Winter cycling training on Spain’s Costa Blanca

By William Rider Spain's Costa Blanca has long been a staple of many professional riders' winter training experience. Good roads and dry weather when the rest of Europe is wet and under snow attracts not only professional and elite riders, but increasingly L'Etape du Tour competitors, road racers, time trial riders, triathletes, as well as …

Condor Fratello, Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed, Fulcrum Racing 7, winter road test

Ridden and reviewed by William Rees Condor Cycles offers its Fratello model as an "all round super bike" to be used as commuter, fast tourer, audax bike or winter trainer. It's been a popular model since its release many years ago and several of my friends ride one particularly as a winter bike. I needed …

Sherlock – series 2: The Reichenbach Fall

By News Reporters A recent episode of the current series of Sherlock was filmed in Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia. A short sequence filmed at night during 2011 shows scenes from the rear of the Saatchi & Saatchi building and the corner of Make's architect's offices in Chitty Street. Part of the Whitfield Street Children's playground and …

It’s All About the Bike, by Robert Penn

Reviewed by William Rees In some parts of London cycling has overtaken motor vehicle traffic for the first time in five decades and the creation of public bicycle pumps at the roadside in the City illustrates that transport planners are taking cycling seriously ... sometimes. But elsewhere, like on London's bridges, cycling provision is haphazard …

Ford Maddox Ford: at Fitzroy Square my eyes first opened

By Jess Owen One of the more glaring omissions in Mike Pentelow's Characters of Fitzrovia is Ford Maddox Hueffer. A grandson of the artist Ford Maddox Brown, he spent his childhood years at 37 Fitzroy Square. A poet, critic, editor and novelist; he helped transform English letters. But for him, it all began in Fitzrovia. …

Film preview: Incendies; The First Grader

By Angela Lovely Nothing appeals to me at my nearest cinema (Odeon Tottenham Court Road) this weekend, but venturing a little further south into Soho the Curzon has a number of attractive screenings from Friday. First to grab my interest is Incendies by director Denis Villeneuve. The first opportunity for British viewers to see this …

Simplicity Made Easy, by Jennifer Kavanagh

Reviewed by Linus Rees When things gets a bit on top of you there’s nothing like a good clear out to physically and emotionally de-clutter your life. In this slim volume Fitzrovia author Jennifer Kavanagh looks beyond de-cluttering and encourages us to find a deeper often spiritual meaning to and enjoyment from a simpler life. …