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Hits to this site went to over 200 a day since Pretty Shady shut down. Here are some popular search phrases:

scruffian
nick drake
sharks eating humans
lemon shark
mako sharks
smallwheelsbigthrills
trampoline tricks
trampoline bike
mirah hindley
best dirt jumps

So the sharks are going down a treat, but we need more trampoline bikes and more pictures of jumps. People don’t take enough pictures of jumps. That is probably the main reason that I look at the internet – to see pictures of jumps.

For Sale

Tim is selling his bike:

Frame : Federal Division Pro
Fork : Flybikes Pantera
Cranks: Profile Race
Chainring: Profile Imperial
Pedals: Wellgo Magnesium
Seat and Post: Macneil
Stem : Odyssey Elementary
Bars: SNAFU
Wheels: FRONT Primo Hub on Sun Rhino Lite rim 36h
REAR Odyssey Cassette hub on Odyssey Hazard lite rim 48h

Think that is everything, more pictures on www.scruffian.com/timsbike

Frame and the Cranks only about 2 months old, make an offer.

Donate Money for Free

There is a website called money saving expert.com. It is one of my favorite sites. It gives you good free advice on how to save money, which is really useful.

One of the services that the site offers is a mailing list which keeps you informed of new offers, which might be only available for a limited amount of time. The guy that runs the site is called Martin and he seems like a genuinely nice person who is interested in helping people to save money. He is offering to donate 50p to the earthquake appeal for everyone who signs up to his mailing list. I am already on the list. Go here and sign up to the mailing list. You’ll donate money and save money at the same time.

Swallows

swallow.jpgSimon asked about swallows in the guestbook so I did some research. Their longer name is barn swallows and they like to live along side people – in houses, sheds, or barns.

barnswallowr.jpgFive interesting facts about barn swallows:

Until the late 19th century, swallows were thought to hibernate under water; now we know that British swallows spend the winter in South Africa.

The trip between the northern breeding areas and southern Africa usually takes a couple of months but one bird flew 12000 km from Johannesburg to Russia in just 34 days.

Swallows often nested in chimneys before the advent of central heating.

European female swallows incubate the eggs by themselves but in North America males and females share this task.

A brood of swallows will have eaten some 150000 insects by the time they fledge.

Barn-Swallow.jpgSimon also said something that was not true. In fact it is the swift (a bird similar to a swallow) that never lands on the ground and spends most of its life flying.

I have not been able to find out anything about them flying for 3 or 4 years, and I can’t see why they would since they only migrate for a season.

I think Swallows have got it about right. They are leaving about now, just as the UK gets cold and wet, and are going to Africa for the winter. They will be back again in the spring.

Find out more about swallows.