Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Joys of Stress

My apologies for my neglectful-ness these past few weeks as I have struggled to maintain a regular stream of blog posts and meet the demands of earning a living. A lot of stress lately, good stress. I have been doing quite a bit of writing for the new National Geographic website, Newswatch, and I have…

The Beginners Eyes

Gee, what ever happened to the old pioneering spirit? I was reading through a thread on a cycling forum this morning, the nub of which was in praise of a new 3-D mapping program that would overlay Google Earth and allow a rider to analyse their proposed route for gradients etc., in other words case…

The Summer Solstice

Ah – so here I am pedalling down the promenade along the seafront on Hastings on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Here along the Sussex coast, at a latitude of roughly 50.8 degrees, that means the sun’s rising at 4:44am and setting at 9:15pm for a luxurious 16 hours and 31…

A Very English Summer

What a quintessentially English scene this is – the old Victorian post box, the Edwardian seaside kiosk, and behind it the promenade of a genteel resort town on the Sussex coast to which, a century ago, the likes of Lord Curzon used to come to take his ease after the rigours of being the Viceroy…

Happy Father’s Day

I was up and out on the road early this morning, cycling in the English countryside in the cool damp grey that is passing for summer this year. Went thirty miles.  I needed to, if not for the mind-cleansing freedom of such a ride then to expend the calories in my Father’s Day present which…

A Perspective on Wattage in the Tour de France

With the Tour de France coming up soon and racing aficionados talking up the prospects of their favourites, here’s an interesting revelation, fresh from this week’s issue of Nature magazine, on wattage and athleticism, one that puts the energy output of the likes of Mark Cavendish and his fellow burn-up-the-road sprinters into startling perspective. The…

A Penny for Your Farthing?

Completely off-subject other than as a word-play vaguely suggestive of cycling is the curious copper coin my twelve year-old daughter Lucy received in change the other day when she bought some sort of knick-knack in town while on an outing with her friends. Her purchase came to 99p and handing over a pound coin, she…

Wildflowers along the Lanes

Thanks to our damp and chilly spring – the coldest in Britain in over fifty years, apparently – the wildflowers all got a late start this year and now, with the weather finally warming up, they are all getting ready to bloom in unison with boffins from the Met Office suggesting this year spring-early summer…

Above & Oblique

There is really no end to the possibilities for cycling photography if you want to photograph your own bicycle rides or cycling tours – creative angles just require a bit more thought, imagination and a shrewd use of landscape. The photo above is of me (and taken by me) spinning down a S-curve descent on…

On A Count of Ten…

Self-timer photography, capturing images of your bicycle rides is not that hard, at least not to get the fundamentals right, although it does take a bit of practice. I have been doing this for about 18 months now, shot thousands of frames, and while have learned a great deal about this kind of photography, I…