Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Rekindling

Out the door this morning at a rather late-ish quarter to six, wobbling down the street on my by-now unfamiliar old tourer, following the bead of my headlamp through the darkness down to the seafront. It genuinely felt odd to be riding my bike again; it has been so long. And what little riding I…

Broken Routines

Curses, foiled again. Having at last beaten down a few of the bigger and meaner crocodiles infesting my end of the swamp I felt able to reclaim my early mornings and had planned to go out on a ride today – my first in a very long, far too long, a while. But it wasn’t…

Inertia

I was looking over some of my photos this afternoon and came across this one I took at the very start of the summer, a bit over three months ago now although it seems much longer. I had ridden that morning over to Bodiam Castle, a picturesque 14th century ruin about an hours’ ride from…

A Dog Story

When I was cycling on the Continent not so very long ago I came across this Italian couple who were taking a cycling holiday with their dog Macchia. When he wasn’t trotting along side them, he rode in a big wicker basket that was attached to the front rack and bars of the man’s tourer.…

World Happiness Report, and Bicycles

The other day when I was writing up a feature for the National Geographic Newswatch website about the just-released UN World Happiness Report – a ranking of 156 nations based on how ‘happy’ their citizens tended to be with their lot in life, I couldn’t help but notice that of the top five happiest nations…

Writing and Travel

At last a moment to breathe and actually write a post for this now sadly neglected blog. I feel bad about my infrequent postings of late. These past few weeks, between travelling and writing and scrambling to keep up with a flow of stories for the National Geographic website as well as finish a couple…

High Achievers

It was a sobering thing to read on the BBC news website this morning that there are motorists out there tooling down the highways with as many as 42 points against their licenses – amazing, really, since 12 points is supposed to be enough to get you disqualified. How these drivers manage to keep their…