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I wonder what the cyclist is

-- I wrote this poem when I was preparing my report on Andrea Leadsom’s Dangerous Cycling Ten-minute Bill for The Pod Delusion. The report featured in Episode 83. Spring is sprung, the grass is ris I wonder what the cyclist is? Fitter, happier, more productive? Or furiously, wantonly destructive? You won’t get balance from the papers Or broadcast media about their capers. They’re either being squashed by a lorry, Read more...

West addicts facing jump in drug prices by end of month

This is a parody. Oil is an addiction. Addicts in the West could be paying up to 130p a hit for drugs by the beginning of next year, an industry body has warned. The Retail Drugs Industry Independent Crack Dealers Association (RDI Crack) predicted prices could soar by 3 per cent ahead of the August Bank Holiday weekend and 8 per cent by the end of 2010. RDI Crack, which represents around two-thirds of Britain’s 9,000 drugs forecourt sites, said the average crack price nationally could rise as high as 125. Read more...

My comment to Radio 2 on cycle helmets

As widely reported elsewhere, a judge has ruled that cyclists may be partly at fault if they are knocked off their bikes while not wearing a helmet.html. The issue was discussed on BBC Radio 2 by Matthew Bannister, standing in for Jeremy “Daily Mail FM” Vine. Just after the intro to the piece, there was an advert for the BBC’s coverage of Formula 1 car racing (something that encourages some drivers to drive like idiots), an unfortunate juxtaposition but typical for the MSM, where “dog bites man” or “car driver kills people” isn’t news. Read more...

A shepherd

(I found this in my inbox during a clearout…) A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Prada suit, Gucci shoes, Dior sunglasses and D+G tie, leans out the window and asks the shepherd, “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one? Read more...

Off to Austria

Got up and packed the van in a hurry, got the 9am bus back into Venice and visited the church Santa Maria della Salute and the church Santa Maria Gloria dei Frari which was really impressive. There were lots of large paintings (it was like a gallery) and 2 huge tombs, one that of Titian (he’s a painter, if you don’t know). Checked out of the campsite at noon and headed towards more Alps! Read more...

Venice here we come!

After heading into Bologna for some last minute essential purchases — sun-dried tomatoes, parmigiano, porcini and fresh figs (yummy) — we set off for Venice. Arrived at the campsite at about 2:30pm (it took a bit of finding); we settled down, visited the supermarket and then chilled out in the sunshine. Had a bit of a lie-in before catching the campsite’s private bus at 12:30pm. Arrived in Venice at 1pm and wandered around the bus station for a while a bit unsure as to where we were supposed to go. Read more...
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