Monthly Archives: April 2012

Postscript – the great Thanet tandem mystery

In preparing for the Barcelona to Bristol trip I did several rides on the Thanet, one of which took me along the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path just a few weeks ago. When I arrived at Bitton, where there’s a … Continue reading

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The Thanet Silverlight comes home after 61 years

He (Les Cassell) eventually bought the freehold of 50 Elmdale Road, Bedminster, for which he had his leg pulled by some of his friends for being a “bloated capitalist”. Hilary Stone, Ease with Elegance, The Story of Thanet Cycles. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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An early arrival at Saint-Malo, by 4 days

Saint-Malo (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃.ma.lo]; Gallo : Saent-Malô; Breton: Sant-Maloù) is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. It is a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine. Wikipedia. I left Pouzages at 7am yesterday morning with the aim of … Continue reading

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Still suffering from wind

For months the sky had remained a depthless gray. Sometimes it rained, but mostly it was just dull, a land without shadows. It was like living inside Tupperware. Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent – Travels in Small-town America. Nothing to … Continue reading

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Socks and drugs and Pomerol

 “A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones Whilst in Toulouse, I added to my sock collection with a rather striking pair of calf-length, … Continue reading

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Flamingos and beavers

 There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows I’m not sure which is harder to use, a French keyboard or the … Continue reading

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A Spanish map has limitations when the road signs are in Catalan

I set out at 7:30am on Sunday morning and then had a very frustrating hour and a quarter trying to find my way out of Barcelona. All the carefully typed directions that made perfect sense on Saturday night looked like … Continue reading

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