Friday, 30 November 2012
The 30 30 finished too. Out with a bang a new personal best lvl 18 cycle cross 18.6 km System of a Down Mesmerise
Monthly total 405 km
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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Day 29 30 30 lvl 16 hill 13.4 km Rainbow Rainbow Rising.
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
The fact that the building served as a market place, council offices and theatre meant I managed to get well and truly lost and having pressed a big button marked "Don't Panic" a very nice young lady appeared, as if by magic, dressed in a blue pinafore dress, and asked if she could help.
"Where the hell am I and wheres this meeting I am supposed to be at?" I gabbled after kicking the white rabbit down the stairs, his constant "I'm late I'm late" was wearing thin.
She smiled and said that as far as she knew the meeting was over. I knew I was late, but only minutes late. The rabbit appeared back at the top of the stairs, I wiped the smirk off his face with a well aimed shot of a stale bun marked eat me. "Over? How so?"
"It started two hours ago" she said toying with the lid of a bottle marked drink me "I'm so sorry didn't they tell you?" she added with all the sincerity of Nick Clegg.
"Sorry, its so annoying when that happens, would you like some tea?"
But I was already trying to find a way out of the strange world I had just landed in.
From the looks of the ceiling I wasn't the only on hanging around.
Day 27 30 30 lvl 14 night ride 13.6 km Cheap Trick Live at the Budokhan disc 2
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Monday, 26 November 2012
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Sunday, 25 November 2012
At first flood thought ah, must take a picture, oops.
Check rear view mirror, spare wheel deficit phone.
No way of alerting those expecting a meaty puzzle that I was marooned, and more importantly no way of recording epic trek for posterity, I pressed on. At pig club rendezvous I parked up and in a moment of sheer inspiration (or wild optimism) I checked wheel carrier on the just in case principle. There hanging on for dear life was my little Nokia and drivers were treated to the sight of yours truly gurning by the roadside as he tried to force his hand through a hole more suited to a shrew to retrieve precious communication device. Once circulation had returned to end of limb I managed to deliver pork based product and then made my way via a local DIY store to HQ. Mission success. And I didnt even get my feet wet!
Day 25 30 30 lvl 8 flatliner 12km An eclectic mix of random tunes ranging from the massed bands of the guards to motorhead.
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Saturday, 24 November 2012
Man test of the day was to move another bale of straw, this one was 3x the size of the usual round bale, some 12 foot by five by four. All had to be broken down into bite sized chunks and stored or distributed to soggy critters. Naturally for this to be any sort of test I had to wait until it was dark and pouring with rain before I began. It would have been no fun otherwise.
Day 24 30 30 lvl 14 cycle cross 14.4 km The Cult Love
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Friday, 23 November 2012
Day 23 30 30 lvl 16 hill training 14.4 km Ramstein Mutter
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Then the main act came on, Steve Knightly (centre) Phil Beer (not the red head) and Miranda (shes the red head) were excellent. Time flew by as they played most of the new album, Wake The Union (not Wake the Onion as one reviewer wrote, also its track Cruel River not Cruel Rivet) and a selection of the old "hits"
Once we were musiked out and forced to leave the theatre we decided to make the most of our freedom by having a late night curry. This is where it got really interesting.
Day 21 30 30 lvl 16 cycle cross training 18.3 km Greatest Workout CD3
Day 22 30 30 training, cardio endurance, 12.3 km Queen Jazz
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Day 20 30 30 lvl 14 hill training 10.5 km Porcupine Tree The Incident
Monday, 19 November 2012
Day 18 30 30 Lvl 14 hill training 11.3km Porcupine Tree In Absentia.
Day 19 30 30 Lvl 14 night ride 14.3 km Electric Six Electric Six
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Sausages seem to be the order of the day for a few families, some pig club fans have had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sent me text messages and pic messages of their pan fried pork products along with comments like oh my god what a taste sensation. Did I join in this celebration of the banger?
Not me chef, I got behind chasing, or was I behind, chasing, anyway whatever, I got so behind chasing two live pigs up and down the smallholding that I missed breakfast, got so wrapped up in work that lunch was a handful of dolly mixtures and a piece of lemon pancotta (not sure if that's right but it was a nice lemon cake donated along with a life saving cuppa) until end of play saw me head back up the track, close the gate to the world and tuck into my supper which was a ham sandwich. Tomorrow I get stuck in to my share of the sausages. Thanks Rosie.
Day 16 30 30 lvl 12 hill training 10.3 km Isles of Wonder music from the Olympics.
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Strange folk lurk round the back of slaughter houses, and as most are armed its best not to annoy them.
"Im looking for Ste.... "a troll pointed the way with a blood stained blade, I followed, through a door "I'm loo..."
"You want Steve?" barked another troll, confused by the sunlight and the complex task of creating smokeable roll up without too much blood on it, he jerked half a thumb over his shoulder, I squeezed past him to another door, I paused and steadied myself raising my fist to knock. It swung wide and a giant of a man looked down at me rubbing his bristly chin "Hmmmmmmmm. I didn't think I knew you" he said in a not too unfriendly manner (compared to the we shut at two opening gambit) Before I could ask how did he know who I was anyway (best not ask he had a collection of sharp things on his belt and the red stuff from several leaking animals all over him)
"You want your pigs eh?" (again how does he know these things?) and off he went returning carrying four pig jigsaws, two in each hand (have I mentioned he was a giant?)
Miranda suitably weighed down I counted out gold sovereigns into his massive palm and he told me his tale. Steve works at the slaughterhouse, but as a hobby cuts up dead things, so somehow my order for pig club was given to him. That was why when he was off last week no one else cut up my pigs. I was happy, a nice gentle giant who agreed to cut up all the rest of our pigs, he was happy as he had more gold to put at the top of the bean stalk.
Miranda and I drove back, how had this happened, well the answer is simple, shouty man is also called Steve. The paperwork I gave in to the abattoir had Dear Steve at the top, one of the trolls got confused and gave it to nice Steve. Hence nice phone call. And expertly cut up joints bagged ready for action, not like shouty Steve who shoves the pig puzzle all in one big bag.
The top pic is what each pig club member is getting.
Day 15 30 30 lvl 14 night ride 13.4 km The Darkness Hot cakes
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012
The Ryelands are using terror weapons. Each of the three insurgents had, and I would say deliberately, rolled, walked in, slept on, whatever, but the upshot was, each naughty sheep had a liberal coating of stinging nettles in their fleece. This delayed the eviction by .5 of a second but a line has now been crossed in the breakfast wars. I will have my revenge, in this life or the next!
Day 14 30 30 lvl 16 cycle cross 17.3 km Metallica S+M disc 2
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Movember is getting me down, the constant irritation of the hairy caterpillar on my upper lip is driving me nuts, and everywhere I go for lunch seems to be soup based which is just unhygienic. Still its for a good cause, anyone wishing to donate any amount of money please use the donate button on the right and put on the donation Movember, it all goes to cancer charities.
Day 13 30 30 lvl 16 hill training cadence workout 100rpm min, 13.4km Metallica S+M
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Monday, 12 November 2012
Day 11 30 30 lvl 12 pacemaker 12.4km Made In AmericaDay12 30 30 lvl 16 cycle cross 17.4 km U2 18
Saturday, 10 November 2012
The day started well enough, the mists of mellow fruitfulness an all that malarkey was in full swing,
Neither can we, after an incredibly trying week, and one where my beautiful and oh so patient wife frightened us to death by becoming very ill, some friends turned up bearing a gift they had made. It was supposed to be given in a few weeks when Red Kite moved to its new location, instead they thought we needed a boost now and so presented us with this lovely hand made Red Kite Tree. Its good to have your faith in people reaffirmed.
Day 10 30 30 lvl 12 pace maker 11.8 km The Darkness One Way Ticket To Hell And Back
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Friday, 9 November 2012
Its been a mad week, my beautiful and oh so patient wife is getting better so thanks to everyone who has sent messages, flowers and chocs. Little t really enjoyed the chocs. Tomorrow the other two members of team GB go to their forever homes and then peace will descend on Rock HQ once more. Tranquillity will reign and we will get some time to concentrate on the jobs list. Progress will be made. Logs will be stored. Fences repaired. Drains dug. Gates hung. Water tanks re sited. Raised beds raised. Life will be plain sailing once more. Pigs will also fly, Nick Clegg will regain his popularity and Father Christmas will be found with Glenn Miller in a recording studio.
Day 9 30 30 lvl 12 cycle cross 14.5km Mike Oldfield Elements
It was grandma's birthday today so we got cake. We like cake!
Bad news for pig club, the butcher phoned today and the pigs are still in one piece on account of him being too ill to wield a knife! Sausage fest cancelled until next week.
Day 8 30 30 lvl 12 11.1km Alternative 80's Album
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Thursday, 8 November 2012
Day 7 30 30 lvl 15 night ride (you can't see whats coming) 12.2km Radiohead Best of Radiohead
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012
So there I was strapped on to the life cycle, heart rate, rev per min, time, distance, calories all flashing by, System of a Down blaring away, things were getting heavy, I was feeling good. Then above the heavy metal crescendo there was a very loud confused Yelp, a funny sort of Phwoost sound and a cloud of Olive Drab mixed with a mind altering chemical smell. The cause of this was Spotty who, having got bored and liking to chew, bit into a can of Tamiya model spray paint which much to his surprise went off. He dashed out into the fresh air to clear his head while yours truly being part of the Matrix and determined to get further along the road to nowhere than last time raced the pink elephants and giant blue pandas riding chequered racing spiders. 16.6km later I won.
Day 6 30 30 Lvl 15 cycle cross training 16.6km System of a Down Mesmerise
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Monday, 5 November 2012
I spotted this Land Rover in the cauldron at dusk. Its gone as far as it can, just in front is a series of huge boulders, to the left an uphill marsh and the right a fence and then a sharp fall. Once upon a time there was a drovers trail along there, and in almost living memory coal lorries used to wend their way along the track to the next cottage around the hill, but only in good weather, after a long dry spell, and usually in the daylight. Maps still show a track of sorts but it runs out in the swamp before starting again further on. The owner of this Landy was last seen trying reverse and heard shouting something about cheap sat navs.
Day 5 30 30 lvl 15 hill climb 12km Cheap Trick Live at the Budokan disc 1
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