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Armchair adventurer
Armchair adventurer
Posted on 06 July 2010. Tags: inspiration, motivation

Lacking motivation? Finding it hard to peel yourself off the sofa and hit the trail/track/tarmac? Then a good old fashioned adventure story might be just what the doctor ordered.
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Ever tried an exploding egg banjo?
Ever tried an exploding egg banjo?
Posted on 15 June 2010. Tags: Camping, food

If you haven’t tried this classic camping breakfast from Martin Dorey’s The Campervan Cookbook, you haven’t lived. Just don’t wear your favourite hoodie whilst you’re eating it…
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Find your happy place
Posted on 25 May 2010.

shoesHappy Gilmore knew it. Top athletes know it. The Dalai Llama has even made a career out of it. Finding your ‘happy place’ is supposed to be the key to overcoming mental blocks and achieving your goals.
This may sound like a load of new age ‘merde’, but I did have the opportunity to put it into practice during a recent wild swim clinic in the Lake District. When you first enter the water, the cold can grip your chest, make you breathe faster and fill your mind with panicky thoughts. Add murky conditions and a group of people splashing around you and it doesn’t sound like much fun!
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(Camping) field of dreams
Posted on 06 May 2010. Tags: Camping

Ah the search for the perfect campsite, does it even exist? I’ve spent many a winter night curled up with my dog eared campsite guide (yes sad I know) drooling over pictures of sunlit meadows and sizzling campfires. I imagine that this will finally be the year to visit that idyllic little site in the Outer Hebrides that has been on my hit list since buying the aforementioned guide in erm, 2006.
CampingThe reality is that most of us can only get away for a weekend here and there and are limited to the parts of the UK that are a couple of hours drive on a Friday night. However, that doesn’t mean we will settle for the same boring sites time and again, all neat edges and 5 star shower ratings (though I’ve nothing against a classy shower block).
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We’ve come a long way baby
Posted on 15 April 2010.

San ‘Mr Web’ Sharma and I hit GO!
It’s all systems go here at FAF HQ and We. Are. Now. Live. Six months ago I didn’t even know what a meta tag was, and now here we are! Following our user testing session back in February, we’ve listened to your suggestions and made lots of little tweaks and improvements to make the site even easier to use. So get stuck in and let us know what you think.
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Get inside the mind of an adventurer…
Posted on 21 March 2010. Tags: climbers, explorers, Royal Geographical Society

Chris Bonington
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Ever wondered what inspires explorers and climbers to push themselves in some of the world’s most extreme environments? Join mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and TV presenter Ben Fogle at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday 31st March at 7pm, as they share some personal insights into why they became professional adventurers!
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Calling all wannabe farmers!
Posted on 09 March 2010. Tags: business, coutryside, farming

cowEver dreamt of escaping to the country but not sure what you’d do when you actually got there? Then what about starting a new business? For the past six weeks I’ve been avidly following Channel Four’s My Dream Farm hosted by Monty Don who has been sadly missing from our screens for the past year as he recovered from a heart attack.
The series follows 6 different people as they take the plunge as small holders, flower growers or in one case as an alpaca breeder! Monty provides down to earth advice on how to make their businesses work, and whilst not everyone in the series makes the leap from town to country entirely successfully, Monty’s infectious enthusiasm for ‘the land’ makes for compulsive viewing.
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Give your working life a breath of fresh air
Posted on 14 February 2010.

Mobile workingWhilst recently away with friends for a weekend, the conversation turned to whether you should take your blackberry on holiday. The group was completely divided, with some remaining adamant that work should not encroach on their precious free time, and the rest happily replying to emails and taking calls from the chairlift. Their argument was that had they not taken their Blackberries, they wouldn’t have been able to get away in the first place.
Of course it’s an entirely personal choice whether to stay connected to work whilst you’re away, but from what I saw of the pro-Blackberry brigade, it seems that some people are making mobile technology work in their favour, freeing them up rather than chaining them to their desks.
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