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The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Everyone is utterly exhausted, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Everyone is utterly exhausted

As I write these words I’m sat at the start of the second special stage in the leg from Chilecito to San Miguel de Tucumán. It’s 8.32pm and the sun is heading off for a G&T. In half-an-hour’s time it’ll be properly dark. We’re waiting for the Race2Recovery truck, which has been on the go since we left the bivouac together at 7.57 this morning.

By | Notebook | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 4:00 am

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Personal hygiene can wait, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Personal hygiene can wait

Right now I’m veering towards the disgusting end of dirty. My arms have a bronze colour that might be a suntan or it might just be grit – I’ll have to wait for the rest day to know for sure. There are showers in the bivouac but they’re so densely populated with sweaty mankind as to be barely worth the bother. Even my toothbrush tastes funny.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 9 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Banks expect “significant increase” in availability of mortgages, Property

Banks expect “significant increase” in availability of mortgages

Plus, no property bubble in Glasgow, and homelessness in Wales

By | Property | Wednesday, 8 January 2014 at 3:48 pm

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: You have to commit 100%, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: You have to commit 100%

Yesterday Race2Recovery were reminded just how tough the DakarRally is. Losing both of the team’s Wildcat rally cars in a single day has been hard on everyone in this close-knit team. If you’re going to be successful in this epic event you have to commit a hundred per cent, which makes the knocks even harder to take.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 January 2014 at 4:00 am

The average family home has shrunk by two square metres over the past decade, Property

The average family home has shrunk by two square metres over the past decade

Plus, what puts off UK homehunters, and John Lennon’s home up for sale

By | Property | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 at 4:27 pm

Clothes versus “fashion”, at Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and MAN, Fashion

Clothes versus “fashion”, at Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and MAN

The question of clothing versus fashion fascinates me. Particularly in menswear, where even at the highest level the lines seem blurred. Clothing does what the name suggests. It clothes a body. But what does fashion do? It’s a noun and a verb. Perhaps fashion is about re-fashioning our bodies, or at least our perceptions of them. You could argue that’s what the pourpoint did – the fourteenth-century foundation garment worn beneath plate armour, heavily-padded on the chest to fill out the convex breastplate, which is acknowledged by many as the starting point of true fashion. Namely, when humans began to use the cut of the cloth to radically alter the shape of the human form. It still clothed the body, of course. But it also did something more. And it was worn by men.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 at 8:00 am

The £1 million property hotspots, Property

The £1 million property hotspots

Plus, what is the busiest time for people to search online for a new home?

By | Property | Monday, 6 January 2014 at 3:47 pm

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: The toughest motorsport event in the world, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: The toughest motorsport event in the world

Not for no reason is the Dakar Rally the self-styled toughest motorsport event in the world. Today on stage 2, both of Race2Recovery’s Wildcat’s have retired from the rally, while the race truck is still battling through the dunes after assisting other competitors.

By | Notebook | Monday, 6 January 2014 at 4:00 am

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: An introduction, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: An introduction

Last year Race2Recovery became the first amputee team ever to complete the Dakar Rally. This year, they’re back for another crack.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 5 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Rett Syndrome and me: Love actually, Notebook

Rett Syndrome and me: Love actually

I have a confession to make. Somewhere around five weeks before Christmas, the hubby and I spend an evening wrapped in a duvet on the sofa watching ‘Love Actually’, again.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 5 January 2014 at 12:34 am

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