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Why I ride …

Why I ride …

      Oxford, 15/10/2018. I was musing on the consequences, mental as well as physical, of having an ‘off’ in the last few days. My incident happened last Saturday at dusk, when in a moment of lost concentration on a road I didn’t know, I failed to see a […]

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15/10/2018 at 20:42Auto Life&Liberty

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Explore the world by motorcycle – but don’t forget the comfy seat

Oxford, Sept 2018. Overland Event at the end of August 2018, in Hill End camp near Oxford, was inspiring and mundane in equal proportions. Inspiring because it brought together the largest gathering of long-distance motorcycle travellers I have seen, and mundane because in other respects it was a normal, if […]

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09/09/2018 at 11:42Auto Share the vibe

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Brussels, 31/01/2018. ACEM’s ‘Sustainable motorcycling in Europe’ conference last week in Brussels was a fascinating blend between the usual Brussels EU conference (suits, eurocrats, industry execs, etc.) and what has traditionally been seen as a niche pursuit (riding motorcycles). ACEM’s aim (representing as it does the motorcycle manufacturers) is of […]

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30/01/2018 at 22:31Auto Control Culture Life&Liberty

Moustache, collar and tie? Where was I? Riding DGR Brussels, where else?

Moustache, collar and tie? Where was I? Riding DGR Brussels, where else?

27/09/2017. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, or DGR for short, in Brussels this year saw nearly 300 bewhiskered and besuited supposed gentlemen (plus the odd lady) assemble at the Atomium on Sunday prior to a ride into and around the city. The weather for the day was unseasonably sunny and warm, […]

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27/09/2017 at 10:28Auto Share the vibe Travel

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

    Monday 19th June 2017. Today I received the latest air-quality bulletin from the Belgian Interregional Environment Agency, which supplies air-quality warnings that focus particularly on nitrogen dioxide, particulates and ozone. The warnings for the coming days go from poor, to very poor, to just plain ‘bad’. What is […]

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19/06/2017 at 10:55Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution levels around the world have already disrupted much of nature – now they threaten life itself. And diesel cars are the culprit. My opinion …

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05/02/2017 at 12:50Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Update 08/12/2016. Recent research under the EU’s Graphene Flagship programme (http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=170781&CultureCode=en) has shown how graphene’s electrical properties can underpin much more powerful sensors. The benefits of such sensors can be double-edged. Graphene’s ability to sense impact could be used in a very positive way – for example enabling an in-helmet […]

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01/12/2016 at 16:34Auto EU EU_Energy

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Enduropale 2016 – the triumph of the human spirit, and la France republicain

Enduropale 2016 – the triumph of the human spirit, and la France republicain

“You know Le Touquet, don’t you,” I said to my father yesterday. “Yes. We’ve been there,” he replied. “A rather nice, traditional French seaside resort just down the coast from Calais. It’s popular with wealthier Parisians, who like to keep a holiday home there.” “Well,” I said, “Imagine it invaded […]

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02/02/2016 at 23:03Auto

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Brussels, 26/9/2015. Updates: 23/02/2016  C4 Dispatches: Dirty Secrets: What’s Really in Our Air? 23/02/2016  New Scientist: Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030. I do so loathe diesel cars. As a motorcycle rider, I have wondered for years why certain cars were unpleasant to follow in traffic. […]

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26/09/2015 at 02:39Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy