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Hello my name is Brian, firstly I would like to welcome you to my profile page here at Hubpages and stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my articles.

I came across hubpages by chance when I was searching for information about product reviews, writing on line and wanting to build my own website. I joined the next day and haven't looked back since. You can find articles on here about just about anything, particular emphasis is on cycling and mountain bike parts and accessories, engineering products, DIY and industrial products and my love of gardening.

I have now retired, in my mid 50's and an ex- mechanical Engineer who worked over 30 years working in the pharmaceutical, production, engineering and manufacturing industries.

I love road cycling and mountain biking and you will find many articles here on biking and bike accessories to read. I also enjoy gardening and there are some great articles on how to improve and enhance your own garden. I'm passionate about growing organic fruit and vegetables, many of which I grow in containers, so be sure to check these out. I also enjoy reading and following other writers here at hubpages, but most of all I love to write about topics I enjoy and know about.

On hubpages I write about

Mountain biking,

Mountain bike parts and accessories,

Gardening.

Engineering tools and accessories

I have an interest in most sports and have tried most things except I wouldn't want to try bungy jumping or jumping out of an aeroplane, but that's just me. This gives me an all round knowledge and an ability to write articles authoritively about a whole range of subjects.

If you would like to join and write on hubpages follow this link - you can sign up here you never know you just might like writing here and it is free to join.

Follow me on Twitter here. https://twitter.com/#!/bynackmor

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        Just got this message on the new recipe capsules.

        5 years ago

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      • Whats happened to Cagsil??
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        Whats happened to Cagsil??

        6 years ago

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      • 100k views
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        100k views

        6 years ago

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      • adsense question
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        adsense question

        6 years ago

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        wordpress help

        6 years ago

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        summer holiday

        6 years ago

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      • Wordpress
        4

        Wordpress

        6 years ago

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        New Computer

        6 years ago

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        2

        single minded

        6 years ago

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        10

        Missing Trees

        6 years ago

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      • incoming links
        19

        incoming links

        6 years ago

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      • Twitter
        7

        Twitter

        6 years ago

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      • certain numbers I like.
        2

        certain numbers I like.

        6 years ago

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      • *snipped name-calling*
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        *snipped name-calling*

        6 years ago

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        computer problem

        6 years ago

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        Amazon Widgets

        6 years ago

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        Football

        6 years ago

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        Backlinks

        6 years ago

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        Amazon earnings

        6 years ago

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        10-10-10

        6 years ago

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      • help
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        help

        6 years ago

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        hubpage account

        6 years ago

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        wayne rooney

        6 years ago

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        page views

        6 years ago

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        self worth

        6 years ago

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      • amazon sales
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        amazon sales

        6 years ago

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        writing

        6 years ago

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        5

        Letters

        6 years ago

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        Home life

        6 years ago

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        3

        text capsule

        6 years ago

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      • writing hubs
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        writing hubs

        6 years ago

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        hub tags

        6 years ago

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      • Hub Critique Wanted.
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        Hub Critique Wanted.

        6 years ago

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      • unpublished hubs
        3

        unpublished hubs

        6 years ago

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        summer fruit

        6 years ago

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        poetry

        6 years ago

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      • hubbers wonderwheel.
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        Hubpage writers

        7 years ago

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        hubpages

        7 years ago

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        12

        forum comments

        7 years ago

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        IMAUTOMATOR

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        Parkinsons Disease

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        Disc Brakes

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      • work wear
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        work wear

        7 years ago

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        4 years ago

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        7 years ago

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        8

        Amazon

        7 years ago

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        Google Adsense

        7 years ago

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        3

        category

        7 years ago

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        3

        Categories

        7 years ago

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        5

        Hubs

        7 years ago

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      • RSS feeds
        3

        RSS feeds

        7 years ago

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      • Curry
        12

        Curry

        6 years ago

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        4

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        7 years ago

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      • Google Advertisements
        7

        Google Advertisements

        7 years ago

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        Scotlands munro's -4-hill walking adventure

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      • URL TRACKER
        5

        URL TRACKER

        7 years ago

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      • Relationships
        12

        Relationships

        7 years ago

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      • hubs
        36

        hubs

        7 years ago

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      • Relationships
        29

        Relationships

        7 years ago

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        16

        Number of words per hub

        7 years ago

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      • Depression
        55

        Depression

        7 years ago

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