Room 101

For those that don’t know Room 101 is a long standing show on British TV that involves interesting celebrities talking to the host about what really pisses them off. If they argue the case well enough it goes in to the mythical Room 101.

Lately the show has changed format so 3 different celebs all try and get their chosen gripe into Room 101, with only one person winning that honor which is decided by the host. The show also has ‘themes’ to decide on your particular gripe, which is the format I’ll be using for my Room 101.

So first off…

Poor cyclists
In my daily 3.5 mile bike commute to work I see my fair share of quite frankly very poor cyclists, it really is no wonder we have such a bad opinion from the general public. Here is a handy list of the idiotic behavior displayed in 7 days…

  • Cycling on the wrong side of a road and emerging into on coming traffic from behind a parked lorry.
  • Cycling on the wrong side of the road on a traffic crossing
  • Going really slow, we are talking dangerously slow and being actually dangerous
  • RUNNING RED LIGHTS – oh the anger when I see this happen in front of my eyes – so dangerous.

I’m sure I’ll see much worse than this in the coming weeks and months but seriously York has some people who shouldn’t be allowed a bike.

From my point of view it really is a professional version of a game I used to play with other members of our street in a field, someone throws a ball at you… you hit it and run really fast around set points. Somehow ’rounders’ as it’s known here became a massive success over the pond and I really can’t see why. I can name 50 sports at least that are more exciting to watch.


(Bad) charity singles
I do a lot for different charities, I give my time to help others that have a harder life than mine, I give money to various causes and play for a football team that has a charitable ethos.

Every now and then a group with a perfectly good cause creates a charity song or single to raise funds. I don’t have a problem with this but the quality of the song is far too often lacking. Why? Because it’s charity does it mean the quality of it suffers?

It shouldn’t in my view and a few gems exist that have raised money for good causes without being crap.

So there are my 3 choices, let me know your thoughts via the comments or twitter / facebook, what would you put into room 101?


£100 from a complete stranger

Great North Run

I'm running this!

So as you may (or may not) know I’m running the Great North Run in September which isn’t too far away at all now and I’ve started making a good effort to raise money for my run for CF and on Saturday had £42 in the bank… at least that was until Saturday mid morning.

For anyone who hasn’t used Just Giving it’s rather simple if you’re raising money for a cause you just set up that account, link to your charity and begin collecting and Just Giving handle all the bank details and you just watch the total rise.

So I was thinking to myself ‘£42 is ok but I’m aiming for £700, I still haven’t told my work or my church yet so it’s not bad’, all in all I wasn’t too worried. Then I received an email, ‘ someone has made a donation’ which the normal notification I get when someone makes a donation, I take a look and my total is no longer £42 but now £142… my eyes nearly exploded… it was like I’d won the lottery (which I never play). Someone I may or may not know, chose to give a cause I’m running for, not only that but £100 – just like that!

I am still now in total disbelief and in humble gratitude to my mystery benefactor, so if your reading this it was such a great thing you did – thanks so much. And thank you to all of those people who have donated so far, it means a lot to have so much support behind me.

As for training it is going well and I should be up to 20K running distance roughly 2 weeks before the race. I’m currently running at my normal pace which is 10kph but I do have a rather hilly training route which is all street so I may run a tad faster on the day.

Currently running music is:
Postal service – Give Up
Fourtet – There is Love in you
and for the final 5K…
65daysofstatic – We Were Exploding Anyway

Thanks for the support everyone and if you thinking of donating there is a link at the top corner of this blog (or if you’re on Google reader click here  on there is my X-Factor sob story on why I’m running for CF Trust.