Life is what happens while you are busy making plans

March 22, 2018

An air traffic controllers strike in France.  No flights, trains full, busy roads, I’m on my bike. Why would this affect me on quiet lanes?  Mrs Mallett due to fly to Poitiers today to meet me for the weekend.  That’s not going

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The cycling artist pedals and paints

March 19, 2018

Inspiration is everywhere.  It’s not hard to see it or to register it.  It is hard to do and do something about it.  Sometimes I just have to sit in the moment and do it. Here I saw the

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The way of the Plantagenets

March 19, 2018

The Camino de Santiago or Chemin De Saint Jacques has many routes across Europe….. From Mont St Michel I chose the way of the Plantagenets which starts with the Normans and William the Conqueror’s grand church in Pontroson then

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Timmy finds his way to World heritage site

March 18, 2018

We all do this when we get somewhere impressive.  First thing we do is get out the camera, or in my case the paints.  On a bike tour/pilgrimage you find yourself in unusual places, and Mont St-Michel is no

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From the Bayeux tapestry to Timmy on tour

March 18, 2018

Standing on the huge ramparts of Mont St-Michel I was reminded how dangerous the sands are around this island. The tide sweeps in at an alarming rate. It’s got a huge tidal bore that sweeps all before it and

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Ma bubba

March 17, 2018

Martin’s name tags… We sew them onto clothes.  So they won’t be lost.  So we know where they belong. Among Martin’s possessions are his name tags.  I hold them and feel the threads, the threads of family, of how

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Happy Hampshire

March 17, 2018

It’s one of our biggest counties and had such variety and riches to appreciate. On a cycle, you see it, breath it, absorb it, love it. Amazing Stoke Basingstoke.  Home to my lovely cousin Katy and her family. Blooming

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Meeting the Bishop of Winchester

March 17, 2018

I was delighted to be invited to meet Right Reverend Tim Dakin bishop of Winchester at his palace next to the cathedral. “Nice tie” he commented “where you at Christchurch college Oxford?” Sadly not, it was a gift when

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Soundtrack to my Camino?

March 16, 2018

Every adventure needs a soundtrack. Billy said I have to have some music to cycle to. What should that be? So let’s ask Stephanie Hirst the Queen of vinyl!

The day the chain snapped!

March 16, 2018

A mile into the adventure my chain snapped. Thanks Paul from Flat Harry’s Cyclery in Cookham who came and fixed it. The adventure was rather delayed. But we came across flooded footpaths and lovely lanes. Made our way through

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A pilgrims prayer

March 16, 2018

Do I look nervous? Rev Nick Plant sent me off from Cookham church on the way to Santiago. I also look over loaded!

I’m singing and cycling in the rain

March 15, 2018

I start today. It’s a fine grey soft English drizzle. My tummy is in turmoil. Should I take this? Will I need that? It’ll all be chucked away as I get going and down to the bare minimum. For

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Bishop’s into battle!

March 14, 2018

In the city where the American war of independence broke out, the bishop of Boston popped up to wish me well! Cheers Gayle Love the Timmy coloured vestments! The right reverend Gayle Harris shared Christmas with us in North

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I’ve got butterflies!

March 14, 2018

My good friend Wendy Craig, star of Butterflies, the Royal, and Nanny have me a sweet and gentle messagr of support for my Camino. Thanks Wendy.  Always room on the bike for a friend!

Professor Brian Cox and wing commander Timmy!

March 14, 2018

In all the wonders of the universe I am thrilled to get this message of support from my great friend the star man Brian Cox. We first met when he did great little teenage jingles for my Piccadilly Radio

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Got everything!

March 14, 2018

Got the gorgeous Giant bike, the great Daler Rowney paints, and my messages of support.. What have I forgotten?  Now just a small matter of 2000kms and open to the possibilities along the Camino de Santiago. Wish me luck! Listen

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Emmanuel Macron sends a message of support for Timmy

March 14, 2018

I wrote to Emmanuel Macron to tell him of my Camino cycling and painting adventure. He kindly sent me this very nice response and encouragement: Translation: “The President of the French Republic has received the courier that you sent

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Timmy is interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire

March 13, 2018

Listen to Timmy’s interview on BBC Radio Berkshire, where he discusses his huge 2,000km cycle trip to Camino de Santiago and of course his dear brother Martin, who sadly passed away last week.

Thanks Flares!

March 11, 2018

Had a great night at Flares party venue in York. It’s a top club with a great team led by Sam and DJ Jay. Thanks for the beers and good luck messages. Can’t wait to come back again!

Mysteries of the Camino de Santiago

March 10, 2018

My pal Gary who gave me this…. It’s a thoughtful piece about the mystery of the Camino…. You can read it by clicking here. Tell me, what do you think is my reason for this adventure? Why has it

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Martin Mallett blesses us all

March 9, 2018

I’m about to set off on my grand adventure, cycling the Camino de Santiago. It feels like it’s begun with a dramatic detour to the glistening granite city of Aberdeen for the funeral at St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside of

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As the Bishop said to the TV presenter

March 6, 2018

I was delighted when the Bishop of Oxford the right reverend Steven Croft agreed to bless my Camino painting and cycling pilgrimage. It’s a powerful thing to be receive a blessing for any adventure and for something as big

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My mission from the Bishop of Oxford

March 6, 2018

I met the right reverend Bishop Steven croft at Christchurch, Oxford to tell him of my big adventure. Cycling over 3 countries to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. There’s a unique connection to the diocese

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Lorraine Kelly on the telly

March 4, 2018

Thanks to my lovely friend Lorraine for her warm good wishes on my adventure inspired by dear Martin….x

Cycling the Camino de Santiago from home

March 4, 2018

Entertainer Timmy Mallett is set to embark on a 2,000km cycling adventure from Maidenhead to Spain next month. Setting off from Cookham on Monday, March 12, he will be cycling along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, painting pictures

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It’s Wacaday!

March 4, 2018

Thanks to my great friend Michaela Strachan for her lovely support!

Is this a good idea?

March 2, 2018

It’s March, spring is on the way… And It’s zero degrees, storm Emma is here and I’m utterly freezing!  How am I going to cycle and paint my way over 3 countries, 2000kms, in the worst winter storms for decades?

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The hand of St James

February 14, 2018

For 900 years this relic of the apostle of Christ has been in the Thames valley. It felt right to start with its home of I’m cycling all the way to Santiago Dr Compostela and the tomb holding the

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Meeting the Vicar of Dibley!

February 14, 2018

It was the first day out on the new Giant Explore E bike and I headed into the Chilterns for some hills and practice. In the Hambleden Valley is Fawley church with a John Piper stained glass window. We

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