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Highland Trail Race 2015

This is not a story of overcoming the odds and fighting through pain to show supreme levels of endurance. Nor is it a story of personal discovery, a life changed by a series of events that apply perspective to the

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The Time Traveller

It happens twice a week during winter. Usually on a day beginning with “T”. I’m in the office  slouched over a difficult problem, my mind curled around the void between computer code I’ve typed and the error messages subsequently displayed. There’s

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The Ford Fiesta

Somewhere out there is probably a scientific paper discussing the benefits for survivors of a major trauma and their returning to the scene of their ordeal. I say “probably” because I simply cannot be arsed to look, but I know

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Remembering the fallen

I went on a mountain bike ride today. January 4th 2015 to be precise, leaving home at 8.19am precisely. Given the date, the fact that I am a resident of England and currently winter, it will be no surprise when

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Welsh Winter Bivy

The nativity story is pretty straightforward, and we all know that it ends in a barn with a baby surrounded by strangers competing to foist inappropriate gifts upon it. It’s fortunate that the couple in question were born in warmer

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The Bearbones 200

It’s a shame that our species will continue to repress the other animals that surround us ensuring that they are never able to evolve to the position of making documentaries. As soon as we see a baboon pick up a

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London Bike Theft Weather Map

During the day I work extensively with map data and have spent this week loading huge amounts of crime and demographic data into our spatial database. This allows me to create some interesting maps and today I was looking at

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Please check my maths

A motorist travels 20 miles at 40 miles per hour average. This journey takes him a grand total of 30 minutes to complete. He arrives at home free from stress in time for Eastenders and a large plate of chicken

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The Shindig

There’s an old saying in the Barter household that goes something along the lines of “Dave you bleeding idiot what on earth do you think you are doing?”. It’s been wielded on many an occasion by blood relatives and friends

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The Wessex Ridgeway

The Bearbones 200 is looming on my event horizon in less than two months. The simplest way to describe the event is “hard”. Set off from a Welsh location with your bike, ride 200 kilometres of serious hills and try

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