“I actually own a bicycle, have done for years. I can’t ride it safely anywhere around here… and I worked out that not being able to tell where sound is coming from just makes it even more unlikely I could bear taking it on the roads in this crazy place (again). It’s highly annoying. If I want to go on a safe bike ride, I’d need to take trains/buses and hire a bike. But then I come against the ‘lol that bloke is doing stuff all by himself’ thing. I might actually LIKE doing stuff by myself, but apparently it’s a deviant crime in this society – or feels like it.”
– cpn_jacksparrow @Livejournal
I love to go to the cinema and theatre on my own, but once I had dinner alone and the couple on the table next to mine kept looking over their shoulders at me with distinct expressions of sympathy. Spoilt my dinner!
“Where are you going to my pretty maid?”
“I’m going a’cycling, sir” she said
“May I come with you my pretty maid?”
“Yes if you can keep up with me sir”, she said.
Thank you to Ingrid, author of Postmodern Pain for sending me this picture of a poster from the Beamish Museum in County Durham. The museum tracks the industrial developments of the nineteenth century, this poster is for Beamish Motor and Cycle Works (pictured above, by Rob Langham @flickr)
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
— Albert Eintein (see previous entry).
“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.”
In other news, you’d be forgiven for never having heard of bike polo. I had no idea what it was until not too long ago… Just imagine polo but instead of horses there’s bicycles, and ta-da, there you have it, bike polo. It turns out that bike polo has been going since the late 19th century and still very much a thriving sport. If you fancy having a go, or would prefer to be a rather less bruised spectator, the opportunity presents itself in the form of London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association’s (mostly)-female-only tournament hosted at Newington Gardens in Camberwell, and appropriately entitle Hell’s Belles. October 14th is the official registration date for teams taking part in the first annual contest, and the website offers registration for individuals to then be put forward to existing teams.