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MICA Travels are a group of family and friends that are dedicated to raise awareness of Bile duct cancer and sepsis, two illnesses that claim 1000’s of lives each year and are barely known about. I lost my wife; our sons lost their mother and many others lost a dear friend. We as group will be doing a series of endurance activities to raise money for these charities as a lasting memorial to Carol, so that our sudden loss is not in vain.

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Mike Hall


Posted in Randoms by Mike Hall

Welcome to the "ODD POTS" blog. Firstly, thank you for buying a Odd Pot! your contribution to the charity is most appreciated as 100% of every donation goes to helping finding a realistic cure for these devastating diseases.

The "Odd Pots" are made from recycled food tins that have been washed and had the nasty sharp bits removed. they have been covered using craft materials that my wife so love...

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Laybower reservoir walk

Posted in Walking Stories by Mike Hall

Ladybower Reservoir walk.

Well this was an epic walk around Ladybower and Derwent Dam, it started off as a bright but chilly and windy day with weather warnings of gales travelling south, but for our expedition, it was just right for a walk, sheltered and no rain, however, it turned into an epic adventure in the end.

We drove to the Fairholmes visitor centre set just in front of one of the famous...

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Context and Perspective

Posted in Coping With Bereavement by Mike Hall
snow globe


I live a life in the form of a split personality, a “Jekyll and Hyde” of sorts. I’m getting good at flicking between these two personalities, but in real life Mr. Jekyll only wants to keep you focussed on the past with only one perspective, a very narrow vanishing point, like looking down a train track, where your past extends along the track for as far as you can see, li...

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Posted in Coping With Bereavement by Mike Hall
two minds


Here I go again trying to explain partly for my own benefit in words a feeling that I just don’t understand and to be honest troubles me, it’s almost like I have two minds, one which controls fact, the truth of the situation and the other, fiction, that thinks it’s all just a dream. It might be just head and heart having their usual fight, but this time it’s more in the head a...

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40 miler

Posted in Cycling Stories by Mike Hall
40 miler

Well we went for a ride today while the weather was in our favour, clear blue sky but a chilly 5-7 deg less the wind chill. When the sun did bathe us, it was very welcome but unfortunately was sporadic and short lived. We did a circular, well sort of, trip to the outskirts of Cambridge and back on a mixture of roads, cycle paths and tracks including a ridiculously high foot bridge over the A11 ...

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