Thursday, December 5, 2013
Australia's interminable defence ...
... of its pathetic bike helmet laws ...
... could be considered ...
... a longwinded,
... and irrelevant
... which in and of itself has permitted ignorance
... to flourish alongside an ugly vigilantism
... whether cyclists are helmeted or not.
(Disclaimer: photographs included in this post bear no relevance to issue discussed, and could be considered a longwinded and irrelevant opportunity for continued raving on flourishing infatuation with the Peak District)
Monday, December 2, 2013
It's been argued in the past that it could be ...
... more dangerous to garden ...
...than to bicycle.
And that set me thinking maybe it's more dangerous to use walking boots for hiking purposes ...
... than it is to use bicycles for cycling purposes.
Anyhoo, notwithstanding mild anecdotes and whispery speculations, I know it's definitely more dangerous to do none of the above and just plump for the car!
Thus I grandly declare that all we need are more bikes!
... and a shift in perceptions.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
So glad I'm here in dear old Blighty ...
... eating Bakewell Tarts
... admiring Raleigh bikes
... observing bicycle clips
... viewing British Minsters (Southwell) & British Sugar (Newark)
Yes here in England, and not ... not in Australia ...
... listening to douche-bag politicians witter on about the perils of relaxing helmet laws in Queensland.
Oh fuckety fuck ... Australia, you do my head in sometimes. Just repeal the daft law and get on with it!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Earlier this week, Police were stopping cyclists in London to let them know that:
... it might be a good idea to wear a helmet!!!
WTF - it's not even law in the UK so why on earth did the police pick on hapless cyclists to dish up their unwarranted police advice to?
How disturbing is it that UK police have taken it into their own hands to experiment with unlegislated restrictions which we know are nothing more than helmet promoters' marketing strategies.
No-one should ever be stopped by the police for something the police think ought to be the law yet currently isn't.
Among other things, this police exercise is an outrageous breach of civil liberties, and should make us want to vomit when we think of what's ahead for the UK if they go down this mandatory-helmet-law-pathway.
Haven't the police got some real police work to do?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
If there's a god, she's definitely from the Peak District ...
What a place ... unbelievably ... breathtakingly ... beautiful ...
I can't get enough of it,
... and every spare minute I have I find myseld racing up there,
... to walk and explore,
... to think and to breathe,
... and all this can be achieved without the attendant pleasure of CCTV! (Sorry, GCHQ & NSA guys, you just can't watch me eating my cheese and tomato sarnie when I'm here! ... or can you? hmmmm)
And whilst I've been travelling to and from the heavenly Peaks, Radio 4 has been dishing-up many conversations on cycling and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and women.
But what really gets my goat is how all these cosy little chats are blatantly underpinned by an outrageous dose of helmet promotion ... in fact I am witnessing here in the UK the very same aggressive marketing tactics that were utilised in Australia 20 years ago, namely brainwashing of the media so they turn into a permanently ready cheer-leadering' squad for helmet compulsion ... sigh.
Doesn't the UK realise Australian cycling has all but gone out of the window for women.?
And that helmet laws follow helmet promotion in close succession?
And that with helmet laws, people like me are criminalised for a normal everyday activity which ought to remain a health issue rather than a criminal one.
Who wants a criminal conviction for riding a bicycle without a helmet?
Essentially, we should be copying 'all-things-bicycle-Dutch-&-Danish' and then we might finally get it right for women and children.
But back to moors and mountains, in some hilly spots around the world they put their babies on sledges; in the Peak District they put them on edges ...
... sans hi-vis vests, sans helmets.
I ♥ the Peak District!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Oh I do like to be beside the seaside ♪♫
♪♫ ... oh, and the Norfolk Broads ♪♫
♪♫ ... and Southwold in Suffolk ♪♫
♪♫ ... and Walberswick too ♪♫
Where with a few other passengers, you can catch a ferry back to Southwold ...
... to see more beach huts
... and bicycles
... and peeps using transport
... other than cars!
(Oh, ok ... and maybe the odd tractor or two popping into town for bread and milk as well!!!)