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TeapotOne Official Book Launch at 2015 ‘Overland Event’

Hello folks, it’s been a while since we had a natter eh! Since coming back to drudgery, sorry I mean ‘real life’ last year, I’ve been hard at work trying to get the book written, designed & published. Naively I thought it’d be fairly straightforward to get a publisher onboard, but how wrong was I! So, I went the self-publishing route & the book should be ready in a few weeks time.

All those who’ve already pre-ordered a copy (click here to do so) will receive their copy promptly in the post as soon as I take delivery. I can’t thank you enough for all your support, especially those of you who showed incredible faith by pre-ordering way back in 2013, thus allowing me to finish the journey. Thank You, thank you, thank you. I only hope the book is worth the wait!

So onto the ‘Overland Event’. It runs from the 19th to 21st June 2015 in Great Missenden in the UK, postcode HP16 9AX, & is a weekend full of great adventure, full of talks & presentations by fellow travellers & adventurers, as well as countless kit stalls, bike test rides, film shows, travel info, demos, workshops on tyre changing, crating a bike, sourcing visas and more. It has everythig the budding adventurer needs to get themselves fired up, fueled up, clued up & running to the trip of their dreams. What’s more, by coming along you’ll also be helping to raise valuable funds for motorcycle outreach.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk at the show, as well as having the ‘Beast’ on display, so have chosen the ‘Overland Event’ as the perfect place to officially launch the book, “LIVE your Life – the story of teapotone”.

So pop over to to reserve your ticket, then come up & say hi at the show, it’d be great to meet old faces & make new friends there too.



TeapotOne – the book: coming soon in 2015

It’s taken long enough, but the book is now in the final stages with the 1st draft complete.

All that awaits now is a few tweaks (hopefully) here and there from the proof readers, decide how I’m going to publish, then it should be ready to wang out to all those of you who pre-ordered a copy during my time of most need!

A huge thanks to you all for your help whilst on the road, I really couldn’t have finished the trip without you guys.

I’ll keep you updated as to when the final book will be ready.

P.S: As soon as the book is done, I’ll get on with the DVD but that is going to take a LONG time to complete, so please be patient folks.

Cheers for now,


Bikesure Cover Me Home

A huge thank you to Bikesure ( for covering the ‘Beast’ on our return to the UK.

They’ve done me a cracking deal, as after being out the UK for over a year, riding very high yearly mileage (20,000 miles plus) on home soil, having a London postcode, & also having a total claim after an argument with a pothole in Germany, insurance companies where giving me ridiculous quotes. Bikesure gave me a personal contact, listened to how I used my bike and riding experience, to provide a far more reasonable premium for my yearly insurance cover.

I can’t recommend them highly enough, Bike insurance by a proper Bike insurance company.


I’m Coming Home!

Well I’m nearly done and will complete the trip on the 12th June 2014, back at the Cenotaph War Memorial where I first started way back on the 1st October 2012.

As was the case when I first left, I’d love as many of you as possible to join me in celebrating the end of the trip by being there as it comes to a close. I’m planning to arrive at the Cenotaph for 2pm on the 12th June’14 (see map below for location details)

If you’d like to join me for the ride down to London, the plan is this:

10:30am 12th June’14

Meet at the main entrance to Silverstone Race Circuit (see map below)

The folks from ‘Fast Bikes Magazine‘ & ‘Delta Energy Services‘ will be there, as well as a few other representatives. The idea is to get some pics of the group in front of the the Silverstone sign, hopefully grab a brew, then hit the road South.

11am 12th June’14

Wagon’s roll, we’ll all make our way in one mass convoy (hopefully) along the A5 & M1, to reach the Cenotaph in London for 2pm. There’s ample time for stops along the way, always time for a brew 😉

2pm 12th June’14

Slaps on the back all round, maybe even a celebratory burn out in Whitehall, and who knows, maybe Mr Cameron will invite us all in for tea and crumpets. (Wipe your feet on the way out though).

Thereafter, I’ll probably fall over and sleep for the next 6 months. But only after beer.

It’d be great to see you there and to have you share the end of an incredible journey in my life. As ever, thanks for all your support folks, you’ve been with me every step of the way!


R & G Bews Ltd Help TeapotOne Get Home

I’m on the final home stretch now of this incredible 80,000 mile journey, but it’s at this point where finances are at a real stretch. As you know I’ve always been way under budget, but by hook or by crook, we’ve all pulled together and you’ve got me almost home.

Hearing about the project, Scottish company ‘R & G Bews Ltd’ – based up in Caithness, stepped forward with an incredibly kind donation that see’s me one big leap closer to getting home.

Operating out of Inverbreakie Industrial Estate, Caithness, Scotland, R&G Bews Ltd specialise in dealing with expanded polystyrene (EPS) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) which they compact and sell for recycling.

I’m indebted to them for their kind support and welcome them onboard.

Thanks very much ‘R & G Bews Ltd’.



Why I Need Your Help…

I’ve already raised nearly £10K for my selected charities, but your support will allow me to carry on the trip and raise my targetted £70,000 for 5 amazing charities.

I never wanted public donations to fund the trip, they were always meant to go to the 5 charities I’m raising money and awareness for. But without YOUR help, I can’t raise anymore for them on this trip, bit of a catch-22 really.

Anything over & above what I need for the trip, will be shared equally amongst the charities.

So I’m turning to you, the great public once again, to ask you to help me finish what I’ve started. I don’t want money for nothing, there are a variety of rewards on offer – see the various options available to ‘Back The Trip‘.

New Site Design & Updated Pics Now Online

Hello folks, first off I’ve got to apologise for the length of time this has taken me to get done. If like my father, you don’t use Facebook, then you could easily be mistaken for thinking I’d disappeared off the planet at times with the length of time that goes by between blog posts!

Well, rest assured I’m still going strong and now in Florida, USA. I’ll shortly begin the long haul up to Deadhorse, Alaska, before returning back to NYC on the 15th May and shipping over to Ireland, ready for the ferry over to the Isle of Man on the 1st June, just in time to watch the TT!

It’s only taken me a year but I’ve finally revamped the website so hopefully it’s a bit easier to see what’s on offer and what’s going on. I’ve also got the ‘Pics‘ page sorted finally, so you can now view all the pics form the entire trip, right back to the very first days of planning. Just pop to to take a wee look.

Although I’m almost done now, I’ve still got a few months left on the road so aim to be updating the website a lot more frequently. The vids will still be roughly every few months as they take a lot of time to produce, but hopefully you’re all still enjoying them.

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see added to either the vids or the website, and please keep in touch via either email ( or the trip facebook page ( if you have it.

Cheers for now each, stay safe and remember:

LIVE your life!


Commercial fishing operations emanating from Port La Bayou, self-proclaimed “Seafood Capitol of Alabama” (pictured) and from many other port cities around the Gulf of Mexico, and indeed around the globe are plunging the majority of the world’s fisheries into a state of collapse. Too many boats are chasing too few fish.

Modern fishing techniques have enabled humans to catch more fish than ever before, and the once seemingly abundant ocean is now being stripped of life. In addition to the vast numbers of target fish being caught by today’s fishermen, there are also non-target casualties. “Bycatch” is the name that fisheries have given to sea life that is caught, yet not wanted at the time and may include dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds, and starfish. Many of the fish species currently in decline serve as important food sources for sea animals who, unlike humans, have no other food choices.

The effects of overfishing on marine animals are obvious:  fur-seal populations have not increased despite a long-standing ban on commercial hunting; the number of Steller’s sea lions, which feed mostly on pollack (the number one ingredient in frozen fish sticks and served by fast food chains), has plunged 80% since the 1970s, and seabirds such as the red-legged kittiwake are also in trouble. 

Learn more about what you can do to help animals impacted by commercial fishing operations.

"Boiled Shrimp, grilled shrimp, flamed shirmp, BBQ'd shrimp....."

“Boiled Shrimp, grilled shrimp, flamed shirmp, BBQ’d shrimp…..”

Born Free USA – Exotic Animal Ownership Legislation in Alabama

Alabama may be welcoming to travelers, but it is not a beautiful place for exotic animals.  It is one of 5 states with little or no regulations regarding ownership of wildlife.  This means that lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators, and venomous snakes, among others, may be kept in private homes, in roadside zoos and menageries and other places that are inadequate or abusive in nature.

In addition to the inherent cruelty to the animals as a result of keeping wildlife in captivity, these animals pose grave dangers to human health and safety. By their very nature, exotic animals are unpredictable and are incapable of being domesticated or tamed. Every year, people are attacked and injured by exotic “pets” or exotic animals in roadside zoos; some of the attacks are fatal, and children have too often been the victims.

View a comprehensive list of all Exotic Animal Incidents that Born Free USA tracks.

Born Free works to change and enact laws that prevent private ownership of wildlife.  Hopefully Alabama will join West Virginia, the most recent state to pass legislation regulating exotic ownership, and be in the ranks of the other 45 states who are protecting wildlife from this cruelty.

Sweet Home!

Sweet Home!