Archive for June, 2007

Black Before Red


One of the greatest nights of my life was spent watching The Unbelievable Truth and eating pizza with a girl I was falling in love with.

For some reason Underneath Gold by Black Before Red reminds me of that night.

Life is strange sometimes.

Black Before Red


Bike apocalypse

Something messed up with my bike today.

I was cycling along when I noticed the back wheel was making a distressing sound, rather like a small dead animal had gotten stuck to the tyre and was being gradually squashed to oblivion.

It wasn’t that though, the tyre was just escaping from the rim. I couldn’t push it back in and so I cycled tentatively to the nearest bike shop.

I walked in and asked for his professional opinion. He told me I needed to let the air out, squeeze the tyre back in and then pump it up.

Simple enough you might think.

He told me I needed a special adaptor thing for his pump outside the shop. He handed it to me and as I moved towards him I proceeded to knock over three of the bikes that he was working on. Classy.

I made it outside, adaptor thing in hand, and placed my bike next to the pump.

After about five minutes of faffing about, and my sunglasses falling off the top of my head, I figured out how to let the air out and squeezed the tyre back in. Then came the pumping up part.

I tried to fit the adaptor onto the valve but succeeded only in dropping it down the storm drain in front of the window where it lay, shimmering amid some particularly unsavoury street detritus.

I looked inside the window and the bike man was staring at me with a mix of bewilderment and horror.

Luckily I have abnormally long arms so I managed to retrieve the adaptor and successfully pumped up the tyre with no further mishaps.

I reckon Danish children are taught basic bike maintenance as soon as they can walk. In England, you learn how to sniff glue and microwave.

Girls on bikes

Those of you that have ever taken a look at my Flickr stream will  know that I have a thing for girls on bikes.

It’s purely an artistic thing you understand, nothing to do with me being a bit of a perv.

Some of my pics are OK but I am merely the apprentice to the master that is Zakka.

We got talking over the interwebzone today and I found out he’d started a picture blog dedicated to the beautiful women of this city who make our bike rides to work so much more enjoyable.

I can tell from the number of views I get of my pics that girls on bikes is a pretty popular subject, so I reckon this might just take off. It would be cool to see if anyone recognises themself.

Anyway, go and check it out . . .  Cycle chic – Copenhagen girls on bikes.

The fog of war

As this sad, sad story demonstrates, mostly everything we read from Iraq should be viewed with extreme suspicion.

Thankfully, the days when centrally distributed news were swallowed by the unquestioning masses are all but over.


I’ve been interviewed by a blogging site. I say interviewed, they sent me a link to an online form which I filled out in four minutes.

Read it here. Go on. And vote for me too please!

Heading below

If like me you’re fascinated by the idea of lost cities being discovered underwater, speculation about the architecture of the future, or the journals of forgotten Victorian explorers, then BLDG BLOG will probably make you happy.

Today’s post tells the strange story of how ship hulls were used in San Francisco to reclaim land. Apparently, the basements  of many older houses are actually the decaying hulks of scuttled ships.

We’re all deluded

I’ve come across two quotes today that I thought I’d share. . .

“The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.” – Sir Peter Ustinov.

“Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.” – Edgar Allan Poe.