Archive for ‘Writing’

January 4, 2018

By Touch

“Triumph Motorcycle”

International Braille Day -Louis Braille 1809-1852

December 23, 2017


Murder is Easy – Agatha Christie jape with multi-talented actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead detective in a 2008 television adaptation. Originally published in 1939 it was the successful mystery writers first step away from Hercule Poirot, though this TV show rolled in Miss Marple as the main protagonist with Benedict’s character Luke Fitzwilliam as a younger less-experienced ‘sidekick’. More to the point: what’s ‘e ridin’? Well a marvelous 1950 or 51 Triumph Speed Twin in glorious amaranth red. When are Triumph bringing that color back? It would look smashing on their new Bobber.

The blue car, tell us about the blue car! Well, that’s in the story too, the love interest, Bridget Conway, drives a powder blue 1960 MGA open top roadster.

Leather driving gloves, silk scarves and cases lashed to the parcel rack… how very English!

November 20, 2017

Benburb Street

Dublin Mural – some evocative wall art along a tram -railed street. You can see this peeping at the end of a lane across the River Liffey walking down the hill from the Guinness Stotehouse.

October 30, 2017

A colourfully colorful language

English and American: same language different vocabulary. The rear page of a Triumph Haynes manual includes this handy-dandy translation key for motorcycle mechanics. 

August 16, 2017

Son of the Desert

TE Lawrence – born on this day in 1888.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

May 25, 2017

Mostly Harmless

Towel Day – like the typical journey on a motorcycle; roving intergalactic travel, or even just getting through day to day life, the trip can meander quite wanderingly with little regard to the one traveling. Sometimes you just need to pack your towel, possess the all knowledgeable Hitchhiker ‘s Guide to the Galaxy, and perhaps slip a Babelfish in your ear, and head out into the wide yonder. You never know where it might take you.. indeed you may be pleasantly surprised! Towel Day is celebrated on 25th May, two weeks after the passing of Douglas Adams in 2001.

April 25, 2017

Two-Wheeled Philosophy 

Zen & Now – one of most seminal books to some out of the seventies Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig became the “On The Road”of its Day. Written as an odyssey of the mind and the search for inner balance it uses a real journey with his son on a Honda CB77 Superhawk 305 from Minnesota to San Francisco. Pirsig, who died yesterday aged 88, sought the metaphysics of Quality, and questioned “what is good?” The motorcycle is the ideal forum for this exploration; be it a vintage cycle or newer moto. 

April 24, 2017

Meme Moto

True Words – 

April 9, 2017

War is Past

Century – A private of the Royal Engineers on his motorcycle. The chevrons on his lower right sleeve show he is in his third year of overseas service… One Hundred years ago today saw the start of a British offensive at Arras which, by its end a little over a month later saw close to 400,000 losses and casualties on both sides. The motorcycle is a wartime stalwart Triumph Model H.

Edward Thomas a notable wartime poet was killed in action this day. His work extolled the virtues of the English countryside and its invigorating open airs. One of my bosses twenty years ago was the godson of Thomas’ nephew, born in May 1918 he was named after his uncle. 

“And I rose up, and knew that I was tired, and continued my journey”

March 2, 2017

The Places You’ll Go!

One Wheel, Two Wheel, yellow wheel, cool wheel:

The cat in that hat arrives on vehicular red,

Quite happily riding this balancing sled.

Confounded kit, she bit my mitt; Gloves bee-like they sweep away grit.

So scarper, on highway, fly-away fast;

Ride like the east wind, chased by the west.

Holding on tight, twisting throttle’s a blast!

Go like the clappers, motorcycles are the best.

After Dr Seuss (May 2 1904)

December 18, 2016

Big Brother

Thought Police – a 1956 film adaptation of George Orwells dystopian novel published just eight years prior had the ThinkPol riding the then futuristic looking Vincent Black Knight. 

December 17, 2016

Orwellian musings

True Words – “all vehicles are equal but some vehicles are more equal than others” Napoleon

November 24, 2016

Howay like!

Geordie Babel Fish – a few choice words used by Geordies when explaining things with colloquial passion. 

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

October 30, 2016

Closer than they appear…

Objects in Mirrors- as the past recedes to a point of perspective; the current moment blurs by. The future? Well the road ahead is filled with only a hint of what awaits. If you keep a good hold of the bars, not too firm mind, lean into the corners, the trip is assured to be a good one.  

The Existential Rider

October 12, 2016

Nowts a bother like!

Howay the Lads! Seeing that this is a Geordie Biker blog we’d better get some appropriate lingo for two wheeled conveyance sorted.

Me motosickle is gan reet champion the noo! 

The Triumph is running quite well at the moment.

Haddaway man! There’s oil aal ower me boiler suit. Am aal clarty.

Dear me! The Triumph has dripped some Castrol onto my overalls. I am dirty.

How marra! Hoy ower a spanner like! 

Excuse me my good friend. Can you pass the Whitworth wrench promptly.

Am ganna tyek wor pet ower the Carter Bar. Weel come back doon threw Seahooses and have a fish supper from the chippy.

My wife and I shall have a jaunt up the A68 over to Scotland. We will make a return journey along the coast stopping for fish and chips at Seahouses.