Lord Michael and Lady Xuelin Bates are walking 250km in China to raise funds for a new China-UK Vocational Scholarship for students from the poorest areas

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Day 25: Monday 13 May–That’s it. So what?

Posted on May 14, 2019

Brussels Midi/Brussels Schuman/ Cinquantenaire Distance: Total: 6.3 miles (Total: 391.5 miles); Steps: 14,077 steps (Total: 842,854 steps) “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” ― T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets So there, it was […]

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Day 23: Saturday 11 May–Finishing strong

Posted on May 13, 2019

Antwerp to Brussels Distance: Total: 31.4 miles (Total: 385.2 miles); Steps: 66,191 steps (Total: 828,777 steps) Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever […]

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Day 22: Friday 10 May: Lost in Translation

Posted on May 12, 2019

Wouwse Plantage to Antwerp Distance: Total: 21.8 miles (Total: 353.8 miles); Steps: 46,573 steps (Total: 762,586 steps) ‘Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to Hell in such a way that they end up asking for directions’ (Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister) I skipped breakfast and made an early start from Huiz […]

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Day 21: Thursday 9 May–In the footsteps of Captain Cook

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Willemstad to Wouwse Plantage Distance: Total: 20. 3 miles (Total: 332.2 miles); Steps: 43,650 steps (Total: 716,013 steps) ‘Launch one ship and they call you a pirate, launch a thousand ships and they call you an Empress’ (attributed to Helen of Troy) Feet are complex and stating the obvious, are essential for the act of […]

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Day 20: Wednesday 8 May, 2019–Who is the most famous Dutch person?

Posted on May 8, 2019

Distance: Total: 311.7 miles Steps: Total: 672,363 steps “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra (Coach of the New York Yankees) It is a forced rest day. By that I mean, not a planned one, but one required because I could not walk. We had planned to stay in Willemstad but the pain […]

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Day 19: Tuesday 7 May–“Its a boy”

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Rotterdam to Willemstad Distance: 23.7 miles (Total: 311.7 miles) Steps: 51,899 (Total: 672,363 steps) The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border —— Pablo Casals (Spanish composer) “Its a boy” shouts Jayden pointing excitedly to the headline in De Telegraaf as we sat down for breakfast […]

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Day 18: Monday 6 May–Palace of Peace, Den Haag

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Distance: 18.2 miles (Total: 288.0 miles) Steps: 38,702 (Total: 620,464 steps) I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle. ———Andrew Carnegie Sailing is a civilised form of transport. Xuelin and I boarded the Pride of Rotterdam (P&O) ferry in Hull. […]

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Day 17: Sunday 5 May ——Reflection

Posted on May 6, 2019

Market Weighton to Hull Distance: 18.7 miles (Total: 269.8 miles) Steps: 40,816 (Total: 581,762 steps) Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. —— Søren Kierkegaard (Danish philosopher) As walking days go this was fairly straight forward–18.7 miles more of less on the same road the A1079. There were a couple […]

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Day 16: Saturday 4 May–TRICK

Posted on May 5, 2019

Day 16: Friday 4 May: York to Market Weighton Total distance: 20.4 miles (Total: 251.1 miles); 43,817 steps (Total 540,946 steps) Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. […]

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Day 15: Friday 3 May 2019–York

Posted on May 4, 2019

Day 15: Friday 3 May: York Total distance: 230.7 miles; 497,129 steps You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business. —— Zig Ziglar I had been walking for four days from Manchester to York. I had covered eight miles. The previous day had been my toughest yet–26 miles from Leeds […]

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Day 14: Thursday 2 May, 2019–In praise of pragmatism–

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Day 14: Thursday May: Leeds to York Total distance: 26 miles (230.7 miles); Steps 53,977 steps (497,129 steps) Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. —— Karl Popper (philosopher of […]

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Day 13: Wednesday 1 May 2019–“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom”

Posted on May 3, 2019

Day 13: Wednesday 1 May: Bradford to Leeds Total distance: 13.8 miles (204.7 miles); steps 30,708 steps (443,152 steps) A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. —— Francis Bacon For the second day I am joined for part of my journey by a journalist. Yesterday it was Seb Whales, Political Editor and of The House […]

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