Category: “Cycling

For my next trick …

Posted on 12 April 2011 | 4:04pm

First of all, thanks for all the responses to yesterday’s blog asking for examples of frontline cuts to mental health services. Thanks also to Mark Brown, editor of One in Four, for sending me a brilliant description of why ‘the frontline’ is different in mental health services from other aspects of NHS care. He and […]

My BMX stunts put in shade by Jez and Gareth

Posted on 4 April 2011 | 9:04am

Thanks for all the concerned tweets yesterday after I revealed I was being trained by a BMX stunt rider. It won’t surprise you to know that this was at the request of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, for reasons which will become clear in due course. But today, I want to highlight the efforts for the […]

Olympic project takes a big step in the morning

Posted on 21 February 2011 | 11:02pm

Just back from seeing West Ham sneak a 5-1 win over Burnley, allowing us to concentrate on the League while they concentrate on relegation. Depending on who goes up and who goes down, it could be the last time I visit Upton Park before West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium. Burnley fans were excellent […]

Ideas please for weight-losing, a PS on Piers Morgan

Posted on 7 July 2010 | 3:07am

I promise I am not coming over all girly, in a ‘does my bum look big in this?’ kind of way, but I am on the lookout for a few quickfire diet ideas. Having just stepped on the weighing scales – something I have avoided doing since sensing my heavier weight coming on and staying, […]

John Sergeant spot on re TB. TB’s Olympics legacy. Liam Gallagher’s generosity

Posted on 30 October 2009 | 11:10am

A couple of nice surprises on Question Time last night. First, I was fearing real car crash telly with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith appearing for the first time since she got caught up in the expenses scandal. But she handled herself well in difficult circumstances. So that was surprise numero uno. Second, it was […]

A lifetime’s ambition fulfilled

Posted on 8 August 2009 | 4:08pm

Forgive the utter self-indulgence of this being my first blog in quite a while, and possibly the last for another little while as I rediscover proper holidays. There are all sorts of things I could have written about – Vladimir Putin’s latest strip-show, Silvio Berlusconi’s observation that he loves women – I think we kind […]

No hiding place from Twitter, me on the bike, JP in DC

Posted on 17 July 2009 | 6:07pm

I always, always, always wear a helmet when cycling. Always. Except yesterday. And guess which day it was that someone tweeted that they’d seen me out on the bike. Yesterday. Followed by someone who said they once saw me and Boris Johnson out cycling on the same day, though not together. Boris never wears a […]

Two great early morning moments

Posted on 10 July 2009 | 10:07am

I was up north for a wedding yesterday, in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Hence the stunning backdrops to telly interviews I did on David Cameron, Andy Coulson and the News of the World phone hacking scandal. ‘Oh Heathcliffe, Heathcliffe,’ or variants on the theme, was the most common text message that […]

Divisive legend: Lance Armstrong

Posted on 7 July 2009 | 10:07am

There are few more divisive sportsmen than Lance Armstrong. To some (many of them French, who would rather one of their own had dominated the Tour de France) he is a cheat who could not have achieved what he has without doping. To others he is a hero, not just because of his remarkable sporting […]

Do muscles have memories?

Posted on 18 April 2009 | 9:04am

With a long journey home ahead of us, a quick blog to pose the above question. It has come to me many times as I have cycled around the Highlands. Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I took delivery of a wattbike, a tweet on which prompted a rash of ‘what’s […]