In case you missed it (which if you’re on social media is unlikely!), here is my radio interview with Bill Buckley of BBC Berkshire (well, a poor copy of it recorded on my phone!):
#TeamBadInfluences is back – and they’re bigger, badder and better!
After last year’s London to Brighton, the #TeamBadInfluences girls really got the cycling bug and wanted to go bigger, and stronger so on 25 June, we’re taking part in Davina McCall’s Big Sussex Bike Ride.
Last year we lost a couple of team members – Ruth, who ended up having a hip replacement – poor excuse 😉 and Sara who, last April, suffered a Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leak which took months to heal. Both Ruth and Sara are back with a vengance though and raring to get going!
Unfortunately, we have lost Bryony as she’s done her knee in. Hopefully she’ll be back pedalling soon, or at least being our support team!
So the Team has gone from 8 to 9, which isn’t bad (influences)…
As well as being another challenge, the Team girls are raising money for a fantastic cause, Action Medical Research (AMR), a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.
Hundreds of thousands of children’s lives are devastated by disease and disability – in fact had it not been for AMR, Abby, would not be on her bike today!
So dig deep, peeps, and give all you can to this fabulous cause and keep #TeamBadInfluences on the road for another year:
On this International Women’s Day, I am standing proud and shouting from the rooftops:
… in the truest sense. I am not a man-hater (if you know me, you know how much I love men!), never going to burn my bra (I wouldn’t inflict that on the world!) and I don’t think women are better than men. I just want us to be equal.
But, to get equality, we have to work together, not just girls, but all of us. We have to stop shaming each other, stand together, love one another… and reach for the sky!
“the practice of entering competitions, especially those promoting consumer products.”
My self-imposed rule is that I don’t go looking for comps, but if I see one, I must enter it.
So far, I’ve tried my hand at winning tickets for a motorhome show, a few holidays and £35,000 for a deposit on a house and recently won tickets to the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show.
Having spoken to a few peeps about comping, many think it’s a great idea and have shared tales of friends of friends who have won holidays, cars and even houses.
So there seems to be some merit is perhaps extending my experiment… providing I don’t get obsessed (good luck with that, Ab!)!
NOTE: This has nothing to do with #gettingmyshittogether but instead is a shameless plug and plea for sponsorship!
A couple of years ago I took part in a charity cycle ride as part of my #40b440 challenge and got the bug! Last year me and my group of merry maidens formed #TeamBadInfluences and between us raised over £3000 for British Heart Foundation cycling the 54 miles from London to Brighton.
This year, as a warm up to Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride, team mate Katie (along with her husband, Andy and his cousin on a tandem) and me will be taking part in the London to Reading bike ride again.
The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £25 could pay for an hour of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target:
Another fab blog from my friend, Lorna!
And I am a social media addict.
“Oh for god sake, here we go again!” I hear you cry – first Anxiety, then OCD and now addiction, what’s bloody next!
But alas, it is true my friends.
My addiction to social media has been in steadfast flow for approximately ten years. It kicked off way back in 2007 when my sweeping fringe was questionable, my social antics excessive and I was introduced to the marvel that is Facebook.
As I merrily created my login, and uploaded my first ever profile picture, little did I know it would fuel what was to be, and still is – my frenzied social media infatuation.
First profile picture : Questionable sweeping fringe.
I was instantly hooked. Facebook gave me a newly found love of oversharing – the desire had always festered within – I love an exposed tête-à-tête, however as yet I hadn’t been…
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