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June 11, 2017

à vendre sur la route

The Classifieds – a grand day with perfect summer weather and quiet roads. Getting out at 7 helped too before the heat and traffic built up! New carbs have given the Bonnie a new lease of life. Spied this ’71 example up near Antioch; in nice shape and waiting for a rider. 

May 29, 2017

Food Mart

Ed & Erv’s – just shuttered up in the last couple of years this local Chicago convenience store has a timeless mid-20th Century vibe going on. So when I saw this Harley Davidson standing lazily outside I had to get a photo. A hint of vintage filter to sharpen the shadows and an evocative scene is created.

April 5, 2017

Boiler Suit for Geordie?

Helpin’ Hound – I’ll just put this image here…

March 25, 2017

MMMMM

Five times Three – in the late sixties Triumphs triples were a force to be reckoned with when tuned for speed and power. Especially when under the engineering magic of Doug Hele (on the left). Instrumental in most major British fast bikes for the mid century decades. I can’t see the Sun setting on these machines… watch out Slippery Sam the Trident wielding gods are abroad!

March 8, 2017

The Rights of Women


International Women’s Day

WHILE Europe’s eye is fix’d on mighty things,The fate of Empires and the fall of Kings;

While quacks of State must each produce his plan,

And even children lisp the Rights of Man;

Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,

The Rights of Woman merit some attention.

First, in the Sexes’ intermix’d connection,

One sacred Right of Woman is, protection.—

The tender flower that lifts its head, elate,

Helpless, must fall before the blasts of Fate,

Sunk on the earth, defac’d its lovely form,

Unless your shelter ward th’ impending storm.

Our second Right—but needless here is caution,

To keep that right inviolate’s the fashion;

Each man of sense has it so full before him,

He’d die before he’d wrong it—’tis decorum.

There was, indeed, in far less polish’d days,

A time, when rough rude man had naughty ways,

Would swagger, swear, get drunk, kick up a riot,

Nay even thus invade a Lady’s quiet.
Now, thank our stars! those Gothic times are fled;

Now, well-bred men—and you are all well-bred—

Most justly think (and we are much the gainers)

Such conduct neither spirit, wit, nor manners.
For Right the third, our last, our best, our dearest,

That right to fluttering female hearts the nearest;

Which even the Rights of Kings, in low prostration,

Most humbly own—’tis dear, dear admiration!

In that blest sphere alone we live and move;

There taste that life of life—immortal love.

Smiles, glances, sighs, tears, fits, flirtations, airs;

‘Gainst such an host what flinty savage dares,

When awful Beauty joins with all her charms

Who is so rash as rise in rebel arms?
But truce with kings, and truce with constitutions,

With bloody armaments and revolutions;

Let Majesty your first attention summon,

Ah! ça ira! THE MAJESTY OF WOMAN!

Robert Burns 1759-1796

December 15, 2016

Feet First

True Words – especially when pushing the bike too! But it’s handy to wear boots suitable for a little strolling at a break in the ride…

December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor

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“December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

December 4, 2016

Jeff Lebowski

The Dude Abides – yep, Mr Bridges is 67 today. Putting in another year being an Achiever; hangin’ on like the best of ’em as El Duderino, enjoyin’ his beverage and keepin’ his opinion to himself whilst respecting yours. Even though he has to reckon with strikes and gutters, as well as ups and downs, we should take great comfort he’s still out there takin’ it easy for all us sinners. But heck, I’m paraphrasing… as well as ramblin’ … catch y’all down the trail.

December 2, 2016

Utility Mini

Baby Blue – clear out that back couch and the micro truck had many more uses: as a work horse (or pony) the rear barn doors offered ample access to the rear space. Breakdown. (RAC or AA), police work, workmans tote, camper van, or just plain truck. It sure was a versatile little car. Second only to the Model T in regards to adaptive use.

November 30, 2016

Minx

Clubman – also known in original guise as the Traveller, Estate, Austin ‘Shooting Brake’. People loved Sir Alec Issigonis’ diminutive Mini but needed a slightly larger carrier. Hence the longer wheelbase. 

November 16, 2016

Car Story

Car Shopping – we need to replace Gertie with a new vehicle. Easier said than done! Trying to tick all the boxes of desirable qualities for our transport for an anticipated decade of use… These old Triumphs look fun, but each is quite specialized. Sporty, practical, small, fun… 

November 8, 2016

It’s the end of the world as we know it!

It’s all looking a bit scary out there…

October 26, 2016

Marlon Shakespeare 

Vote Ch🙂pper – Extended Forks? Check! Ape Hangers? Check! Sissy Bar? Check! Stars ‘n’ Stipes Peanut Gas Tank? Check! Cool Dude who looks like Warren Beaty? Check.

We’re voting for a new president in a fortnight. It’ll be my first chance to have my day as such now being a US citizen. This British moto in American livery and style is what I’ll feel like at the voting booth.

September 27, 2016

Let’s Roll!

Crowds Garherng – a buffet breakfast was laid on by the folks at the Cobra Lounge. Bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes and fruit. Fresh coffee from an oft topped up urn washed it down. 

I was putts my mom n the air of some Goodwood Festival mechanic type. Just needed a Morgan to work on in oily fashion. “Pass the Whitworth 3/8th spanner mate!”

September 20, 2016

Beemer in the City

Goose Island – I spied this nicely set-up BMW 75/5 in the City this evening. Black on black. The Teutonic lines of the bicep cylinder’d motor look mean under the streetlight.