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This morning I came into the office and had an email about Nick Hand who has helped howies with numerous things, he's worked on our catalogues and taken hundreds of amazing photos and is generally a great guy.
Anyway last year he cycled around the coast of Britain taking photos, meeting artisans around the coast and making sound slides about them, well Nick is now off to carry on the journey around the coast of Ireland.
He starts next Tuesday from Belfast and again he will be raising money for Parkinson's disease society, so far he's raised over £6,000 and he's hoping to double that over the next couple of months.
You can donate here http://www.justgiving.com/nickhand
Good luck Nick and have a great journey, I for one am looking forward to seeing new photos and hearing about how you get on along the way.
Take care, from everyone from howies
Tonight it's the turn of Nick Hand, John Stevenson, and James Fairbank to tell us cycling stories.
Talks kick off around 7pm and doors open around 6:30pm. Online ticket sales have stopped now so entry is by donations on the door.
The auction in aid of Save The Children continues for A Beautiful Machine exhibition art work. Also, the bike on display is up for auction in aid of The Bristol Bike Project, so tell us your secret bids.
John Stevenson is a career cycling journalist and a bike enthusiast from Future Publishing. www.futureplc.com
James Fairbank is a huge biking obsessive, with experience in BMX, mountain biking and road cycling. www.carhartt-streetwear.com
Our very own Nick Hand is talking about his adventures cycling around the coast of the UK and the artisans and cyclists he met along the way. http://www.slowcoast.co.uk
- Posted by tim
- 24 November 2009
at 3pm about 25 riders met nick in clevedon across from the pier for one last round of tea, coffee and cake before the big ride into bristol. the bikes wer a mix of tour de france technology and the oldest of school.
when i got to howies bristol shop there was just under 100 friends and family waiting to cheer him home and then a group of people who had joined the fray to see what was going to happen. Over 10 had made the trip over from Cardigan.
then he rounded the victoria rooms and rolled into queens road to clapping and cheers.
then hugs, kisses, smiles, tears, tea, cakes, beer, music, conversation, stories and pictures of the journey.
and then at 10.30 a very tired nick drove himself home, and his bike rested the night in store.
what a great night
Every man has his heroes, ever since i've known Nick we do most of our chat about the bands we love and hate, frame builders and at some time during the evening Billy Braggs name will crop up on Nicks lips and he'll slide away from our conversation silently and go quiet as i see Billy's lyrics floating round his shaven little head and a dreamy look fall over his aging chops like a warm wind kissing a cold face. So yesterday when i checked Nick's position on the map and saw he was headed to Lyme Regis i thought i'd drop him a line and tell him where Billy lives and also warn him of Abbotsbury Hill and the nasty climb out of Lyme. This morning i got a lovely text from Nick telling me he's just posted a soundslide of Billy and of course mentioning those climbs. Good old Nick, here's the clip of the Bragg.
I just got an update from nick about how hard the goings been on the east coast around hull and the like, strong headwinds that near destroy your momentum and make you question things you shouldn't. But he's on his way down to Lincoln and he's in fine spirits, and also 7lbs lighter than he was a month ago. There are some great new soundslide episodes up on his website, this blacksmith one being a highlight for me. Whilst you're over there check out Tilda Swintons comments about being an alien.
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