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RIP Nelson Mandela

I’ve read many inspirational quotes in my time but today this one really resonates: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela To quote a … Continue reading »

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Luck of the draw?

So the World Cup draw takes place this Friday 6th Dec and most of the preview talk is about the size and geography of Brazil, including the weather, which will certainly impact my cycle trip (although remember that I start in the south in Jan which is their summer and finish in the Amazon in … Continue reading »

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Urban Stars visit

Tonight I visited the impressive Walworth Academy school in Southwark, SE London, along with Patrik and Jane from Laureus, so that we could see the Urban Stars project in action. There was a football training session going on and despite the cold weather there was a good turnout of teenage lads keen for a kick-about. Oli from Active … Continue reading »

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Keeping busy

You may be wondering what I’ve been doing with my time over the last two months since I left my job? Well, apart from setting up and editing this website, doing all the stuff that I’ve already blogged about, mapping the cycle route, researching info about Brazil, booking my flights, buying my bike/panniers/other kit, running … Continue reading »

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Check out my logo

Thanks to my sister Emily‘s graphic design talent I now have a brilliant logo, check it out below (and see other versions on the header image above and on the info pages).  We’ve also used the logo to create and order some cool mini business cards and stickers for me to hand out and help … Continue reading »

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Live on BBC Three Counties radio!

This evening I was interviewed by Geoff Doyle and Luke Ashmead on the Three Counties Sport show about my samba cycle! They even suggested that we keep in contact for more updates during my trip across Brazil, which is superb, thanks guys. You can listen again here for the next 7 days, I’m on 36 mins into … Continue reading »

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I’m on WatfordFC.com

This is a claim to fame that I’m pretty sure no other cycle touring adventurer can make! Check out the article here: http://www.watfordfc.com/news/article/131114-trust-andy-smiths-cycle-ride-across-brazil-1173456.aspx

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Fight For Peace visit

Thanks to Jane at Laureus, tonight I went to visit the amazing Fight For Peace London Academy in Newham, E16, and we were shown around by Marigold who’s the Head of Programmes there. Fight For Peace was founded by Londoner Luke Dowdney in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 and it’s thrived there ever since, which led to … Continue reading »

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Live on talkSPORT radio!

Today I joined the call-in about extreme sporting stories on Colin Murray’s talkSPORT show to tell him, Danny Murphy and Kelly Sotherton about my samba cycle! You can hear our chat here: http://talksport.com/radio/listen-again/1383818400 Click on the 12-12.30 time slot and go to 18 mins 40 secs into the broadcast (I’m a bit muffled but hey … Continue reading »

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When Smudger met Zola

In case you’re not already aware, during my cycle across Brazil I’ll be raising money for two charities, one of which is Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.  So thanks to Andrea and Mark at Watford FC I was invited along to today’s open training session at Vicarage Road to meet Gianfranco and the … Continue reading »

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