Outrageously fun: Rage Buggies

As a kid, I never really liked buggies, because they looked awkward to me and not at all like a sportscar or like one of the better-looking rally cars. To be perfectly frank, they still look rather strange to me, but who can resist their performance and agility. Yorkshire-based Rage Motorsport has been defining what’s physically possible with buggies for some 15 years now. Modified Rage Hurricanes have taken part in several Paris Dakar rallies. The one I drove around an Everyman Racing race track in Leicestershire last weekend, uses a brand new Yamaha Nytro snowmobile engine with 140hp. This is a fair bit below the most powerful Rage Buggy, the Comet, which has 200hp. However, no need for a long face. The Hurricane still makes it to 100km/h from stand-still in under 4 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera. Moreover, that’s just 0.4 seconds […]

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Cafe East – This used to be our favourite Vietnamese in London for twelve years

Previously located in Deptford, near London’s Greenwich neighbourhood, the family-owned and -operated restaurant moved to Surrey Keys, in 2008. Ever since then we were regular visitors. It is just twelve minutes’ walk from Bermondsey Jubilee line tube station. Quite a few of our friends are ethnic Vietnamese, and Café East was their go-to destination. Thus it became our go-to destination for Vietnamese food, too, often joining our friends, but equally on our own. Over the past dozen years we must have visited at least once per year on average. I remember how my first visit with Ms B was a true revelation. Up until then I had never had outrageously brilliant Vietnamese food, only ever very good Vietnamese food. Then, over the years, we kept on coming back, and each and every time the food had gotten just a tiny tad less impressive. From a clear 5 out of 5 […]

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Vauxwall Climbing Centre – I’m scared of heights, but this is totally doable and great fun!

We checked out Vauxwall Climbing Centre next to Vauxhall tube station earlier today and it was great fun. The Centre is run by the award-winning Lakeland Climbing Centre, which was established in 1993 in the Lake District. Their first climbing wall immediately became one of the top three climbing walls in the UK. It was only in 2014, that they opened their second wall: Vauxwall, now: Vauxwall West, or simply VauxWest. Four years later, Vauxwall East, or VauxEast, next to Lambeth Bridge, was added. And today, the Centre operates four more centres in Harrow (Harrowall), UK’s largest bouldering centre and Europe’s largest artificial cave system (170m length), Croydon (Croywall), Ravenscourt, Hammersmith, West London (Ravenswall), and, since last month, Canary Wharf (Canarywall). Seems like they’re unstoppable, well done. Those of you that regularly eyeball this blog know that nothing scares me more than heights, so bouldering is perfect for me. Bouldering, […]

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Our 2019

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you had a sterling year. We did. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary in January 2019. I’ll never forget the 3-minute assembly-line ‘ceremony’ in front of a judge in Faaborg, Denmark, the Las Vegas of Europe, which we chose because it seemed to be the least bureaucratic place with the least hassle (they even provide two witnesses). We had only met each other six months earlier and there we were, queuing behind a Sikh couple, several Muslims, orthodox Jews, and a young Christian couple from Nigeria. Never regretted it since, and once we had had our church wedding inside the medieval castle of my home town, with horse and carriage and the whole shebang, Ms B stopped giving me trouble for the fact that I had worn my oldest sweater to the Danish ceremony.   My health is finally on the mend too. I started […]

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Quad Biking with Southern Pursuits at Tulleys Farm in Crawley – Incredible how robust these ATVs are!

Ever since I met Ms B for the first time some eleven years ago, she won’t stop talking about how she went quad-biking in the desert in Egypt and how exciting it was. To me, quads never felt that attractive. They are much slower than rally cars, accelerate a million times slower than, say, a top of the range Rage Buggy (post here), you can’t jump with them like you could with a motocross bike, their centre of weight is much further north than that of most vehicles, making it much more prone to fall over in the corners or when going uphill or downhill, so what’s the attraction, I thought. All photos (c) BSqB; photos showing me have been very kindly taken by Ollie Wates, the instructor. When I saw an advertisement by Southern Pursuits for their quad-biking experience, I knew I had to book it and find out […]

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