Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Don Rides the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

 

Today I took some time out of the business (it happens occasionally!) and took a ride to sunny Guildford - to try out the H-D LiveWire - electric motorbike.

I was met by sales chap Darren, given the lowdown on this £30k beast & was soon introduced to the bike that I'd be riding. Seated the feeling is sportbike like: foot pegs back (no cruiser stuff here!) with a good reach for the bars. The seat has a padded section which is up into what would otherwise be the fuel tank - which makes for a really comfy perch. Quirky indicator switches - separate for left & right on the appropriate bars. The indicators are self-cancelling too! Build quality is fab - as you would expect on a machine with this price tag.

A quick play with the controls in the "car" park. The LiveWire has keyless start. It has a lovely TFT "mobile phone type" screen, which is angle-able for rider height & to help with sun glare - nice touch! I took the LiveWire out in rain mode - to get used to the power delivery. In under a mile I switched (on the fly) to Road mode - much better! 

At low speed the bike sounds like a milk float, once you get on the throttle (twist & go - no clutch or gears!) - it sounds like a jet fighter! On the subject of slow speed - I found very slow speed control: unsettled. Might be the length of the bike, reach for the bars, lack of clutch - or all of the above. I guess you'd get used to it, but would make for tricky filtering until you do get used to it!

The power delivery on this bike is addictive! Roll on is great, but from zero-ish MPH - acceleration is significantly quicker than any other bike that I've ridden, but controlled at the same time. No clutch, gears, fuelling issues, or on-off jerkiness: just huge amounts of smooth power!

The riding experience is quiet! The only sound you can hear (apart from God's creation around you & other traffic) is the electric drive (which is actually pretty cool) & the suspension working - yes you did read that right! 

Charging time is sensible when you get your head around it: Fast charge (if you have access to one of these charging stations) = 0-80% in 40 minutes. 0-100% in 60 minutes. Or you can plug it into a 13A home socket & the charge takes ~8 hours. You just need to plan your journey - hit fuel stations with fast charge points, grab a seat & a coffee.

I had the bike for an hour, and honestly thought that I'd think: OK but too quirky. Nope - I absolutely loved it! I'd love to own one (deffo one for the fantasy garage) but not sure £30k would work for me. OK - lots of expensive R&D here, lots of expensive kit too: the battery is ~£8k alone! Frankly I was really impressed with this bike. If it was £20k, I think it would be a viable alternative for my beloved CB.

If you get the opportunity - try the LiveWire. Forget it's a Harley, also forget that it's electric. Ride it as a motorbike & enjoy the experience - its a fantastic bike!


Looking for an ideal starter bike? Start here: the all new 2021 Honda CB125F


Honda have pulled the covers off their 2021 CB125F, revealing a completely redesigned learner-friendly commuter that now weighs 11kg less than the previous model and is capable of a claimed 497 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Designed to be a reliable, comfortable, upright workhorse that’s unintimidating to novice riders with either a CBT certificate or A1 licence, the entry level CB was first introduced in 2015 – taking over from the part-faired CBF125 as a new model.

www.motorcyclenews.com


Reading for today: On the goodness and love of God

 

God is Goodness. He can give good, but cannot need or get it. In that sense all His love is, as it were, bottomlessly selfless by very definition; it has everything to give and nothing to receive. Hence, if God sometimes speaks as though the Impassible could suffer passion and eternal fullness could be in want, and in want of those beings on whom it bestows all from their bare existence upwards, this can mean only, if it means anything intelligible by us, that God of mere miracle has made Himself able so to hunger and created in Himself that which we can satisfy. If He requires us, the requirement is of His own choosing.

It is a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up “our own” when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.


About the Bible - the Word of God

The Bible is a collection of 66 different books and letters, written over a period of approximately 1500 years up to about 100 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is divided into two major parts, called the Old Testament (the first 39 books) and the New Testament (the last 27 books). 

The Bible is a book primarily about God’s revelation of himself to mankind and his relationship with people.  It is not just a book of history, but its accounts of God’s dealings with individuals and nations are as relevant to the modern world as they have been to every age since they were written.

The Bible has stood the test of time, the greatest test of all literature.  It was completed nearly 2,000 years ago, yet is now read more than any other book and by people of widely varying cultures.  It is still the world’s best-selling book.

Are you looking for an accessible way to read & study the Bible? Try the Bible In One Year appStart your day with the Bible in One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha.

www.goodnewsuk.com


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

How do you protect your data?


The Disturbing statistics on Disaster Recovery:
Only 35% of SMBs have any Disaster Recovery plans in place (Gartner)
The rest will have a survival rate of just 10%
1 in 5 businesses will suffer a major disaster (fire eg. arson, flood etc) every year
Of these more than ¾ will never re-open or fail within 3 years
Of these a half will never return to business
Those that have had a fire and don’t return to business in 10 days will fail

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Australian Cyber Security Centre says: don't pay the crooks to unlock files encrypted during a RansomWare attack!


Paying a ransom does not guarantee decryption of data. Open source reporting indicates several instances where an entity paid the ransom but the keys to decrypt the data were not provided. The ACSC has also seen cases where the ransom was paid, the decryption keys were provided, but the adversary came back a few months later and deployed ransomware again. The likelihood that an Australian organisations will be retargeted increases with every successful ransom payment.

It is generally much easier and safer to restore data from a backup than attempting to decrypt ransomware affected data.


Monday, 14 September 2020

Faith Comes By Hearing: freely accessible & downloadable bible resources


Here are some staggering facts: Earth's population numbers in the billions, and it's growing every day. There are over 7,100 languages spoken all over the world. 70% of all humanity live in oral communities, and 50% cannot read at a functional level. How will they ever hear the Gospel? There's no way that one ministry can complete this task alone. Praise God: We are not alone. 

Faith Comes By Hearing has come alongside the worldwide translation community in a movement to finish the task—to ensure that everyone on Earth has access to Jesus Christ’s Gospel in a format they can understand. The various ministries carrying out this work have entered into an unprecedented time of unity, meaning that at long last, after two thousand-plus years, we can finally see the finish line. 

Our goal: To work in partnership to see that the Word of God is recorded and freely provided in every language that needs it by the year 2033.

This is it. The final sprint. The Great Commission completed in our generation.

With your help, we will see it done. Come with us on this journey and be a part of changing the world for Christ.

Faith Comes By Hearing’s Audio Bibles are freely available and used in a variety of formats. People engage with God’s Word through solar-powered devices in a listening group, streamed online, or personally on their phone via the Bible.is app or a Micro SD card.

Through regular listening to God’s audible Word, individuals are impacted, families are revived, and communities are transformed.


Friday, 11 September 2020

9/11 Remembrance: only known survivor from impact zone credits God


The 9/11 Commission credits Stanley Praimnath as the only known survivor from the impact zone at the World Trade Center towers on 11th September 2001.

The Lord saw fit for me to live,” says Praimnath, who works in the banking industry in New York.  His riveting tale of survival is chronicled in “Plucked from the Fire” (Rosedog Books), coauthored with William Hennessey.

Click HERE to read the amazing story of his survival from those terrible events.


Thursday, 10 September 2020

Buyers ask Lenovo for Servers that aren't built in China...


Some server-buyers are asking Lenovo to provide product made in Mexico, rather than made in China.

So says Nutanix senior veep and head of Asia Pacific and Japan Matt Young, who in conversation with The Register today said he’s aware of buyers in India who’ve made the request.

Security suspicions are one reason some buyers prefer Mexican kit. Another is that some imports from China have languished on Indian docks for rather longer than imports from other nations.


Slashdot Poll of how Techies send their messages


For years Microsoft Skype was the go to video chat app, but things have moved on. 

The applications that I use most often are: WhatsAppMicrosoft TeamsGoogle (Hangouts) MeetFacebook MessengerZoom

I prefer WhatsApp for speed, ease of use, & security. Teams is amazing - really feature rich & professional. Meet has brilliant GSuite & Gmail integration. Facebook Messenger is useful for chatting with mates. Zoom is very popular - but I and many other techies & businesses have lingering security concerns.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Huawei set to exit server, storage and networking business in the UK


The Register: Huawei is yanking a bunch of Enterprise product lines from the UK in the wake of a business review, admitting that the campaign waged by US President Donald Trump hasn’t helped its plight on this side of the pond.

The embattled Chinese giant confirmed it has told its channel partners and customers, some of whom told us that Huawei has called time on hardware including all networking switches, servers and storage gear.

A spokesperson for Huawei sent us a statement about the country-specific portfolio rationalisation and related redundancies.

“Our Enterprise Business is to focus its operations in the UK to deliver fewer products in a better way. Unfortunately this means a number of roles are no longer required, however, we hope to reposition colleagues who are affected elsewhere within the businesses.”

We understand that 20 roles are impacted out of the 50-strong Enterprise team.


Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Long Way Up trailer - at last! Staring Charley and Ewan riding Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles


The craziest ideas lead to the best places. Starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, “Long Way Up” reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world.

Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting-edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.

The new series will follow Ewan and Charley as they journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians.

The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly: https://apple.co/_LongWayUp


BMW claims its new motorcycle chain never needs lube or adjustment - uses an industrial diamond coating!


In days gone by, motorcycle riders needed to be half-competent mechanics to reliably get where they were going. That's changed a lot in the last few decades, to the point where a lot of riders get by without ever laying a spanner on their own machines. But there are still chains.

Chains still need the occasional clean and lube, and as they wear and stretch, you still need to adjust the rear axle back to take up some slack. If you ignore these basic bits of maintenance, you end up having a chain that flops around, jumps off the teeth on the rear sprocket and becomes a safety issue – not to mention making your bike noisy, clattery and sloppy in the gearbox.

BMW now says it's solved these problems with the introduction of a "maintenance-free chain" that doesn't need any lube, and never needs to be re-tensioned.

The BMW M Endurance chain, as it's known, uses an industrial diamond coating on the chain rollers for "extreme hardness and resistance." It doesn't wear off, BMW says, and it "drastically" reduces the friction coefficient where the roller interfaces with the sprocket teeth, and with the bushing surrounding the pin that holds the chain links together, which also gets the "tetrahedrally amorphous carbon (ta-C)," or industrial diamond coating.


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

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Sena Smart Intercom Pairing - an easier wair to pair motorcycle helmet comms


Smart Intercom Pairing is here for quick and easy Bluetooth® pairing!

Sena is committed to the continued support for our diverse portfolio of products. Smart Intercom Pairing (SIP) allows for an easy way to connect using a smartphone to scan QR codes to quickly pair devices to one another. Nearly all Sena devices, along with many Sena-powered OEM devices, with Bluetooth 4.1 and up can use their respective app in order to quickly pair with other SIP compatible headsets. 

While many products already have access to SIP, the new feature will soon be rolling out for over 60 Sena and Sena-powered OEM devices. In addition to Sena branded devices, SIP will be supported by our partner products, which include Sena-powered communication devices by Harley-Davidson, Schuberth, Shoei, HJC, Polaris, Klim, Nexx, ICON, AGV, and more. Check out our latest blog post to learn more about SIP, and which app you can use in order to benefit from the new feature. #RideConnected


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Nigerian Christians say “our lives matter” in protest against Fulani militant killings outside London High Commission


Nigerian Christians and church leaders gathered outside the Nigerian High Commission in London, on 20 August, to demonstrate against Fulani militants’ slaughter of Christians in Kaduna State, before submitting a letter protesting the relentless attacks on communities by Fulani militia.

The peaceful protestors carried banners stating, “Stop the Killings,” “Enough is Enough,” and “Justice for South Kaduna Christians”, as they chanted “It’s not a conflict, it’s a genocide” and “Our lives matter”.

The letter, submitted under the umbrella of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Diaspora (SOKAPDA), accused the international media of “a conspiracy of silence” regarding the deadly spate of violence that spiked this year resulting in the loss of more than 200 lives in Kaduna State since the beginning of July. The group called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the Fulani militia a terrorist organisation.


Elon Musk promises demo of a working Neuralink device on Friday 28th Aug 2020


Elon Musk has said that his secretive neurotech firm Neuralink will demonstrate a working “device,” presumably a brain-machine interface, at 6PM ET on Friday. Musk has spoken repeatedly about his belief that BMI devices are needed to help humans keep up with AI by supplementing our brainpower, but right now, his goal is much simpler: to create an implantable device that lets people control phones or computers with their mind.

Musk initially announced the August 28th “progress update” back in July, and has now offered more details on what will be shown. He says the update will include the unveiling of a second-generation robot designed to attach the company’s technology to the brain, and a demo of neurons “firing in real-time,” though it’s not clear exactly what is meant by this.


Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Another revised date for my Plummet for Parkinson's - now 8th May 2021!


I’m so disappointed to advise but Guildford Cathedral have informed us that they are regrettably having to cancel the planned abseil on 22 August 2020. We really appreciate your patience, having already postponed the event from it’s original date of 16 May.

The abseil provider had been working hard to adjust arrangements for the day to ensure compliance with current government guidelines but cleaning requirements for shared use of equipment mean that we cannot go ahead. You matter. Your health and your support is important to us.

Lockdown has changed all of our lives. And for many people with Parkinson’s, symptoms have got worse over the last few months. Parkinson’s didn’t stop for coronavirus, and neither did we. We’re supporting people in the ways they need us to right now. And we’re rapidly adapting our pioneering research so that we can develop new treatments.
This is why your commitment is so important.

The date for our Guildford Cathedral abseil next year is 08 May 2021.
I have requested to be added to this date - so fingers crossed / third time lucky? Would you like to sponsor me to raise finds for Parkinson's research?


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The true cost of cheap phones (part2): credit stealing Malware - preinstalled straight out of the box!


When Mxolosi saw a Tecno W2 smartphone in a store in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attracted to its looks and functionality. But what really drew him in was the price, roughly $30 (Donline says: beware of cheap phones!)— far less than comparable models from Samsung, Nokia, or Huawei, Africa’s other top brands.

“They’re very attractive and appealing to your eyes,” Mxolosi, who asked for his last name not to be used to protect his personal safety, told BuzzFeed News. “Honestly, I was a Samsung fan but I said, ‘Let me try this new product.’”

It was another sale for Transsion, the Chinese company that makes Tecno and other low-priced smartphones, as well as basic handsets, for the developing world. Since releasing its first smartphone in 2014, the upstart has grown to become Africa’s top handset seller, beating out longtime market leaders Samsung and Nokia.

But its success can come at a price. Mxolosi, an unemployed 41-year-old, became frustrated with his Tecno W2. Pop-up ads interrupted his calls and chats. He’d wake up to find his prepaid data mysteriously used up and messages about paid subscriptions to apps he’d never asked for.

“It was expensive for me, and at some point I ended up not buying data because I didn’t know what was eating it up,” he said.

He thought it might be his fault, but according to an investigation by Secure-D, a mobile security service, and BuzzFeed News, software embedded in his phone right out of the box was draining his data while trying to steal his money. Mxolosi’s Tecno W2 was infected with xHelper and Triada, malware that secretly downloaded apps and attempted to subscribe him to paid services without his knowledge.


Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Petition: Save "Rule Britannia" and "Land of Hope and Glory" from Last Night of the Proms exclusion


The singing of two rousing patriotic anthems, "Rule Britannia" and "Land of Hope and Glory", has been part of the programme of The Last Night of the Proms for many years. But their performance is now threatened with cancellation by the forces of political correctness.

Various BBC sources have been quoted in the press as saying that this is because of Black Lives Matter. If so, this is the worst kind of tokenism. 

Few can be offended by the words of these patriotic songs, while for many of us they are a vital element of our heritage and have sustained us in moments of national peril. The annual singing of these songs on The Last Night of the Proms, which is broadcast on BBC Television, has become a much-cherished ritual. They are sung with pride and sentiment, but also with a degree of joshing humour and wry self-mockery that is characteristically British.

If the BBC excludes these songs from The Last Night of the Proms, the lives of patriotic Britons of all colours and creeds will be diminished by this insensitive act of cancellation. 

We believe that patriotic songs matter and we call upon the Director General of the BBC and the head of BBC Music TV Commissioning not to betray our patriotic heritage.

Read more & sign the petition here:

Monday, 24 August 2020

Be aware: phone spear phishing attacks are on the rise


Andy Greenberg at Wired has published an interesting article, describing how there have been a spate of “phone spear phishing” attacks since celebrity accounts on Twitters were very publicly compromised last month.

You will remember that Twitter confirmed that members of staff were rung up by scammers, who then socially engineered their victims into handing over credentials which gave the hackers access to Twitter’s internal tools. Those tools, which should have only been available to authorised personnel (and perhaps, in retrospect, not 1000+ employees and contractors) could then be used to reset passwords and disable two-factor authentication.

According to New York-based security outfit Unit 221b, which has been helping the FBI with its investigation into the Twitter hack, the same “voice phishing” techniques have been used against banks, web hosts, and cryptocurrency exchanges, in recent weeks.


Major Adam Jowett tells of the seige of Musa Qala


When Major Adam Jowett walked out into no man’s land to stand face to face with the Taliban fighters who had killed three of his men, hoping to agree a truce, he knew any small misjudgement could result in him being killed or taken hostage.

“In my whole time in Afghanistan,” he says, “it felt like the stupidest thing I’d ever done.”

Fortunately he was able to bring to an end the Siege of Musa Qala, where Jowett’s platoon of 88 men had been tasked with defending the town centre amid the carnage of the war in Helmand Province.

For 56 days in the summer of 2006, he and his Easy Company unit of Parachute troops and Royal Irish Rangers, had held off the insurgents in an operation likened to the British Army’s against-all-odds defence of Rorke’s Drift in 1879, portrayed in the film Zulu.

When an uneasy truce was agreed, it resulted in the bizarre situation of the UK soldiers mixing with their enemy for a month before they could finally leave.

I've just finished listening to the Audible version of Major Adam Jowett's book: No Way Out: The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege. I read many military books, fiction & non fiction. This incredible story tells the true tale of Major Adam & his troops, & their ferocious battle against the Taliban in Musa Qala (Helmand Province, Afghanistan). Highly recommended.


Friday, 21 August 2020

What do techies think of cryptocurrencies?


Bill Gates on crypto currencies: "The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The Government's ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs and crypto currencies is super risky for those who go long."



Thursday, 20 August 2020

Petition: Anyone guilty of killing an emergency services worker to be jailed for life

Lissie Harper started this petition to UK Government. We are calling for #HarpersLaw. The creation of this law - spearheaded by Lissie Harper, the widow of hero PC Andrew Harper - would mean anyone found guilty of killing a police officer, firefighter, nurse, doctor, prison officer or paramedic would be jailed for life.

When emergency services workers are killed on duty, then it hits right at the heart of our democracy.

We ask police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, prison officers and paramedics to go out there and keep the Queen’s peace on behalf of society. We ask them to save people’s lives. We ask them to protect us.

So society must offer the greatest protection for those dedicated public servants who are killed protecting it.

That is what Harper’s Law would provide. An appropriate deterrent and a suitable punishment.

The law must be changed.  We want to work with the Government, politicians of all parties and the fantastic British public on this.

We must protect the protectors. That is why we need Harper’s Law.



Wednesday, 19 August 2020

All-rounder rubber! It's the best motorcycle sports-touring tyres


Welcome to MCN’s 2020 sports-touring tyre test. This is the rubber that promises the best of everything; handling performance, allweather grip and thousands of miles of life. In fact, apart from trackdayers and off-road riders, sports-touring tyres should be all the tyre most of us ever need. The current crop of sports-touring tyres handle like a  dedicated sports tyre, grip like a racing wet in the rain, and offer the longevity of traditional touring rubber. A good set should also offer great confidence from the off, damp out rough road conditions and work in all temperature ranges.

With strong offerings from all the major manufacturers, there’s no doubt that we’re living in a golden age of tyre tech. But rather than splitting seconds on a full-on track test, we wanted to know which feel the best for normal road riding. To find out, we tested six of the best-selling sets on the market (Avon failed to get involved) on a typical sports tourer — the BMW R1250RS — and put them head-to-head in a blind test around our gruelling 22-mile road route taking in fast, flowing A-roads, bumpy B-roads, a motorway stint, plus urban riding over a variety of surfaces.

Best sports touring tyres for motorbikes:
Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE
Dunlop Roadsmart III
Pirelli Angel GT II
Continental Roadattack3
Michelin Road 5
Bridgestone T31

I've tried various makes & models of tyres over the years & my favourites on the Crosstourer were Michelin (Pilot) Road. I've used 4s & 5s (5s were best but both varieties were great) - good feedback, lovely & sticky & wore sensibly. On the new bike I have the stock Dunlop SportMax D214 Tyres & so far they are working out well: really sticky - can get some great lean on them :0).

When you need some new rubber for your bike, where should you go?
www.russmotorcycletyres.co.uk - Portsmouth, PO3 5SX



Another reason to beware of "Connected Cars" - when your own vehicle grasses you up!


Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.

Toyota already operates a “Mobility Services Platform” that it says helps it to “develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience”.

That data comes from a device called the “Data Communication Module” (DCM) that Toyota fits into many models in Japan, the USA and China.

Toyota reckons the data could turn into “new contextual services such as car share, rideshare, full-service lease, and new corporate and consumer services such as proactive vehicle maintenance notifications and driving behavior-based insurance.”

Good Lord forbid that I should fall foul of the law... However if I did, I wouldn't want the chief witness for the prosecution to be my own vehicle!


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: a cracking bike for the money


The first in a series of long term reviews I hope to produce over the next couple of years. So far so good, the bike has certainly fared better than the Triumph T120 did in the first few months!


"Don't leave home"! Dido (Harding) to head UK's Institute for Health Protection


Baroness Dido Harding, head of the UK's COVID-19 Test and Trace organisation and former CEO of TalkTalk, is set to lead the National Institute for Health Protection, the agency being created by the government to replace Public Health England.

The appointment appears to be a ringing endorsement of Harding's track record leading the contact-tracing programme, which launched a glitchy website without the promised phone app.

Harding, who was dubbed "Queen of Carnage" on The Register for her role in TalkTalk's 2015 mega-breach, went on to excel as the decision was taken to abandon the centralised COVID-19 contact-tracing smartphone app in favour of the distributed system proposed by Apple and Google in April.


Sir Tom Moore's extraordinary life story & love of motorcycles


Lockdown hero Sir Tom Moore has revealed the history of his life in an upcoming ITV documentary.

The 100-year-old became famous after raising more than £30 million for NHS charities during the height of the coronavirus lockdown. His laps of his garden became something of a national icon which was celebrated across the country during the crisis. For his actions, he was knighted by the queen.

In the documentary which will be broadcast on ITV on Thursday night, Sir Tom reveals the story of his life for the first time.

Sir Tom goes into detail about how his uncle Billy had a great influence on him and inspired his life long passion for motorbikes: He said: "My first motorcycle, I found in a barn, and I bought it for half a crown. Its tyres were flat, it was covered in dust and didn't run. I was 12, and not boasting or anything, I had been brought up with motorbikes and on my own, without anybody's help, I got it running and ran it in the field. Nobody came and gave me help, they just assumed I would do it, and I did it."

The Life And Times Of Captain Sir Tom first aired on ITV at 9.15pm, Thursday 13th August 2020. Catch up on the ITV Hub HERE.