Category Archives: off the road

Less than a thousand words

In the middle of a brisk autumnal ride to Brighton last weekend, just after we lost sight of the two parakeets who had amorously followed my riding buddy’s yellow helmet all the way from Croydon to Reigate, she remarked that she’d looked at my blog the other day, and the top entry still opens with […]

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On shutting up

Warning: Contains sexism and strong language I came to an uncomfortable realization this week, watching yet more women in the public eye being bombarded with threats of violence, rape and murder for having something to say, and for saying it. It’s becoming a depressingly familiar routine: a journalist, academic, celebrity or ordinary woman expresses an […]

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Don’t go to Balochistan

Note:  A few days after I wrote this post, the cyclist concerned gave an alternative version of events. I currently have no way of knowing whose account is more accurate, and since the bulk of my argument still stands, I have left it as it is. ______________________________________________________________________________ You’ll probably have heard – a couple of […]

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Right then!

I tell everyone I’m skeptical about New Year’s resolutions, but I always end up making one or two. Everything always seems to build up and grind to a halt at the end of the year, and by mid December your diary and stomach are both bursting at the seams, and you’re constantly behind with sleep […]

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A certain slant of light

My goodness me, it’s been nine whole months since I flew back to London from Japan. This was not my plan. I was supposed to be in Mexico by now. But as you’ll probably have noticed, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, my life quite frequently deviates from the plans I make […]

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Revisions

There’s been a slight change of plan. I’m still in the UK, and an unexpected (but non-life-threatening) health issue needs to be resolved, meaning that I’m likely to remain here for at least the next four months. Needless to say, this was a difficult realization, but it has countless silver linings. My health will be […]

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How to go home

On my fourth day on the road, all those months ago, I passed through London, and there was a fond farewell party on the roof of an old multi-storey carpark in Peckham. It’s a memory I often revisit as I ride through the deserts and the mountains and the vast tracts of earth where there […]

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Disclaimer

I’m going to stop playing it cool, and admit that I am somewhat overwhelmed by this week’s award. Excited and proud too, but mostly overwhelmed. I feel like I’ve given myself a lot to live up to. And it’s brought on a bad case of writer’s block, since I can no longer pretend that this […]

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Operation Puncture

About five years ago, I got my first road bike, and couldn’t figure out how to change gear. I actually thought the bike was broken, so took it into Brixton Cycles, where Lincoln patiently explained how to use integrated shifters. (To his credit, he managed to keep a straight face.) A couple of weeks later […]

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At home in Tokyo

I reached Tokyo a few days ago, and just as happened when I arrived in Hong Kong, I was slapped in the face by a tidal wave of homesickness and nostalgia. Japan is not the slick agglomeration of plastic and neon that stereotype had led me to believe – in fact, parts of it feel […]

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