RideLondon Training – Week 2 Review

Much better weather last week so I was able to get out each day.  Week 2 is basically the same as week 1 – so 1 hour a day over 4 days, with rest days in between.

I’ve worked on quite a few routes that help keep the training interesting and varied, plus when it’s blowing a hoolie it means I can choose a route that involves an outward route into the wind, and a return leg with the wind on my back.
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How to: Cycle with Zwift (a basic guide)

Zwift is taking the cycling community by storm, giving riders an immersive cycling experience from the comfort of their own living room. OK, using an indoor turbo trainer can probably never be considered a comfortable experience, but I’ve found that using Zwift helps address the monotony of indoor cycling staring at a blank wall – plus unique experiences like waving at dolphins while cycling underwater.

This article tells you a bit about how I got started with Zwift, the kit you’ll need and some tips on how to get the most out of it over the first few weeks . . . Continue Reading


RideLondon Training – Week 1 Review

Last week was really busy, what with a performance of our festival play at the Cambridge Drama Festival coupled with helping my better half prepare for her Brownie Pack Holiday – I had almost zero time to fit in any rides.  In addition, the weather was rubbish with another storm covering the UK for much of the week.

It didn’t make for a good start to my 12 week training plan for RideLondon, but I did manage to get in two indoor rides using Zwift . . .

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Cycling: RideLondon for Prostate Cancer UK

My cycling jersey and fundraising kit from Prostate Cancer UK arrived in the post the other day, which means I’m definitely signed up and registered for RideLondon!  Choosing to ride for a charity was a no-brainer – the only choice left was which charity to choose …
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Cycling: Back in training

At the end of July I’m going to be riding the Prudential RideLondon – a 100 mile cycling event on closed roads around London and the Surrey Hills, made particularly famous during the 2012 London Olympics.  Last week I realised that this event is only 14 weeks away, and so I needed to start my proper training plan sooner than later! Continue Reading


Sound for One Night In November (but in April)

Lately I’ve spent a bugger load of time putting together the sound design for the Bawds spring production of ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER, which is currently (at the time of writing) at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Following the story of one family’s harrowing experience of the Coventry Blitz, the play examines the idea that Winston Churchill had advance warning of the attack.  Was Coventry sacrificed for the greater good? Or to provoke and hasten America’s entry into the war?

It’s an interesting piece – not only for the recurring conspiracy theories floating around in the subtext, but also because it has presented me with the most technically challenging play I have ever been involved with.  Along with the usual telephone and vehicle effects (which are par-for-the-course in most productions),  most of the second act involves the bombing of Coventry, so I have needed to put multiple complex bombing sequences together that are linked to midi cues which, in turn, trigger lighting cues for explosions. Oh, and projection. Continue Reading


It’s country Jim, but not as we know it

Which artists spring to mind when you think of country music?

Dolly Parton? Patsy Cline? Johnny Cash? Willie Nelson?

These artists are among the many legends of the music world that define the word, but these days there is a massive resurgence of modern-day country that is taking the world (and the UK) by storm.  Traditional country music still exists, but now a bucket load of (usually younger) artists are breaking the traditional mould and introducing a whole generation to a new sound. Continue Reading