Quick question…..how cheeky is cheeky when it comes to asking for a shop discount?

I quite often ask for discounts for stuff I buy especially when in a physical shop and armed with a smartphone that can give me an instant internet price to compare goods with. With regards to outdoor gear I have done this many times and in some instances to such a degree that an Arab trader would be proud of me. My question, as per the title, is how far can you push this and at what point does it become cheeky bordering on an insult to the vendor? Oh, and whats the ‘best’ result anyone has ever gotten in this way? For me it was 35 years ago when I bought my first backpacking tent. I went to an outdoor show and saw a one man tent for £45. I haggled with the chap and got it down to £38….mainly because that was all I had. Well not quite, I kept 10p for the phone call to my dad to pick me up from the railway station!


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Still around and a quick catch up


October….indeed it is. Fortunately a lovely sunny and dare I say warm October and a chance to get out on the CX bike around the Severn Estuary and in this case UNDER the second Severn Road Bridge 🙂

SO whats been happening. In all honesty lots and nothing. I havent had the gumption to post up on the blog for a long while now. I really enjoyed it when I was into the whole blog scene and also did alot of walking and camping. These days I am doing my own thing but dont really have a lot to say that I think other people would find interesting or useful hence not much blog traffic! I do still follow what others are posting and perhaps its me but the whole blog thing seems to have died down a bit. Maybe vlogging is the thing right now  but pure  blogging may be a bit long on the tooth?

The biking is going well and some walking too. Camping……not at all and in fact alot of my kit has been sold off to fund other things although I do retain a core simple selection of stuff should I get all nostalgic…I guess when you strip away the frivolities and fancies you keep a small but essential collection of things. Anyway, enough of my rambling. I may post a few more times before the year’s end  but dont hold your breath 🙂

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2015 and all that

Its been a long long time since I last did an entry to this blog. In fact its been so long that I have questioned whether I should continue it or not. Having been a blogger for a long time now and haing followed other blogs for a long time, I do find it sad when blogs ‘end’ or stop posting. To that end I will continue to put the odd entry in but I might diversify and include other stuff and not just outdoorsy things. I’ll have a ponder. 🙂
In the meantime I have had a steady stream of comments to the blog entries continuing so I hope that some of the info posted here is of use to some.

With regards to me and mine, 2015 was an odd year in some ways. I completed 6200 miles of cycling, took up running, did some walks but alas no camping whatsoever which is about the first time I havent done so for about 10 years. Still, I cant do it all. Work was topsy turvy all year although it turned out alright by the year’s close so cant complain too much. It just all seemed to fly by very quickly and very busily.

So whats up for 2016?

– continue the cycling, a nominal target of 5000 miles and another trip to the alps
– continue the walking but cant see me fitting in any camping as such
– kick start my wargaming and figure painting where time allows
– a full DIY onslaught on the house (boiler replacement already done, painting started!)
– being a full time taxi service for my kids lol

It will be an interesting year no doubt and there will be curveballs but lets see what happens and I will try and keep the site ticking over too. Just in case I do forget and time runs away with me, Happy Christmas 2016!

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Nearly July!

Oops, its nearly July and I havent been blogging much. Lots going on. Lets see….

– got back into walking in the late winter/early spring with some fell running thrown in for good measure
– cycling continuing a pace and managed to complete the Super Randoneur Award for the Audax UK cycling club (google it 🙂 )
– kept my weight off and my fitness levels up
– recovered a bit more from my long term illness (not quite there yet though)
– going to the Alps in August!
– got made redundant and then got another job in the same company

So plenty going on, just not able to commit pen to paper so to speak so a belated catch post instead


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My snapshot 2014 cycling record

A very clever little gizmo provided by Strava taking my cycling data and turning it into a short ‘video’ compilation of my achievements in 2014. 🙂

My Strava 2014 record

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A quick nod to 2014 and a sly wink to 2015

Yes, its that time again. New Year’s Eve and a quick mulling over the year past and the year ahead. To be fair, NYE is a bit of a non-event in the house and I am slowly coming to the conclusion that its just another day. More important (to my mind anyway) is the Winter Solstice which signifies the slow spin back towards longer days and (eventually) spring

So, what did I do in 2014?

Did a lot of cycling (5200miles)
Went to the Pyrenees
Got ill quite a bit requiring a couple of operations (all together now….”ahhhhhh”)
Got better although not completely there yet
Got back into walking
Not blogging much!

and next year?

A trip to the Alps in the summer
a couple of really long bike rides planned for May
more walking
possibly a bit of fell running (dont ask!)
and a few camping trips! (Robin get your diary ready 😉 )
And whatever else comes my way

Whatever you do next year, be safe, be happy and have fun

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Autumn check in….


Thats the sound of the year motoring on. Well, here is a quick check in. Um let me reflect.

Camping done recently …. none
Walking done …. a little bit but hardly out in the wilds
Cycling done …. quite a lot
General health …. improving after the latest operation and better than at the start of the year!

I guess its time to hunker down for winter a little bit although I will keep the cycling ticking over. I have decided that next year I will try to balance out my walking/camping and cycling as I have done an awfully disproportianate amount of cycling this year. I have to admit I have on reflection missed not walking and camping much this year so hopefully will rectify that in 2015

Anyway, onwards and upwards and next stop Christmas!

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