Category Archives: inspiration

Short and sweetened

I think that these days, the longer the blogpost, the happier I am happier pressing the “publish” button, to the extent that many shorter posts languish for months before being deleted, without you ever having read them. I wonder if this … Continue reading

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It’ll be light soon, but I’m light now

My tendency over the years has been to move towards lighter and lighter bike frames (though not quite as expensive as carbon-fibre ones), but then acquire considerably more gear on top of them. The past two years I’ve ridden a … Continue reading

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Dammed stream of consciousness

Each new year, K. and I struggle to make resolutions. Not for want of will: we both want to seize the day, when we’re not in the mood to seize the duvet instead and hunker down. But rather, we always … Continue reading

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Write like there’s nobody counting

NaNoWriMo is not universally loved, even among those taking part. Certainly I’ve found that the big problem with it is one of guilt: that when I want to write something, that isn’t NaNoWriMo, I feel like I ought to be … Continue reading

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Season of longings

A couple of weekends ago one of my colleagues offered us all a day trip on the riverboat he lives on. K. and I joined a number of my co-workers in hopping on board – often literally, as it passed … Continue reading

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Léigh moran agus scríobh tuilleadh

When Looby mentioned that it was Flann O’Brien’s birthday today, I wished the late gentleman a happy birthday on Twitter (a superstitious folly committed to the air, like saluting a magpie) and decided: that was that. But it’s since been … Continue reading

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That we should serve in newness of Yatt

The one cycle ride I’ve been able to make with the local CTC group showed me how much fun cycling could be for me once again, when divorced somehow from the drudgery of my regular commute. Cycling liberates in a … Continue reading

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Authorship, once gazed upon, can never be erased

One of my reasons for moving this blog to wordpress.com was that I wanted to largely dissociate it from myself: that is, my public self, my employer, my real-life friends. This wasn’t just to be able to make sarcastic remarks … Continue reading

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Where the wind and the sound carry

One of the perks of cycling is that I end up close (sometimes too close) to nature. For example, most mornings recently I’ve been close enough to a badger to see the dew on its fur. Unfortunately, it’s been the … Continue reading

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The purpose of art is to stop time

Our trip to London this weekend turned into very much a trip into its arts history. The Muybridge exhibition notwithstanding—that had been our original motivation for going—we spent most of our time looking at references to and images of long-dead … Continue reading

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