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Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Dunwich Dynamo

This year I had to skip the annual Dunwich Dynamo bike ride, which was the 25th edition of the ride. Someone posted this historic video of ITV’s coverage of the 2006 ride, a wet one. At that time the ride was growing in numbers and had a record 700 participants. This year it was still growing with an estimated 2500 riders taking part. Apparently the story given in this video concerning the origins of the ride (although widely repeated) is a myth.

Posted by bigblue on 11/07/2017 at 11:31 PM
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Monday, 10 July 2017
The Biddenden Twins

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I’ve written about these conjoined twins before, here and here. I passed through the town on Sunday and thought I’d take the opportunity to update my previous photo and also show some of the words on the village sign.

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I’m surprised to read that the one twin’s refusal to be separated from her dead sister is described in a way that suggests this inevitably led to her own death, because in the 12th Century, the era prior to antibiotics (and an understanding of infection, nevermind proper anaesthesia), such an operation would surely have resulted in her death anyway.

I’ve written previously about the village of Biddenden, here.

Posted by bigblue on 10/07/2017 at 01:25 PM
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Saturday, 24 June 2017
Dystopia

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The caravan parked up behind the Dungeness nuclear power plant last weekend appeared to be flying an EDL flag.

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2017 at 09:17 AM
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017
London Edinburgh London Documentary

Following on from the previous two videos, which touched on this subject, here is the trailer for the documentary on the London-Edinburgh-London cycle ride. Video by MadeGood.Films

Posted by bigblue on 16/05/2017 at 04:49 PM
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Monday, 15 May 2017
Yad Moss

Following on from the Teesdale video that I posted the other day, I thought I would post this video of Yad Moss, which featured in that video but which also marks the “high point” of the London-Edinburgh-London cycle ride. The video is also by Damon Peacock. I enjoyed climbing this (in both directions) last month, although a strong Southerly wind picked up on my second day, which may the reverse climb back to Thirsk somewhat challenging.

Posted by bigblue on 15/05/2017 at 04:33 PM
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Sunday, 14 May 2017
Holloway Lane

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This lovely lane is closed to motorised traffic (except for access) and it is the second time I have cycled it. Both times were unintentional: The first time I had not realised it would have sand and horse dung on it in many places, and this time I hadn’t realised I was following my “old” route map. After the first experience (when the weather was wetter than this time) I created a second route which bypassed this on the main roads.

I’m glad to have experienced it in better weather, and on my gravel touring bicycle rather than my thin-wheeled road bike. There is walk over at Pete’s Walks that describes a walk that takes in part of this road, and there are photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside on the page. I didn’t linger to take any myself.

Holloway Road is in Buckinghamshire, in the Chiltern District, and just outside the town of Chenies.  At the bottom of the lane (farthest from Chenies) where I entered, there is a ford crossing the River Chess, but there is also a wooden bridge for pedestrians.

Posted by bigblue on 14/05/2017 at 07:56 PM
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Thursday, 11 May 2017
Teesdale

This is a video by Damon Peacock on the Teasdale section of the London-Edinburgh-London cycle route. It describes quite nicely some of the stretch between Thirsk and Brampton that I did a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by bigblue on 11/05/2017 at 12:24 PM
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Sunday, 30 April 2017
Wildlife Conservation Area

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I stopped here earlier at Girlington Bank, Ovington, Richmond (South of Barnard Castle) for a bio-break, and was struck by this “wild” section next to the rape seed fields, which is signposted:

NOTICE
Wildlife conservation area
Do not enter

Unfortunately the second sign just below this one was bleached free of all words (I assume it would have provided more details about what is trying to be achieved here). The yellow crop is of course the oil seed rape, which does not have a great environmental record and comprises something like 11% of all crops grown in this country. Now I don’t know whether to congratulate the farmer for this measily conservation effort next to vast swathes of an environmentally unfriendly crop, or to congratulate them for mitigating or offsetting their environmental damage somewhat.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2017 at 08:16 PM
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