Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Well, despite clear assertions before I went that I would not repeat the experience, I have completed a Ride to Recovery at Colchester only 38 miles – but in my defence it was only a 10 days or so after a 20mph RTA where my bike was completely written off:
And now, I am signed up for BBBR13 – Paris to London! The fundraising challenge is slightly bigger (£2,500), so any contributions you can make at Peter's H4H 2013 Bike Ride page will be most gratefully received.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It looks like the TDF will be annulled in those years.
Thanks to today's Telegraph Sport section.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Monday, October 08, 2012
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
For a possible explanation, then look no further than the latest HMIC report, quoted from this morning's Daily Telegraph app.
"POLICE officers have become unclear about what they are supposed to be doing on the streets, while training focuses on reducing risk rather than creating crime-fighters, inspectors have said.
Some 90,000 officers and staff have their "own individual version of what they think they are there to do and the effect they are meant to have", Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary warned in a report.
Police training featured only one module out of 190 focusing on crime prevention and no evidence that this knowledge is being applied on the ground, it added." My highlighting.
I am not surprised.
This is not to say that there are not good coppers, just that coppers have not been trained for many years in the things that the general public want.
We want to feel safe in our homes and on the streets, at all hours.
We don't want to feel persecuted when we get in our cars.
We want our belongings to be protected from theft.
That these are not the general perceptions does not mean it is not so; but until perception matches reality there will always be a problem.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Friday, August 03, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I got wetter than a wet thing and cycled through several puddles more than a few inches deep. Some b•••••d car drivers didn't help.
My shoes are still drying out!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sitting in the crowd the image I took below struck me as reminiscent of something
So, will we look back in 5 or 15 years (things move faster now!) and see an organisation and product that has become folklore in our industry and the source from which many good things sprang?
Saturday, July 14, 2012
As a sharp winter evolved into a wet, cold, breezy, spring my training runs extended and I took in a stretch of country road (1 car wide, no road paint, poor surface) alongside a stretch of river. Within a few weeks I spotted a couple of swan who had setup a nest and were caring for 7 eggs.
Although most times I would whizz (well, whizz-ish) by on a few occasions I would stop and take a few pictures - more interesting as the nest appeared to be mobile and was to be found anywhere in a 2-300 yard stretch of the river.
A couple of months later and just before the bike ride I returned to that part of the world (my routes had taken me further afield) to find that the eggs had hatched, and seven string cygnets were heading for the water to swim with ma & pa; however their necks were still too short to bottom feed - so they would nibble on the bank's grass before setting off.
A month or so, 350 miles, 10,000 feet of elevation and £3,000 of fund raising later…
I was passing the river again stretching my legs after an fortnight off the bike to commence my preparations for the H4H Ride to Recovery at Colchester in September. I was pleased to see the family about and all able to bottom feed. Perhaps not surprisingly the cygnet count was down by 1 - I guess that's probably a success against average attrition rate.
I look forward to a few more sighting over the coming months until they move off to pastures new…