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Monsieur chat

Thursday 12th March 2009

Spike was being exceptionally beautiful the other day, so I felt compelled to honour his blatant request for a quick photo session.

His favourite hang out this winter has been on the back of the sofa, which sits right next to the radiator. It gets really hot but he never moves. Sometimes he just sits there with his nose mere millimetres away from the hot metal. I think he likes feeling the of the hot air flowing over his nose.

Spike Spike Spike


Epic win

Thursday 5th March 2009

Today is a good day. I have a new full time job! And it's the best job evaaar!

My head will be in the clouds for a while.

Incidentally, it turns out that the woman in the video is Simon Pegg's Mum. Great! (thanks to typecub for that!)


A few goodbyes

Tuesday 24th February 2009

I organised a big party last night, to say some farewells and share a few beers with ex-colleagues from NCsoft Europe.

It was great fun. Took the PS3 along for a bit of a SingStar sing song. Drunken video evidence below, of perhaps one of the more fitting songs.

Towards the end it was pretty funny. With a hardcore group of about 15 of us singing the house down, all the while getting some pretty disgruntled looks from the few, sober customers at the other end of the bar.


What’s Prince’s favourite vegetable?

Sunday 22nd February 2009

Little red courgette.

(It does help if you know who Prince is and the reference).

I love that joke. Almost as much as the two eggs in a frying pan one. Jemima has a good collection on her blog now, with some great ones in the comments too.


Brighton in the Snow (again)

Sunday 22nd February 2009

It doesn't seem like it was 9 months ago when it last snowed in Brighton, but it did last April. This year when it snowed (considerably more than last year might I add), I headed out with all the other photographers to take some pics.

Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow Snow


Busy busy

Wednesday 14th January 2009

Time flies eh? I've not posted for ages now.

So. What have I been up to, I don't hear you cry? Well. The good news is that I've been pretty busy.

Firstly, I've been working with Brighton based design studio Yard. They've had a number of projects which I've been involved with and it's been great to work with their clients who include So Connected (part of the Selfridges & Co), Luxury Briefing and Blink eyebrow bars.
I've also been working for Mosaic, a full service agency. Working in-house at their central Brighton based office is great, giving me a change of scenery with some friendly faces.
I am also working with music promotion company Music House once more, overhauling their existing content management system and developing a long term digital download service for users of their music promotion service.

Along with a handful of other projects, I'm well and truly being kept busy at the moment. Expect a site update in the next few months with a portfolio update and examples of work. Hopefully.



Dad’s 1964 Moulton Safari

Saturday 13th September 2008

In 2005 I inherited my Dad's 1964 Moulton Safari. I didn't actually pick it up until 2006, I think, and that was when I started riding it. Unfortunately, soon after riding it became clear that there was a severe problem with the rear suspension arm - a known fault and weakness in the design that had caused the arm to tear apart at the point of stress. So, off to eBay I went to get myself a replacement rear suspension arm, and that is when my little journey of restoration began...

Well, today I took the bike out on a somewhat shorter journey, cycling up to the top of Elm Grove to meet Caroline who was horse riding today. There are still a few things to be tweaked, but essentially, the work is done.

I'm really pleased!

1964 Moulton Safari

It has not been easy. To start with, I had to get the replacement rear suspension arm from eBay. It must have just been good timing as I found one immediately, but once I had it I then had to get reinforcement welding done to the weak spot. And of course, being a different colour, I then knew I would need to respray both the arm and the main frame. Which sounds easy initially, but that involves disassembling the entire bike, and that was tricky.

Moulton Steering ColumnThe front forks required an exceptionally long screwdriver, although to actually realise that, I first had to understand their construction. Luckily, Dad has kept just about everything from the bikes history. He even has the Army & Navy stores receipt from 24th September 1964, when he chirpily paid £95 7s. 11d. (95 pounds, 7 shillings and 11 pence) for the Moulton Safari and various extras. Though, interestingly, Dad opted to pay in 12 monthly installments, and so the interest of £4 4s., plus additional charges, meant that the total payable was £99 12s. 5d.
Other items in the stash of documents include the original guarantee, Moulton Bicycles Limited 1964 brochure, Sturmey Archer GH6 Dynohub lighting set maintenance instructions, Sturmey Archer FW wide ratio 4-speed hub gear maintenance instructions and an interesting article from an unknown November 1962 publication. There are plenty of other items too...

Sturmey Archer FW diagram.jpg

All these things were tremendously useful for me, the Sturmey Archer Hub Gear diagram, above, was fantastic and helped me to completely dismantle and clean the hub inside out. It is accompanied by detailed maintenance information and technical instructions. What a great example of how things used to be, when selling something and serving the customer was altogether a more innocent process. I'd love to see everything you buy come with a break apart diagram like that. Imagine buying a microwave with a fully labelled diagram, as well laid out and clear as the Sturmey Archer manual? I think there is definitely a disconnect nowadays with what we buy and our understanding of the items and how they actually work. I like to understand how most things work.

Moulton Steering ColumnWith the frame dismantled, I could send the parts off for respraying. Argos Cycles in Bristol took care of this, and did a mighty fine job at both the frame and the panniers- I couldn't believe it when I got the parts back. Very impressed with their quality, though it came at a price. I do have some regrets at not investigating further in to the options for colour matching against the original green though.
After that I started cleaning pretty much every part of the bicycle. Some parts were quite heavily soiled, with thick, dirty grease that needed some serious cleaning power. 'Pedro's Oranj Peelz Citrus Degreaser' was amazingly good. And for grubby hands too!
Along with some liquid Brasso and some elbow grease, every nut and bolt got its fair share of cleaning.

I had some parts to pick up - the rear suspension arm pivot bolt and the rear suspension arm rubber clamp (which required buying a pop-riveter). The Nut & Bolt shop in Hove came in extremely handy too.

Many parts with chrome are worn and I made a decision here not to undertake re-chroming. Mainly due to the cost, its a step too far on my budget. Perhaps it is something I can revisit in the future.

Moulton Bicycle Diagram

So, nearly there - it's not quite finished. I'm missing the bottle racks on the front, I have the front and rear lamps to attach and connect to the Dynohub and of course, we can't forget those distinctive black pannier bags (I have those too). But so far so good. It's nowhere near the standard as some of the bikes that I've seen in photographs elsewhere on the web (intimidating quality!) but I am pleased.

One thing is clear after riding the bike again today: The Moulton Bicycle is absolutely fantastic. It's a great feeling to be riding it again.

Huge thanks to Michael Woolf (without whose advice & parts, the bike wouldn't be back together!) and the Moulton Preservation society plus the excellent book, the Moulton Bicycle by Tony Hadland.

For the benefit of Moulton enthusiasts (I know you'll eventually find this article!), I've made some of the most useful documents available for download in high resolution. You can download them here, in a 44Mb zip file. Included in this file are the following:

  • 1964 Moulton Bicycles product brochure
  • 1964 Moulton Bicycles Limited maintenance leaflet and guarantee
  • 1964 Sturmey Archer FW Wide Ratio 4-speed Hub Gear maintenance instructions
  • 1964 Sturmey Archer GH6 Front Hub Lighting Set maintenance instructions
  • 1964 GB Components & Spares Catalogue - Pages 7 and 8, detailing the COUREUR Plus SPORT MK.3 (on the Moulton Safari)
  • 1962 November 9th article, "The Bicycle Revived by Fresh Design", reprinted from 'ENGINEERING'

Your Moulton lives on Dad! 44 years on!


Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen and ‘Design Rules’

Saturday 13th September 2008

I stumbled in to this letter that my Dad wrote back in 2003, complete with his follow up reaction in pencil. It really made me smile to read this.

Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen and 'Design Rules'


A great new game: The After Eight Face Climb Challenge

Thursday 11th September 2008

Well, I say the 'The After Eight Face Climb Challenge', but it doesn't have a name and I just made that up.

Ok, so it's a simple game. For the game, you need two things:

  1. An After Eight
  2. A face

Step 1

Place the After Eight on your forehead.

Step 2

Moving your head and face, attempt to deliver the After Eight in to your mouth. Nothing must touch the After Eight and you must move it only using the power of your face.

The attempt will then looking something like this...


Alcohol consumption may provide added comedy effect.

Second attempt and I got it in ;)


Spring clean for

Thursday 11th September 2008

It’s been a while since I popped a WordPress blog on to my site and starting posting, but a few things have niggled me about the site and its design, so I wanted to tidy things up a bit.

Here you go then, revamped. A little. I’ve uninstalled WordPress and switched over to Expression Engine, which makes life a bit easier.

Apart from a massive, spanking image of my face on the homepage, there’s not much new on the site apart from the design. Anyways, I’ve still got some tidying up to do for those people using archaic browsers, so if you notice anything I’ve missed, then please feel free to pop it in a comment and I can fix it.

Toodly pip-pop!

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