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Last Christmas I got my first skateboard. Yes, I'm aware I'm on the wrong side of 45 - so what? I didn't just go out and get any old piece of crap. Instead, I turned to Facebook and found this amazing group called Skaters Over 50  and everybody in there was absolutely legendary, even after I mentioned being an ex bike messenger and keen cyclist. So, I got all the advice I needed re decks and trucks and wheels and was able to bring it well within my wife's budget (she was buying it for me, capisce?) I have since taken...

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I hated running for pretty much all of my life until about 3 years ago. One day I decided I was going to run, and I've been doing it ever since. Mostly 5 or 10k runs, and at a grandmother's pace, but running nonetheless. As much as I love my music, I couldn't get the right soundtrack . Either music was too distracting, or the beat wasn't quite right, but I just couldn't do it.  I had heard of podcasts before, so I thought I'd give them a go - and it was like crystal meth for the ears. No,...

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I came across these guys (guy?) kind of by chance in one of those late night 'follow the linkage' exercises and got instantly hooked by their designs. And since I was about to get my very own first skateboard ever I thought I'd buy a couple of stickers and it went on from there. Rafa Rodriguez -  the main man - is based in sunny Barcelona and has one of those insane day jobs helping Orbea design their bikes. Let's take a moment to reflect on that. Bastard. They're also the people behind Navaja Automatica press which put out this amazing...

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black metal, death metal, extreme lifestyle, heavy metal, lifer -

As my good pal Alex would say, 'Lifers can smell other Lifers'. Too true. This little chapter started in May '15. The aforementioned Alex came to me and said, 'hey I'm doing some work for this guy who used to be in Incantation'. I don't know exactly what I was doing, but I stopped immediately. 'What, THE Incantation??'. Turns out it was indeed. Anyway, he shows me this one track and asks me to keep under my hat, he's not sure the dude wants it out in the world just yet, that kind of thing. That was 'Torn Apart by...

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I'm sorry vegetarian and vegan friends and family. It's not you, it's me. And the rest of us. I've tried a couple of times to go mostly veggie, but I always stumble upon two major hurdles - bleeding red meat and bacon. Possibly together. The way I eat meat probably qualifies me as a near-vampire, so let's park that. Let's talk bacon for a minute. How do we explain this love affair with what's essentially sizzling pig's fat burnt to a crisp? How do we get our heads around the fact that it's so fucking good that some religions out there...

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