My Conscience‐Free Kebab in Aleppo

A while back I posted on the merits of vegetarianism. While not becoming a strict veggie, I decided that drastically cutting down my meat intake was probably a good thing, having the bonus effect of making occasional meaty treats more enjoyable. I said I was looking forward to eating a…

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Hitching from England to Istanbul

Facebook has managed to almost entirely replace email as a form of electronic communication amongst friends. While I dislike the immense waste of human energy that is poured into it, I decided to use it to conduct a small experiment. I would allow my Facebook friends one chance to directly…

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Ride Earth 2009 Charity Calendar

It’s a couple of weeks into January, so it’s likely you’re thinking about getting round buying yourself a calendar for 2009. If you like your calendars to be visually appealing, you could do far worse than stumping up £12.95 for our Ride Earth charity calendar. Produced and delivered by Red…

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Magura Louise Hydraulic Disc Brake Review

Disc‐brake technology for mountain‐bikes has progressed at lightning speed in the last few years. Based on long‐standing concepts originating from motorbike technology, disc‐brakes have traditionally suffered from complex set‐up and maintenance procedures, and reliability issues. It’s just not as simple as a piece of wire attached to a caliper. It’s…

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Magura Odur 100mm Front Suspension Touring Fork Review

Choosing suspension forks for cycle touring usually involves a preliminary question — should I use forks at all? The answer, as usual, depends on where you want to go on your fully‐loaded bike. A tour on good quality asphalt doesn’t call for the control, comfort and arm/hand protection offered by…

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