Our Pets

Happy Birthday Moreno

April 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Birthday Moreno

Moreno is eight (8) years old today so a HUGE Happy Birthday to the main man! I am amazed how quickly the years have flown by, and every day I am so thankful that we have him in our lives. I wouldn’t want to think what life would be like without him, and he has […]

Happy Birthday Orla

March 31, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Birthday Orla

Little Orla would have been six (6) today bless her. Such a short life but a huge impact on both Sands and I, and without her brief time with us I doubt we would have adopted Oscar, Fleur, Dusky and Kasper as we were set on just the two (Moreno and Saidi) but having seen […]

Happy Anniversary Teo

March 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Anniversary Teo

A year ago today Teo woke up in the concrete shed that had become his home, with nothing much to look forward to apart from searching for food, avoiding the cars on the road, and trying not to be caught. We were first made aware of an abandoned Galgo on the 12th March and Sandra […]

Teo Birthday (Video & Photos)

March 5, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Teo Birthday (Video & Photos)

Teo was 5 years old recently and as I was in Malaga dropping a cat off from the UK and Sands at the airport as she was going to the UK I thought I would take Teo and Tigra to see Charlotte at 112 Carlota Galgos, which is where we adopted Tigra from. Teo had […]

Lifestyle

MBT

March 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
MBT

Many years ago, living in the UK, my Pilates Instructor tried to persuade me to buy some MBT (Movement Through Instability) shoes that she had just started to sell. At the time I wasn’t interested thinking they couldn’t really make that much difference, that I was fit so wouldn’t benefit from them, and they had […]

Getting Fitter: Smaller Steps

March 2, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Getting Fitter: Smaller Steps

Two months in and I am heading in the right direction: albeit very slowly! February was always going to be a tough a month with three ALStrays Pet Transports which meant that I had less time to exercise, more time sat in a van, and more temptation to eat sweets etc. I have improved the […]

Getting Fitter: Small Steps

February 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Getting Fitter: Small Steps

Well it is a month since I started to get fitter and be healthier, and it hasn’t been too bad result wise. I have lost some weight: all in the first half of the month, although having just got back from a ALStrays Transport, that is probably a little skewed as it takes me a […]

Long Long Ago

January 17, 2014 | By | 2 Comments
Long Long Ago

Friend in Minneapolis sent this photo through recently (well to be accurate they posted it on my Facebook Timeline), of me aged 18 on a Graduation camping trip to Apple River. What can I say! We were young. It was the 80′s. I was playing a lot of football (soccer for my friends across the […]

Harley's

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 […]

The Helmet Place

October 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
The Helmet Place

Searching online recently for a bluetooth motorbike helmet I cam across a company called The Helmet Place who sell a V-can Flip Up Bluetooth Helmet for £149.99 Having now had the opportunity to use said helmet I am very impressed. Great price obviously and while style is a matter of taste I love the look […]

Technology

Watching ipTV

March 6, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Watching ipTV

Watched the England v Denmark match last night via ipTV to see what it was like. As far as the game was concerned I have little hopes that we will progress through to the knock out stages in Brazil BUT we do have some promising youngsters and if the FA stick with Hodgson (who seems […]

Garmin 220 or TomTom Runner

March 5, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Garmin 220 or TomTom Runner

The Garmin or TomTom debate is on again. Last time the Garmin 510 won and I have been really pleased with it, and with the Garmon Connect application and web based service. Garmin or TomTom Garmin Forerunner 220 TomTom Runner GPS Watch Price Let’s get this out of the way first. The Garmin is $299.99 […]

Kindle Paperweight

February 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Kindle Paperweight

Bought a Kindle Paperweight recently. No real reason as I don’t exactly use the Kindle Applications on the iPad, Samsung S4 or Samsung 10.1 much! Just thought that we should have one really, and have been surprised at how much I like it. One big issue I have with the application on all of the […]

GoPro Hero 3: First Video

February 1, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
GoPro Hero 3: First Video

Picked up a GoPro Hero 3 at Christmas. No specific reason. I am not exactly into active sports, but I liked the idea of having one and figured it would be fun. Anyway I used it for the first time today: mounted to the bike (I have mounts for 3 bikes, plus helmet mounts, mounts […]

Opinion

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 | Add a 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 […]

Order Your Coffee On The Go

January 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Order Your Coffee On The Go

I try and avoid buying coffee in the UK. It is expensive, weak, and you wait an age for it to be made. I don’t like having to pay for it before I consume it, and what is it with the concept of having to queue to order it, pay for it, stand around waiting […]

Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

December 4, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Pardon the pun but LMAO at this one! “A Scottish man has been given an extra stretch inside after prison officials found him trying to smuggle both a mobile phone and its charger into prison up his bottom. Christopher Hughes was facing a nine-year sojourn in the Big House for stabbing four people outside a […]

Cycling

Future Cycling Goals

March 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Future Cycling Goals

So now the First Cycling Goal of 100km in a week has been successfully concluded I need to look at what future goals I need to set (and achieve) in order to attain my long term (still to be announced) ultimate goal that I have set myself. Future challenges will need to include: 1. A […]

100km Week

March 21, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
100km Week

This week it was time for my First Cycling Goal, to cycle 100km in a week. Given my ‘big idea’ that I am keeping to myself at the moment the 100km week is the first of what I think will be 5 goals that I need to achieve before I am ready to commit (and […]

Fitness Weeks

March 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Fitness Weeks

Read an excellent article in Cycling Plus which looked at 5 different types of training, what they would help you achieve, and why you should introduce all 5 into your exercise regime on the bike. I have decided that what I am going to do is once a month have a week focused on Cycle […]

Cube Peloton Pro Compact Road Bike 2013

March 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Cube Peloton Pro Compact Road Bike 2013

I bought a Cube Peloton Pro Compact Road Bike 2013 (Black Anodised – Blue, 62cm (24.5″) 700c) from the highly recommended www.chainreactioncycles.com back in January, and have been really impressed. To be fair I suspect that any new road bike would have impressed me given that my last road back was a 3 gear Raleigh […]

Other Stuff

Stop the Badger Cull in the UK!

Stop the Badger Cull in the UK!

April 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Tuberculosis is a growing problem in cattle. But independent reports say a mass badger slaughter will in no way stop the spread of the disease. Last year, despite widespread public outcry, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) decided to launch two “pilot” badger culls, in which contracted marksmen shot and killed the […]

Do you know an Animal Action hero?

Do you know an Animal Action hero?

April 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Last October, IFAW honoured the achievements of 10 award winners for their outstanding work to help animals. We presented the awards at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Gale and naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie. Last year’s winners included: Elizabeth McDonagh, from Cumbria, who offers refuge to the pets of […]

Save the Birds of Burgh Castle Marshes!

Save the Birds of Burgh Castle Marshes!

April 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The marshes surrounding Burgh Castle in Norfolk have long been a home for wildlife of all varieties. But a shooting club that recently moved in may put those animals in grave danger. Burgh Castle isn’t just one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in England. Its marshes are also home to a number of wild bird […]