Official Statement from Guy Martin…

Official statement from #GuyMartin:
Plenty of folk have been asking what I’m up to this year.

I fancy a change of scenery. I’ve been racing the TT for 11 years. All I’ve really done since I was 18, except the trucks, is race motorbikes and my brain needs something else. 

Every year’s the same: testing, racing, then start again. It brought it home to me when I was lying in hospital after the Ulster Grand Prix crash. 

I’ve been on about the Tour Divide, the toughest pushbike race in the world, for three years and I thought I’ll blink and next thing I’ll be 45, so I’m going to do it this year. I like breaking myself mentally and the Tour Divide will be tough, but it’s same time at TT, so that’s forced me to make a choice.

I’m not done with motorbikes. I’m attempting the Wall of Death record in the spring and having a go at the land speed record in the summer and if I do race on the roads it will be with TAS.

After the Tour Divide I might never want to see a pushbike again – or never want to go road racing again, I don’t know. But I do know Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness are still racing the TT, and they’ve got a few years on me, so maybe I’ll come back next year. Or maybe I’ll find something else interesting to do. 

I’ve got more interests than just motorbikes and I just think let’s bloody have ‘em.

Thanks very much as ever for the support. 

Guy.

Unfortunately to me that reads as a ‘farewell.’ Hopefully it is more of a ‘see you later’ than a ‘good bye.’

  

#WAWIn1Week – Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week – The Gear…

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So having just recently completed my trip of the West Coast of Ireland in 1 Week, along the longest Coastal Route in the World – The Wild Atlantic Way, taking in over 2,600km it is now time for me to put this trip into some sort of words, and more importantly share my photographs of this stunning area with the rest of world, and hopefully inspire a few more of you to take on this route.

The route itself is no secret, it is brilliantly signposted from start to finish and is easily completed without a sat nav, map of even the slightest clue about the geography of Ireland.  There are numerous towns and villages that you will pass through and the options from accommodation range from a bit of wild camping to official campsites, or gorgeous little family run B&Bs right through to Hotel Resorts and Spas.  Brilliant.  Initially I had planned on completing this trip with my only accommodation being at the side of the road where I stopped.  Just prior to my trip I decided on changing this due to the predicted weather, and the constant rain the Met Office told me I would be facing.  It turns out on this trip over the one week timescale the change to B&B style accommodation was a good one!

This first post though will cover the gear that I used on my trip, it will touch on my motorcycle, and the gear I used for the daily ride and how it held up with the weather of an Irish ‘Summer.’  Summer in this case needs the ‘ ‘ marks, as at the time of typing I think we are somewhere close to Day 60 of consecutive rain falling somewhere in the country (its a small country) and having just passed the coldest, wettest July since 2003.  On saying that as you will see over the up and coming #WAWIn1Week posts I was pretty lucky with the weather.  I did get a good, in fact severe soaking, twice – enough to test the gear to the absolute limits, but for most of the time I was only hitting passing showers, or trying to keep them in my mirrors!  With this route hugging the West Coast of Ireland and therefore the limits of the Atlantic Ocean it is subject to some pretty extreme weather conditions and one thing to remember if you are over and on the route what looks grim ahead may take a dramatic change around the next corner.  The weather is really that changeable and if you just look out over the ocean you will get a very good idea of what the jet stream is bringing across to you over the next couple of hours.

So here we go, the gear I used and how it coped with taking on the world’s longest dedicated coastal route, 2,600km and six days on the coast…

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Apple Release Removal Tool for U2 : Songs of Innocence Freebie

Along with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Tuesday (09/09/2014) Apple finished their Keynote Speech with a performance from U2, probably one of the biggest groups in the world ever. Then they announced that the U2 Album would be given away, for free, to every Apple Account holder (for a few weeks anyway – A deal that has been reported as costing Apple up to $100,000,000 – one hundred million dollars).

I know that Apple have hundreds of millions of dollars and are about to make hundreds of millions more as the demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rapidly gains steam and momentum, but come it’s a freebie!

Also I have to say I am not a U2 fan, at all, I can tolerate them, but this is an album I never would have purchased.  But come on it is a freebie!

So I would like to firstly say, ‘Thanks Apple, not really my cup of tea, but it’s a nice gesture and I do appreciate the gesture.’

However the headlines that have dominated this gesture, this freebie, have been ones of anger, unhappiness, privacy invasion and even rage…

For me, personally I don’t care, I’d like to get free albums a lot more often from Artists and Companies, but if you are one of the ones who feel violated, enraged or even just that you want rid of it off your device Apple have now released a Removal tool which you can find here :

Apple U2 : Songs of Innocence Removal Tool.

 

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There we go, problem solved and the New World Order can be restored!

£1000 for a iPhone – Are you all Crazy?!?

That is the question that is getting fired about everywhere at the moment!  Just look on your Twitter Feed or Facebook Page and you will see it cropping up everywhere, from friends, from tech companies, from idiots, from Apple Haters, but one thing will be common amongst them all, they will be Android Users.  From some reason Android Users are Apple Haters.

Period.

However not all Apple Users are Android Haters.  I can testify to this first hand, as an absolute Apple fan I am also the proud owner of a 2nd Generation Nexus 7 – and a great device it is.

So what is it with Android Users and their exclusive hatred of Apple?  It is weird, but it is definitely misguided.  It is the sheep comment that I love,  ‘I am not a sheep!  I don’t just mindlessly follow Apple and buy what they tell me!  I am an individual and I use Android because it doesn’t lock me down and allows me to be an individual!’

Oh Really – Let’s put it in figures – Android has in 2014 an 80% market share.  Apple hovering about 15%.  It seems that really you are indeed a sheep and one of a much bigger flock.

As for being locked down, what have you customised?  What have you programmed?  What have you hacked, installed, or written that Apple wouldn’t have let you?  Pirate movies?  Pirate TV, anything else?  Probably not.  Oh but you have a nice Incredible Hulk theme on your Home Screen!  Ah now I see your point.  I know, I apologise the sarcasm is hanging out of this post, but it will stop soon for some facts and figures, honestly.

Let’s stop being juvenile about it, some like Apple, some like Android, and you know what, thats ok.  But lets be realistic a high end of the market Android phone isn’t exactly cheap either.  A brand new Galaxy S5 is sitting at £409 delivered from Amazon, an iPhone 5s 16Gb is only £459 delivered, so the Galaxy S5 is cheaper than an iPhone but it is only £50 of a difference, and it ridiculous to be comparing an iPhone with for example a Moto G at £80, although a great phone we need to compare like for like.

Now down to the nitty gritty – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The cries of £1000 for a phone, are you mad ring across the planet!  Well firstly :

It is not £1000! The most expensive variant, the iPhone 6 Plus, 128 Gb will cost you £789, that is £211 less that £1000 or over 20% less, so it is a considerable enough difference to not be negligible.

So what do you get?  You get an absolute bag full of tech compressed into a 5.5 inch screen and remember of course you can go smaller and take the iPhone 6 which will cost even less £££s, but lets stick with what you get, and the simplest way for me to put it is you get this…

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10 Second Game Review – The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us Remastered

The idea of the 10 second game review is simple, I have ten seconds to talk you into or out of parting with your hard earned cash for a new game.

This one however isn’t new, it is ‘Remastered.’ Don’t let that put you off thought as this is simply a remastering of one of the greatest games of the last decade – so this review is simple, turn the computer off, get to the shop and buy it, now!

If you are interested, or unaware, you play the part of Joel, a smuggler tasked with saving humanity in a post-infection ridden world which has been completely ravaged by the ‘Infected.’ These guys are mean and will kill you. You have been given the task of securing humanity’s survival but you know only too well of the darkest sides of that humanity – queue opening scene – and enjoy!

Oh an you get all of the extras and add-on content too – which is also great!

The Last of Us – This Gaming Generation’s Perfection?

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This isn’t so much a review,there are loads of them out there, from professional review sites which all describe this game in great detail. Also it isn’t a preview, the Last of Us has been out far too long for that!

Instead it is just some thoughts I felt I had to share after spending close to 17 hours in this beautiful but devastated Naughty Dog view of the Zombie Apocalypse.

I started this game when it came out a couple of months ago, but due to other commitments only got about an hour into the story, after a (unintentional) long break I got to sit down in front of my ps3 again and decided it would be rude to try and start from where I left off, so I started again. Believe me that’s no big deal as now that I have finished it I will easily sit down again and start it from the beginning.

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