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Ready for Dunwich Dynamo

By pascalopitz

30th Sep 2010

Category: Cycling

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    Cycling shoes
    I was using SPDs on that one, which might have been the cause for my pain around the 90 mile mark. I like mtb shoes, but now I am using Speedplay Frogs as cleat/pedal system.
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    GPS
    Garmin Edge 705. Held up all night and really helped me to find the way. I hate getting lost!
    Handtec
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    Shutt jersey
    I actually had two of those, plus arm warmers, as it can get pretty cold at night. Even in summer.
    Shutt VR
  4. 4
    Silly Hat
    Everyone needs a silly hat. A silly cycling hat that is.
    Brixton Cycles
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    Padded shorts
    Nobody should do 120 miles in one go without decent shorts. These are Pearl Izumi Elite and they're well good.
    Ghyllside cycles in Ambleside
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    Hydration
    Always take enough to drink. One bottle with water, one with Powerade and water mixed.

That's me before I set off to do the Dunwich Dynamo.

What you can't see in this picture is the stuff I have in the pannier, emergency toolkit of course, a proper light, some more layers and food, food and some more food. The mango flavour mule bar was good, as were the self made sandwiches.

The bike I rode is an Enigma Ethos, my custom made pride an joy. During the ride I managed to snap a spoke after about 40 miles, but far worse was the "hitting the wall" struggle at around the 80 mile mark. Still did the ride in 8:22 total, and am quite proud of it.

Oh no!!

By fritzthecat

29th Sep 2010

Category: Baby

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    Sing and discover piano
    Another favourite. Shame the microphone broke quite early on.
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    3 cubes
    They may look like pointless plastic cubes, but they are so much more. Nieves got them from Spain.
  3. 3
    Milk powder cup
    Very handy little item, it allows you to carry milk powder already divided in three handy portions.
  4. 4
    Eee-yi-eee-yi-oh
    Where would we be without a ukulele? How would we sing Old McDonald's Farm?
  5. 5
    Turkish drum
    It's made of metal and it has a nice sound
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    Little toy train
    Megan from flat 1 gave it to Dexter.
  7. 7
    Tractor! Tractor!
    Dexter's favourite toys at the moment. Thanks Lynn and Steve. Needs to teach him the difference between a tractor and a truck though

Some of this stuff is Dexter's, some is mine. Dexter, of course, thinks it's all his.

Magic mushroom

By chungfinn

27th Sep 2010

Category: Outdoor-survival kit

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    Eyes for Mushroom
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    Lucky hat
    always find kantarell when I have this hat on!
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    Strings
    It is used to pull myself together.
  4. 4
    moral compass
    without it, I will never walk out the Blair Witch Forest.
  5. 5
    small but big bag
    Everything fits in it. Almost.
  6. 6
    Trusty Gum boot A
    Rain or shine, good for all the wet surface.
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    Chai chai chai
    All you need is tea.
  8. 8
    matches
    Just in case I need to start a fire..
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    Trusty Gum boot B
  10. 10
    Second most important!
    SUGAR!
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    Map of magical forest
    Map. without it, you are lost. But one can afford to be lost in life from time to time.
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    Mushroom knife
    Just to make myself looking more like a pro in the forest.
  13. 13
    unwelcome visitor remover
    Remove ticks from sucking your blood.
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    Bible
    All you need to know about mushrooms!

kan-ta-rell

The three syllable word dances on my tongue.

I have not known anything about mushroom until that day in the deep forest by the twilight, something glowing in the dark was calling me. Even the paper bag that kantarell once reside oozes the frangrance that would drive Grenouille crazy.

I have become a kantarell seeker ever since.

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    Gold court shoes
    These have served me well over a few years - adding a bit of pleasingly distressed glitter to an outfit.
    Originally from Dune
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    Tunisian silver necklace
    This was a gift from a friend who was in Tunisia. Apparently, silver is traditionally sold in this form to show its quality (a chain of flattened, roughly worked hoops), and priced by weight. It would usually then be worked into another form, but I like the chunky oddness of it as it is.
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    Shift dress
    Ghanaian wax-print dress with peacock pattern, from fantastic shop in Greenwich market.
    Sika, Greenwich
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    Ted Baker belt
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    Clutch bag with strap
    It's not so clear in the photo but this has contrast detail with a different colour/grain ofleather. I like the vaguely art-deco style and square clasp. Plus it's big enough for a small umbrella - essential for a summer garden party in these parts!
    Mimco

This was my outfit for a posh garden party this summer. I spent ages looking for the perfect dress, then found it in Greenwich market. The shop specialises in modern designs using beautiful African prints - including these wax-print peacocks. They're pretty and vibrant and unusual, and this one fits really nicely.

The necklace was from a friend travelling in Tunisia. Silver is traditionally sold by weight in these in these long, flattened chains (I think it's to show the purity of the metal) and then melted down to create whatever the silversmith wants. But I like the way it glitters as it is, and having that story behind it is pretty neat too.

Handbag essentials

By jenjen

20th Sep 2010

Category: In my bag

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    iPhone
    I love my iPhone. Even if everyone else on the train has one too...
  2. 2
    Teracotta warriors travel card holder
    This was a freebie from a British Museum exhibition promotion. It's getting a bit tatty now but the exhibition was amazing (plus, excellent posing potential on the tube) so I'm a bit attached to it now.
  3. 3
    Fossil wallet
    Huuge wallet. I tried to use a smaller one but could never fit everything in...
  4. 4
    Perfume
    This is such a juicy, fruity perfume - Nectarine Blossom and Honey. It's always a pick-me-up
    Jo Malone
  5. 5
    Paul A Young
    This chocolate shop is near my work - I seem to be a regular customer now.
    Paul A Young
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    Pass card
    Work security pass with zippy extension cord and belt-clip.
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    'Be prepared' kit
    And I wasn't even a girl guide. Tissues, blister plasters and wallet with painkillers, rennies etc. Walking pharmacy!
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    Card holder
    Cos I'm a young professional, innit.
    Paperchase
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    Ted Baker bag
    I love this bag - smart but with some cool detailing. I loved the bright purple version but that might be a bit much with my purple jacket, purple glasses and purple shoes...
    Ted Baker
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    Keys
    ...of course. It has a glow-in-the-dark keyfob which is handy for finding it in the cavernous recesses of my handbag.
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    Umbrella-ella-ella
    Orla Kiely-alike brolly from Boots
    Boots
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    Cotton carrier bag
    The pattern is from a baker's shop in Barcelona - I loved the graphic on the bag my bread came in, so I kept it, scanned it, and got it printed on a carrier bag.
  13. 13
    Book
    I've always got my nose in a book when I'm travelling (part of the reason my handbags have to be BIG).
  14. 14
    Cross Pen
    This was a birthday gift, and I love it. It's got peacock feathers and silver engraving on it, and feels really elegant to use.
    http://www.cityorg-pdq.co.uk/

It comes everywhere with me and has to cater for every eventuality - tube delays, pouring rain and shopping in Barcelona bakeries!

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