The Tunbridge Wells Great War Tank.

Some people may not be aware of the Tunbridge Wells tank, delivered to the town by train, on the 30th July 1919. Driven through the town by it’s full crew, it ended up on display on the patch of grass next to the Vale Road Post Office, opposite to Vale Road Church. Gifted to the…

Cycling the Salient (Combining cycling and First World War Studies)

I’m currently staying in Ieper for a romantic break…… (She is revising for a individual taxation exam and I wanted to put together a meaningful school trip to the salient that would support the teaching of the new GCSE unit on the Western Front.) Unbelievably the forecast for West Flanders was glorious, so as I…

Knowledge Organisers – the way forward or the road to ruin?

An update just for Angus Laidlaw – What the historians are up to at Hayesbrook? (Or CPD for our Irish friends) Since September 2016 I have been mourning the loss of teaching the OCR Schools History Project GCSE to Year 10 pupils. This loss was heightened by a growing realisation that our pupils were not progressing…

In Flanders Fields – update

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post one evening in about 30 minutes that in hindsight, I should have taken longer to construct. It was based on the conversations I had with someone whose views and opinions I trust and respect, who is well qualified to talk about the history of the First…

Three Peaks CycloCross

I’m in – Now I need to get really fit. The last few months have been really busy and cycling has been low down on my list of priorities since the Ronde. Work and all that. (I do however now have a new job so that was one benefit for what has been a bit…

Watching Paris Roubaix – A guide

The best part of the cycling calendar is now. The glamour and scale of the Tour first drew me in to cycling – Ch4’s coverage in the 80s showing Robert Millar battling for the mountain classification hooked me. However it wasn’t until I started watching the Spring classics that I really started to follow cycling…

How to prepare for Ronde Van Vlaanderen Sportive

Have this coming up next weekend. I would like to say that I have been busy preparing myself for the event but that wouldn’t really be true. This was brought home to me last night when a friend tweeted me to ask. @SingenRx so 28mm tyres, double bar tape at the ready? — Donnie G…

The best things of 2015 (Bike related)

I always enjoy the reflection of the year allowed by the Christmas break. Being prone to a self critical streak it is good to look back positively on the year, whilst also beginning to plan the year ahead. I rode 100km on the 27th of December which allowed plenty of time for self reflection. Having…

A week in the Alps

Never wanting to make things boring the last 10 days of July were super busy. On the 19th of July I completed l’etape. On the evening of the 20th July I caught the Eurostar from Lyon back to London. At 9am on the 21st July I had a job interview. Having heard I had got…