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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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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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Local news hangover

All news were originally posted on kingsroad.co.uk, nottinghillgate.co.uk and fulhamroad.co.uk unless stated.

Morning all and hope you’re all having a sleepy start to the weekend if you’re a night owl or an energetic one if you’re an early bird. As the title suggests, I’ll be rounding up all the local news that you’ve seen streaming through the site in bite-sized chunks.

Closer to home

 

 

 

 

 

H&F Council to sell buildings to repay debts

In a bid to reduce Hammersmith & Fulham’s £133 million debt, the Council has decided to sell Fulham Town Hall and  Sands End Community Centre. The Council sees no reason to have 2 town halls in the  borough – the other Town Hall is on King Street, Hammersmith –  and the Community Centre hasn’t been attracting that many locals.

Get on your bike

Plenty of cycling news to go around during the past week. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that Hammersmith and Fulham will be one of the few London borough’s to get their hands on his blue bikes.

Later this month, elite cyclists will pass through Fulham and Chelsea in the London-Surrey cycle classic. Expect road closures if you’re travelling on the 14 August otherwise, get your cameras at the ready.

RBKC’s cycling initiative, Bikeminded, has loaned a range of cool bikes to locals or ‘Bike Heroes’ for them to get around Kensington and Chelsea (links to kingsroadrocks.com) .

 

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It’s nearly time for Carnival!

It’s August meaning the Notting Hill Carnival is just around the corner. Of course, that does mean a crackdown on idiots/ nobodies/ mobs/ anarchists (take your pick) and Operation Razorback is in full swing and has already arrested more than a hundred people. There are also concerns for the identity of the Carnival as its organisers may commercialise it in order to fill the funding gap. I don’t like the idea of the Carnival being sponsored by McDonalds or Sainsbury’s.

Pedal-power-big screen

Oh yes, more bike-themed news. As part of RBKC’s weird and wonderful inTRANSIT festival, a stop-animation film was show for free but with a catch: visitors had to hook up their bikes to generators and power the big screen.

My former English teacher amusingly said:”I can’t believe they think that sounds like an appealing idea. Don’t people like to relax when they watch films?”

Hence why I described inTRANSIT as ‘weird and wonderful’.

 

Chelsea made, Chelsea style

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Chelsea made….

Oh yes, the daughter of Sir Philip Green, Chloe Green, joins the cast of E4′s reality TV show Made In Chelsea. If you can’t wait to see what she’ll be doing in series 2, they’re currently filming in Chelsea at the moment. You more or less have to play the spot-the-camera-crew game.

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