Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Four Feathers

I didn’t go for a ride this morning. There is, alas, nothing particularly new about that statement, no starling break with routine, as I have not been out on my bike for some few weeks now – about a month, I reckon. Instead I have come downstairs a little past four o’clock, fire up the…

Moments in Time

Two 50th anniversaries have been much in the news this week – the anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas and the anniversary of the first episode of the long running British Sci-Fi TV series Dr Who. As a kid growing up in America I never heard of Dr Who (Dr… who?) and remained completely ignorant…

Least Cycle Friendly Cities?

With all the chatter going on in the media lately about the undoubted dangers of cycling London’s urban jungle, I found myself giving thought to some of the other cities I have been to, either as a cyclist or a visitor just passing through and looking at the traffic through the windows of a cab.…

Tweets & Twits

Cycling is certainly gracing the news these days – but in a deeply gloomy sort of way, with five deaths recorded on London’s streets in the span of nine days earlier this month, and with the on-going black-comedy of Emma Way as a kind of grotesque sideshow to it all. On that later front I…

Tweets of Little Birds

The wheels of justice grind slowly but at last they seem to have caught up in part with Miss Emma Way, the ditzy 21-year old motorist who clipped a cyclist on a country lane in Norfolk last May, failed to stop and then was silly enough to brag on Twitter about the incident: “Definitely knocked…

There Are Some Days

Ah commuting. It has been a while since I have had to do any – twenty years last month, in fact. That was when I was back in Melbourne and riding into work at the Sunday Age newspaper. Since then, I have worked exclusively from home (other than when I was actually on the road)…

The Cherry Deluxe

This post isn’t really so much about cycling or bicycles – except so far as the mulish disregard for customers that I am describing here can equally be applied to a good many of bicycling’s component makers. My particular gripe – nay, puzzlement – here though concerns a certain up-market chocolatier whose name shall remain…

Stormy Weather & Silver Linings

Once again I have been away – this time off to the Isle of Wight, where the Smith family tends to go for half-term school holidays – and where, odd as it may seem, we missed much of the stormy weather that has gripped Britain and northern Europe this past week. Although the highest winds…