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Monday, 25 May 2015
Pilgrims Way

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This is a stretch of Pilgrims Way in Kent, where the farmers appear to have successfully harvested the first crop of hay. This is a good sign : some years it is too wet and they are unable to harvest the first crop in time to grow a second before the end of summer.

Posted by bigblue on 25/05/2015 at 07:14 PM
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Blowingstone White Horse Audax

So on Sunday I did my third Audax of the year, again tackling about 100 km, starting at Uffington and looping out to Marlborough and back. It was a great day with most of the steep climbs in the first half of the ride, and the last quarter of the ride being a fast return to base. I rested a few times on the way, sometimes unintentionally such as when I stopped to assist another rider and I wasn’t very tired at the end of the ride. My stats were: distance - 108.3 km, time - 5:15, elevation gain - 1,185 metres.  Each minute on the video above represents about one hour of the event.

Posted by bigblue on 22/05/2015 at 09:56 AM
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Thursday, 21 May 2015
Uffington

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It was a glorious day on Sunday and this is the view over Uffington on the edge of the Vale of the White Horse, North of the Berkshire Downs. This is a view from the famous White Horse Hill with Oxfordshire in the background. 

Posted by bigblue on 21/05/2015 at 07:15 PM
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Saturday, 16 May 2015
LC07XBJ - Dangerous Sevenoaks Driver

In a notoriously bad spot for cycling (see for example here) due to poor and impatient drivers, I had this run in yesterday.

Firstly the driver was tailgating and overtook me in “follow-the-leader” mode (seemingly not noticing that the car ahead was turning right). This resulted in the driver left hooking me. Then the driver tailgated me until just before the oncoming traffic cleared (and it would have been safe to overtake). At that point he/she “squeezed past” (overtook too close).  This was not necessary - the road widens a short distance ahead where it is safe to overtake.  Notice too that the driver triggered the speed sensor after overtaking.

Posted by bigblue on 16/05/2015 at 08:37 PM
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Friday, 15 May 2015
A stupid restriction on cycling

About a year ago, I was cycling through York when I discovered that there’s a pedestrian zone where cycling is prohibited during daytime over the weekend.  A police officer (or possibly a PCSO) called to me and informed me that I would need to push my bicycle through the town centre (or out of it, so that I could cycle round to the other side).  Less than a minute later a driver drove his car down the same street, “hooted” at me to get out of his way, and then rushed out of the zone (despite there being other pedestrians in the road ahead).  I was a bit miffed that the York policeman hadn’t warned the driver, as he warned me.  I was even more surprised when I reviewed the footage when I got home, and noticed in the rear footage that the policeman was right behind me when the car drove off dangerously.

Posted by bigblue on 15/05/2015 at 06:28 PM
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Monday, 04 May 2015
P750AWU - Dangerous Driver in Sundridge

Let me count the ways:

  1. Speeding;
  2. Doesn’t slow down despite cyclist and on-coming vehicle;
  3. Overtakes too close for that speed; and
  4. Should have moved into the oncoming lane to overtake.

 

Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2015 at 02:36 PM
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Sunday, 03 May 2015
In the belly of the beast

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Another interesting sticker found on a lamppost in East London, which points to an anarchist blog, In The Belly Of The Beast. A nice name, and one that reminded me of an autobiography that I read a couple of decades ago about a prisoner in the USA who had been on death row (unfairly, he claimed) for a long time. It seems the revolution won’t be televised but it may be broadcast on a lamppost near you. If you are in London. However¬†I’m not convinced yet about the strategic imperatives of the anarchists.

Posted by bigblue on 03/05/2015 at 09:30 PM
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Saturday, 02 May 2015
Strange election literature

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I assume this is election related (religious) material - I spotted this sticker on several East London lampposts on Thursday night.

Most of them had been vandalised and had much of the wording ripped off - presumably by the grammar nazis. 

Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2015 at 06:14 PM
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