So where to begin? Sunday 17th April 2011: London Marathon day. As anyone following this blog will know the fact that I was getting up at 6.00am to take part was achievement enough. After a week of injury hell I was so delighted to be joining the race everything else seemed somewhat irrelevant.
There are huge positives to take from the Smiley Culture demonstration on Saturday. An under-represented section of society took to the streets to demand freedom, justice and an end to police brutality. Two and a half thousand people, over-whelming Afro-Carribbean, of all ages, marched with pride, determination and joy in their hearts. No arrests were made; the people were organised, united and refusing to be silent.
Luke Wilkins tests out the latest mid range naked sports bike from Kawasaki, but does it live up the R badge stuck on its tank?
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1.6 million people in the UK suffer from an Eating Disorder. That’s over half the population of Wales.
It’s also almost definitely a massive underestimation; secrecy comes hand in hand with living with an Eating Disorder so many cases go undetected. Many others slip through the net due to mis-diagnosis, naivity and quite simply, a huge [...]
The Independent and i have launched Save our Cyclists, a campaign to cut the number of deaths and accidents, particularly those caused in collisions with lorries.
While much can be done to improve safety, it’s easy to be put off by news of death and maiming. Yet, statistically speaking, cycling is safe and getting safer.
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I could feel my heart starting to beat faster and my mouth get dry. As I approached the sea of red Virgin London Marathon signs my adrenalin was pumping. I knew I was among fellow runners – they had a look in their eyes that was a mixture of steely determination and fear — except [...]
Mother of three, Louise Blagnon, sits with her extended family in the open air of the grounds of an abandoned school in the south-eastern Liberian coastal city of Harper. The sun beats down on us as we talk; and the only shelter is provided by some leaves which form a makeshift roof on [...]
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