Worst Book I Have Ever Read.

25 04 2012

I have just finished Assassins Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden, it is without doubt the worst book that I have ever read.  I am not going to go into why.

The only reason that I picked it up was because I wanted something easy to read and to be fair it did look quite exciting.  I guess that will teach me to read a book based on a computer game

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Berlin

23 04 2012

Just a quick one.  I love Berlin, it is a fantastic city.  I have been there a couple of times, but I have just found another reason to go back.

The Currywurst Museum.

http://www.currywurstmuseum.de/en/

As a snack food, Currywurst rules.  Infact we ate it twice when we were at the German Christmas market in Edinburgh in December.  I don’t know what it is about it, it is just great.





Cycling to Work

19 04 2012

I really didn’t realise that it had been so long since I had written anything here, which just goes to prove that not a lot has happened.  Well apart from the trip to Wales.

Recently, in an effort to get fit, I bought a new bike, a road bike so that I could ride to work.  I know that this is against all of my Mountain Biking heritage, but I just need something that will be a bit easier, and the skinny tyres do help a lot.  Now the bike is nothing spectacular, it was the only bike that I could afford in the size that I needed, plus I got a load of Nectar points buying through Amazon (better Christmas presents for my family now).

My plan is to ride the 5.75 miles to work as often as I can, both to get fit and save money.  So far it has rained more often than not, so I haven’t got as much use as I wanted.  When I do go in though, it takes me about 27 minutes, which would be shorter if it weren’t for all of the pesky traffic lights and the level crossing that is bound to have a train coming when I need to be passing it.

It is quite good to see so many people riding to work, I invariably pass the same people going in the opposite direction every day, and they are a right miserable bunch.  None of them ever smile, it is probably my fault, why would they want to smile back at someone gurning like a fool.  But I find cycling a happy experience, I enjoy it, and it makes me smile.  I quite understand people on their way to work being miserable, but surely they must be able to think back to the fun that they had on their bikes when they were kids.  I can, and to me my bike still means fun and freedom, even if it is tempered by the fact that I have to spend the next 8 hours a day sat behind a desk in a soul sucking job.

Normally in a car my trip to work takes about 20 minutes, I would much rather spend another 8 on my bike, getting some fresh air.  It really helps that over half of my ride is on cycle lanes.  I wish it was more though.