Journal

Bicycles as Art

New Yorker 1928

For some time now I have been a regular subscriber to The New Yorker. Not only to I get the magazine every week, delivered electronically to my iPad with a little ‘ping’ every Monday evening, but I even have an external New Yorker hard-drive, given to me by my wife some years ago, containing their…

Nineteen Years…

Photo © Ian Lloyd

Take a look at us in this old photograph in Western Australia’s giant karri forest – nineteen years ago when I was cycling around Australia on what was the adventure of a lifetime and, as it turned out, the start of a long and colourful career writing for National Geographic. Ian Lloyd, the photographer who…

My Town

Hastings East Sussex England

Not so very long ago I wrote an essay for the National Geographic website about Hastings, England. It was published this weekend. You can read it here. Somehow the photo editor bobbled the illustrative side of things.  Since the essay links to my blog I thought I would put a short gallery of images together…

Sunrise – Uluru

Rainbow over Uluru

It was raining this morning at Uluru and the sunrise looked as though it would be a washout, until the above scene splashed into view – a double rainbow just as the dawns first rays touched the 500 million year-old rock face of Uluru. I’d never seen a rainbow over the rock before, although I…

Heading Down Under

AUS-NZ Panam

These past few days I have been making ready to fly the coop and head Down Under. I fly out tomorrow night for Auckland New Zealand, via Dubai and Sydney. Am already dreading the lengthy flight but I have stocked my Kindle with fresh reads and loaded some favourite films onto my iPad so it…

Potholes!

Motorist at the rim of the Grand Canyon c. 1914

Okay, so maybe this photo, taken of a motorist at the rim of the Grand Canyon about a century ago, might represent a teensy bit of hyperbole but the potholes on Britain’s roads this winter have gone beyond a joke. True, I am not speaking from first-hand cycling experience. Frost and the risky of black…

A Few Changes

Eastbourne Promenade-2

You may have noticed there have been a few changes to the site. The Photocrati theme I have been using for the past few months made a nice break from what had gone before, but in the long run it was really not suitable for a magazine-style blog and so I decided a change was…

London Stone

The London Stone, near Cannon Street Station, London

One of the things that I like most about exploring the world by bicycle is discovering the little things, the details in the landscape (or streetscape) that you miss when you travel by car – or, if you’re in the city, by bus or taxi. Here is a great case in point – the London…

Pevensey Castle

Crumbling ruins of the early mediaeval Pevensey Castle.

Not that I have ridden there lately, given the cold weather and icy roads – especially on the old marsh road that leads there – but Pevensey Castle has long been one of my favourite destinations for my morning rides. The fact that I can actually ride to an historic castle – indeed, I have…

Stretching

Gumby-1

I may not have have been doing much in the way of cycling these past few months but one thing I have been getting back to is stretching, an important facet of just about any sporting endeavour. I have been doing about half an hour a day, four or five days a week and am…