Tag: Ireland

Kate The Goat-Herd… & Cyclist

I received an email on Friday from someone called Kate, a travelling cyclist who was planning on making Reading a stopover en route from London to Oxford. She’d found my contact details on WarmShowers, the social network for cyclists looking for and offering accommodation. I used the site […]

The Cycling Author Shelf Of Fame?

Dear Mr Sykes – Iโ€™m too full of respect to refer to you as Andrew – Iโ€™ve just completed reading your โ€œGood Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggieโ€ and thoroughly enjoyed it, well done, not just for completing the journey, but also the book. You are […]

Laura Birchenough in Figures

Laura Birchenoughย has just returned home from a cycle ride that took in the last part of the Eurovelo 5 – she stayed with Massimo Mazzone in Benevento – and then most of eastern / central Europe back to the UK. It seems to be the done thing to […]

Cycling from Ireland to Puglia: Update

Remember Rachel McCormack & partner Giovanni who are cycling from Ireland to Puglia for the Irish Cancer Society? They are following a sightly more easterly route than me but it is interesting to see that they used the Saint Gotthard pass to cross the Alps – see the […]

Galway to…..

The email that people use to contact me is puglia2010@hotmail.co.uk (use it!). However, I only periodically trawl through the junk mail and junk mail filters are not perfect. Fergal in Ireland has become a victim of the over zealous filters at Microsoft but I did manage to pick […]

The Cotton Collection at the British Library

“The manuscript collections of the antiquary, Huntingdonshire landowner and administrator, Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) contain many maps, charts and plans. Cotton’s collecting was driven by a blend of patriotism and a passion for antiquity. The latter accounts for the presence of one of the earliest detailed European world […]