Monthly Archives: May 2013

Review of the Canon G1X

For the past few months I have been using a Canon G1X to illustrate this blog and having by now show several thousand frames with it I thought I would give a brief review of the camera for anyone who might be in the market for a camera to pack in their saddlebag, be it…

Frosty Morning on the Lanes

The bluebells may be flourishing (even if they did arrive a month late), and the grass by the roadside is certainly luxuriant and green, but the sort of temperatures one associates with pleasant spring riding have been notable by their absence. Here we are coming up to June, yet when I head out the door…

The Bluebell Wood

Another of the many nice things about cycling the shady old country lanes here in Sussex, at this time of year, is the chance to come across a bluebell wood – those patches of ancient woodland where a dense canopy of leaves keeps run-of-the-mill groundcover to a minimum and instead allows a rich carpet of…

Tunnels of Leaves

There can be something magical about disappearing down an English country lane that always make me think of disappearing through the Looking Glass. Especially when you are on a bicycle, travelling leisurely and revelling in the rich detailing in the landscape. I think of it as an escape. The greenery closes in, the branches intertwine…

The Twitter of Little Birds

You really have to wonder what goes through the minds (so to speak) of some people, most particularly that of a 21 year-old trainee accountant named Emma Way who this week not only clipped a cyclist with her car while breezing down a road in Norwich, and failed to stop, but then was actually dumb…

Olde English Lanes

As a cyclist it pleases me to imagine that I am pretty well fancy free when I go out for my morning rides, roaming down the English lanes wherever I please on a whim, but the truth is that I tend to stick to the same few favourite courses – westbound over to Pevensey, or…

My Bicycle and I

For some time now I have wanted to find an image that would illustrate the title of this blog, and encapsulate the sense of partnership between my bicycle and I as we make our dawn rounds of the English countryside – being the inspectors of sunrises as Thoreau once characterised himself in Walden. And this…

The Future is Here

In the few minutes I had to spare this week I managed to read an article about a group of researchers, academics, industry experts and various high-priced CEOs who met at an invitation-only ‘do’ in Silicon Valley, California this week to discuss the digital revolution and the future of transportation. Lots of ideas were aired…

A Willing Spirit

It is unnerving how insidiously a lack of fitness can creep up on you without your ever realising it until suddenly one day there it is, sitting on your shoulder – literally, in my case. Since I returned to cycling a little over a week ago I had been able to lull myself into the…

Designer Lugs, Anyone?

This week has been a busy one with my writing several stories on the trot for National Geographic’s Newswatch column on its website. One of those stories I wrote was about the emergence of 3-D printing – a topic that leapt into the headlines on Monday with news that a 25 year-old University of Texas…