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Thursday, 31 July 2014
Oxted drivers are idiots


And, as you can see, they drive recklessly, erratically and dangerously too.  (OK, some of them).

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2014 at 02:12 PM
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Road rage in London

Taxi driver goes mental because there are cyclists blocking the way in front of him.  The cyclists tried to explain calmly that there was no room for him to move forward safely due to the procession of cyclists in the road, and asked him to be patient a couple of minutes. He lost it, and a few members of the public saw fit to try and intervene with him.

Because Critical Mass takes place without an official route or sanction, participants in some cities have sometimes practiced a tactic known as “corking” in order to maintain the cohesion of the group. This tactic consists of a few riders blocking traffic from side roads so that the mass can freely proceed through red lights without interruption….

The practice of corking roads in order to pass through red lights as a group is in contravention of traffic laws in some jurisdictions and is sometimes criticized to be contrary to Critical Mass’ claim that “we are traffic”, since ordinary traffic does not have the right to go through intersections once the traffic signal has changed to red.  However, groups of cyclists are allowed to pass signals as a group at least in Germany and Austria.  Corking has sometimes led to hostility between motorists and riders, even erupting into violence and arrests of motorists and cyclists alike during Critical Mass rides.

~ see Critical Mass on Wikipedia.

Posted by bigblue on 30/07/2014 at 07:57 AM
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Man and dog - the video

This man was skate-boarding with his dog in London on Friday night. I suggested to him that he was “cheating” by using his dog as an “engine” for his skateboard. He joked that he didn’t know that Critical Mass had such a rule…  Of course I hadn’t been referring to the rules of Critical Mass (there aren’t any that I know of), but to the Rules of Skateboarding in a general sense.

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2014 at 12:40 PM
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Monday, 28 July 2014
Man and dog

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This man was skate-boarding with his dog in London on Friday night.  The lead is actually harnessed around the dog’s chest so that she provides some of the energy for his ride.

Posted by bigblue on 28/07/2014 at 09:09 PM
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Saturday, 26 July 2014
Solidarity with Gaza

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It’s kicking off in Kensington High Street.

Posted by bigblue on 26/07/2014 at 12:47 PM
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Wednesday, 02 July 2014
Deep down in the belly of the earth

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It’s the first time I’ve had to go so deep underground in order to catch a plane.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2014 at 08:33 PM
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Critical Mass London - June 2014

Some excerpts from the #CriticalMass ride in London last Friday night.

Posted by bigblue on 02/07/2014 at 08:38 AM
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Monday, 30 June 2014
Boris Biker making an effort

I found this amusing. The Boris Biker reminded me of what they say about a duck:

Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the Dickens underneath.

When I passed him, he seemed to be cruising casually along, like me. The video behind me however shows that he raised his game a bit and started making quite an effort to keep up with me (or possibly one of the other cyclists).  If I had been aware of his struggle, I could have put him out of his misery earlier, at the beginning of the video I was going slower than usual, because there was a bunch of cyclists ahead and I wanted to overtake them carefully.

Posted by bigblue on 30/06/2014 at 07:41 AM
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