Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
December 2005: Breckenridge Video Short
November 2005: Dad gets angry with HSBC
April 2005: LFN in Lake Tahoe
Sunday, December 18, 2005
After Breckenridge we went to stay in Denver, to check out her home town, visited various places and did lots of American things. I had a brilliant time and can not wait to go back there.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
After some fantastic sunny days the weather has changed to full on snowy, bringing with it a fantastic powder day. Boarding down the runs towards the mercury superchair is awesome, empty slopes, fun snow, i could not ask for better. Also practiced riding fakie so that is coming on well too! Here is to the rest of the day!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
After hiking above the highest lift point in the states this is the view. An initially scary decent but was well worth while and snowboarding skills are approaching something nearing skilful. Another major bonus was being bumped up to the highest snowboarding group, guess i must be doing something right.
On this vacation I decided to take some lessons, just to check my technique out, aparently I was doing (as most Snowboarders do a lot of things wrong). Always remember to lean forward, stand perpendicular to the board, and close your stance, i.e. your chest should be pointing at 90 degrees to the direction of travel, in a Homer Simpson belly out style (on piste, not fopr deep powder technique). After the instructor told us this, it became aparent that 90% of the people are snowboarding incorrectly, using the "Fear" stance, leaning back with belly pointing down the slope, this is incorrect, and after days of trying the correct stance I am now able to board faster, safer and under much more control.
Highlight of Second Day
On the second day the instructor took us up to the top of the Imperial Express, which is the highest lift operated terrain in the USA. However after getting off the list, he decided that this wasn't high enough so we walked for another 20 minutes further up the slope. It was worth it, the views were fantastic, and we then snowboarded off the top. This is the closest that I have come to the footage I watch in most of my snowboarding videos, the steepest, smoothest terrain I have ridden down. It is making me smile just thinking about it. On the picture it is the little bump the the left of the lift top, you can just see a slice moving diagonally from right to left where we entered this slope.
Well just having the second day of lessons, went to the peak in the picture and tried to ski some blacks. They were ok apart from the bumpy ones. American resorts are fantastic in that the busy days are very quiet compared to europe, and everyone knows how to queue here. Going to spend the next five days putting into practice what the instructor has taught us. We are so tired that every night we are in bed by 8.30 and up around 6am, but it feels good. Well off to practice jumps, fakie, and 180s. Lfn!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
After travelling to Whislter in similar style, a limo seemed to be the only way to go to get to Breckenridge. The funny thing is that it doesn't cost that much more than getting a taxi, so why not travel in style. I could highly recomend the company that took us (Front Range Limos: www.denvercoloradolimousine.com), as they were the cheapest and it came with a free, yes free bar.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Where I am staying
I am staying in a little town called Rossland in BC, Canada (http://www.rossland.com). Which is close to Red Mountain (http://www.redresort.com/). I will be there from the 5th Jan until the 23rd March, completing my 1 (and hopefully 2) CASI level snowboard instructors qualifications.
The resort sounds fantastic here is a description I found online:
"The resort is made up of two mountain peaks, Red and Granite, both rideable 360 degrees around, offering an awesome variety of lines. There are wide open groomed pistes and a good terrain park but it's the off-piste terrain that gets people stoked on Red. "
And another good one:
"Aficionados claim this funky, old-fashioned cult resort at the old mining town of Rossland provides some of the most exciting and challenging tree and meadow skiing in Canada. Hard-up, would-be heli-skiers adore it - a day in this part of the Kootenays is like a day's heli-skiing without the helicopter."
I cannot fu**ing wait.
People Coming To Visit
There are certain times on the course where I will be busy completing my course qualifications. The CASI ( Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) exam course date are as follows:
Level1: 14th - 16th Feb
Level2: 14th-17th Mar
The group I am going with recommend this company (www.frontier-travel.co.uk), phone on 0208 776 8209. So feel free to contact them and mention "NonStop SKi and Snowboard".
Kinay Kinay Kinay
I guess what I find exciting about this resort is the fact there are no lift queues and that you can ride the mountain 360 from the top. This is something I have never experienced before and the unlimited amount of runs on the way down should be kinay kinay kinay.
Friday, November 11, 2005
1. City Arms - Earlsden - Wetherspoons pub - enough said.
2. Millsy in Earlsdon cool hip-for-Coventry bar.
3. Then got a cab to Leamington and went to three bars I can't remember the name of.
4. Rios, which by all accounts was a major meat market.
However there was a good bunch of us out so it didn't matter where we were really. And they played - and I danced to MJ. From left to Right on picture; Kim (Sister) , Michelle (Australia) , Audrey (USA), James (Bubbenhall) , Gene (Me).
Saturday, November 05, 2005
This is easily illustrated by our Saturday Itiniery (5th November).
7.00 am: Roll Call
7.30 am: Leave For Barnstaple
8.00 am: In Swmiming pool for 15 lengths (me).
9.00 am: Shopping and Cappuchino
12.00 pm: Visit school and take a look at the ground
3.00 pm: Back home quich change out to Woolacombe Bay
3.30 pm: Woolacombe Bay Surfing (Awesome).
4.30 pm: Hot chocolate in Red Barn at Woolacombe bay.
5.30 pm: Back home for tea
6.30 pm: Leave for fireworks display.
7.00 pm: Fireworks.
8.00 pm: Back home paned o de.
9.00 pm: Bed
This is all done with a 5 year old (Bohdan) and Marla (12 weeks). Awazing!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
On Saturday we went for a walk on the Breacon Beacons (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog), which I presumed would be a "gentle stroll in the park", however as we were bing led by a hard core Geography teached ended up being more adventorous (in a good way) than expected. Neverless I felt again like the typical urban fool that turns up at country events in the most in appropriate gear. Result one pair of new ruined Diesel trainers, wet jeans, and a throughly enjoyable experience. Especially the trip behind the waterfall pictured above, in which we were soaked through. Only on the way back up did Muttley suggest that we should have done it in our boxers, mental note for next time.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
My second Icelandic visitor was Sigurborg Anna Hjalmarsdottir (my Ex), we split up over a month ago, and in helping with the reconciliation, closing the relationship, she came over to finish things properly. I have had a good 4 and half years with this crazy thing ;-), and am genuinely happy to have been out with her. We had fives days of relaxing, partying and chatting. We were both sad to say goodbye, because who knows when we will see each other again. But I am glad that we have remained friends, not for any hope of reconciliation because I am passed that, but just to ends things well and to be a good friend to her. Thanks Bogga!
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Occasionally there is a working-class mentality that it is wrong, rude, or non-British to blow your own trumpet. Today I am going to break this rule by referring to an article which was recently published in "The Independent".
The essence of the article is guide to the degree of Civil Engineering and the stars of this subject in the
Monday, September 05, 2005
Sunday, September 04, 2005
I am sat in the waiting area of Coventry's Walsgrave hospital. It is 15.15 and Kim, my sister, is due to give birth in about an hour. I am tired after staying up until 0500 with Andri and Kolla, however this pales into insignificance compared to Kim's 12 hour labour stint.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
A wise man with a “elongated dorphal appendage” said to me today w.r.t. my new found state of singledom:
“A flying dove is a beautiful thing to watch soaring to ever higher heights, however if you tie two doves together, they fly no-where.”
Perhaps it was just because they were his words, or perhaps they connected within, however they were pleasing to hear.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
1. "You don't need a stamp"
I think whilst I was at university I forgot to send mum a mothers day card. Anyway on the day I enrolled Kim (who was about 8 at the time) to write a card for me, placed it in an envelope to look as if it had been sent by myself. Kim had the bright idea of putting a stamp on the card, so she though she'd ask dad for a stamp. About this time Dad had become addicted to playing the Super Nintendo, not sure which game, but he was playing when Kim asked for a stamp. Whilst asking Dad, he lost a life on a particularly high level, and shouted at Kim "YOU DON'T NEED A STAMP". The phrase has stuck ever since.
2. "You won't be saying that when you want a tenner"
Typically used by Dad when mickey taking.