on Friday. It was a really great evening and over 150 people enjoying the photography, the open slideshow night, a beer and hopefully a bit of conversation. We had lot's of fun, and by the amount of glass washing we had to do - we can only assume you did too!

Don't worry if you couldn't make it. You can pop into the store anytime up until the 30th May and view the complete exhibition including the open slideshow which will run on loop throughout.  www.lifestill.co.uk



long way home

  • Posted by ruben
  • 22 May 2010

Force of habit is bad. It ties you down and stops you learning new things and seeing new places.

Last night when I left work I realised I had nowhere to be, so I set off on the long way home.

Round the back roads, up hills, down valleys. The evening was beautiful. The sunset was amazing.

I'm glad I broke my routine and took the long way home.

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