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  • Charidee- Team Ike’s Bogle plans and send Sue to Zambia

    This year’s Bogle Stroll is March 6th-7th. Alex and I are entering, probably as Team Ike with baby Bogle Ikes fastened to our bikes. (That sentence will probably only make sense to ten people.) If the weather’s favourable and I can get the training in I’m aiming for four loops of the roll route, about 104 miles, because I’ve managed three loops each of the times I’ve tried previously. The bike is better this year, but sadly the body isn’t. I haven’t found a way to take donations online yet, but if you want to sponsor either of us please email or comment and tell me how much.

    If you do want to make a donation online, go to Sue’s page and help her go to Zambia this Summer. If she can raise enough they’ll send her back to us rather than making her hitch home.

  • The Ed mobile

    The Ed mobile, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

    I found this picture, but no sign of the faculty of arty-farty subjects ones yet.

    The Ed mobile. This was a support vehicle on teh 1993 or 1994 Bogle Stroll, I’m not sure which. The silhouette in the driver’s seat is almost certainly Peter Larkham and the guy in the middle seat will be John Bilham. I haven’t a clue who the bloke in the yellow jacket is, but the person walking toward the van is Richard Ambler, Bogle warlord that year or the one previous.

  • The Stonehenge Bogles

    They don’t make Rag stunts like they used to. In 1966 a bunch of Manchester Raggies scaled the fences at Stonehenge and left behind 16 Bogles- stick figure likenesses of the Rag mascot. You couldn’t do that nowaays, what with all the security paranoia.

    Time to confes a couple of my own Rag indiscretions, all over a decade old.

    I was the man who painted a banner with “UMIST Faculty of arty-farty subjects and Mickey Mouse degrees” which was hung on the front of Manchester University students’ union one Rag week. I took pictures, but I don’t know if I still have copies.

    I was also one of the conspirators in the kidnapping of Ed- the ESCA drinking bunny. Whilst on a raid North of the border we rescued the unfortunate rabbit from captivity in the offices of the Edinburgh Students Charity Appeal (or Association, I can’t remember) and took him back to Manchester where he lived a pampered life. Apart from that time we tied him to the front of a van and drove him around supporting the Bogle Stroll, of course.

    I don’t know where Ed is now. Can anyone tell me?

    Manchester Rag homepage. Recently refurbished and with one of my pictures on the front page.

  • The Mouse was on the Bogle

    The Mouse is on the Bogle, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

    For some reason this picture didn’t make it to Spinneyhead when it was sent on Saturday morning.

  • That list in full

    In fact, here is the whole 100 Things list as it currently stands. I’ve updated links but not any of the aims. Reminders of things I have done are welcome, as are suggestions for removal and replacement.

    (Some of the later Things name the people who came up with them during a drunken brainstorming session.)

    1. Play croquet

    I don’t even know the rules to croquet.

    2. Play strip croquet

    Ah, the effect that Heathers can have on you.

    3. Cycle the Coast to Coast

    4. Keep a tidy house

    Without calling in any sort of housekeeping services.

    5. Live for (at least) three months in another country

    6. Shoot Tony Blair

    Already done that.

    6. Try to get elected

    What to, I don’t know.

    7. Take part in a threesome

    Yes, I know I’m not even participating in any twosomes at the moment, but this is a long term list. (And if I do achieve this one, I probably won’t announce it.)

    8. Take part in a foursome

    9. Take part in an orgy

    Is an orgy 5 or more? Or is there an official lower limit to an orgy? Are there different imperial and metric orgies?

    10. Make it into the Popdex (and/or Blogdex) top 100

    Which will be good all round. If I can manage to make it onto the list regularly, even better.

    Edit Popdex has started behaving oddly, I’ll settle for getting on the Blogsnow list instead.

    11. Mention sheep and still get laid

    12. Make a living from writing

    13. Make a film

    It doesn’t have to be a feature length movie, but that would be the next step.

    14. Get out of debt

    I’ll discount any mortgage from this requirement, and just allow for clearing overdrafts and loans.

    15. Become a millionnaire

    Foreign currency counts.

    16. Climb the highest peaks in each country of the United Kingdom

    17. Learn to juggle

    18. Build a model village

    19. Upset the Daily Mail so much that they run a story about me being a threat to the nation’s morals

    20. Visit the beaches of D-Day, and the little town of Quenast my grandparents’ house was named after

    21. Visit Pearl Harbour

    22. Read Moby Dick

    Gratuitous Zelig reference.

    23. Get interviewed by Richard and Judy

    Or a passable equivalent.

    24. Own a Land Rover

    And actually use it for off roading.

    25. Have a bike for every day of the week

    Mountain bike, Jump bike/BMX, road bike, recumbent, folding, commuter, unicycle.

    26. Give a grand to charity

    Not raise a grand, but give one. Raising a grand should be possible, especially if I do 27.

    27. Do over a hundred miles on the Bogle Roll

    My plan for next year’s Roll. I’ll need to get another of my 7 bikes to do it.

    28. Learn to snowboard

    29. Get a dog

    But not whilst I’m living in the city.

    30. Own a thousand CDs (or have 100 Gbytes of MP3s on my computer.)

    I’m going to cheat and allow CD singles in this.

    31. Attend the Glastonbury festival

    32. Roast my own coffee

    Done that.

    33. Send a dirty text message

    34. Propose to someone

    35. Fly in a hot air balloon

    36. Go to a shooting range

    37. Spend a whole day watching all three of the Lord of the Rings films back to back

    Extended cuts.

    38. Buy a house

    39. Own a piece of Microsoft

    40. Moblog

    First done here, then conclusively here, here and here. And regularly since.

    41. Canoe on the Thames

    42. Figure out the question

    43. Brew beer

    44. Learn a new language

    Spoken, not computer. And not Klingon.

    45. Start a craze

    46. Make love in a hammock

    This one inspired by The Sure Thing

    47. Visit every continent

    48. Fly a helicopter

    49. Build a tree house

    50. Hold a party for a hundred people

    51. Make love outdoors

    The roundabout incident doesn’t count as it was unplanned, drunken horniness. However, I could go for getting 46 at the same time.

    52. Join the Mile High Club

    53. Join the Mile Low Club

    In a cave or down a mine.

    54. Join the Two Metres High club

    On a train. Sleeper carriages count.

    55. Exceed 40mph on a bike

    Downhill counts.

    56. Build a house

    57. Learn to play a musical instrument

    58. Get a signed letter from a serving head of state

    Probably not going to be Tony, though.

    59. Break a record

    Even if it is for the silliest ‘Hundred things to do’ list.

    60. Burn all my CD singles to MP3

    61. Appear on Have I Got News For You?

    This will probably be just before or just after offending the Daily Mail.

    62. Swim with Dolphins

    It was going to be swim with monkeys, but I reckon any mammal will do

    63. Visit Japan


    64. Get a HGV or Motorcyle licence

    The motorcycle licence would be cooler, but I value my limbs the shape they are.

    65. Learn Morse code

    66. Attend Burning Man

    There were also plans to create a BM equivalent in the Scottish Highlands, to be called Soggy Man.

    67. Dance naked in the rain

    68. Drive a race/ rally car

    69. Fulfil Sabs’ dream of seeing me walk out of Lyme Park lake wearing breeches.

    Penny. Well, it was Sabs’ idea originally, but Penny added it to the list.

    70. Get a woman to pose in the nude (for my comic.)

    Zoe. I asked Zoe if she’d pose naked for me, but she said no. Shame. I’ve also widened the scope to posing for anything, just to improve my chances. Any volunteers?

    71. Play UV pool


    72. Do roman chariot racing with big fat men in place of horses.

    Zoe. This is a far nicer version of Lesley’s suggestion of ‘Become a pony boy.’

    73. Flash at a concert audience

    Penny. Originally ‘Flash at a Status Quo audience’ but I’ve expanded it.

    74. Be a model at an Ann Summers party


    75. Swim the full length of the Bridgewater Canal

    Penny. So long as I don’t h
    ave to do it in the actual canal.

    76. Learn the national anthems of the Six Nations

    Penny and Lesley.

    77. Design a sex toy

    Zoe and Penny. Full description- ‘Design a sex toy and advertise for testers and reach quality standards for ISO and BSS’. By setting such stringent conditions they just volunteered to be the first testers. There then followed a brainstorming session on what would make a perfect sex toy, the notes from which will form the basis of a future post.

    This project is under way. After posting the list of recommended features, I received quite a peak in hits. I have now moved on to the shopping list for building the test version.

    In the meantime, there is a range of Perfect Sex Toy clothing- Ladies top, Ladies Tank Top and Long Sleeve T Shirt.

    78. Be an extra on a TV programme.

    Emily. She originally stipulated Hollyoaks, but it was decided I wasn’t blonde enough.

    79. Buy lingerie for a woman

    Penny. In person, from a shop. Original conditions- ‘Buy a woman a thermal vest in person from Pleasure and a matching set from Kendals including peep hole bra and crotchless knickers whilst dressed in a flowery dress.’

    80. Buy the Pete Waterman (SAW) compilation album

    Penny. She insists it’s not because she’s too ashamed to buy it herself. It could have been worse, she could have suggested the karaoke version

    81. Learn to salsa

    Penny and Lesley. I’d also like to learn to make the perfect salsa dip.

    82. Have sex in an ambulance or hearse

    Penny and Harry. Originally an ambulance or ‘vehicle of the dead’ while on the move.

    83. Grow a bonsai tree

    Penny. A bit of wishful thinking considering I killed my last two bonsai. My sister did buy me The Art of the Bonsai Potato for Christmas.

    84. Have a drink in every CAMRA pub in Manchester

    Harry. Originally it also said ‘within one week’ but I edited that out.

    85. Get an 8 pint certificate from The Crown in Stockport.

    What they actually do is put your name on a board in the pub and, allegedly, get you a tankard engraved with your name.

    Anyway, the challenge has been done, and recorded here and up. Pictures.

    86. Get zipped up in a US style body bag.

    Harry. Only if I can take a big knife in to cut my way out.

    87. Create art using my body.

    Penny. Originally ‘Create modern art using your body and any other body using bandages, plaster of paris and vaseline and get it displayed in a gallery.’

    88. Get a piece of art displayed in a gallery

    Me, but inspired by 87. I’m allowed to do a Banksy.

    89. See a psychiatrist

    Penny. After some of these suggestions I’ll have to.

    90. See a psychosexual counsellor

    Penny. See above. And I think this should also apply to some of the people supplying suggestions.

    91. Bowl on the Bowling Green again.

    Emily. That is, the bowling green that used to be in front of UMIST union. They’ve done horrible things to it. Does boules count?

    92. Attend a televised awards ceremony

    93. Learn a programming language

    Properly, not in the half arsed way I learnt to gaffer tape routines together in VBA. Griff says that C# is quite a lucrative area to be in.

    94. Visit every Disneyland

    This was actually Griff’s aim, but I stole it.

    This aim has been removed from the list.

    95. Get a free crate of Glenfiddich

    Sometimes breweries will gift crates of their products to writers who mention them. I’m also open to offers of Jennings Sneck Lifter.

    96. Go scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef

    97. Get as close to an active volcano as possible

    98. Attend a gala movie premiere

    Hell, if Rebecca Loos can do it, so can I. But I’m not shagging any footballers except
    these two.

    99. Publish a cook book

    My sister’s been promising to write one for a while now. I must get her to finish it.

    100. Get ‘Ian Seat’ into the OED

    Being the position in a crowded room, bar, etc, which has the least advantageous view for eyeing up members of the opposite sex.

    101. Burn all my CDs to MP3

    102. Eat in, or from, every restaurant and kebabery in Rusholme.

    Which could be a year or so’s work. Longer, considering how rarely I eat out. It’s not called the Curry Mile for nothing.

    This replaces 94.

    103. Go Guerilla Gardening

    Next spring I’m walking around Manchester with a stick and a pocket full of seeds. I’m going to plant peas and herbs and other veg in flowerbeds and hedges.

    104. Follow the route of the M60 by bike

    Utilising side streets, riverbanks and paths.

    105. Appear in a TV commercial.

    Because they pay residuals. If it got shown enough, I could almost live off it.

    106. Make love with a cheerleader.

    Every American boy’s dream.

    105 and 106 are provisional. If no-one can come up with better suggestions, they stay!

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  • sign of the times

    sign of the times
    sign of the times,
    originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

    I spotted this bogle sign succumbing to the elements on a pole by the tram tracks. It’s done well to last since march.

    It’s rumoured there won’t be a bogle next year. Which is a shame. I was thinking of cycling it again (until my bike got vandalised. Anything good enough to ride 70+ miles on wouldn’t last long outdoors.)

    apparently rag can’t get enough volunteers these days, which is sad. I’m almost inclined to suggest some sort of old farts rag to utilise the experience of we old hacks who can’t help but turn up to events. I don’t know exactly what we’d do, mind, probably stand around and talk about how things were done in our day.

    Which would be no different to what we do now, to be honest.
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