27th June

You’ve probably heard about this elsewhere, but if not, Stephen Murray had a bad crash last week and was paralysed. Details. More Details
And here is a video of him riding a few days before.

The weather for most of June and May has been bad but I am not complaining. I think having a cooler summer is definately better than last year when it was too hot to do anything. Its a nice temperature at the moment. The rain is not all bad either as it means the trails aren’t too dry and dusty. A nice sprinkling everyday would be ideal.

In other news TheShovelLoad is back.

22nd June

Mark send me these pictures of a temple in Cambodia: 1 | 2

I put the Public Gallery up again as I like to see what people are up to. Or if you can’t be bothered to sign up for that you can use this little upload script. Put your name in the file name so I know who uploaded what!

I have just been playing Virtual Drug Dealer. It is really fun. The most I have made is $390 million.

18th June

Summer is so good. The last few days have just been amazing. Even though about half of the jumps are still wet, its still so much fun. This jump is a lot of fun, and quite a few of the new lips are working good.

Rob is always good for providing Food, especially Muffins, and also good for catching kids riding the trails when its too wet.

Nigel has very kindly fixed my bike. It’s still a heap of junk but at least now it doesn’t make horrible snapping noises when I pedal. New back wheel anyone? It’s been good to have someone at the trails to ride with this year, after a lonely 2006, and you can always rely on Nigel being at the woods.

Finally, I do like a good pie.

18th June

Red bull got cancelled. You can watch some of the practice runs here.

That event must cost a lot of money to put on and I don’t really understand what Red Bull get out of it. Ok so the would have been a lot of pictures and videos of it in magazines and on TV, linking Red Bull with BMX, but it seems like a very expensive way of getting their name associated with BMX.

I think they should buy some land somewhere and employ a couple of people to build some really smooth trails that are open to the public. If they are good trails then people from all over the country will visit them, and the pictures will still get in magazines and videos. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem if there are lots of visitors as there will be people who are paid to look after the jumps. This would probably be a lot cheaper than the empire of dirt and should give them more publicity

14th June

Trails were fun last night. One side of the wood is dry and the other is wet.
A lip I changed – not as good as the one before it.
Pete went higher than I anticipated.

Me and Mark went out at lunchtime and took some pictures.

Do you think this would be any good to climb? I would ask Tim but he can’t look at this website, or any topclasshost sites as his IP has been blocked. A couple of car pictures I took for Liam: 1 | 2.

12th June

These things that scare me about this country:

Yesterday a woman was shot dead in Sevenoaks by armed police. Apparently (according to the mirror?!) she was living in sheltered housing for people with mental and physical disabilities and was waving around a ball bearing gun. The thing that really scares me about this is not the event itself, but the media reaction to it.

When Jean Charles de Menezes was shot the press went mad about it and it was all over the papers for about a week. This time the media doesn’t seem to be paying any interest at all. Its hard to find any mention of it on the BBC News website. I don’t understand why, but to me it feels like they have been told to keep quiet about it becasue the police don’t want all the fuss they had last time. If that’s the case then that is media censorship and that is scary.

In any case the BBC has already started censoring its new articles. Yesterday this article was titled, “Man shot dead by police officer” but they have gone back and ammended it.

Changing the news is like trying to change history and its a very manipulative way of controlling people. It is a process that Big Brother uses in 1984 to maintain his dicatorship.

The other scary thing is this clamp down on “curb crawling”. Apparently if you are caught curb crawling you will face a ?1000 fine and you may be “outed” (i hate that word) in the press. Whilst I don’t want to advokate that kind of behaviour, isn’t this a kind of pre-emptive punishment. These people haven’t actaully done anything wrong YET. This seems like the first stage along the road of punishing people for crimes they may commit in the future and I don’t like it.