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Rediscovering the island of Ireland

Posted on September 11, 2013

Source: http://lordsoftheblog.net/2013/09/09/rediscovering-the-island-of-ireland/ One of the consequences of the years of the troubles has perhaps been a reluctance of some to travel and explore the natural treasures of the island of Ireland. On a recent visit I was delighted to see that old images are changing fast. The last time I was in the North of Ireland [...]

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FINAL: A drop in the Ocean

Posted on September 9, 2013

September 9: London—Derry. 35 Days. 518.8 miles. Donations £50,000. Donors 161. This walk was inspired by the Olympic & Paralympic Games and the period of time during the Games I spent on the Lebanon/Syria border with refugees. It was my/our small contribution to the ongoing international legacy of the Games. It was for this reason [...]

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Article for House Magazine-Diary of Walk for Syria’s Children by Michael Bates

Posted on September 5, 2013

Diary of Walk for Syria’s Children by Michael Bates 3 September, 2013 Day 1: Saturday 27 July—London to Heathrow Arrive at Downing Street gates just before 11AM to be greeted by a small group of friends and family many of who had been at Westminster at the end of my 2916.1 mile walk from Olympia [...]

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Day 35–30 Aug: ‘Finishing strong..’

Posted on August 31, 2013

Day 35: Saint Johnston to Peace Bridge, Derry 7.8 miles (Total 518.8 miles) Donations £2,212.40 (Total: £30,708.88—61% of target) It was an early start again as Xuelin drove me back from the City Hotel in Derry to Saint Johnston to complete the last 9 miles of the walk. The day began with more great news [...]

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Day 34–29 Aug: ‘High five!’

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Day 34: Castlederg to Saint Johnston 20.3 miles (Total 511 miles) Donations £78.48 (Total: £28,496.48—56% of target) I don’t want to sound like a Whinging Pom (Australian colloquial term for a person of British origin who complains all the time) but this was a tough day: Xuelin was with me and my inclination to get [...]

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Day 33–28 Aug: ‘Margin call…’

Posted on August 29, 2013

Day 33: Lisnarick to Castlederg 19.28 miles (Total 490.7 miles) Donations £630 (Total: £28,418.88—56% of target) There is nothing more motivating than having a very clear, short term and specific target. Today I had one. Xuelin and Harry were flying into Belfast at 1:30PM by the time they had hired a car and travelled to [...]

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Day 32–27 Aug: ‘Reflections on Enniskillen..’

Posted on August 27, 2013

  Day 32: Enniskillen to Lisnarick 11.41 miles (Total 471.42 miles) Donations £330 (Total: £27,788.88—55% of target) Today was meant to be a rest day but I was restless. I finished my work and then knew I would need to start walking or I would be in danger of wallowing in negative thoughts. ‘Negative’ is [...]

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Day 31–26 Aug: ‘Good news. Bad news. Better news.’

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Day 31: Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh to Enniskillen 19.06 miles (Total 460.01 miles) Donations £20 (Total: £26,408.88—51% of target) This was it. Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. The end of my walk. This was the day for being re-united with Xuelin and travelling back home. It was exactly one month since I set out from Downing Street on [...]

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Day 30–25 Aug: ‘Hard start/happy ending…’

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Day 30: Cavan, Co Cavan to Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh 15.2 miles (Total 441.95 miles) Donations £170 (Total: £26,388.88—51% of target) My wonderful hostess at Ford B & B kindly agreed to drop me back at the Costcutter garage on the edge of Cavan where Darren Fitzpatrick had given me a welcome lift to the B [...]

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Day 29–24 Aug: ‘A home or a hotel..’

Posted on August 25, 2013

 Day 29: Virginia to Cavan, Co Cavan (Total 426.75 miles) Donations £510 (Total: £26,218.88—51% of target) It was a beautiful start to the day down by Lough Ramor. Graeme O’Toole, the General Manager of The Park Hotel had been a fantastic host. The hotel had recently been bought by a ‘celebrity chef’ from London and [...]

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