Our Pets

Happy Anniversary Kasper

July 15, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Anniversary Kasper

Today we have had Kasper (aka baby Cat) two (2) years. I was in the UK at the time, which is slightly ironic as Sands is in the UK at the moment, and returned to find Sands hand feeding this little kitten. He had been found by a lady called Kim Sheppard in Murcia, tied […]

Happy Anniversary Fleur

June 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Anniversary Fleur

Birthdays are great but the really special day with a rescue animal is the day it entered your life, and that is what happened four (4) years ago today with little Fleur. Alerted to her plight (she was stuck in a high walled garden, unable to get out, with the skeletal remains of her sibling), […]

Happy Anniversary Dusky

June 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Anniversary Dusky

Birthdays are great but the really special day with a rescue animal is the day it entered your life, and that is what happened three (3) years ago today with little Dusky. Life is full of “What If’s” and we rarely no the answer, but I do know that if we hadn’t decided to walk […]

Happy Birthday Kasper

June 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Birthday Kasper

Our little boy (and he is still a very skinny, agile little monkey) is two years old today. He remains a little bundle of mischief, who thinks nothing of just butting in to get his own way. One way or another he has manged to befriend all the cats: Saidi is more than happy for […]

Lifestyle

Home Alone

July 10, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Home Alone

Just back from dropping Sands at the airport as she is off to the UK for a week, which means I am ‘home alone’ for the week. Nothing particularly interesting about that, other than the (outdated) responses I got when I told people. A neighbour responded with “I know who I will be feeding then […]

Philips AT892/22 AquaTouch Wet and Dry Electric Shaver with Jet Clean and Charge system

June 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Philips AT892/22 AquaTouch Wet and Dry Electric Shaver with Jet Clean and Charge system

Recently bought myself a Philips AT892/22 AquaTouch Wet and Dry Electric Shaver with Jet Clean and Charge system, I think the first electric shaver that I have owned. I recall trying electric when I first started to address the old bum fluff, but never really liked it and have been a ‘wet shave’ man all […]

My Vegetarian Month: Review

June 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
My Vegetarian Month: Review

So that is the end of my vegetarian month and to be honest not a lot changed from my earlier update. Sticking to a vegetarian diet at home was easy: ate far more pasta than usual, a reasonable amount of rice, but very few potatoes. I lost a little weight, but not as much as […]

Happy Birthday ONE!

May 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Birthday ONE!

ONE is ten years old. Received this email from co-founder, Bono (not personally you understand just a mail shot) with a link worth looking at. A lot has changed in a decade. 10 years ago, Facebook existed on a computer in a college dorm. There were no tweets, hashtags or iPhones. The only people occupying […]

Harley's

Harley-Davidson teases its first electric motorcycle

June 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Harley-Davidson teases its first electric motorcycle

No! Love it or hate it the sound or a Harley is distinctive, but for how long is now the question. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle company could be going a bit quieter with its next model. The outfit posted a teaser video with a bike briefly zooming down a section of Route 66, and while there […]

Road King Charged Up

February 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Road King Charged Up

After months of neglect I have finally got round to charging up the 2002 Road King Classic, and bless her she fired up first time and sounded great. Next on the list: air in the tires and then a good clean (she more than deserves it) and then …… start riding her. I have never […]

Solo or Two Up

October 29, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
Solo or Two Up

Up until recently I had both the 2001 Fat Boy and the 2002 Road King Classic here in Spain, so was fortunate to have them set up as solo (Fat Boy) and two up (Road King Classic. Personally I think the two bikes look best set up this way, but check out the photos below […]

Road King Classic Brawler Solo Seat

October 25, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
Road King Classic Brawler Solo Seat

Just fitted the new Brawler Solo Seat to the Road King Classic, took all of ten minutes and looks great. Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet as bit wet and am tired from the last UK ALStrays Transport so going to save that pleasure until tomorrow. Huge thanks to all at Stoke […]

Technology

HTC ONE M7 802W 802t 802D Dual SIM Cards Matte Hard Case

June 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
HTC ONE M7 802W 802t 802D Dual SIM Cards Matte Hard Case

Finally, after literally years of trying, I have found a case for a phone that I actually like, and use! I bought the on HTC ONE M7 802W 802t 802D Dual SIM Cards Matte Hard Case eBay from China and was more than a tad skeptical that it would turn up as some over priced […]

Security & Antivirus|Lookout

May 29, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Security & Antivirus|Lookout

Wish I had the Security & Antivirus|Lookout application for Android when I had my Samsung Galaxy S3 stolen in Bosnia last year! The updated application has a tool suite called Theft Alerts which monitors your phone for unusual activities, sends you alerts and allows you to initiate a series of actions, including finding the phone […]

Smartphone or Tablet

May 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Smartphone or Tablet

Love my HTC One Dual SIM and am very happy with my two Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1′s (long story but I bricked the SIM card on my first one so bought a replacement intending to sell the bricked one as WiFi only ….. but I am still using it in the TV room in the […]

HTC One Dual Sim

May 22, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
HTC One Dual Sim

I have just replaced my Samsung S4 Dual SIM phone with the HTC One Dual SIM, which was the phone I had on pre release order before I found out that I could get the Samsung S4 Dual SIM from Asia. The only reason I cancelled the HTC and went with the Samsung was so […]

Opinion

5 Expats Myths

May 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
5 Expats Myths

I see the expat papers have been trundling out their usual rubbish about Expat Dreams becoming nightmares etc etc. I don’t think I have even come across an Expat who claims to have ‘dreamt’ about an Expat Lifestyle. For the majority (those that have retired abroad) I suspect that there dreams when they were younger […]

Man Utd Next Manager

May 5, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Man Utd Next Manager

Fergie may we have been a genius of a manager (he was certainly successful) but he has rapidly shown himself to be a disaster in the boardroom, and a huge liability. I don’t think anybody thought that David Moyes was ‘ready’ for the job as Manchester United Manager (except it seems for Fergie and Moyes […]

UK is not European

February 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
UK is not European

I am interested as to how European the ‘typical Brit’ feels, because as far as I can tell the UK is remarkably un-European. Most months our ALStrays Pet Transport business sees me driving through Spain, France, Germany, Holland, and Belgium, as well as the UK. In addition we regularly visit Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Croatia […]

Scottish Independence

February 18, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Scottish Independence

Seriously does anybody care about Scottish Independence? I appreciate that for some (but let’s face it it is a small number and a minority in their own country) passionate Scots it is an important subject, and I have no issue with their desires for debate, referendum, or indeed independence. My question is: does anybody really […]

Cycling

New Personal Best

May 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
New Personal Best

Did a new PB on my Cube Peloton Pro Compact Road Bike 2013 yesterday. My first recorded ride on the bike was on the 15th February: 18.02km in 55min 23secs. Yesterday I recorded the same ride: 18.06km in 44min 46secs. An improvement of 11min. A number of reasons for this: 1. I am fitter for […]

Cycling On Sand

May 5, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Cycling On Sand

In theory the fact that we live by a nature reserve should make for some good off road cycling but at the moment I am struggling because it is so sand based. Their are a lot of paths through the nature reserve but so far I am only finding ones that are very sandy, so […]

Vitus Bikes Mach 3 City Bike 2013

May 5, 2014 | By | 2 Comments
Vitus Bikes Mach 3 City Bike 2013

Bought Sands a new bike recently, a Vitus Bikes Mach 3 City Bike 2013 from, you guessed, www.chainreactioncycles.com So far so good. She is getting used to the thinner tyres, lower weight, better gears, smaller saddle, and is doing well. She is finding it tough on her wrists at the moment but they will strengthen […]

Corratec X-Vert Motion 2013

May 5, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Corratec X-Vert Motion 2013

Bought another bike recently from www.chainreactioncycles.com/es/es, a Corratec X-Vert Motion 2013 Specification Featuring RST Gila disc fork, refined over the years, now a benchmark entry to the world of MTB suspension. Shimano Deore 9 speed. A proven great value performer. Low Profile Chainstay – The lowered chain stay ensures additional distance to the chain. This […]

Other Stuff

Free Arturo the Polar Bear from His Hot, Lonely Pen

Free Arturo the Polar Bear from His Hot, Lonely Pen

July 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Arturo, Argentina’s only living polar bear, lives in a place where temperatures regularly soar to 40 degrees Celsius. Yet the Mendoza Zoo refuses to let him go to Canada. Arturo the polar bear lives in a concrete enclosure by himself at the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina. Temperatures in the area can regularly soar to more […]

United: Don’t Kill Any More Geese!

United: Don’t Kill Any More Geese!

July 16, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

United Utilities recently slaughterd 60 geese at its headquarters in Warrington. There are far more humane ways to deal with this issue. Earlier in July, officials at United Utilities headquarters in Warrington shot and killed 60 Canada geese. Many of the birds’ babies had just hatched; now, those goslings will be orphaned, if they haven’t […]

Save the British Beaver from Being Captured or Killed!

Save the British Beaver from Being Captured or Killed!

July 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The first beavers to be seen in England for centuries may be about to be captured or killed before they even get a chance at life in the wild. For the first time in centuries, the wild beaver has been spotted in Britain. But rather than try and encourage this unique animal to thrive in […]

Don’t Give This Animal-killer a TV Show!

Don’t Give This Animal-killer a TV Show!

July 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

A teenager named Kendall Jones hunts animals for sport all over the world, including endangered ones. But instead of being punished or discouraged, she’s getting her own TV show. The first animal Kendall Jones killed was a white rhino, which she murdered with a Remington rifle. Since then, the 19-year-old Texan has slaughtered leopards, lions, […]

One of Africa’s Rarest Birds Deserves a Chance To Survive

One of Africa’s Rarest Birds Deserves a Chance To Survive

July 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

There are only about 500 Djibouti Francolins left in the whole world. But if we act now, there still may be a chance to save them. With its vibrant markings and unforgettable call, the Djibouti Francolin is one of Africa’s most unique birds. And unfortunately, it’s also one of the continent’s rarest: There are only […]