The starting point



C2C for Charity

My ride starts in Whitehaven. If you hadn’t heard of it before, this small town on the west coast of Cumbria is now known for the most tragic of events. There can hardly be anyone who hasn’t turned their mind to the killing of so many people by a vindictive gunman in West Cumbria.

West Cumbria is where my great grandparents come from; Isaac and Martha Stephenson came from Whitehaven and Harrison and Annie Ware from a little further north in Cockermouth. My father hailed from Langdale in The Lakes – where I too was born. So I have long connections with this part of the world.

So as I arrive in Whitehaven on June 22nd I will be aware of the sorrow that fills that town, and in following the early miles of the C2C route I will pass through places which heard the sound of the first fatal gunshots. Those first few miles are supposed to be the easy approach to the tougher miles ahead through the Lakes and over The Pennines. But on my ride they will be be challenging, not because of steep inclines, but the emotional rollercoaster the people will be experiencing as their community life recovers from those recent horrifying events and the loss of people they love. I trust they are receiving the support they will need to complete the process.

My ride is for worthy causes elsewhere. If you want to sponsor me, follow these links: Riding Lights Theatre Company or Funzi and Bodo Trust

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LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (wii) reviews at

My son Matthew works as an animator for Frontier and this is his latest game. He’s delighted with these reviews – wouldn’t you be?

Summary [WiiWare World] The follow-up to last year’s WiiWare launch title once again puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand, as you experience Toku and Enril’s new adventure to save Toku’s mother, lift an ancient curse and thwart the evil Balasar. The elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit are used to protect and guide the young boy Toku – power his jumps and glides, suspend and smash new enemies, and explore all-new expanses of the stunningly presented, magical land of Mistralis. Players can instantly transform Mistralis between Summer and Winter, harnessing the brilliance of nature: frozen Winter ponds and waterfalls become deep, teeming Summer pools and chambers in which to dive and unlock secrets, enemies can be frozen or doused, and the very air itself used to form snowballs or moisture-laden clouds. Other amazing new abilities include the cyclone, which can be used to transport Toku, smash powerful enemies and even drill through the rock of Mistralis’ diverse, richly interactive Chilling Peaks and Melodia City areas. [Frontier Developments]


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  • 4am Project – This is fun. A snapshot of the world at 4am on 4/4/2009. Sit your lightbox on a tripod, open your lens and capture your 4am world. Submit the images to this site and see what happens.
  • The Funzi and Bodo Trust's Blog – This project was initiated by a friend of mine, Ashley Peatfield.
  • – your photo, your message – posted – This is much better than sending an e-card – Touchnote creates a printed card from you image and text and posts it, snail mail, to your recipient. So they have something to touch, pin up and save.
  • BBC NEWS | Health | Will 'shocking' care be addressed? – As the father of a guy with learning disabilities this lack of care and treatment is quite distressing. Specialist 'learning disability' health teams should be introduced. It's not enough to say it's impractical or expensive – it's not as if we don't know the people with learning disabilities exist.