Coffee Philosophy 1.0


“Everything flows forth from our happiness, including the desires to be munificent, to improve our surroundings, and to please others. When you’re miserable, the last thing you’re thinking about is giving back to the world. Mostly, you just want to kick it in the nuts.”

The Enlightened Cyclist,

Bike Snob NYC

The Man In The Glass

Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.


In the last 4 months there have been big changes. Changes in belief; changes in earnings; changes in almost every aspect of my life.

One thing for certain is that change is constant.

More often than not, change is good.

Patter and Pattern…

granny's old patterned mugsThese are the mugs that held the coffee that helped the conversation that continued from the night before that involved some beer that loosened the tongues that shared the ideas that came from the belief that things should be done properly.

Ideas develop, plans are formed and projects are born.

Good people can make great things happen… and good coffee tastes better from Granny’s mugs.

Naturally Different…

PoZu boots with Maharishi tweed

These boots arrived not long into the new year. A lot of time, a lot of research and a lot of longing went into finding these boots. The criteria were pretty straighforward – a sturdy boot that is as natural as possible, that doesn’t look like it was made in a yurt. Craftsmanship and materials as ever, are of the utmost importance.

There are loads of products floating about in this world of ours. You don’t need to travel far, you don’t need to think too hard. There are quick fixes everywhere, but at what price? Not the price out of your pocket… the picture is bigger than most of us see.

These boots are a variation on the Sequoia boot, a staple in the PoZu range. These particular boots are a collaboration with global style brand Maharishi, who applied their own tweed to the tongue and detachable cuff. The Sequoia boot can be a high boot, as pictured, or with the cuffs removed can be an ankle, desert style boot. The leather is all natural, as is the latex used for the sole. Add in the wool tweed and you have a stylish boot that is completely biodegradable.

Surely there must be a catch, right? Wrong. These boots are also super-comfortable, no matter how you wear them, largely due to the unique insole, more accurately described by PoZu as the foot mattress; and that’s how it feels – like a mattress. Stuffed full of coconut fibre, the foot mattress moulds itself to your feet as you wear, making for an extremely comfortable shoe.

biodegradable shoe box with planted garlic

It doesn’t stop with the shoe. The shoe box is also made from compressed coconut husk, fully biodegradable packaging that now houses the garlic plants, ready to pop straight into the ground, box and all.

Check out the price for yourself. They’re not expensive compared to a lot of ‘ordinary’ high street footwear, but they are certainly not cheap.

Cheap does not equal good value.


Cyclo-Pathic City

Glasgow is a terrible place to ride a bike.

We can bypass Glasgow’s stereotypical reference points of bad weather and violence as different menaces lurk threateningly for willing velocipedes in this fine city.

Cycles Glasgow Central

The city has become renowned for its superior collection of potholes, some of them large enough to engulf a small elephant. The quality of road surface in the city centre is an unwitting deterrent to skinny-wheeled enthusiasts, though there are many that grittily persist against the odds.

Glasgow – the city where the bypass carves right through the centre and of bridges that go nowhere. It seems the town planners have applied the same ethos to the cycling infrastructure. Cycle lanes are marked out, sometimes in green, sometimes in red, sometimes with only a white line. Unlike Magnus Magnusson, a lot of our cycle lanes have started but don’t finish. They do however end, not necessarily where they are supposed to but often without reason or sense, they just stop. Regularly our poor lanes are dug up and never reinstated, often adding to the pothole collection and image crisis.

Where the lanes live is as much of a mystery as anything else. Sometimes they go on the road then onto the pavement; sometimes cyclists have a traffic light sometimes a pedestrian one.

With such a blatant example of mis-planning by Glasgow City Council, is it any wonder that many motorists see our kind as a nuisance, showing blatant disregard for our well-being? This city is certainly not a place for the faint-hearted cyclist.

The dear green place is not terribly green when it comes to supporting our cyclists. We need a wide-view approach to the infrastructure in and around the city. We need education for cyclists and motorists alike. We need a horizon shift.

Sea change to see change.

Live Now…

Live Now illustrationLiving in the moment has been long seen as the realm of Buddhist monks and Zen practitioners, but ever more so in the mainstream, practising mindfulness is being seen as a way, if not the way to live and enjoy life.

Live Now by Eric SmithIt’s all too easy to fall into the trap of worrying about the things that you have no control over rather than dealing with the things at your fingertips. Why do we worry about the things that could happen, when it would be so much more constructive to deal with the stuff that is going on; or to actually spend some time appreciating all the good things that are in our lives?

‘Live Now’ is the recent book by Eric Smith. You can read all about his reasons and inspirations behind the book here, but put simply this is a great book filled with beautifully illustrated messages that at basic level might give your day a lift or, getting deeper, might actually be a part of you changing your life view.

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The book consists of over 100 pages of original artwork from collaborators all over the world with all of its pages perforated to tear out easily to frame and hang or give to friends or better, strangers, to spread some smiles.

Do right now.

127 Hours…

The DVD of 127 Days

This film has just finished. I knew it was going to be intense but hadn’t reckoned on how intense – my pulse rate has risen by about 20%!

I won’t give the plot away but all I’ll say is this… Thank heavens for a blunt penknife. I have never seen a film that has made me want to go climbing more and simultaneously never go climbing again. It is a beautifully shot, nicely crafted film from Danny Boyle.

Oh, did I mention that it is quite intense?