Day 4 of UK’s Longest bike ride. Leaving Bledlow Ridge and heading north

After a huge welcome at The Boot pub the cyclists stayed overnight, with the exception of a few non village team members, at home, in their own beds.  This was an opportunity for loved ones to catch up and also to discover that their spouses had a lot in common with baboons: yes, one does get sore down below after 300 miles on a bike. Yes, I have a More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Monday, September 17th, 2012

Day 3 of UK’s Longest Bike Ride: 117 miles. It takes a village

Day 3, Sunday 16th September. 117 miles done today, over 300 miles so far and over 700 miles to go. The cyclists, who mainly come from our village of Bledlow Ridge in the Chilterns in England, came home last night, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Day 2 of the UK’s Longest Bike Ride 97 miles.

Day 2 is over and the cyclists have covered 97 miles, bringing the total up to 197 miles over two days.   Tomorrow, they start to break the 100 mile barrier. The video below shows what they saw every mile More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 14th, 2012

Day 1 of UK’s Longest Bike Ride: 99.8 miles out of 1,100

Well done for the first day!! 99.8 miles in 7 hours 32 minutes. Average speed 13.23, 5107 calories burned and 5,909 feet ascended – higher than Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, at 4,409 ft.   The More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 7th, 2012

Standing on the shoulders of toddlers- why we have never grown up and what this means for our future

Once upon a time, you were a toddler. By the simple act of covering your eyes with your hands the people around you would cease to exist.  By lowering your hands they would, miraculously and to great amusement, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Flying cars – are they finally, really coming?

People have been fantasising about flying cars for over a hundred years. It is easy to understand why: on the ground they provide convenience and safety; in the air they travel from point to point at speed and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Robotic telepresence: a cheap way to commute, get skilled foreign labour

Robotic telepresence has just gotten a lot slicker and cheaper thanks to a new product from Double Robotics. A few weeks ago I wrote about living in a virtual world, and the impact of virtual working, virtual emigration, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, August 5th, 2012

NASA Curiosity hours from landing, or crashing, on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity is hours from landing on Mars.  NASA has produced a great video animation about how terrifyingly dangerous the landing is going to be with an array of never before tried technologies used More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 19th, 2012

SpaceX: private space vehicle supplies the Space Station and brings engineering talent back to Earth

Elon Musk is a pretty exceptional individual: he was the founder of PayPal, which has transformed the financial services sector, was the founder of Tesla Motors, which is producing some of the most exciting motor More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Highlander: There can be only one and the impact of longevity on society

Highlander, staring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is one of best movies of the 1980s.  I watched it again last night and, although it is dated and cheesy, it remains a great film with some fantastic music More...