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Learning To Use Intimidation


A truck approached. It slowed down rapidly, as though it was a last minute decision from the pedal-heavy driver. I was riding on the hard shoulder, without music because I’d overplayed most songs recently and was bored of Every. Single. Album. For a while, silence, creaky gears and bird noises had most definitely replaced Mos Def. […]

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If You’re Having A Bad Day


There’s a very valid time for quitting and walking away, and there’s a very valid time for sticking to your guns and ploughing on. I think more often than not, ploughing on is probably the best approach. The right or wrong decision is something that is obvious when you look back and connect the dots, but it […]

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A Letter To A Thick Chunk Of Paper


Dear Book, Sorry for telling you to leave and never come back. But sometimes… well, sometimes I hate you. You don’t even realise you’re doing it, but you make everything so difficult. Whenever we’re in the same room, I hollowly stare at you – for hours or days – like a boneheaded idiot gazing at your […]

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It’s All Relative


The following is a guest post from Emma at Gotta Keep Movin’. She writes about that age old question of what an adventure is. My view on this is unreliable and changes more than a regularly rotated hourglass, so it’s nice to read that Emma has a way more solid approach. Anyway, it can be easy to get drowned in […]

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Everybody panic! There’s nothing we can do!


At this very moment, no-one can control the weather, or the passing of time, or an asteroid that’s heading straight for us that our telescopes haven’t seen yet. No-one can control a shoe in mid-air that’s flying towards our head. Not me, you, us, them or we. No-one. There’s a massive list of stuff that none […]

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The Value Of Grit, Trust and Time [TED Talk: Video]

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to give this talk at TEDxStormont in Belfast. It’s supposed to be called ‘The Value of Grit’ and uses stories from last years bike trip to touch on: why we should trust ourselves, why putting things off for too long is rarely sensible, and the value of elephants / […]

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I don’t know if this is a good idea to write, or whether it’s insensitive and inappropriate. It’s not meant to be, but maybe only New Yorkers or US Citizens or people who were there that day can talk about this.  Usually the specifics of a single day become less clear as time goes on, […]

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Burnout: How To Cure It (With Lessons From Pjorn)


In my experience the stages of burnout go like this: Oh yes! I’m so excited to be starting this. Think of the possibilities! Hmmm. It’s not gaining as much traction as first hoped. But hey, life’s alright. Are these doubts going to subside? Ah forget that, let’s keep cracking on. We’re struggling, something just fell […]

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An Interview with Andy Kirkpatrick: The Dark Side To A Life Of Climbing


Andy Kirkpatrick is a climber, an author and a comedian. His draw to suffering in hardcore, vertical and freezing locations, combined with the technical and mental skills to get by in such places, and an ability to tell the story of those experiences in a relatable and funny way, is unique.  There’s a dark side to big trips that doesn’t seem […]

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Nights and Mornings (AKA. Creative Rejuvenation, Insights & Spontaneity)


During that time a while back of living on a bicycle, one of the best parts was talking to people about things like finding a path in life, being content, ambitious, happy, making big decisions and all that good stuff. Those conversations were a consistent positive in a state of heavily fluctuating moods, mentalities and motivations. There’s a […]

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