Dan Lawson vs Death Valley

This weekend I’m thinking of Brighton ultra-runner Dan Lawson @therunningdan as he prepares to run the notorious Badwater 135. It starts in Death Valley USA where average temperatures hit 125F (52C) and ground temperatures 200F (93C). If you don’t run on the white line while on tarmac, your shoes melt.

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#VoteIN June23 #PeaceLoveUnity

On June 23, an exit vote would be disastrous – spiritually, economically, politically and physically. Fortress Britain, sliding back in time on a wave of reactionary, racist propaganda.

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Winter solstice, Burning of the Clocks – The Cosmos

Cleaning up the beach the following day all that remained was a few kilos of steel rod and a cosmic beach pebble and melted aluminium meteorite. The rest is tucked away in everyone’s memory banks..

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The D and AD Archive story

It’s July 10 1962. NASA launches the TELSTAR communications satellite. July 23 1962. TELSTAR transmits the first public transatlantic television signal with pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty

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Thank Humans for National Poetry Day

My tears are precious

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Camden Le Squat Sportif cabaret, International Women’s Day 2014

I heard through the grapevine about a squat party and cabaret for International Women’s Day 2014 at the MADD squat at Mornington Sports Centre in Camden – otherwise known as Le Squat Sportif…

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Dragon Heart Beats

A percussion and street performance show born of making dance music with a Trinidadian rhythm section or ‘engine room’. Most large steelbands in T&T have rhythm sections at their heart, featuring steel percussion, drumkit, hand drums and steel pans..

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St George: Flagging wrong and right

An illustrated tale of St George. Pitting far-right fascists marching in Brighton against children in two Kentish towns, parading for St Georges Day.

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Mac missionary to mutineer

From Mac missionary to mutineer…..

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Dan Lawson, superhero

Dan Lawson is an elite athlete. He belongs to a relatively small band who could be called Super ultra-distance runners. There are lots of web results on nutrition and physiology for ultra-distance runners; from marathons to around 100 miles & more. However once distances and endurance levels ramp up to Dan’s standard – three marathons a day for several days in a row, numbers of reported examples drop dramatically.

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Avalanche Handlers in Chamonix

Avalanche on Annapurna 2 set me thinking about climate change. Ozone. Melting glaciers. Villagers in the valley. Unfortunate climbers. In Chamonix, with avalanche control explosions rocking the valley most mornings. I wondered just exactly who did the bombing and how. At Chamonix’s Office de Haute Montagne, Christophe Boloyan told me.

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Bankers Anonymous – World Development Movement Brighton

Local members of the World Development Movement demonstrate outside Barclays bank on a busy Brighton Saturday. WDM has long argued that food speculation by banks and dealers distorts the way commodity markets operate. Since deregulation in the late 90’s, billions have been poured into commodities markets. Little of this ‘investment’ has any bearing on how actual supply & demand affect price.

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Ice Wars

With 2 teams of wired yout’ blatting around the rink and into each other, there’s going to be some front-ups. One took both officials to keep the players apart and it’s remarkable there wasn’t more aggro..

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Freeride World Tour Chamonix

World class freeride skiers and snowboarders compete on the North face of Aiguille Pourrie at Flegere. Great snow and a perfect day for a freeride comp.

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