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IOMTT 2017 – John McGuinness, what a man!

10th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

IOMTT 2017 – In addition to receiving a standing ovation as he, together with his family, boarded the Mannanan at Liverpool dock, John McGuinness has been his usual giving self. As per normal he is in demand for interviews, PR cameos and glad-handing the great and good, plus queues of autograph hunters. A couple of days  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Who left the shower on?!

8th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing, Rants & Raves

IOMTT 2017 – Just back from a trip up to the summit of Snaefell this afternoon on the electric railway, (I’m something of a control freak and I find the lurching, rickety, and somewhat decrepit Mountain railway a test of calm), having been assured, by my Chief Sector Marshal, (an authority on all matters Manx), that  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Honour life’s opportunities to the full?

8th June 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

IOMTT 2017 – An entry that I did not want to write. Today saw the second and third deaths during races and practices at this year’s TT. Davey Lambert’s death having been confirmed by the ACU earlier today following his crash at Greeba Castle on Sunday, we saw two more riders die in crashes today,  [Read full post…]

IOMTT 2017 – Mountain curcuit’s “Memory lane”

28th May 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

  IOMTT 2017 – My first full lap of the Mountain Circuit this year and an odd one it was too. Setting off at 05:10 in glorious sunshine, I was too late to avoid the bin lorries, delivery vans and early morning dog walkers. But, that first lap was memorable not for my learning about  [Read full post…]

Dr John Hinds Tribute at Armoy Road Races

21st July 2015 by  in Racing

Dr John’s campaign on for the introduction of an Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland. “Lets push ahead with Dr John Hinds campaign to get an Air Ambulance off the ground for Northern Ireland. Let’s make this a Lasting Tribute for an Exceptional Man” – John Allen > Change.Org link

This island makes you think on

6th June 2015 by  in Daily Digest, Racing

The island has a way of enticing you into its soul, inverting your reality, and presenting you with a view of yourself that jars with your preconceived notions of who, why, what, and how you are. This process is one of the reasons that I find the place so addictive – Mona’s Isle is timeless,  [Read full post…]

Incident Management Course

6th June 2015 by  in Racing

This was my fourth, (I think!), Incident Management Course, (IMC), delivered by the Isle of Man Marshals association, and in typical grumpy ol’ giffer mind set I was not looking forward to a full day in a classroom, particularly as the day was blessed with wall to wall sunshine – my bike and the Mountain  [Read full post…]

After five days on the Island……‏

3rd June 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

……. ……. a lap of the Mountain circuit! A combination of weather, Marshaling preparations, Marshaling, Cafe support, (friends with whom I stay run a Cafe in Douglas), and sleep, combined to forestall my getting out on the bike to ride the circuit. Now that I’ve managed my first lap of 2015 I can relax, and  [Read full post…]

More rain…

31st May 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

Just, JUST as soon as I see an opportunity to get out and complete a lap, a first of 2015 lap of the Mountain Course, hove into view across the Irish Sea, just as soon as I move in the general direction of my leathers – it piddles down! I’ve been on the island for  [Read full post…]

You save up your pennies…

29th May 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

You save up your pennies, save even more, (eldest scion needs a better car so savings disappear), start saving again, you clean your bike, clean your kit, clean the bike again because you went out for a ride, the day arrives and you set off at silly o’clock so that you can sit opposite the  [Read full post…]

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