Wiping my Computer clean

Currently I am spending a glorious morning sitting and Apple shop. Alas my computer froze for the second time in two months and has failed to start up.

Found out my Mac is now Vintage 🙂

Oh the pace of technology change.

But the guy at the Genius Bar has been great but my computer has been wiped clean and the operating system is being reinstalled.

Fingers crossed that my back-up is real.

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RSD 2018 madness

What a way to spend a Sunday morning. Should really be bike riding but have tired legs from yesterday’s ride. Yes, yes, yesterday was RSD but this shop in Kingston has a queue today!

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Expecting Rain


Live, sometimes he is excellent, other times not. Just checked my list and this is the 13th time since 1978 I have caught him live and some I am struggling to remember for the right reasons, like Feb 1990 at Hammersmith, or 1995 at Brighton and I expect the memories of this to remain too.

Last time round (2015) there was a smile in his step but I wasn’t blown away by the repertoire.


Tonight at the London Palladium he and the band were on sparkling form, reinvigorated. I was expecting rain and got brilliant sunshine.

Mix of Dylan through the years, some remodeled, and some from the old american songbook.  Desolation Row was delightful. Highway 61, Tangled Up In Blue…. pure bliss.

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Jesus on the Mainline – Ry Cooder


Fyling saucers – mmm no it is the dome at the Royal Albert Hall 🙂

On Wednesday night there was news that a rare appearance of the lesser spotted Ry Cooder would take place. And it happened on the stage at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  As soon as Ry came on the mood changed in the hall and I think is fair to say everyone was spellbound.  I was sat up in gods and hence the poor photo – but I have added a link to the performance on the BBC web site – the 2+hour concert was worth it just for these 4 or so minutes – a master at work.






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Time to sit down and create a plan

It feels as though I have used up all the quick wins on  the “timed” sections in Friston Forest and around Holmbury that I have been riding this summer. My times decreased as I leant the routes and got fitter as the year progressed. And I have been pushing harder and braking later. But now I feel as though I am at a plateau. To go quicker I must be more analytical and critical, thinking about where I loose speed and momentum and what I need to change. I  need a plan for each bend, drop, climb and awkward root if I am going to make further gains.  And I need to be fitter – when I was at school (over 40 years ago) I never managed anything further than 100yds sprint – now I need concerted effort over 2 to 10 mins and 100%  concentration, and a bit of faith. Why I ask myself? What drives me? Good questions…………



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STATISFACTION – a mistyped word? or does it mean “statistics that give comfort”?

My cycling has changed a lot this year – moving to singletrack and now singletrack that is knarly, twisty and downwards in forests and woods.  This has caused me to become quite  competitive with myself – enabled by switching to Strava and checking my times after my ride.  I know I am never going to be the fastest – a lot of the MTBr’s I see must be half my age and younger – but I can still push myself and try for PB’s – a concept so alien to me just 12 months ago.

So as well having good fun and strenous exercise I get Statsifaction (for the time being).

I hope I never get as far as SATISFICTION – statistics with no basis in reality 🙂

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