To the 5 Boroughs

Seeing as the ‘midget is busy at the moment there is some other suitable ranting going on here.

Did you know there is another Nike Lance Armstrong video out in the US at the moment? No? Neither did I ’till I checked out the diary over at Gaansari Cycles. So after a top tip you can get to see it here. Lance has also been continuing his work with cancer survivors and there’s a new site established called Livestrong as an information service. It’s why Nike sponsored athletes are wearing yellow wrist bands these days.

Things have been kind of weird recently with all sorts happening at chez moi and then today I worked my last day in the bike shop. I have said I’ll try and do the odd day every now and then. It’s the end of a job I’ve enjoyed for years and I know I’ll miss certain aspects of it.

My latest (very long-term) project is back from being refinished at the skilled hands of Dave Yates and is looking rather lovely. More on my classic steel project soon, at the moment it’s just a frame forks and headset that I’ve had for a few months in a rather poor state. It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do.

The use of St. George flags on cars during the football has been causing a huge amount of interest and debate. It seems to be raising all sorts of nationalist emotions and a lot of discontent in certain circles, but what ever you think about the broader implications – having a flag on your car is just daft unless of course you’re a diplomat. Last time I checked they weren’t driving Toyota Corollas

Warning from the Department of Transport

In order to assist other motorists in identifying potentially dangerous drivers, it’s now compulsory for anyone with a lower than average intellect to display a warning flag, comprising of a red cross on a white background, attached to the top of at least one door of their vehicle. For drivers of exceptionally low intellect, additional flags are required.

Suz was over from Switzerland recently for some rock down at Donington and had this to say about her recent excursion back to UK:

From: Suz
Subject: Hello!I have to say, the flags on the windows were bugging the hell out of me driving up to Donington. That was a general car disaster actually. I got a diesel hire car so I must’ve stalled about 20 times over the weekend, we actually lost the car in the
parking field on the last day. We couldn’t find the damn thing at all – it was good exercise – we ended up walking around in the dark for 2 sodding hours, gave up and came back the next day. Of course it was there, then it took over an hour to get out of the field queueing with all the people leaving who had camped in the grounds…THEN we went the wrong way round that sodding ring round London so added another hour and a half to the drive back to Brighton…

So next weekend is Mountain Mayhem. I think we’re ready. It could be interesting as some of us might not be able to see where they’re going at night. So who’s doing the run?

Is the new Beastie Boys album the LP of the year? It gets my vote – get over to Amazon and check out To the 5 Boroughs.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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