Monthly Archives: October 2009

Worn Again via Wired – quality

I’d not come across Worn Again until I started reading a story on which highlighted some brilliant up and coming British talent. It’s a great idea – stylish products made by recycling material from other businesses. This bag is made from decommissioned Eurostar uniforms and seat headrests – the site also features products made from decommissioned Virgin hot air balloons. Fantastic.

The Wired feature can be found here:

Les Veloistes Gentils 2010…legendary climbs

I've just emailed members of Les Veloistes Gentils about the planned ride for 2010. After our cracking ride in May this year across the Pyrenees, the general consensus seemed to be (a) more legendary climbs and (b) less chance of snow stopping progress.

So, to meet both objectives, we're going later in the year (20th-24th June) and we're tackling two of the most famous (and daunting) mountain climbs: Alpe d'Huez and the giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux (and we'll be taking the classic Bédoin route up). We'll also need to go over the Col du Lautaret on the same day that we'll have gone up and over Alpe d'Huez.

In all we'll be covering more than 650km in just five days. Starting in Geneva, we'll stop in Grenoble, Serre Chevalier, Digne-les-Bains, Carpentras and finish in Avignon. 

Should be cracking.

NOWISM: consumers’ pursuit for instant gratification

Long but as ever useful briefing from, this month about ‘NOWISM’: how consumers are increasingly moving away from physical objects that deliver ever more marginal increases in status and towards instant gratification from experiences.

This picture amused me…it’s a genuine workstation that’s been designed to allow workers to walk at 2mp/h while working…burning 100 calories an hour in doing so. Crazy.

I think the trend is undeniable but I’m not very happy with it personally! I think we’re in danger of breeding a generation with extremely low thresholds for downtime, and I reckon downtime’s damn important. I also think that a desire for instant gratification is expensive and a society based on it is likely to have greater levels of crime. Worrying.

Happy flowchart

Came across this today. I’m a huge believer in people taking control of their own lives and if things aren’t good, making a change. On the flipside, i don’t have a lot of time for people that moan about their situation but don’t seem prepared to do something about it. Seems like common sense to me, but it’s surprising how many people simply let life happen to them.