Friday, 8 July 2016

The Sporting Life...

Hello my friends....we have been a bit AWOL on the blogging front as the old typist has been chained to his desk at the salt mine these last few weeks...*grumble*....

We have finally managed to prize him free and have insisted he turn of his e-mail and take some me-time...or should that be him-time?....

...we decided that the best sort of R&R would be some cycling....so I jumped on to my cross bar perch and off we went...

....I tried to keep the pedalled fuelled with the odd carbohydrate gel....and we made sure to follow our navigation closely because we were heading off in to unknown territory....

....we did manage to navigate our way to the excellent Cafe on the Lake at Barns Green....blueberry and lemon cake and a cup of coffee to pep us up after about 30 miles on the road....

....we found our way up in to the hills...at one point the puffing and panting had gotten so loud that I thought I might have to post myself back home...

...after 55 miles we stopped to discuss detailed race tactics...something like that anyway....I'll have the chips...

....*whispers*...I have to tell you that not much of the salad got eaten...but we did manage to cycle 85 miles in total and the sun shone after lunch to see us home...

I will also whisper to you that the reason we are training hard on the bike is that in September the typist and I will be cycling from our home in the UK to Cologne in Germany to help raise much needed funds to build schools in Africa...we wrote a blog about that...and we would be very grateful if you would read that one to..its right HERE...assuming the Germans still want us to come after that Brexit thingy....


....and today, we headed off to Wimbledon...we are very lucky because we get a coulee of free tickets every tear because William and his band play to entertain the crowds by Centre Court...a busy day ahead....

......here they are...entertaining...for my followers on Twitter we did Periscope some live footage from the event and you might be able to catch it if you see my timeline...or you can also hear it by clicking this LINK

...I think I'm well enough known in these parts not to have to use the back door...

...front door...that's better....

...we were lucky enough to see Andy Murray warming up on one of the outside courts....again. we did get some footage you can view HERE

...even mr Lendl was enjoying himself...

...they say this fellow is good...but he looks a bit stiff in the shoulders to me....

....a bit of ladies doubles in the sunshine....

...and a quick trip to Marley Mound...I beg your pardon...Murray Mound...

...its been an exhausting couple of days for some....

Woof....Clapton....

Monday, 2 May 2016

A week away...

Hello my friends...I have been unexpectedly away from BT HQ all week.....



....the typist and I were expecting to be away for one night...we started our journey basking in the spring sunshine at our local station....

....we went to St Pancras to the Eurostar station...there were lots of French children going back to Paris after their visit to London...they sounded very excited...

...we enjoy the train because we can relax...let the train take the strain as they used to say....

...we go under the sea and emerge in a place called Fretun....this used to be called Calais Fretun...but the name has changed...we smell something funny going on here...

...the people you meet on the train....excuse me madame, we did not realise this was the Ladies...

....we changed train in Brussels...there is a strong military presence at the station after recent events....a good thing too if you ask me...

.....when in Belgium, do as the Belgians would do....*reads about cycling*...another good reason for taking the train and not those awful planes....*relaxes....thinks about a nap*

...we passed through Rotterdam...we enjoy the brightly coloured Dutch trains....

....after a most relaxing day we reached Amsterdam....Amsterdam is full of bikes...

Yay!...upgraded to a "junior suite"...most comfortable...a nice place to catch a proper nap after dinner....

....a place we know well...Monday morning at the train station in Arnhem....a little bit bleary-eyed after a 5am wake up...

....the weather was not at its best for our day in Arnhem...typist went out for a jog in the evening and got wet and blown about quite a bit....

...some of us were more sensible....

....i made a point of checking in the mirror very carefully in the morning....i don't want another case of "bed head" like yesterday...

....in search of breakfast....then in the afternoon we found out that we had to stay on for more meetings so rather than going all the way back to the UK only to return 24 hours later we decided to stay on...

...but not in Arnhem...it was a big holiday in the Netherlands and so we decided to head back to Amsterdam to wait...here I am in the lobby waiting for my limo...(for Spinal Tap fans...)

...back in Amsterdam...no upgrade this time though....just an evening working at our desk before heading out for dinner...

....keeping an eye on the UK weather as we heard that some our pals had snow!...

....its not dignified but it is efficient....typist is removing any signs of fluff and dirt from my travel bag...it keeps my fur neat and clean when we are on the road....

...after some work we went out for a walk around...it was a day to celebrate the birthday of the Dutch King...central Amsterdam was free of traffic and everyone was wearing orange...

....there was a big fun-fair....

...and a most enjoyable sunny afternoon was had by all....we had lunch in the square before heading back to the hotel for work....

...and later a little stroll to the station to buy our tickets back to Arnhem....

...the 8.23am to Nijmegen....its become part of our routine....Arnhem is the last stop on the line before Nijmegen...

...we had the big office....because most of our colleagues had taken an extra day off work!!...

....we had a comfortable room back at our hotel....he jogged on a treadmill this time...

...the glamour of international business travel peaked with "sunset over the car park"...

...a dog has to keep up appearances when abroad representing his employer....

....and after 5 days way we were finally heading for home...6 hours will see us all the way from Arnhem back to BT HQ....

...sometimes a surprise can be a good thing...

Woof...Clapton...

Friday, 15 April 2016

A2C

Hello my pals......it's been a while since I was last here...sorry about that...anyhoo, we are here asking for your help...

Some of you might remember that in 2013 my idiot typing assistant rode his bike all the way from our home here in England to Amsterdam in the Netherlands....he went with his friends and, together, they raised enough money to help Rianna's Fund build much needed schools in Africa....

The `fund is very close to our heart.....in January 2003, Rianna, a young girl just eight years old, died tragically when a tree fell at her school in the village where we live. Rianna’s Fund children’s charity was established to help and support underprivileged children around the world reach their full potential. The Fund has been able to develop and support many projects, including a home for orphans in Kenya, the building of a new school for over 640 children in Kampala, Uganda and more recently a number of projects in India, which include building a new children’s home in Mumbai....

...a typing assistant goes about his business
...well, we are taking to the roads again and in September we shall be cycling over 300 miles from BT HQ in Ashtead to Cologne in Germany with a team of friends to help raise money for Rianna's Fund.
This year, we are setting the ambitious target for the A2C ride of raising enough funding to build 3 new classroom blocks, each of 3 classrooms, at 3 different rural schools in Uganda. Our aim is to end each day’s ride having raised enough money to fund the building at one of the 3 schools.  Each community has made a start on providing education for their children but they need help to improve their facilities. Our aim is to fund the building of a 3 classroom block at each location, and if we can raise enough, to equip each class with desks, chairs and learning materials. 

Bunabololi is in the poorest area of Uganda, near Mbale on the Eastern border with Kenya. The community set up a nursery 2013 in a mud constructed building. It has expanded to teaching 134 children in 6 classes.

Covenant School is located near Uganda’s second town, Jinja, in a remote rural area. It was set up by a Ugandan couple from the area, to help children with HIV/AIDS to get an education. Rianna’s Fund financed a classroom block last year, and the school has thrived, increasing to 322 children. School performance has been strong, with last year’s top class all passing the Uganda secondary school entrance exam.

Hope Hill was started 3 years ago by the local community, as the nearest school is 5km away, accessible only on foot.  The intention was to educate children aged 4 to 8, until they were old enough to walk to the existing school. Academic performance has been very good, with the help of a local woman who runs a school in Kampala. There are now 120 children attending and being taught in poorly constructed building.
This is an ambitious goal, and if we only reach part of the ambition it will materially change children’s lives. If we manage to achieve the full A2C funding goal, the ride will lead to nearly 500 children being educated every year. Hurrah!


...we might even be able to get the typist to learn something...


You will be pleased to know that we are covering all of our costs for the trip and every penny you donate will go to pay for the Fund's invaluable work around the world.

You can help us by donating by going HERE....Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

We thank you for reading and for your support for Rain's Fund...

Woof...Clapton, intrepid explorer...