Beyond the Bike

We were very fortunate for Stuart Block, a former Wall Street economist and now Economics teacher, and last year’s JustGiving Endurance Fundraiser of the Year, to talk to us about his cycle ride from South Africa to England in 2012. Being an economist, Stuart was eager to explore the differing economies across this huge expanse of land. As a result, rather than cycling solo he rode a tandem, travelling with a native each journey in order to discover their economic story. One underlying theme was the poverty and inequality that thousands suffer from every day. One thing that surprised Stuart was the hospitality of the people he met along the way and how often he was housed and fed in their minute dwellings; he believed that such kindness is rarely seen in the UK. The talk was very informative and clearly conveyed contrasting economies from a unique perspective.

By Georgie Deane. 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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