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Posts Tagged ‘ Cycling ’

Banjo Paterson & Mulga Bill’s Bicycle

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February 16, 2012
Banjo Paterson & Mulga Bill’s Bicycle

Light the candles, break out the tinnies. Today is Banjo Paterson's birthday - born on this date in 1864, at 'Narrambla', near Orange, in rural New South Wales. For those of you who are not Australian, or haven't had the pleasure of living down there, and don't immediately recognise the name, Andrew Barton 'Banjo'...
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English Miles

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February 4, 2012
English Miles

Having pedalled the lanes of rural Sussex every morning for the past few years now, I’ve come to the happy understanding that in reckoning distance there are two kinds of miles: statute miles and English miles, the latter being the curiously old-fashioned sort you find marked out in quarters and eighths on antiquated wood-and-iron...
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To A Cyclist

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January 10, 2012
To A Cyclist

O would some power the gift to give us; to see ourselves as others see us; It would from many a blunder free us… So goes an oft-quoted stanza from a Robert Burns poem – addressed to a louse, in point of fact, one that he saw crawling on a fine lady’s bonnet in...
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On Running & Cycling

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January 2, 2012
On Running & Cycling

The sight of so many New Year’s resolutions joggers trotting past the house all day, coupled with the air of retrospection that always seems to go hand-in-hand with the thought of another year gone, set my mind rambling down memory lane this morning to a time back in the late Seventies-early Eighties when I...
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Picaresque Freedoms

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December 12, 2011
Picaresque Freedoms

As I was tooling down the seafront this morning,feeling bold and adventurous and not a little rebellious, I found myself thinking back to the time I hopped aboard my bicycle right here in Hastings and pedaled off to Istanbul, pretty much on the spur of the moment; how I rolled up in front of...
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On Assignment

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November 9, 2011
On Assignment

  In July of 1996 I left my job at Time Magazine and set off to cycle around Australia, unsupported and on my own, free clear and beholden to no-one. Shortly before I left though, I approached the editors of National Geographic, told them my plans, and after due consideration their story approval committee responded...
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Bicycles and the Bush

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November 8, 2011
Bicycles and the Bush

  I was thirty-seven years old in July of 1996, when I quit my job as a senior writer for Time Magazine, packed my panniers and with my final pay cheque as a road stake, set out from Sydney on a 10,000-mile solo trek around Australia aboard a several year-old 21-speed Cannondale tourer. I...
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The Wheels of Chance

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November 8, 2011
The Wheels of Chance

  It was a tram driver’s strike in Melbourne back in the early Nineties that got me riding a bicycle again as an adult. I was living in Elsternwick that year, an old bayside suburb in the city’s inner, and catching the ting-a-ling tram down Glenhuntly Road each morning to a fairly dull job...
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