Ain’t No Ravens on this island

So we heard a rumour about an island on the river Thames down Kingston way. The islanders took over the abandoned wedding and conference centre business that used to run from Raven???s Ait.?? Their vision for this Thames jewel is to turn it into an eco conference centre, a place where community groups and organisations can come and support their cause, exchange ideas, share skills and help build the support structure for a strong and healthy environmental movement.?? An amazing opportunity that could be Kingston’s real gift to the climate change solutions melting pot.

Nosy folk that we are, we had to go down and sniff out the situation for ourselves. Once again, we packed our trailer with our mini baby bike power sound system and headed off to the island. How exotic! Our efforts were rewarded with a sunny day on the island where the locals danced to the sounds of some pedal powered Reggae and Rocksteady. People were invited to have a picnic on the island and in the hours of the early afternoon all things just organically fell into place. People filled white picnic tables with nibbles and landed their dancing feet on the daisy-covered lawn to our sweet pedal powered tunes.

It was a natural setting for our bikes, pointing to the tip of the island parallel to the river flow, with Bushy Park to the right and spring sun above. Beautiful!

The island would be a great resource for Magnificent Revolution and organisations alike. Therefore, if you dear reader have 10 min to spare, sign their online petition or call the Kingston Council (Bruce McDonald, Chief Executive Kingston Council 0208 547 5151 or Gerry Sevenoaks, Head of Strategic Services 0208 547 5175) and let them know of your support for Raven???s Ait!

You can also sign their petition online.

Wood Festival

May 15, 2009toMay 17, 2009

We’re back at this years wood festival so come and join us for more pedal powered reggae, workshops, late night parties and the launch of our top secret new project “The Pedal Session” which will feature sessions pedal powered by some top bands at the festival!?? Shhhhhh

Again, a free pint will be on offer for anyone who cycles to the festival!

I Bike MCR

We took the 450 mile round trip north by road for the I bike MRC festival. Technical challanges and 40kg of heavy plan B equipment ruled out the train as a travel option, so we filled a car with people and bike equipment and headed north to see what the manchester bike scene had to offer!

We arrived just too late on Friday to take part in the MCR critical mass, so we decided to experience the best the city had to offer in the form of ??1 cups of tea, ??2 pints of cider and a curry in what must be the weirdest curry house on the city’s legendary curry mile (which isn’t even a mile long!)?? Then off we went to meet our hosts at the I bike MCR festival launch party which featured rollerpaluza racing and some great manchester bands.

Come rain or shine we had a great day on Satuday powering?? bands in Platt Fields with Primary Colours and taking part in bike races, which initially took place round the lake, yet had to be relocated after a coot was injured during Adam’s heat and the RSPCA had to be called out!

Saturday night in the city followed in the same vein as Friday’s excitement and we were sad to take the road back south, sad we hadn’t brought our bikes and very sad that we had made the trip in a car! However, we’ve learnt from our mistakes and we’re going to start logging every MR trip to track our travel emissions and travel method. Watch this space.

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