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Take a chill pill…

Cycling to work is a joy and I can’t recommend it highly enough – however… The below obviously does not apply to the majority of road users but does apply to a surprisingly significant number. We are all at different stages of life and have differing world-views but I believe we are all human. Lemming like following… […]

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Butterflies 2011

Last year (2011) we watched 10 mini caterpillars transform into painted lady butterflies in our kitchen. It was truly amazing to see the whole life-cycle.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58480027@N02/sets/72157629800926802/ Although I hesitate to recommend stuff ‘cos our experience could have ben a fluke, you can get the kit here: https://www.insectlore.co.uk The link above is a seal for 10 caterpillars rather than the […]

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whipping to submission…

A friend commented recently “Everywhere we look nowadays, someone has intruded some advertising message – as often as not, full of carefully crafted deceit and manipulation”… “Specifically those little ads that get placed on roundabouts, a constant nagging ‘Look at me! Remember my name! Write down my phone number’, when you’re supposed to be watching […]

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Listen.. can u hear breathing?.. r u alive?

It’s been a while since I uttered some nonsense – that could be good be a good sign… then again… You won’t fly until you truly let go… you’ll not feel the song until you really hear it… you can’t stretch until you truly wake up… Easier said than done!? As Keats inferred, unheard melodies […]

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It’s been a year… 3051 miles recorded over 12 months

Life was somewhat different 12 months ago. 27th Feb 2011. The I had not been on my bike for more than 6 years. Generally I encountered minimal exercise. The prospect of cycling 7 miles each way to work once a week was not an option, it was not gonna happen. But then one Sunday I […]

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Pilgrimage, going outside for some time…

Gotta make it positive! (says the little sprite on my right shoulder).  Awwh *!£#@!##%! !*#&*! (says the little !*#&* on t’other)… It must have been 15 years or so ago that I wrote “We’re going outside, I may be sometime…” ‘We’re going outside and we may be some time’ Twenty-five years I grew, nurtured on […]

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Cycling with Endomondo again…

So, 2012… here we go again, WET and WINDY this morning. Ride home not too bad: cycling 6.92 miles in 31m:22s via My Cycle Workout.

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Look local first!

After unsuccessfully visiting two larger city cycle shops this morning, I popped into the ‘small on the outside, big on the inside’ local town shop. I was after a quality chargeable front light for my bike – for commuting daily using unlit country lanes. It’s fine immersing yourself in the supposedly ‘this is what you need, ‘cos […]

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An alternative route…

Oh deary me… I’ve calmed down a tad now! I cycled an alternative route into Leicester today. For the last 6 months I have cycled the 7 miles routeinto St. George’s Retail Park from Goscote: http://routes.bikehub.co.uk/journey/1184891/ But I recently wondered if a less-traffic-ed less risky route via “cycle ways” and “the like, might bean alternative option in the […]

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Never in a month of Sundays… !

In January the idea of it was simply crazy and i though it was just “not an option”! The proposition of Cycling to work once a week? Seriously never in a month of Sundays! Seriously not an option: (i) I’d get wet and cold and be a gibbering wreck when I got to work. (ii) […]