Archive for ‘Writing’

October 1, 2018

Read All Over

Reportage – here are a few choice photos from Sunday’s outing. As folks gathered there was a promise of sunshine, but it failed to emerge. The cool overcast sky was a good backdrop to the urban scenery. The numbers swelling to 700 plus, rumbling engines and rock music played over the tannoy. The Cobra Lounge serves a buffet breakfast and cold brew coffee took care of thirst and caffeine. The two-wheeled caravan too a direct route along Randolph into The Loop, horns pealing and bystanders waving. A loop up Lake Shore Drive gave the bikes a little more leg stretch as side lanes were blocked off from cars and trucks.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Always Fun

September 11, 2018

Words of Support


August 29, 2018

Piscine Molitor

Hump-Day: sometimes to leap into the leeward side of the week you need to get some air. Richard Parker the Jumping Tiger .

Actually, it was not so much the speed that was impressive as the pure animal confidence, the total absorption in the moment. Such a mix of ease and concentration, such a being-in-the-present, would be the envy of the highest yogis” Life of Pi -Yann Martel

August 27, 2018

Big Boots

Silly Old Bear -“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Winnie the Pooh

Bear Grylls enjoying the open countryside on his Tiger.

August 25, 2018

Song of Experience

The Tyger by William Blake (1757-1827)

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,

In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? what dread grasp,

Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears

And water’d heaven with their tears:

Did he smile his work to see?

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,

In the forests of the night:

What immortal hand or eye,

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

July 23, 2018

Ten Reasons

Studies Show: Ten Reasons why couples who ride together stay together…


It’s difficult for riders to be negative when they are riding. Couples who have a positive attitude have a healthier marriage.


When you ride together, you are sharing focused, quality time. Couples who share their experiences have a happier marriage.


If you ride with a group of friends or in a club, you are sharing your social circle which can be healthy for a relationship.


Hobbies can be expensive. But if you share the same interest you can share costs.


The benefit of having common priorities can be a reinforcing bonding experience. The couple who strive together have less chance of conflict.


You will never again be at a loss for a gift to buy your partner. Just get some bike accessories or riding gear for your significant other or plan a riding vacation.


Growing old together is about sharing memories. Motorcycling offers the journey, exploration and the destination as reward.


Enjoying the open road together offers uninterrupted time together in a conducive environment to communicate. Chatting while riding and pointing out things you see as you go promotes good interpersonal discourse.


Have you ever seen the couple sitting in a restaurant, not saying anything, looking at their phones? Sharing a riding experience gives you so much more to talk about.


Being a rider and pillion develops reliance on each other to maintain a settled balance to ensure a smooth journey. A couple who support each other in life never feel alone.

Excerpts from “10 reasons couples should ride together” by Mark Hinchliffe 21st August 2016

July 20, 2018

Trial by Fire

Adventure Awaits – to those who dare to explore the road less traveled.

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

from Little Gidding (Four Quartets) by TS Eliot 1888-1965

June 8, 2018

The Road less traveled

To Feed a Soul

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life ― and travel ― leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks ― on your body or on your heart ― are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” Anthony Bourdain 1955-2018

June 5, 2018


June 5 1968 – Senator Robert ‘Bobby’ Kennedy was shot on the campaign trail for President of the United States. Just five years after his brother Jack, and two short months after Rights activist Martin Luther King. The event rang an ominous peal in the events of ’68 which saw the country turn on itself in political, social, civil, and military turmoil. He was a beacon of a bright future that the US so desperately needed.

Here someone had created chopper art with RFK gunning a double vee-twin drag bike named after his wife Ethel.

I have an idea for a novel: Jack & Bobby weren’t assassinated, the moon landings continued, Vietnam was a short military skirmish, John Jr is current a President and the Soviet Union is still in place… that’s the alternative historical context.. I just need a seed for a storyline…

May 28, 2018

Center Line

Vanishing Point – where perspective meets and parallel lines converge. Traveling the road the future draws nearer and the present recedes behind you. On a bike you feel at rest whilst the world screams past in a fleeting blur. Sometimes you just need speed man, to feel alive.

May 15, 2018

Le Moto

4810 – with a premiere writing instrument such as the gold nibbed Mont Blanc you need a suitable means to carry it around. A continent buster such as the burly ’99 Triumph Trophy will do. Sign your John Hancock on the contract down in Marseille, pop le biro in the pannier, zoom up the autoroute to Geneva for supper.

May 13, 2018

The Best Rides

Wisconsin Weekend- we had a night away trip to the Dairyland of America. Staying at a cool guesthouse in the Bay View district of South Milwaukee. A magazine had an article about this year being the 115th anniversary of Brew Town’s Harley Davidson. A snippet mentioned a scenic route through S Wisconsin that I need to put on my ride list.

April 16, 2018


Spike at One Hundred – comic genius Terrence Alan “Spike” Milligan was born this day in 1918 in Ahmednagar, British India. Formative years in the sub-continent and Rangoon as well as a memorable stint in the British Army during WW2 he went on to basically create the comedic structure of the late C20th. Along with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, the BBC Radio series The Goon Show was born. Writing the goofy scripts with Eric Sykes it’s groundbreaking zaniness gave much needed inane laughter to a post war blighty.

Left to right: Neddie Seagoon, Professor Osric Pureheart, Eccles, Bluebottle…

Later TV beckoned and a lifetime of writing; including nonsensical poetry or memoirs.

“It’s all in the mind, you know.”

March 29, 2018


Blade Runner – Currently watching The Directors Cut of this sublime film based on Philip K. Dick’s novella. Illustrator Syd Mead was behind many of the futuristic visuals for the vehicles, buildings and daily accessories in the dystopian realm. We’re only one year away from its date: November 2019… Who’s to say if we don’t descend into that state of affairs by then?

“Fiery the angels rose fall, and as they rose fall deep thunder roll’d. Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc.” William Blake / Roy Batty

March 11, 2018

Forty Two

Six by Nine? Being the birthday of author Douglas Adams it’s the day to celebrate International Towel Day. We also need to consider what the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is. If it’s 42 then you must then ask yourself ” Well, what’s the Question?”