Racing e-karts around TeamSport’s Acton race track – I’ll never drive a petrol-kart again!

Last week I tried out karting with an e-kart for the first time at TeamSport in Acton, West London. I had previously checked out their petrol karts with Ms B in Mitcham, which had been great fun, but not really much of a racing experience. The petrol karts hardly managed to get me up the ramps and they failed to accelerate my 105kg frame to any serious speed despite the fact that I never put my foot off the gas pedal. With e-karts, everything is very different. Electric karts have much more torque and acceleration. Even their top lap time is around one second better than that of the petrol-driven ones. For fat guys like me, or, indeed, for anyone weighing more than 75kg, this makes all the difference. While back then, it was more like a bit of light afternoon amusement, much like high tea, this time around, it […]

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Off-Roading Training Lesson with True Grip in Kent – Wahoooooooo..!!!!!

I had been a passenger on four-wheel drive off-road trips on a number of occasions, lastly near Porto (post here), and I had known for a long time that I wanted to learn how to actually drive off-road myself. Last week I used a Buyagift.com voucher for £98 (I topped up for an extra hour at additional cost) to do a driving course at True Grip Off Road’s Eastwell Park site. They hold a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and out of 1,244 reviews, 1,184 are ‘excellent’, 90% of the rest ‘very good’.     From St Pancras, London, a high-speed train takes you to Ashford International in just 40 minutes. From the train station, a cab will set you back another £12 or so for the ten-minute ride (best to pre-order). Guy, the friendly owner and chief instructor, greeted me upon arrival. After a quick five minutes of paperwork and […]

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Emirates Airline Cable Car, London – Great Fun for £3.50

During my recent visit to the O2 to do the London in the Sky experience I thought, I might as well check out the so-called Emirates Airline, i.e. the cable car connection between the O2 and South London. I always felt a bit ashamed that as someone who has been living in London for nearly 15 years I still had never made it onto one of the cabins. And about half the consultancy assignments I take over are in Canary Wharf, just a stone throw’s away. I think part of it had to do with the fact that I had become a UK citizen and more and more English in my ways (despite having been born a German).     And that, as we all know, apart from fair play and being a gentleman, mainly means one thing and one thing alone: if someone has a mishap, you ridicule them […]

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Lock’d, London – Escape Room Experience

Lock’d invited Ms B, me, and two of our friends today to try out one of their escape room experiences. I have to admit that I mainly went along, because Ms B and her friends were absolutely convinced that escape rooms are brilliant. My 30th birthday is quite a few years back, I consider myself a pretty level-headed person, and I’m not a natural when it comes to being locked up with other people in a room in a stress situation, having to solve a puzzle within 60 minutes in order to be allowed back to join the living out there. I watch Sherlock Holmes movies to be distracted, to switch my mind off, to loosely ponder how someone with a funny face like Cumberbatch managed to become a world-famous actor and hottie with the ladies, and to relax, not to help the detective solve his crimes (I’m not a […]

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Vertical sightseeing over London with The London Helicopter – A fabulous experience

Earlier today, the good people from The London Helicopter invited Ms B and me to try out their 18-minute helicopter ride over London. The tickets sell for £220 per person, which isn’t dirt cheap, but it’s worth every penny. For Ms B it was her first helicopter flight and she was completely off her head, in her usual collected, feminine, pleasant way, of course. I had done a few flights during my one-year obligatory military service in Germany, but I felt very excited too. I’ve always been into helicopters, it’s simply the most fun way to get from A to B, to buy groceries and run your errands, or to do a bit of sightseeing, whatever’s on your agenda.    The pilot makes every effort to keep the ride as smooth as possible, and even the most sensitive souls would find it hard to get queasy, there’s really nothing much […]

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