Seaside Idyll, Hastings

Fishing boat in Hastings, England

Yesterday was the hottest July day on record in Britain with the mercury touching a record 36.7C – that’s 98F in old money – at Heathrow Airport, and a slightly balmier 30-ish here on the Sussex coast. Down at the working end of the beach at Hastings, where fishermen were landing their catches of cuttlefish…

Summertime in Hastings

Gelatovendor on Hastings seafront, Hastings England

I’ve not been on my bicycle lately – partly because of injury (painful side strain) and partly because my training plans have been derailed by work, and an increasing dislike of writing anything at all.  My eyes much prefer looking at distant horizons than close-up laptop screens. And so this morning, having spent many hours…

Mr Hays & I

Hays Code - Everything Will Hays did not like

My apologies for seeming to neglect my blog lately but my internet provider has not only seen fit to install a ‘Kid Safe’ governor on my web access but that same ‘Kid Safe’ program deemed this website to be inappropriate fare because of it’s alleged ‘drug, alcohol, and tobacco content.’ The mind boggles.

The Training Diet

Fish & Chips-1

Greetings all from deepest Cornwall where the Smith family has retreated for the half-term bucket-and-spade holiday and where I am engaged in improving my fitness through diet – specifically cream teas, fish & chips, fudge, ice cream and the full Cornish breakfast, otherwise known as heart-attack-on-a-plate. I feel as though I am making great progress.…



They say that in the final analysis we often regret more the things that we did not do than the things we did. That is certainly the case with my cycling jaunt to Istanbul which I did fifteen years ago and have written about else where on this site. At the time I toyed quite…

Springtime on a Pegoretti

A spin on a Pegoretti Luigino through the Sussex countryside

A thirty-mile jaunt on my Pegoretti Luigino the other morning proved to be a wonderfully rejuvenating experience. I’d forgotten just how beautifully quick and responsive a bicycle that one is, even to commands issued through the stodgy legs of an ageing tourer like me.  Whatever magic it is Dario Pegoretti puts into his frames, I…


Gilles Berthoud bar bag

Six days in a row now I’ve been out each morning, tooling along the Hastings seafront on my old Thorn tourer and it feels like my comfortable old habit is starting to reassert itself. No great distances as yet – just modest ten-mile rides for now, but perhaps on the weekend I might venture over…

A Bicycle Ride

a cyclist pedals along the seafront at Hastings, East Sussex, UK in a cool damp mist on the first day of summer

After a very long break I went out for a ride this morning and almost immediately, as soon as I felt that old familiar sense of motion and liberation my brain began conjuring up all sorts of interesting adventures, possibilities and ambitions. I’d forgotten.

Attractive Nuisance!

Touring bicycle on the shingle beach at Bexhill-on-Sea

I was busy beavering away sat my desk this morning, working on a feature I need to wrap up by the 15th if possible, and some unhelpful friend of mine e-mailed me a link to an on-line auction of some truly fabulous old bicycles – among them original tourers built by the likes of Alex…

Bicycles vs Cars

Cycling and the Sublime

This weekend saw the London premier of a documentary called Bikes vs Cars, by Swedish environmentalist and film maker Fredrik Gertten, who achieved some distinction a while back with a provocative documentary into the banana industry which he then followed up with an equally engaging film – Bananas! – about being sued by the banana…