The Ruckass Returns: LondonSkate: April 20th!

Long summer evenings are back, the warmth of spring is in the air, trees are budding with leaves and flowers beginning to bloom. It’s also the start of the fluff season in Hyde Park, goshdarnit. But it can mean only one thing kids. It’s time to get excited. It’s time to prepare for maximum skating overload. Next week, Wednesday 20th April, it’s time for … the return of The LondonSkate!

Hold onto your hats kids, the ruckass is back! Every Wednesday from April 20th until September the LondonSkate, sister skate to LFNS and Sunday Stroll, will depart from the Bandstand on Serpentine Road in Hyde Park. The LondonSkate is an intermediate level skate pitched somewhere between Sunday Stroll and LFNS pace. If you’re comfortable on the Stroll then it’s time to try the Wednesday night skate.

The LondonSkate website features route maps and weather call information and can be found at There is also a LondonSkate Facebook group, here:

Get your bearings working freely friends. The season of skating three nights a week and in daylight till 10pm is almost here!

The Real Naked Skate

Well thankfully nobody was taken in by last weeks April Fools Day “Naked Skate” write up. And just to be doubly clear, LFNS is not running “Naked Fridays” every first Friday of the month until October. We do love you all, but not that much 😉

However there is a real chance for naked skating later this year for the hardcore, the unfettered and the risque. The annual World Nake Bike Ride takes place each summer in London and many other cities worldwide. A small but dedicated crew of London skaters do regularly attend, in various states of buff, so if you’ve genuinely acquired the naked group skating bug your chance is coming. This year’s London World Naked Bike Ride is on Saturday June 11. For more information see the link below:

Save Daylight, For the Queen!

Don’t forget the UK Daylight Savings change occurs this Saturday night 26th March! This week’s Sunday Stroll will start at 2pm like always, but on Sunday 2pm will be one hour earlier than last week!

So do your bit for Britain. For Queen. For Country. And for the sake of not having to sheepishly admit to friends you overslept by an hour because the clock was wrong and it was a big night and you can’t really remember much after that fourth or possibly fifth drink, the cat spilled food all over the kitchen floor and now it’s mashed into your socks and you really did mean to come to the Stroll but the whole enterprise just sort of fell over in a heap and now it’s 3pm instead of 2pm and anyway why can’t we all live in a nice warm place with no daylight savings like Queensland?


In any case: Save Daylight for The Old Queen! Be on correct time for this week’s Sunday Stroll at 2pm British SUMMER time!!

Bay Sixty 6 Skate Park Closure

The west London skate park, Bay Sixty 6, is under threat of closure. If you’re into in ramp skating, skate boarding or BMX then you may be interested to hear that the Westway Development trust and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council have been running a consultation process on proposed plans to redevelop the area underneath the Westway. The initial plans include the removal of the Bay Sixty Six skate park and offer no alternative location for the park.

If you skate and/or care about resources for skaters you might like to have a say in all this. Bay Sixty 6 have a Facebook page with more information on it, here: … 7298643965

In addition the owners of the park have started a petition to save it. Please consider adding your name, especially if you use the park or live in the nearby area.

Jurass… uh… HYDE… Park. *cough*

ARNOLD “Keycheck /space -o keycheck off safety -o.” He’s turning the safety systems off. He doesn’t want anybody to see what he’s about to do. Now look at this next entry, it’s the kicker. “White Rabbit Object“. Whatever it did, it did it all. But with Keycheck off, the computer didn’t file the keystrokes. Only way to find them now is to search the computer’s lines of code one by one.

ELLIE How many lines of code are there?

ARNOLD Uh… about two million.

ELLIE Great.

GRANT Humans and bunny skaters, two species separated by 100 thousand years of evolution, have just been thrown back into the mix together. How can we have the faintest idea of what to expect?

ELLIE Bunny ears? Music? Chicklets? Provocatively dressed fairy tale characters?

MULDOON And how many chocolate eggs must pay for this madness?

HAMMOND Robert… I wonder if perhaps you would be kind enough to take a gas jeep and bring back my grandchildren?

EASTER SKATE 2011. A story at least three weeks in the making.

(With full credit to Monsieur Speilberg of course. We love your work Stevie!).

Gaga Arrives At EasterSkate In Giant Chocolate Egg

Flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga made her entrance to the 2011 EasterSkate on Sunday encased in a giant chocolate egg. Gaga, 24, arrived on the red carpet inside an alien-like egg carried aloft by attendants dressed as Lindt gold bunnies. The singer and performance artist could barely be seen inside the enclosure, apart from the occasional wave of a black wristguard. It was the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre outfits from Lady Gaga, including a headline-grabbing dress made entirely of silver racing lycra that she wore to the MTV Music Video Awards in September.

Justin Bieber was heard to remark: “You’re an egg”.

In a Twitter message sent shortly after her red-carpet arrival, Lady Gaga said: “Cribbins, better get my bunny ears on or I’ll be late for the skate!”. She later emerged from the egg wearing a provocative but empowering bunny girl costume replete with prosthetic shoulders, before pounding away at a towering organ.

Gaga returned to the stage when her “Fame Monster” album beat out efforts by Justin Bieber and Susan Boyle (who’d a thunk it?) to win some sort of award. In her speech the pop star specifically thanked our own loveable Roggie “because when I wrote ‘Born this Way,’ I imagined he was singing it – because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar.”

This years Easter Skate is expected to be one of the most popular ever.