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27 Oct 2009

Being Indestructable Would Be No Fun.

So you go away on holiday to a Greek Island for a bit, you relax, you hang out with your beutiful fiancé and you generally recharge your batteries. You then arrive back home, crash your bike, bend all sorts of metal bits so the bike has to be retired for a while. You also manage to separate your collar-bone from your shoulder and now can't sleep on you right hand side, your favourite side.

Now we all know wearing a sling is a complete waste of time, so you keep riding your bike and never get round to dropping off the X-Rays to your local hospital and making the appointment with the Fracture clinic.

Of course the whole time you're not skating coz that would be irresponsible with a separated AC in your shoulder BUT riding around london all week is no problem and it doesn't really count because you r legs are doing all the work anyway.

Then you wake up your afore mentioned beautiful fiancé in the early morning hours by talking in your sleep, well sort of in a dream but you actually say it out loud, the world is out to get you and your shoulder hurts like fuck! You get up an go to the Hospital.

As of 9:15 am tomorrow, I will be back in the hands of the staff at the West Middlesex Hospital. My biggest fear? That they will tell be to stop riding my bike for a month.

Of course before all this happened I was down in bristol for the weekend to celebrate with the bristol Boys, a few Cornish were in a attendance and of course Joxa was there.

Here are a few memories frozen in time. Thanks to all who attended and made it a weekend to remember.



Here's Whip bending his board on a Frontside D at Filton.


Dave seems to think people are always taking pictures of him doing Front-Rocks.


Gritty Urban Realism at it's most real. I didn't have to encourage them one little bit.

11 Sep 2009

The Final Sequence

We made it! Finally we find ourselves at.. The [LIALC] Blog: Week Of Wac Sequences! DAY 5

A week in skateboarding is a long time, but a day after last night's Heel Toe Magic premiere and riding home at about 3.30 am after a few beers feels even longer. It's a miracle that I got round to doing this at all.

So here's the last of the crappy quality sequences. It's Awadh in this one again, showing just how comfortable he his with the hips at meanwhile.

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My brain is working too slowly to come up with any witty sign-off so I'll just say goodbye for now and maybe see you in Bristol this weekend.

Cheers all,

[LIALC]






10 Sep 2009

[LIALC]: Week Of Wac Sequences! Day 4.

Got to be quick today I'm afraid. Busy, busy.

Thought I'd throw another little slice of Adam and his low-down style from the weekend. Johners has the "Trujillo, suck up and ride you arse on the floor" steeze all sewn up, and this is a good example of that.

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You'll notice in the Background of one frame, Alan brandishing his VX22thousand HD Time-Machine Camera. Alan had been sent to the floor by a Kid-on-BMX/Hole-in-Floor combo and decided that filming was less likely to put yet another hole in his mangled knee. Keep them peeled for a Meanwhile Edit from him soon.

Heel Toe Magic premiere tonight, don't get your hopes up for a review or anything, ok?

Maybe see you there.

[LIALC]

9 Sep 2009

The [LIALC] Blog: Week Of Wac Sequences! Day 3.

Yep, I'm still dragging out these iPhone photos from last Saturday.

Riding Ten miles to go for a skate means that limiting the contents of my bag is normally a good idea. Of course losing the weight of a Canon DSLR and two flashes leaves me with only my iPhone for photo duties. A few photo applications are fun and this sequence one is probably the most fun, but let's get this straight... nothing beats using the right tools for the job.

The reason I mention this is because the day I choose to wuss-out on carrying cameras is the day that Awadh turns up and starts throwing these around like fun.. on an empty stomach I might ad.

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Before the F-S nose-grab competition began (which harry won), Jamie (Harry) was getting familiar with the hip with a few old faithfuls, one of which just happened to be a F-S Mute.

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I still don't know if Adam got Harry the pint for first Nose-Grab, maybe it will be a bit of the old "Double-or-quits" for F-S Stale-fish next time.

Day 4 tomorrow, yep... there are more.

[LIALC]

8 Sep 2009

OK! Day 2 of... The [LIALC] Blog: Week Of Wac Sequences!

As I mentioned yesterday Stevie T made the journey up form Brighton where he has a skateshop that basically props up the entire Brighton scene called Another Skateshop at 29 Gloucester Road. I don't think he's got a website yet but if I discover otherwise I'll post it.

The shop is not the most interesting thing about Stevie, his skating is. He's one of the smoothest skaters I've ever known. He makes hard to skate places look like micro mini's and harsh, steep transitions look like flat banks.

Here is Stevie hitting up his current favorite trick on the tomb

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As I like to tie in one item on this blog to another I should also mention that Stevie feature's in the new Andy Evans flick that premieres in Manchester and London this Thursday..

Here's the trailer..




And here's the London flyer.. get on it!!



See you there!

[LIALC]

7 Sep 2009

Finally A Day Of Meanwhile Sun

It's been a bad year for me and Meanwhile Bowls. Rainy Wednesdays for the last 22 consecutive weeks hasn't helped. It got to the point where this weekend was completely built around a Saturday skate at Meanwhile. Nothing was getting in the way.

E-mails were sent out and a few people were due to turn up through-out the day so my 11:45 AM. arrival found John F. already there, next up was Jamie Harrison, then Adam next thing you know Brendan turns up, Alan, Zac even Stevie T. had jumped on a train from Brighton a whim... and they just kept coming...

It was possibly one of the best and most fun sessions I've had anywhere for a couple of years. the sun was blazing, Alan had his HD Camera out, at some points it was a veritable media scrum and there I was with my iPhone elbowing Zac and Alan out of the way on the platforms to bring you...

The [LIALC] Blog: Week Of Wac Sequences!

The above title is in no way a coment on the skating but the tiny size and poor quality of the image making.

So here we go..

First up Brendan tucking it right up.

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And then Adam going for the roots with a method.

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I may take my camera out again soon, but until then you have to make do with..


The [LIALC] Blog: Week Of Wac Sequences! Day 2... coming soon.

Cheers you lot.

[LIALC]

4 Sep 2009

The Land of Eastern Promise

It's important that we don't lose sight of what this blog is actually all about... The Mag!

That's right, that little magazine that gets produced for your pleasure and enlightenment, with skateboarding and the odd bike here and there.

So far the production process has been a slow and painful one, but no loner, well it's still slow. Now that the process is part mechanised I can do slightly larger batches at a time. As a result LCB on Bethnal Green Road have a fresh batch of issue #2 for your enjoyment.



Get down there and bother the boys to give you one.



You can check out the shop here from your armchair...LCB surf/skate/snow

Anyone who wants thier local Skateshop to stock the mag just mail me.

lizard-mag@hotmail.com

Maybe see you down Meanwhile this weekend.

[LIALC]

27 Aug 2009

The Next Illogical Step

I've been the proud owner of an iPhone for a while now, it's ok. Crap for photography and can't even shoot video (I'm 3G not the all new bells and whistles 3Gs). My old LG viewty was the best at little gorilla videos, I miss it.

But today I've found something the iPhone can do well.. shoot sequences.

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Of course a little bit of animation work is required in post production, still, this little test goes to show that off the cuff skate sequences are not too far away from this blog right here.

[LIALC]

24 Aug 2009

The Bournemouth Bundle

It's been a very, very long time, well over a decade, since Jay, Trig, Gatesy and I all skated together. This Saturday down at King's Park in Bornemouth we got ourselves organised enough to be down there by 10.30 in the morning.



I love this park, especially at 10.30 AM when you have it to yourself. It has a little bit of everything and you can get some serious speed up through the tranny section towards the bowl at the end which then fires you back to a sweet hip back into the 100 ft of mini ramp transition back to the street area. All day I tell ya.




After killing ourselves for the first 2-3 hours without stopping we got some food and came back to have a slightly more relaxed session. We knew that Zac, Alan and Harry were on their way so it was time to regroup before they arrived.

At 4 pm they arrived. 4 hours in the car from London in 30 degree heat, Nice! Harry's face said it all.




But did he let that stop him? Did he let the armada of BMXers that arrived about ten minutes after them stop him, did he get over the fence into the park just shake his head and clamber back out of the park? Well, yes he did. BUT.. a little before the end of the session he got his chakras aligned with the help of some warm cider and decided to get to know bowl-to-mini hip a little bit better.. and hey presto!



Zac was haring it about the park one minute and networking the next. I missed my chances to catch him on film as I was too busy trying to remove as much skin from my left arm as possible in the bottom of the bowl..... twice!

Alan on the other hand caught me early. He was loving the transition at the other end of the park that runs over the driveway, nice long smiths and his latest favorite grind, the Suski. Here's the sequence of the Suski grind in scorching heat.

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So the day is going pretty well. The sun is out, the park is starting to clear out a bit, less BMXs for sure, and then who do I spot over the other side of the park? Kev McKeon. Kev was sporting all new Death board, hat and tee as a result of getting hooked up and now riding for Death, nice work Kev, hats off to Nick too.

Kev's always up for ripping, and today was no exception, this sequence is just a taste of the shot's I got in he space off about 5 minutes. Kev has an admirable habit off staying on his board.

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Before we knew it it was 6:30 and time to get back on the road. As Kev so depressingly put it "Well that's the end of summer then." I'm hoping the Sun's going to hang around into Autumn for a while.

Get praying.

[LIALC]

17 Aug 2009

Love the Cradle

I remember the first couple of weeks after the new version of Cantelowes opened. The street course was small but always pretty busy, probably too busy. The bowl was the bit that I got most excited about, especially the cradle.

I've only managed to notch up a few backside grinds on the cradle and have watched as it got ridiculous with F-S Airs, Backside Airs, backside D's, I vaguely remember a B-S Smith too, it's almost all been done.

Here's some footage from a while back of Ross and Aaron showing how it should be done


Of course skateboarding being what it is, there's always other ways to use the cradle. While getting his legs warmed up Marcus thought he'd have a look.

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Take it easy and enjoy this dry weather while it lasts.

[LIALC]

31 Jul 2009

Gypo-a-go-go

Wednesday was a perfect illustration of just having faith, thinking positive and seeing what happens.

I'd arranged to meet up with Marcus in Camden that night to shoot some photos, of course I wake to the sound of rain. I needed to ride the 13 miles to Soho with a full camera bag on my back, in the rain, in the hope that it would be dry in the evening. I decided to put my trust in the English weather. I know.



Well what do you know, there was a thunderstorm at 4.30 pm but it was still just about dry when I got to the Three Amigos shop in Camden around 7:00. Three Amigos is a proper skate-shop. It reminded me of walking into Surrey Skates as a teenager, loads of boards, a nicely stocked t-shirt rail and a skate video playing that it's ok to sit and watch, even if your aren't buying anything, Kev likes the company.

Once Murcus arrived it was still not raining and we got some shots in the bag and then finally the heavens opened, just in time for the 15 mile ride home. At least we got the shots.

Here's a taste of just a little of what was got...



[LIALC]

17 Jul 2009

Stockwell Sequencizenator!

One of the many that traveled from far and wide to make the Stockwell jam an unqualified success went by the name of Whip.

That's right, you missed him, he was back to the place he loved for so long before moving back down to Cornwall whence he came. Once a local, always a local, isn't that how it goes? He skated like a man possessed from the minute I arrived. To say that he was excited doesn't quite cut it, if you know whip you know what I mean. He slowly destroyed himself over the period of about 7 hours and 10 beers.

Whip loved the first version of the mini vert quarter that Jeremy built, he loves the new one even more.

I told you I'd drag these photos out didn't I?

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Whip showing some love to place he
used to call home. FS 50-50 180 out.

16 Jul 2009

Drag out the FUN

I've noticed that there are blogs out there that get an awful lot of mileage out of the Maloof Cup. You know, that big money comp that attracts the big name by offering the big bucks.

Well I have the Stockwell Fun Day. I took a few photos but most of the time I was drinking beer and getting sun burned, I also had to leave early, so my trawl of photos from this year's event isn't as numerous as usual. That's not going to stop me though.

I'm going to try and drag this out for the full two weeks.



Master of ceremonies for the skate stuff was Jimmy, calm, collected, smooth,
are words seldom associated with Jimmy



Whereas "smooth" is exactly the word I'd use to describe
Jack's skating all day. Indy over the new hip.

10 Jul 2009

Up And Running

Yes, Yes!

Ok so it's finally happened, the Lizard Mag has moved the blog off MySpace and onto Blogger.
I'm sure there will still be the odd MySpace Blog update but this is now the new spiritual home of the most individual UK Skateboard publication.


Just to keep you going for a day or so here are a couple of picture's from last weekend's Stockwell Jam.

[LIALC]



Johners getting in the way of some gritty social realism.


And here we have Jesus going for the extra big wings




I'm going to have to ask Biebel about this one?