The Film

Film Blog: I might live to regret saying this, but…

A word or two about this whole film thing, while it’s still a hot topic. (Warning — this post may contain ranting.)


It was never my idea to video my bike trips. Andy gets full credit (blame?) for that. I was seriously unconvinced that it was worth the bother and stubbornly ignored his attempts to get me enthused. I was far more interested in photography and writing. Besides, I’d never used a video camera before.

(This was early 2007 — four-and-a-half years ago now, which is enough time to leave sixth form and get a Masters’ degree, or to see your newborn child well into primary school, or to spend 216 working weeks at a desk.)

The Book The Film

Janapar: A Long-Awaited Title (Thanks To You)

Writing and filming the bloody thing was the easy bit. After months of fruitless pondering and a last-minute flurry of readers’ ideas from Turn to Tom’s Bike Trip: What Not To Do If You Want To Cycle Round The World, it was only last night I finally decided on a title: Janapar.

Most people’s reaction so far has been along the lines of  “Hmmm… interesting…” (whilst stroking their chin thoughtfully)

“…so what does it mean?”

Janapar - last day of the online edit

Personal Updates

London From An Adventure Cyclist’s Viewpoint

A suitcase and a bicycle were the extent of my luggage for my recent ‘move’ to London (what — no panniers?!).

The suitcase contained more camping gear than clothes. And the clothes were mainly of the breathable / waterproof / thermal / quick-drying variety. I’ve already bivvied inside Zone One. Such is the attempt of a dyed-in-the-wool outdoorsman to ‘settle’ in an urban environment!

Roadless northern Mongolia

Upcoming Events

A Day To Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

Cycling legend Kim Nguyen, the tenacious chap behind the Ride Planet Earth bicycle journey from Australia to Copenhagen for the COP15 conference, has been hard at work since finishing his epic ride. He’s asked me to help him promote Moving Planet, a day of action on September 24th (that’s this weekend!) in support of transitioning as quickly as possible to a global low-carbon society. It looks to be gaining a lot of momentum — well done Kim and co!

Moving Planet

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Get ready to be a part of something HUGE.

Pop over to the Moving Planet website to find out if there’s an event planned near you — or there’s always the Facebook group

The Film

Film Blog: The Results Are In, And The Title Is…

…well, that’s the thing — I don’t think we’re quite there yet. So I’m extending the deadline as far as physically possible — this Friday. More than 60 70 80 90 100 comments have been posted in the discussion so far, an overwhelming amount of input and thought, for which I can’t thank you enough — it’s been a brilliant discussion.

Below is my current shortlist — which do you prefer?

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(What’s Janapar? A common Armenian word meaning road/route/way/journey, oft found loitering in native songs/poems/compositions)

The title will appear in this shot (ignore the low quality for now), directly after the opening scene:

Got something better? Please post it here or on the original discussion. Thanks once again for all the input so far — it’s been immeasurably useful.