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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween

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October 31, 2012
Halloween

Halloween today and I am still beset by goblins as I struggle with the mixed up parameters of this story I have been assigned to write, and once again my bicycle provided a welcome refuge as I headed over to Bexhill and out along the marshes by the light of a near-full moon. It...
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Mist and Moonlight

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October 30, 2012
Mist and Moonlight

My bicycle provided a most welcome refuge this morning from some knotty narrative problems I am having to deal with in a story I am supposed to write – the proposed storyline (not one I dreamed up!) turns out not to be so, leaving me not only the messenger bearing bad news but the...
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Fast Cats

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October 29, 2012
Fast Cats

Apologies for stepping outside of my cycling brief again, but I can’t resist putting in a shameless plug for this month’s National Geographic Magazine which has a feature on cheetahs by yours truly, a story that I have been working on for the past eighteen months and which took me to Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia...
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Spring Forward, Fall Back

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October 28, 2012
Spring Forward, Fall Back

What a pleasure it was to set forth in daylight this morning, thanks in part to my sleeping in a little later than usual, but mostly because the clocks went back an hour last night to good old standard time. Being the early rise I am, I’ve never been a big fan of Daylights...
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Foxes and Hounds

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October 27, 2012
Foxes and Hounds

Being late on the scene, as ever, in the world of fashion and pop culture it should come as no surprise that I discovered this fox-and-hounds photo-shoot magazine advertisement for Brooks saddles only yesterday. It was shot last year by photographer Frank Herholdt in Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire, a beautiful piece of ancient woodland...
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Moods of the Night

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October 26, 2012
Moods of the Night

I’ve always loved black-and-white photography. Like most photographers of my generation, it’s where my roots are. To this day I hold fond memories of studying photography at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, back in the late 1970s – spending hot nights roving Central Avenue when it was still a living stretch of...
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The Visible Man

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October 25, 2012
The Visible Man

When you ride a lot at night or in the dark of early morning, you naturally want to see and be seen and so you spend a lot of time and money getting decent lights – powerful headlamps to illuminate the road in front of you, and dazzling LED beacons to indicate your presence...
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Luminosity

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October 24, 2012
Luminosity

The run of pea soup fogs along the coast this week has made me grateful for the powerful German-made headlamp I have on my bicycle – a two-year-old Lupine Betty 7 that can throw out as much as 1850 lumens on its high-beam setting. It was considered an absurdly bright light when I bought...
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The Fog

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October 23, 2012
The Fog

I love it when I peek through the curtains at half-past four in the morning and see dense fog swirling around the halo-ed streetlights on our road. And I know that as soon as I get on my bicycle I’m going to head straight down to the seafront, where the fog will be thickest...
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Lancing A Boil

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October 22, 2012
Lancing A Boil

Wow. In the end even Oakley walked – belatedly joining Nike, Giro, Sram, Anheuser-Busch and Trek and others in their mass abandonment of Lance Armstrong in a tumultuous week that saw the disgraced Texan stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and lose every single one of his sponsors. Not even Tiger Woods...
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