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Bikes, camera, action! Film Tour with Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

Yup, that was my first thought when I was invited to Bikeminded’s Film Tour.  But knowing Bikeminded, I knew they weren’t going to pull a fast one. Instead, they took us cyclists on a revealing journey of film locations in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

Starting from the beautiful Albert Bridge (my favourite bridge in London), Jamie, our guide, revealed that the scene where tramps get their revenge on protagonist Alex from the acclaimed A Clockwork Orange was filmed there. For those unaware of the plot, A Clockwork Orange centres around Alex and his gang of friends who cause chaos in the city through their hunger for violence. A must see film, if you haven’t seen it.

Weaving through the backstreets of SW3 and King’s Road, we arrived at another local fav of mine, Brompton Cemetery. The latest Sherlock Holmes and Johnny English are just a few films that were recorded here. The latter wasn’t mentioned on the tour but I found this particular scene quite amusing:

Jamie also informed us that the many characters from Peter Rabbit are named after people who were buried in Brompton Cemetery.

Whilst heading north of RBKC we cycled up Notting Hill. The steep climb was much needed after consuming these little treats (thanks to the person who brought them!). Once the hill was tackled, we bumped into the hordes of tourists. Not particularly a great idea considering it was market day on Portobello Road.

We finished up near Latimer Road and learnt about how the borough isn’t just filled with your Made In Chelsea posh types. The borough is mixed with people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries – symbolised by the film Kidulthood, directed by Ladbroke Grove’s very own Noel Clarke (also known as Doctor Who’s Mickey Smith).

RBKC is a joyous borough to cycle through and oozes in history. It certainly one of the most beautiful areas to cycle through whether or not you tag along with one of the tours.

But if you do want to book for one of the tours, visit their website.

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Fiona Wood, one of the cyclists on the Film Tour, blogs about her experience too.

Popcorn cake. Treats post cycling. That’s new.

 

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ON BEINGBIKEMINDED.ORG: FILM COMPETITON

Bikeminded Cycle Shorts Competition

 

 

 

 

If Bikeminded’s tours aren’t enough to reel you in, then why not enter their film competition, Cycle Shorts. All you have to do is produce a 90 second film of any genre as long as you feature cycling and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a creative way. Upload it onto Youtube or Vimeo along with the online application form. Simples!

Need inspiration? Here’s a lovely little clip from Bikeminded themselves.

Happy and safe cycling!

 

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Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Christmas with Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

The brilliant folks at Bikeminded are certainly in a festive mood this December as they reveal their Christmas advent calendar on their website for readers got a special festive surprise for readers to win everyday over the Christmas period.

All you have to do is visit bikeminded.org and see the advent calendar pop up. Click on the current date and see what you have to do to win a one-of-a-kind present from the folks of Kensington and Chelsea. People have already won themselves a snazzy bike cover and exquisite macarons from Belgravia’s Pierre Herme – who knows what you’ll win tomorrow? Just be sure to enter everyday!

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Councillor, Paget-Brown, encouraged cycling over the holidays and added: “We want all cyclists in the borough to have a safe festive season, and hopefully our top tips will help them to just that. We want to encourage more local residents to get on their bikes this festive season; to beat the traffic when doing their Christmas shopping, as well as to help burn off some calories from festive over-indulgence.

“Cycling is a great way to boost your well-being, improve the local environment and a fast, efficient and cost-effective way of getting around the borough. So whether you’re off to a carol service, doing your last minute shopping, taking presents to a friend, we want you to cycle there!”

With the Olympics on the horizon next year, be sure to keep your eyes  peeled on Bikeminded in the 2012!

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Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Being Bikeminded

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OUT FOR A SPIN

Hello, hello and hello there and thanks for reading my Being Bikeminded despite the lack of posts. Just the one announcement before I recount my cycling tales: Being Bikeminded posts will be moved to a monthly feature until the end of my first academic year of uni. Quite annoyed since I enjoy the weekly posts but I guess I needed to sacrifice something so I can attempt to balance my life out.

So yes with that out of the way, there hasn’t been any change of destinations for me and my bike. However, the surroundings and atmosphere has changed. Portobello Road, King’s Road, Oxford Street, Fulham Broadway, Hyde Park: all these places have been given the Christmas makeover. Christmas trees, lights, ornaments have been scattered across the city whilst restaurants and stores have started to spin their Christmas playlists.

And now has never been a better time to get on your bike, bring out the camera and see the sights. With those nifty lights Bikeminded gave me, I too, looked like a glowing ornament that wouldn’t look out of place on a Christmas tree.

Also seeing the mix of traffic and festive lights, for example, while cycling make it seem like you’re in some psychedelic happy-land or travelling on the Millennium Falcon going into hyperspace.

Of course the one draw back about cycling at this time of year is that you carry more weight in order to keep yourself warm from the biting temperatures. Ok, so those biting temperatures haven’t arrived but when they do come, do make sure to get the correct gear which I’ll get to in a tick.

A word of advise: don’t actually taken any hallucinogens.

Stay safe, stay warm and keep cycling!

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ON BIKEMINDED.ORG: DRESSING FOR THE COLD AND RAIN

Just because its been the mildest November since records began doesn’t mean the cold and rain (and snow!) won’t arriving to buffet and subdue us back into the tempting safety and warmth of our beds. When they do come, clothing will be an important factor: is it waterproof? Will it hinder my movement? Do I look like a hideous ogre in this raincoat? Bikeminded have kindly posted some tips that could potentially save your arse, look and feel graceful and keep you safe this season.

Want a tip from me?  FirstlyWear your pyjamas underneath*. My word…the warmth I feel. Secondly, keep all electronics in your bag, not in your pocket. My friend Robbin, who accompanied me on this year’s London Skyride, nearly broke his iPhone’s speakers.

Correction: I nearly broke his iPhone’s speakers.

Finally, don’t forget your lights. It’s against the law to cycle in the evening without any lights. Red lights at the back, white lights at the front.

*Not recommended for all. May not work if you want some freedom in the general leg and groin area.

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Like always, you can follow all my cycling shenanigans on Tumblr, beingbikeminded.

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Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Christmas lights switch-on today at Portobello Road

Originally seen on nottinghillgate.co.uk – posted on 20 November. 

Holidays are coming…holidays are coming…always Coc – wait, wrong medium. Anywho, if you’re in Notting Hill today, why not hang around and head over to Portobello Road this afternoon to see the Christmas lights get switched on?

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The festivities will include free hot refreshments and Christmas songs from 4- 5pm. Rachel Johnson will be MC’ing the speeches including Mark Barr, chairman of the Portobello & Golborne Management Committee.

Read the rest on nottinghillgate.co.uk

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Hollywood Arms re-open

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 17 November. Written by Rhiannon Bury.

Local haunt The Hollywood Arms have reopened their doors to the public where they now boast a new menu and luxury space.

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After an extreme makeover, the now glamorous bar now boasts a number of stylish rooms including The Blanchard Room – an über elegant upstairs lounge and The Aviary Room – a luxurious conservatory-style dining space.

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Christmas coming to Fulham

Originally seen on fulhamroad.co.uk – posted on 17 November. Written by Caroline Gosney 

[In a whisper] #Holidays are coming…holidays are coming…#

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Have your novelty Christmas jumpers at the ready, cheesy festive playlist made and cup (jug) of mulled wine to hand because Fulham has come over all Christmassy.

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Charity Christmas Cards open at Chelsea Town Hall

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 1 November. Unknown writer.

It’s less than a month before Christmas and the Christmas cards at back at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Located on the first floor outside the Chelsea Reference Library, Card Aid Christmas shop is selling exclusive and very festive Christmas cards. All profits will be donated to charity.

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The season of goodwill is almost upon us and to mark it Card Aid’s annual Christmas card shop, based in Chelsea Library, Old Town Hall has just popped up and opened for business.

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Lighting up for Christmas in Chelsea

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 25 October. Written by Caroline Gosney.

The Christmas lights in Chelsea town will be lit up on Saturday 5 November with the added bonus of some “snow”, so mark the date on your calendars!

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Harrods opened their Christmas department in August, festive wrapping paper has started to appear in WHSmith’s around the royal borough, and we even heard what sounded like a holiday jingle on the radio the other day. Christmas is coming in all its Coca-Cola advert glory people.

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Photo Diary #8

North End Road, Fulham; Christmas Preparation

Christmas Tree Shopping; North End Road

Notice something dangerous in the background?

North End Road Fish Market

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Cold Play

Nope, not the bed-wetting Martin and co. but the snow that will unfortunately bring London to a standstill. Oh who am I kidding; the snow will joyfully bring London to a standstill and it arrived at the right time for once! The early snow of this year arrived in February, where we had no use for it to be honest (coursework deadlines and all) and at that point, I had no idea what to do with it.

Snow ball fight? Snow wo/men? Snow angel? Most students up to the age of 18 were all snow virgins in London (lets be honest here). Now, we have a second helping and this time, we are prepared.

Here are a few activities you can take part in with the holy grail of winter weather:

Snow Ball Fight

Ok, it is usually the first thing one would do with snow but it does not get old. Pick up some idle snow from the floor or even better, snow from a car or windowsill, mould it into a sphere and launch at your victim. Build, throw, strike, laugh. Simple. Even better if there is a huge group of people and you can upgrade a fight into a full-scale war.

Boys and their toys eh?

Snow Sculpting

You can make any shape or figure with snow. In February I managed to construct a sort of…spire thing with a pointy bit sticking it that looked like a…branch but you get my point. Those artistically skilled and innovative can make brilliant visuals such as this:

For the uninformed, Space Invaders.

Of course, minus the drop like missiles but no-one is complaining.

Make Your Own Avalanche

Educational and destructive!

Snow Fort

As the saying goes, a man’s snow fort is his…something. It compliments snow wars really well, sheltering you from straight snow-ball assaults. If you aren’t in a war and not visually creative such as myself, building a block of snow and ice is the activity for you! Plus, you’ve got something to brag about.

But please, don’t over-do it. For anyone who has seen the episode of SpongeBob Squarepants where it snows, don’t build a gargantuan fort. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Hide and Seek

It is such a difficult game when there is snow. If you wear the correct colour clothing (presumably white clothes) and know the area well, you will be the king/queen of hide and seek.

Narnia

My one problem is that you have to go indoors to IKEA, go inside a cupboard, come back outside from the shop and declare “Narnia!” Plus, the prospect of finding a talking, messianic, polar lion is beyond impossible. Leave it for your siblings or if your imagination hasn’t all but evapourated.

Chances of finding Aslan? 0%

Oh right, look for a centaur too. Although that has about the same odds as finding the above lion.

Jaywalking

How many cars can you evade without being trampled on as you arrogantly walk on the middle of the road? Clearly, I’m a winner at this game since I haven’t been declared legally dead yet.

Colour Coding Snow

Guess what liquid has been in contact with snow! I’ll say no more.

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