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Kit Kat Green Tea

KitKat

It’s August already.  I am not quite sure how this has happened.  A friend just said to me about meeting in December and despite thinking “ahhh, all the way at the end of the year, grrrr”, I suddenly thought to myself, “ohh, that’s not actually that far away”. I meant to share my KitKit, well, [...]

Me in front of the Pride police car

London Gay Pride 2017

This was my third time at London Pride, where I watched the parade and absorbed the atmosphere. It is a wonderful event. I think it is the ambience and the sprawling crowds. One is free to be how they want to be, to wear what want to wear and celebrate who they are. Wider society [...]

Obesity: The Post Mortem on BBC iPlayer

Autopsy of a person with a lot of excess fat

On iPlayer at the moment is Obesity: The Post Mortem. When I saw it, I was instantly intrigued. As I lay in bed watching it, I couldn’t quite remember if I watched an autopsy years ago on Channel 4. I think I may have. Either way, watching this didn’t shock me – perhaps though because [...]

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Improving the driving test?

Good morning, The Driving and Vehicle Standard Authority (DVSA) currently has an open consultation on its vision of improving the driving test. I have given my views. You should too. I would have liked, of course, to have seen proposals relating to the further protection of cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Alas, I supported [...]

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Go out and vote!

I’ve just voted.  Go out and vote. It’s so important to have your say.  Today may be the Mayoral, Local, or Police and Crime Commissioner election in your area. Educate yourself and use your vote to have a say on how your money is spent.  At any level of elected office, the direction is decided [...]

Westminster Cathedral all lit up

Doing January

The month of January is about to end; the first month of the year of 2016 gone.  How did that happen?  I’ve “done” January. The year of 2015 was very eventful. But I want to make 2016 even more so.  The first month was a relaxed one, but still quite eventful and now I feel [...]

By Samuel Shoesmith

Red Poppy, White Poppy

Hello, Here’s a short video I put together which briefly looks into the fact we have been told we need to wear a red poppy. I talk about my wearing of the white poppy. What does this mean? Do I wear both? What arguments do I have? Will you be wearing a poppy? Of which [...]

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Women

Today I want to talk about yesterday.  It is coincidental there are two other women cropped up on my radar so what follows is a post about three women; the struggles they are faced and the role models they became. I’m a man.  I cannot write in empathy but with sympathy of the inequalities that [...]

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BBC should keep using the Met Office

I am very disappointed at the BBC’s decision to end its contract with the Met Office.  A middle finger to this decision.   The Met office is the most accurate forecaster, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.  It has made some infamous cock-ups, but generally it is brilliant.  In its 93 year relationship, the BBC [...]

Just before we left

Cycled 90 miles

On Friday 24th April, Seb and I cycled from Wellingborough to London.  It was a long and hard journey totalling 90 miles.  We were shattered. After much deliberation, umming and ahhhhing we finally left Wellingborough just after 10.30am. Last year I bought a Garmin device for my bicycle.  It records all kinds of information.  We [...]