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Friday, August 17, 2007

The cycling tour

One reason I haven't posted very often this Summer is ownership of a new bike. For an hour each evening I pedal Pither-like the same scenic route uphill, inland and back along the seafront. But I don't escape literature. Not only do I listen along to podcasts from Santa Monica and Stanford, but at the furthest reach I pass the home of Rudyard Kipling (brother of the famous Ronnie Kipling) and then, nearer home, the abode of Terence Rattigan. No sign of Clodagh Rodgers yet.

6 comments:

  1. John Osborne spent a year living at 7a Arundel Terrace.

    "To shudder one's last, thrusting replete gasp between the sheets at 4 and 6 o'clock in Brighton would be the most perfect last earthly delight," he wrote.

    I don't suppose there's an Ann Quin blue plaque in Brighton either.

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  2. Yep, I cycle by that road too. He should've known there are no degrees of perfection though!

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  3. Anonymous4:49 p.m.

    This sounds worth the on-line sacrifice! You inspired me to get back to swimming this morning. I believe there's an underwater ipod somewhere.

    The contrast: the dearth of cultural/historical landmarks in my city of that wretched Mouse is frightening. The ones we have with even a few years on them are torn away to make way for the new.

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  4. That wretched Mouse?

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  5. Spaking of bicycles: Flann O'Brien in the Third Policeman has one of the greatest soliloquies about a bike ever written.

    As an avid cyclist here in NYC--and as prudish as it may sound--I encourage you to keep the volume down on the ipod and wear a helmet! We need at least 500 more posts from you without brain damage.

    What kind of bike did you buy?

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  6. I got one of these Todd:
    http://www.konabikes.co.uk/2k7bikes/dew_deluxe_2k7.php
    Meant for commuting, so narrow wheels.

    Of course there's a long cycling scene in Molloy too.

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