Our Pets

Happy Birthday Dusky

April 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Happy Birthday Dusky

Dusky is three (3) years old today, so Happy Birthday ‘Little Pud’ A more laid back, self contained, happy cat you couldn’t wish to meet. He just gets on doing what he wants to do, accommodates everyone and everything, and provides a constant little commentary as he moves around the apartment. He loves the roof, […]

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 […]

Lifestyle

Pickwick Backpack

April 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Pickwick Backpack

I have a new favourite website, www.brooksengland.com having come across them when I recently bought their Pickwick Backpack. They are (so it seems) famous for custom made, classic style, leather seats for bikes, and the ones they have on their site look excellent. They also do a range of classic style panniers and bags, and […]

Presecription Sunglasses

April 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Presecription Sunglasses

I have worn (or needed) glasses since I was 14 when an accident at school left me short sighted, which still seems weird. Having being knocked out I subsequently found my eye site wasn’t great and it turned out I was short sighted. On the basis that I wasn’t before the accident it was either […]

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 […]

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

Pickwick Backpack

April 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment
Pickwick Backpack

I have a new favourite website, www.brooksengland.com having come across them when I recently bought their Pickwick Backpack. They are (so it seems) famous for custom made, classic style, leather seats for bikes, and the ones they have on their site look excellent. They also do a range of classic style panniers and bags, and […]

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 […]

Other Stuff

Demand Justice for Murdered Spanish Hunting Dogs

Demand Justice for Murdered Spanish Hunting Dogs

April 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

When they’ve outlived their “usefulness” or displeased their owners, Spanish hunting dogs are often subjected to unbelievably inhumane deaths. I started this petition to stop the cruelty. I live in Spain and I was horrified when I found out that hunters in my country are getting away with killing their hunting dogs. Every spring, hunters […]

End Canada’s Seal Hunt

End Canada’s Seal Hunt

April 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Right now seals are being killed in the commercial hunt in Canada. It’s cruel and it has to stop. People around the world continue to say “no” to seal products, but the Canadian government stubbornly continues trying to sell these cruel products. They are fighting the European Union ban at the World Trade Organisation and […]

Foie gras: Cruel and illegal

Foie gras: Cruel and illegal

April 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Foie gras: Proven to be cruel and clearly illegal – yet the European Commission continues to take no action. Enough is enough. For years Compassion and other animal welfare organisations have provided the Commission with a wealth of scientific evidence, detailed briefings and formal complaints on the illegality of foie gras production. It is unacceptable […]