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Usefullessness

Facts are all well and good (except the poor and bad ones). Yes, understanding and concepts can help us navigate the wilderness. Despite a big lack of trust in the constructs around us, I do personally ‘hope’ there’s more…  I wrote last week that it is down to us, to rise above the cold, hostile, […]

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Name it tame it – emotions

Pause… breathe in… breathe out… relax…  Yes, sometimes this is easier said than done! In the busyness, you don’t always get time to answer the question “How are you feeling right now?”  In fact, you probably rarely ask how are you feeling ‘right now’? After the event, we can reflect on what happened, but at […]

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Airless tyres?

It has surprised me that I seemed to post only two bike posts last year! 4000 miles, an update – March 2019 Two years – Six and a half thousand miles – Sept 2019 It’s been more than eight years riding a bike to work daily (Velocipeding), more than 30,000 miles, and I’m now riding […]

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Unfiltered

The first time this year, I took the dog out on the field this morning. It was glorious. The sound of birds, the smell of thawing field, the warmth of the sunrise, the bright glistening frost, the hints of buds and capillary-like branches stretching with imminent hope of something… the sensational experience was more than […]

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Home is where the hearth is.

My young daughter said to me, “Dad, I like the birds, sunsets, candles and smiling people too, but I don’t get overwhelmed by them, you’re way too emotional…” We were with friends, sitting around flickering flames in the fireplace, with a spicey drink… and the room was gently warming… I am not a fan of […]

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Tempo rubato…

As the season of maniacal merriment mechanically approaches… breathe. I am torn between contemplation and mere acceptance. Alas, it’s my nature to question and cogitate while the rest of the world seems to just get on with stuff. Outside the window, there was no music…   As winter bites, sometimes it feels (and feeling is […]

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4000 miles, an update.

So… Gazelle Ultimate S8, ~4000 miles, an update. Back in Oct 2017, you may remember I made the gazelle-like leap (ho ho ho) to a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, Shimano Alfine 8 Hub Geared city bike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚎𝚜 (@julesprichards) Gates ‘Belt Drive’. Gates say “Free yourself from oily, […]

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Pulse, and breath…

“Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty morning…” I wonder if Van Gogh sang this in the asylum as he painted? “…painted during a time of great self-awareness and yet surrounded by chaos.” “On a cold and frosty morning…” is an action song my wife sings as she teaches infants […]

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One by one…

December… What can we say? In other years I have wittered about suspending disbelief, magical jingles, tingles of spicy tonics, simple riches, and hope… Somehow this December feels different. More real. This year saw us sell up and move house. We’ve reviewed habits, routines and rituals, we pulled the metaphorical cloth from the table to […]