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Paris – April 2017 – Easter Break

I’ve had the fortune to visit Paris on a number of occasions, until recently, always either destination for, or passing through some band related trip, so it was great to return as a tourist and spend some time in the city. (I’m not including spending hours waiting in Gare du Nord waiting to catch snow train to Moutier…. that is another story!) The first time I visited was in 1985 when as part of an epic trip by our school…

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Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness

Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness Holiday

This year for our summer holiday Mrs Q and I decided to split our holiday between two destinations.  Both of us practice Yoga so we thought it would be a good time to go on a Yoga / Fitness break.  After some searches on the web Mrs Q found a company that offered short term fitness breaks including Yoga in Tuscany.  As neither of us had visited Tuscany before, this was a good opportunity for us to experience it’s food,…

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Prudential Ride London

Prudential Ride London 2016

This year I won a place in the ballot to ride in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike ride.  Having previously participated in the London to Brighton rides on my Marin Nail Trail, for this ride I thought it would be much better and more comfortable to purchase a proper road bike.  After some research and online browsing I chose an entry level Chris Boardman bike from local Halfords, quite a bargain too as it was on sale, being last years…

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Recording Session for Helen Power’s Debut Album

On Saturday 27th I had the pleasure of spending some time in the studio to record some trumpet lines for Mrs Q’s debut album.  After much delaying, Helen has finally got around to kicking off this project big time.  I am not going to spoil anything by revealing much about the album content, that wouldn’t be fair, you can probably guess if you know Mrs Q’s vocals, that they will be impeccable, and there will be a fair chunk of…

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Flying Scotsman at New Southgate

Let’s face it, we all know there are very few benefits to commuting into central London from the suburbs on a daily basis.  To see the Flying Scotsman in full steam on Thursday was a real privilege and huge thrill.  I was wearily going through my normal morning routine with BBC Breakfast TV on in the background when I spotted the news regarding it’s historic trip from London’s Kings Cross to York, departing at 08:40.  Being a regular commuter, I…

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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2016

Having participated in the London to Brighton a couple of times I decided it was time to go for a bigger event.  This year I have received a place to ride in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey.  Shame, I’ll have to buy another bike.. 🙂 I will be raising money for charity so be prepared to be pestered! Can I claim this ride as my first training ride??   First bike ride of 2016 snowy Hertfordshire fields… #mybasishabits #marinbikes #nailtrail #barnet #london…

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Royal Parks Half Marathon 2015

I am running the Royal Parks Half marathon again this year, raising funds for Men United Prostate Cancer. Please donate by visiting my JustGiving page, or by SMS by:- TEXT : DQRP90 £5 to 70070 to sponsor me £5 About Royal Parks Half Marathon The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place each October, starting and finishing in the stunning Hyde Park. Over 16,000 runners take part in the 13.1 mile route through Central London, taking in the spectacular sites of…

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How to hire developers

How to hire developers, why not do what Tivago has done! This appealed to my sense of mischief and belief that good developers are always curious, looking under the hood of what competitor sites or other sites from companies they admire are up to!

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Great Newham Run 2015 Completed

I participated the Great Newham Run on July 19th, completing the 10k course in 51:15 which wasn’t bad considering little training.  It was a great day, hotter than expected, very well organised, and the buzz as you entered the stadium for the last 300m was fantastic.  Recommend it to other runners!  The course takes you around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park used for 2012 games.  This year, still quite a lot of building going on but when park is finished it…

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London to Brighton Ride 2015 Completed

On Saturday, June 20th, Team PQ assembled in London for a full on Carb loaded meal to fuel us for the following day’s British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride.  Aiming to be at the start gate in time for our starting slot meant an early night so we didn’t go too overboard on the vino! With the car loaded, we departed and made good time finding a suitable parking spot in Clapham for our support team to find…

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