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under the hood of teh Nissan 4x4 ahead of the Bamako Road Challenge. Photo by Nick Redmayne.

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  • Van de Graaff generator at Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead.

    Family Days Out

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    Places

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    Places

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Ideas for Christmas presents in Manned Up's 2018 Christmas gift guide.

Christmas gift guide 2018

Men are notoriously tricky to buy presents for at Christmas. Here’s a gift guide that provides a few handy gift suggestions.

 

Travel

Bruce 'The Manic Mechanic' Henderson 
under the hood of teh Nissan 4x4 ahead of the Bamako Road Challenge. Photo by Nick Redmayne.

The Timbuk Two’s Bamako Road Challenge

“We were simply going to write, blog, record, photograph and video the journey in order to at least cover costs… Now we’re raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, two journalists’ welfare charities, and by virtue of donating our vehicle, directly supporting a primary health care clinic in Mali,” says Nick Redmayne, one of the men who have jokingly dubbed themselves ‘The Timbuk Two’.

 

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A Copper Stone Pan frying pan.

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