October 2009 Archives

Monster T.V.s

By Two Point Four Children on Oct 31, 09 07:04 PM

At one point, Son Number Two had three in his bedroom... One for his X Box, one to watch and one on which to dump his discarded clothes...

Winning The Ultimate Fighter season nine has had a major effect on both my life and my career as a mixed martial artist. It has given me the opportunity to compete in the UFC at the highest level and has also helped my profile in both Britain and America. Whereas before I could walk down the street and go unnoticed, nowadays people know who I am and recognise me from The Ultimate Fighter.

I sometimes get a few strange looks in the street, which is quite funny. I also go past some people and hear, 'is that him? Is that the guy off The Ultimate Fighter?'.

It's nice to be recognised, as it shows people are watching the sport and are following my career. I never got into mixed martial arts to become a television star, but it feels good to know people appreciate your skills.

As part of their course I recently made a presentation to 3D design students at Newcastle College about the part played by designers in producing sustainable products.

Premier Waste Management is challenging the students to design sustainable products, or items that solve recycling problems, or promote recycling, in a competition to determine which designs are best for the environment and will protect the planet in the future.

This is the moment I've been waiting for since I first started watching my old UFC DVDs, dreaming of one day competing in the Octagon.

I'm now five weeks away from my official UFC debut at UFC 105 in Manchester, and training has kicked into overdrive. I've actually had a 15-week training camp for this fight, which is a little longer than I normally do.

I'm now into my tenth week of training and it feels as though I've been going non-stop since June. The time has just flown by.

Eco-clothes get stylish

By Trash Talk on Oct 15, 09 03:52 PM

The Alternative Fashion Show is a collaborative event organised by Fairtrade Durham and Climate Durham, to be held next Wednesday 21 October, 6.30pm in Durham Town Hall, tickets on sale at tourist office, £5.50.

BSB-Oulton-2-2009-733 blog.jpgBy Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold

LEON Camier and the Airwaves Yamaha bowed out of the 2009 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in style by taking a perfect win in the final race from Oulton Park.

The series champ made it look easy as he crossed the line ahead of Hydrex Honda's Tommy Hill, with HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes taking third.

Although it was perhaps one of the season's most boring races, Camier proved himself a worthy champion by taking the lead in the opening lap and staying there all the way to the chequered flag.

BY Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold.

LEON Camier made sure it was back to business as usual as he clocked up yet another win in the first of today's MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship races at Oulton Park.

The newly-crowned champion this time managed to hold off a last lap charge by Hydrex Honda's Stuart Easton to take yet another win for Airwaves Yamaha.

His Cumbrian team-mate, James Ellison, crossed the line third ahead of the second Hydrex bike of Tommy Hill.

Dickson Small 1.jpgBLYTH'S Jonny Dickson fought back from a dismal qualifying session to cross the line 12th in today's final round of the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship.

The 21-year-old had been forced to fight for a grid spot in yesterday's shoot-out race after struggling during qualifying.

Winning the shoot-out with ease, the Bell Racing Yamaha rider was able to start today's 12-lap race of Oulton Park from a lowly 31st spot.

NEXT season's motorsport bonanza is finally beginning to take shape as two other championships release their 2010 calendars.

While MotoGP and F1 chiefs have already announced provisional calendars for next season, it's been a wait for the rest.

But today the BTCC and WSBk dates have finally landed. And although those BSB officials are clearly intent on making us wait the longest (as ever) it's great to have at least something to be going on with.

haga-small.jpgSAMURAI of Slide Noriyuki Haga leads the World Superbike championship once again after a dominant win in Race Two at Magny Cours.

And as the Xerox Ducati rider took his 41st victory, title rival Ben Spies was only able to wrestle his Yamaha Racing machine to fourth place.

This now puts Haga back at the top of the points table with a 10 point advantage with just one round to go.

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