Workin’ on the Chain: 16 Reasons We Need Bikes

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It’s the British National Bike Week – and on Thursday, I’ll be attending the University of York Cycle Fair (PDF). Please excuse me while I enthuse wildly on this subject. A Matter Of Fact Remember those long summer holidays where you bronzed your limbs by cycling helter-skelter down country paths, enjoying the movement of the pit of your stomach when … Read More

…and Attempting Something Novel.

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I don’t know what stage my book is at. (Except that it’s before all the other ones). I’d use the phrase “brainstorming”, except I think “barnstorming” is far more accurate – all I’m doing is filling a notebook with lofty ideas, blue-sky thinking and as many pointlessly dangerous Immelmans as my imagination can handle. (I also strive to push metaphors … Read More

Putting My Best Mug Forward…

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Last month, I wrote an article about making a personal stand against throwaway cups. Since it got picked up by the Huffington Post, it’s about time I demonstrated that I’m a man whose words are equally balanced by his deeds. In short: meet my mug. Yes, it’s from Starbucks. Stake me to a tree and set wild leopards on me … Read More

Why I’d Make A Great English Teacher

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(Fevered Mutterings v2.0: September 2006) ….. Sir, I’ve finished the story you set for me. That’s the single most stupid thing I’ve heard this week, and this week has been a veritable Ardennes of stupidity. You haven’t “finished” it. You’ve merely stopped working on it. It will never be finished, and that is the sickening tragedy of it all. Give … Read More


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links of noltland, orkney

A piece I wrote for a now-deceased online magazine (edited by the fabulous Karen Walrond) back in 2006.  I’m holding the cup to my face. Anywhere else, this might look a little strange; but this is Orkney, and it’s an autumn morning with the promise of winter felt in every exposed extremity.

Edinburgh, Back and Forth

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Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags, from Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle, from Salisbury Crags. Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh Castle, from Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh Tourist Board website All photos copyright M. Sowden 2009.

York: Remembering I’m Always In The Middle

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March 23rd 2006 The river Ouse was, for a long time, the bloodstream of mercantile York. In Roman times it provided the means to transport bulk goods for the military (grain, for example, as seen in the remnants of beetle-infested Roman grain cellars along Coney Street). It allowed cost-effective transportation of raw and worked materials in and out of the … Read More