PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009 : 28-Apr-2014

Since just about everyone loves my PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit. Here are some photos I took while wearing it, during today’s mini 46.85 mile cycle. Which takes my monthly total to 563.3 miles.

PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009

PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009

Marc Márquez makes me want to get my leathers on!

Finding more sexy photos of Marc Márquez in his sexy leathers makes me want to get my leathers on!!

Lorenzo - Marc Márquez
Marc Márquez
Marc Márquez

Here are some photos of myself wearing my very sexy RST Pro Series 1 Piece Leather Suit!

RST Pro Series 1 Piece Leather Suit
RST Pro Series 1 Piece Leather Suit
RST Pro Series 1 Piece Leather Suit + HJC ZF-10 Karlie helmet

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/04/2014

Bang Goes the Theory : Trains  (YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 27th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. The staff gather at a funeral for some of the patients, and Joan is in agony not knowing whether her fiance is alive or dead. It would be so dangerous if anyone knew her connection to the enemy, but Rosalie has previously seen the ring and now she watches Joan intently. Will the truth come to light? Joan’s spirits are lifted by the arrival of thirteen Tommies from her home town of Liverpool – known as the Lucky 13. Joan has a fondness for these men, whose united spirit has given them a belief that if they all stick together, none of them will die. But when she discovers that one is much sicker than thought, she finds herself the victim of blackmail. Elsewhere, Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty, but when she is summoned to meet with a mysterious figure from home it is Miles who comes to her aid. Will Kitty face up to her past? And the return of an old patient causes ripples between Roland, Grace and Margaret.

Bang Goes the Theory (BBC 1/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 28th April 2014)

Series presenting the science behind the headlines. The team look at the many measures engineers are taking to ensure Britain’s ageing rail system stays on track. Liz Bonnin looks at how signals may disappear from the trackside and how hearing impairment could be one of the biggest killers on the railway lines. Meanwhile, Maggie Philbin looks at how a train travelling at 125 mph is set to revolutionise trackside maintenance.

Britain’s Most Extreme Weather (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 28th April 2014)

Weatherman Alex Beresford investigates why Britain’s recent weather has been so severe and asks if the country is facing the worst weather in recorded history. Alex trawls through centuries of British history to compare weather from the past with that of today, and examines the latest scientific discoveries to find out if things are getting worse. The first programme looks at Britain’s most fearsome floods. This winter has been the stormiest for decades, with 13 major rainstorms that caused extensive flooding. Moving personal accounts and astonishing footage from smartphones and cameras combine to tell the story of Britain’s stormy past, including the tidal surges that flooded North Sea coasts and the hurricane-force winds that battered western shores.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th April 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. This episode is all about potential disasters, from broken sewers affecting hundreds of homes and polluted rivers. In Liverpool, the company’s only all-female team unblock customer’s drain and see off sewage in Liverpool. In Oldham, apprentice manager Faz deals with a stomach-churning blockage in Oldham. A new six-mile water pipeline near Blackburn upsets customers. The disconnection team also deals with problems as they try to recover an eye-watering £64,000 in unpaid bills.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st May 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. At a roadside operation, bailiffs use automatic number plate recognition to identify and stop cars with outstanding fines. Bailiff Debbie tries to get payment of over £500 from a man who insists he has already paid the original fine, but has he? Later on, the driver of another car, who is stopped for unpaid fines, soon finds himself in deeper water. In south London, blue badge fraud investigator Steve arranges for a car to be towed away, but the driver arrives just as the car is lifted onto the lorry, and she is not happy. And in Lyme Regis, the car parks are full to bursting as visitors pour into the town to see the Red Arrows.

Heston’s Great British Food (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 1st May 2014)

Britain is home to some of the most iconic dishes in the world. In this new series, Heston Blumenthal delves into the history of some of our favourites – from curry to pies to afternoon tea and chocolate – in order to find inspiration for an amazing culinary salute. The first episode is all about the great British pie, with Heston on a mission to find inspiration for a three-course pie banquet. For his starter, he delves into the history of the ‘surprise’ pies of the 17th century, where some ingredients were sometimes – bizarrely – alive. He learns about Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf boy who would jump out of a pie at banquets.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 2nd May 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jack Dee and guest panellists Charlie Brooker and Bridget Christie.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

24-Apr-2014 : First 70+ mile cycle of 2014!

Pleased to say I have done my first 70+ mile cycle of the year! Just to think when I set off, my goal was only 40 to 50 miles. So now I only have 52.7 miles left to undertake last March’s total. So that will be very easy to do! Should do that in the next two days, I would think :).

I will now leave you with the route map and route statistics. Sorry no elevation data. GPS was playing up yet again! Said my min elevation was -21 metres. Which is a load of crap, to say the least!

Route map:-

24-04-2014 bike ride

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 12:29 pm.
  • Distance: 70.04 miles.
  • Time: 5:30:45 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 7:00:03 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.7 mph.
  • Max Speed: 30.2 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: No data.
  • Min Elevation: No data.
  • Max Elevation: No data.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Monsal Trail photos : 21-Apr-2014

Today Mark and myself set off to the Monsal Trail yet again! This time we parked at (Topley Pike layby on the A6) then walked down 1 in 5 hill to the start/end of the Monsal Trail at Wyedale. We then walked a good 7 miles to the Headstone Viaduct. Which of course did meant we had to walk the whole way back again! We did really notice that 1 in 5 whole walking back up to to the car!

I will now leave you with some of the many photos I took!









Headstone Viaduct

More photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/england/monsal-trail/

Monsal Trail photos : 20-Apr-2014

Today Mark and myself had great fun walking around half of the Monsal Trail. We walked from Bakewell to Headstone Viaduct then back again. Here are some photos from a great day out.








More photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/england/monsal-trail/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/04/2014

All About TWO(YouView app screenshot)The Crimson Field (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 20th April 2014)

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, and while he may not be making much headway with her, he is having more success on the wards with a pioneering wound irrigation system. His test subject is doing well but a fellow surgeon of the old school, Major Yelland, is dismissive of Thomas’s techniques and seems determined to bully him. Will Miles be able to placate his increasingly riled friend? Elsewhere, a terrified patient faces court martial. There is little anyone can do and yet his presence unnerves the staff and patients, a constant reminder of the perils of overstepping the rules. This warning is particularly pertinent for some, as a proud Irish NCO faces rebellion from his young protege and Joan unearths a dark secret from one of her patients.

All About TWO (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:40pm | Sunday 20th April 2014)

Quiz and celebration of 50 years of the BBC’s second channel, hosted by Dara O Briain. With Richard Osman supplying extra facts and figures, celebrity teams and guest spots from the channel’s past and present, All About TWO tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the channel but didn’t know you wanted to ask.

Amazon’s Retail Revolution: Business Boomers (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st April 2014)

Documentary series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This episode reveals how Amazon grew from a garage business to a £100 billion global giant over the course of two decades, and examines how the online retailer has inspired, shaped and squeezed the rest of the retail sector. As of 2014, British people do more of their shopping online than any other nation and as this film reveals, this is largely due to the influence and success of Amazon. Whilst founder Jeff Bezos has been criticised by publishers, retailers and even the French minister of culture over the sheer size of Amazon and its practices, Amazon defends its record for providing customers with competitive prices and choice. Plus, a look at the future of Amazon as it enters new sectors such as groceries, ebooks, film production and cloud computing services.

The Ships That Made the Commonwealth (BBC 2 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st April 2014)

Documentary series exploring the stories of four ships built on the river Clyde. In this episode, David Hayman meets some of the men who sailed on HMS Hood and travels to Scapa Flow to experience what life was like for those people working to protect the vital North Atlantic convoys. He tries his hand at riveting, in order to understand what it took to make this battlecrusier strong and watertight and investigates the flaws that were present from the very beginning.

Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd April 2014)

Series focusing on the men and women who take our calls, come to unblock the drains and keep the sewage flowing. This episode is all about fat. From a clogged lift shaft in a nursing home to the sewers under Manchester’s city centre – hundreds of litres of this greasy and gross substance is poured down the drains each week in the north west and we see just how messy things can get. Manchester’s waste water treatment centre treats 714 million litres of sewage a day, from false teeth to lumps of fat the size of a small car. It can take up to a week removing the leftover grease and fat from the gigantic tanks.

Parking Mad (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th April 2014)

Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes. In this episode, West Bromwich residents are up in arms over losing the parking spaces outside their own homes – to the police. The council’s representative braves the wrath of the residents at a public meeting and has a helpful suggestion to make, but will the residents accept? In Devon, one resident drives all over the county trying to ensure that the council sticks to the letter of the parking laws. On a roadside operation in Croydon, the bailiffs try to get £516 off a man who says he only has a pound. Meanwhile, in Selby, local businesses and residents are outraged at the new stricter enforcement of parking controls that sees the number of parking tickets (PCNs) issued increase fivefold.

Inside Edinburgh Airport (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 24th April 2014)

The second of a two-part documentary charting how Edinburgh Airport is adapting to change under a new management team. In this edition, a flock of birds threatens to cause chaos, a full-scale emergency operation is branded chaotic by a police officer, and retailers hope for a boost in sales as Japanese tourists descend on the airport. Plus, BA unveil their new million-pound Edinburgh lounge, the biggest investment the airline has made in Scotland.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 25th April 2014)

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Martin Clunes and guest panellists Camilla Long and Johnny Vegas.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

18-Apr-2014 : Nice leisurely 27 miles on the bike

Well that was a great leisurely cycle of just over 27 miles. Which has helped me get my monthly total so far up to 336.6 miles. Which laves me with another 183 more miles to go. If I want to overtake the total that I did in April of last year. Which I am more than sure I can do. Still got 12 more days left this month.

I will now leave you with the route map, elevation graph and route statistics.

Route map:-

18-04-2014 bike ride

Elevation graph:-

18-04-2014 bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:34 am.
  • Distance: 27.90 miles.
  • Time: 2:17:39 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 3:02:55 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.2 mph.
  • Max Speed: 29 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 409 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 26 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 128 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

17-Apr-2014 : Second half century (50 miles) cycle of April

That’s me just done my second 50 mile cycle in so many days! So since Monday (14th April) I have now done 157.27 miles. So at long last, I am fast starting the get the miles in! Till got a long way to go, to reach goal for the month.

I will now leave you with the route map and route statistics. Sorry no elevation data. GPS was playing up yet again! Said my min elevation was -8 metres. So don’t believe that for one second!

Route map:-

17-04-2014 bike ride

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:22 am.
  • Distance: 52.31 miles.
  • Time: 4:12:25 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 5:17:42 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.4 mph.
  • Max Speed: 33.8 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: No data.
  • Min Elevation: No data.
  • Max Elevation: No data.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

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