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Jason Bradbury tells us about his latest charity challenge: The Swim

Any self respecting Gadget Show lover knows just how much Jason Bradbury will *NEVER* shy away from a challenge and this time he has only gone and excelled himself. He is swimming the Irish Sea in aid of charity – Cancer Research UK to be precise – in the hope of raising £1 million towards their lifesaving work. 

The Swim is a unique celebrity team challenge where JB will be joining team captains Richard Branson and Ronan Keating amongst other celeb swimmers, crossing the gruelling Irish Sea, swimming 56 miles from Holyhead to Dublin. WOW!!! No mean feat, I’m sure you’ll agree,  and when I met up with him recently to find out more, we chatted training, diet, (budgie smugglers) and of course his fave swim gadgets…

 

Why oh why?

Well, his agent sent him an email about this and his immediate reply was YES (in capitals!).  He openly admints he is not the best of swimmers and before accepting this challenge he hardly ever swam – futhermore he is asthmatic.  It was not only the cause that drove him on but also something on a more personal level that appealed to him. His brother was diagnosed with skin cancer and this made the challenge all the more relevant. Thankfully his brother now has the all clear but this was definitely one of his motivations for him doing this; coupled with his adventurous nature and a thirst to simply do something different.

Training Regime?

Not being able to do more than a single length when he started with his trainer Dan Bullock (an ex olympic level swimmer) Jason knew his work was cut out for him. With lots of effort and determination in 4 weeks he went from swimming one single length to swimming an hour of front crawl continuously. His PB is now 3mins 56 seconds for 200 metres (it may be even better than this now) and he trains twice a week (he assures us it’s all about technique – he swims from his buttocks and core – we like this bit).  He is loving the training, buzzing off endorphines and very grateful to his girlfriend who is super supportive of all the time he is having to put in to this.

Diet?

PROTEIN/CARBS/PROTEIN/CARBS is his new mantra! He says it’s all about the carb loading. Maintaining a more even energy level through his diet, he is fighting fit and raring to go (as if he wasn’t excitable enough) and he even has a six pack! (I know, I’ve seen it -well, on a photo at least.)

What does it entail?

Briefly they will all be on the main boat with showers, food etc and they will then be taken out into the Irish Sea in a RIB. Then it’s a case of getting in the water away from the RIB (which has lights on it for the night swims) and away he goes, tracking himself, aligned with the boat and the lights. He will be swimming in pitch black, face down for an hour.  ‘It will be weird’ he says but quickly adds ‘no where near as difficult as someone telling you that you have cancer’…the harsh reality of what he is doing clearly rings true but it’s obvious his main focus is wanting to help the great cause that he will be swimming for.

When and Where?

It takes place this September 2011 in the sometimes violent and treacherous waters of the Irish Sea (almost three times the length of the English Channel). This 56-mile relay swim will be a gruelling 30-40 hour mission from Holyhead to Dublin. It’s not going to be easy for their team of 10 brave swimmers but they are all determined to make a success of it.

And Finally… Gadgdets, Speedos or Shorts?

He loves his baggy shorts but assures us it’s going to be sexy speedos all the way, a knife on his calf, eating a diet of pure of oysters that he opens with his knife. We should call him Bond,Jason Bond, (I’m thinking Daniel Craig, sea, Casino Royale…)  And as for gadgets he loves his Iron Man watch which records his length time by simply tapping the screen and his Speedo waterproof MP3 Player that he can listen to his audio books on whilst training.

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He needs your money! Please please please get involved, even a small donation will help to make a difference.   Click here to sponsor Jason.

For more details go to  www.the-swim.co.uk

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Gorgeous white rCube wireless speaker

The rCube is portable, easy to use, and its sound quality is pretty exceptional. Just launched in cool white this summer, it’s funky cube design is physically smaller than your average handbag and has been designed to fit in with the décor of most rooms.

Features

Take your music with you – Built in carry handle and batteries that last up to 8 hours mean you can enjoy your music anywhere – relaxing in the bath, drinks in the garden, whipping up a storm in the kitchen, entertaining in the dining room or wherever takes your fancy.

Wireless – Nifty rWand dongle allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad from up to 15 meters away.

Unlimited music and radio – Don’t have a iPhone? The rWave USB dongle allows you to wirelessly listen to whatever’s playing on your computer from up to 100 meters away. Whether it’s the radio, an online music library or a party playlist.

World class sound – Unique speaker system delivers exceptional clarity and room-filling sound.

Mix and Match – If you ever get bored of your tracks, you can stream music from friends and family’s iPods or pass the rWand around at a party to share soundtracks.

Easy to use – Can be operated from your iPhone or the pocket-sized remote control.

Price around £500

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Introducing Jambox: earth shaking bass in the palm of your hand

Check out the latest audio offering from Jawbone: JAMBOX by Jawbone – the world’s first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone.

The Biggest Sound in the Smallest Package

JAMBOX delivers stunning stereo audio in a speaker so compact you gotta see it to believe it. Unlike other compact speakers, JAMBOX’s sophisticated acoustics bring music, movies and even conference calls, to life with shimmering highs and thumping bass – all in the palm of your hand.

Go Anywhere & Go Wireless

JAMBOX is the perfect companion to all your mobile devices. Just place it anywhere in a room and enjoy pristine streaming audio from your phone, tablet, laptop and other Bluetooth devices. No cord, no docks, no hassles. Take it with you from room to room or throw it in your bag and enjoy on the go.

It Only Gets Better with Time

As the world’s first intelligent speaker, JAMBOX downloads apps, software and new features at Jawbone’s industry-first online platform, MyTALK. It’ll always be up to date. No other speaker system on the planet is intelligent and updateable—then again, nothing else is quite like JAMBOX.

JAMBOX is available in four striking designs: Blue Wave, Black Diamond, Grey Hex and Red Dot.

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