Author Archives: Nick

New Beginnings

So I’m excited to say that as of next Monday I shall be taking up the role of CTO for “Driven” – a new startup backed by Axa. As the name (currently a working title) suggests, it’s something to do … Continue reading

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Samsung Smartthings – day 1

So recently I had my house broken into – so much for a nice neighbourhood! Three things: 1. I immediately rigged up some cheap IP cameras that would take regular pictures of the back of the house 2. The landlord … Continue reading

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2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Boris Johnson called the 2015 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling “the greatest mass-participation cycling event in the world” So the idea is: 100 miles ~26,000 cyclists Roads that are closed to motor traffic It’s basically the equivalent of the London … Continue reading

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Trip to the Alps – Day 4, Alpe d’Huez

https://www.strava.com/activities/332959040 Alpe d’Huez is to cycling what Monaco is to Formula 1, or the FA Cup is to football… It’s not the biggest climb, it’s not the steepest climb but over the years it has developed a history through the … Continue reading

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Trip to the Alps – Day 3, La Berard

https://www.strava.com/activities/332959002 Day 3 – the legs are aching a bit – but we’re here to have fun right?!? This was a bit of a trip into the unknown as it was a route new to our guide, Bruce. We drove … Continue reading

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Trip to the Alps – Day 2, Glandon and Croix de Fer

https://www.strava.com/activities/332959072 Was excited to do this ride as it would feature two famous peaks that would both be on the Tour de France route a couple of weeks later. A not too early start, and off we went. Bruce suggested … Continue reading

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Trip to the Alps – Day 1, Col du Sarenne

My cycle club is associated with Velopsport Cycle Tours and last month I went on a somewhat last-minute trip to Alpe d’Huez. Being last minute, we were a small group – myself, Will and Malcolm to be led by super-Soignier/chef … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza day 3

Oh my, what a day… Woke up this morning to RAIN, and not just a little bit – it was coming down in bucketloads… Oh my, that probably means it’s going to be Glasto-style mud in Grant Park. I lazed … Continue reading

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Chicago / Lollapalooza days 1&2

Holiday time, and I’m in back the Windy City for the first time in over 10 years. I used to come out here regularly for work (as head office for Encylopaedia Britannica is here) and it was somewhere I really … Continue reading

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Roger Waters – The Wall

So at the weekend I was lucky enough to go see The Wall performed live at The O2 in London.   As a teenager this was one of my favourite albums, the anthems of alienation and isolation are irresistable at that … Continue reading

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