Journal

Thieves are about!

Luna Park, Sydney

Bicycle security is something I take extremely seriously so I was disconcerted the other night when our next door neighbour knocked to tell me that his shed had been broken into and his bicycle stolen. What’s more he’d heard that  other people’s sheds up the road had also been plundered within the past week and…

Chapeau!

Chapeau

Although I have scarcely touched my bicycle during the three weeks of Le Tour, I have most definitely enjoyed the riding of others and the spectacular scenery of the Alps and Pyrenees – both of which are places I aspire to ride one day. Although Chris Froome comes across as kind of a chilly persona,…

Brownie Points in Heaven?

An old airstream tralier turned hot dog stand along the Thames near the Tate gallery with the dome of St Pauls' Cathedral in the background

I am hoping I earned a few brownie points with The Man upstairs this week, when I allowed  the nice folks at St Paul’s Cathedral use one of my image, above, on their Facebook page. Unbeknownst to me it was National Hot Dog Day yesterday and my photo of this classic Airstream hot dog stand…

A Lovely Morning Ride

Hastings promenade, Hastings East Sussex England

I went for a lovely ride Saturday morning – one of the best. I didn’t go far and I didn’t go fast, but I had wonderful company in the form of my 12 year-old daughter Ella who reminded me  on Friday night that she wanted to get up bright and early in the morning and…

1066 Country Walk

Country Walk-1

In the course of my wandering around lately with a rucksack full of camera gear on my back, I’ve been reminded just how good an exercise walking is – and how different are the muscles you use.  Even in my present unfit state I can cycle quite a ways without feeling stiff the next day,…

Travel

Snow Scene – Norway

Snowy afternoon in Tromso Norway

Again, not exactly a post about bicycles or cycling other than perhaps a fine example of non-cycling weather, but one of the days when I was in Norway last week we had one of the most beautiful snowfalls I’ve ever seen. It had been snowing for most of the morning, but then suddenly the flakes…

Tromsø – Paris of the North

Snowy scene on Storgata in Tromsø, Norway

Nineteenth century visitors  to Tromsø, surprised by the elegance and style and sophistication of Norway’s northernmost city, nicknamed the place ‘the Paris of the North’.  It is where I have been this past week. While the comparison with Paris may be over-egging the pudding just a teensy bit, Tromsø is certainly surprisingly stylish, with its…

Beautiful Blue Highway

The Danube showed me many colours - among them a beautiful blue

Readers with long memories might just recall that in August 2013 I went off on a travel magazine assignment that involved – indeed was centred upon – cycling. I had to be rather mysterious  about the whole thing because magazine editors, not unreasonably, like to keep under wraps the content of their forthcoming issues. It…

Twilight on The Thames

Twilight falls over the Thames with St Pauls Cathedral in the distance

I have long been a  Joseph Conrad fan – Heart of Darkness, Typhoon and Lord Jim being old favourites. I especially love the opening in the Heart of Darkness. It’s day’s end, not on the Congo but along the Thames,  with  Marlow and four other men – the  Director of Companies, a lawyer, an accountant…