Travelling With Sports Equipment

For many travellers sporting activities are a big feature of their holidays. There is nothing quite like a white water rafting trip, the thrill of snow sports or simply taking a run in stunning surroundings. There are plenty of great options if you want to keep active whilst you are away but taking part in sports abroad does have its problems and these are mainly luggage related. Continue reading

Retro Rules

What goes around comes around, that is what they say and this is certainly true of fashion. I often wonder if it is worth holding on to all of my clothes long after they have gone out of fashion because you can bet your life that everything ends up being positively in again at some point in the future. If you wait long enough then those old styles that had you recoiling in horror will suddenly be the coolest things around. Continue reading

What’s In a Japanese Name?

Today it is hard to imagine that there was a time when we couldn’t record TV programmes or create our own video footage but there was and it wasn’t that long ago. I can still remember the excitement that ensued when the first video recorders started appearing. Being able to record and keep TV broadcasts seemed really out there and technologically brilliant but initially the equipment was extremely costly and beyond the means of most people. Continue reading

Bespoke Ski Boots are On the Horizon


Memories of my first forays into the world of skiing are still fresh. I had booked a first trip to the slopes and was facing the prospect of accumulating all of the necessary clothing and equipment. I couldn’t believe how many things I needed to buy but I really didn’t want to rent anything. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like skiing but renting was relatively costly and seemed like money down the drain. I had a lot of shopping to do but everything was going well until I got to the boots. Continue reading

Winter Olympic Inspiration

A global sporting event usually results in at least some people being inspired to try out new activities or to return to a hobby from their youth. With the Winter Olympics now including several cool and funky disciplines like snowboarding and freestyle skiing I can imagine that there are many youngsters looking on and feeling that they might want to take up snowsports. That is fine if you live in Switzerland but perhaps not so easy in you live in Surrey! Continue reading

Enjoy Your Sports Before You Fall Apart

I have always been an active and sporty person with a sense of adventure. Virtually every year has brought a new challenge with more activities to try and yet another sport to master. Until recently I have had no trouble coping with any activities and have always looked forward to more adventures but then things took a drastic turn for the worse as my body finally started to show signs of age. Continue reading

Why You Should Wear A Ski Helmet

424px-Schumi_di_GP_Kanada_2011_croppedMichael Schumacher’s recent accident has focussed the spotlight on the subject of skiing accidents and the wearing of helmets. The demise of an unknown on the slopes rarely makes the headlines but Schumacher is big news and his accident has been subject to a forensic examination both by the authorities and the media. Many of the details are still unclear but one thing seems certain. If the racing driver had not been wearing a helmet he would almost certainly have died on the mountain.

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Adventure Sports – Daredevil or Safe as Houses?


I have always been the adventurous sort looking to travel and to try out new activities. Whenever I see something exciting I feel an overwhelming desire to have a go which you would think might have brought trouble knocking on my door at some point but it never has. Despite a complete lack of experience or skill in any particular outdoor pursuit I have survived white water rafting, hydrospeed, zip lining, horse riding, quad biking and paragliding on several occasions. I have always emerged with little more than the odd bruise so when my friends describe me as a daredevil I feel like a fraud. I am actually a bit of a wimp as my recent attempts at learning to ski have proved. Continue reading

Is Cycling Becoming More Dangerous in Britain?


I used to cycle to work two of three days each week. It was a lengthy and hilly journey of 20 miles which took me variously on busy roads, quiet streets and cycle paths. I am not the fastest cyclist in the world and so the journeys ate up much of my spare time but I found that it was liberating to escape the traffic jams even if my travels took longer overall. Cycling was also great for my fitness levels and my wallet as I saved a fortune on fuel. Ultimately I returned to my car, however, as I was struggling for time and had come close to a having a bad accident on several occasions. Continue reading