Archive for ‘Writing’

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

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June 5, 2018

Cinnéide

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

Jeeee-eeeeem!

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

Sentinel

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?”

March 2, 2018

Sunny Days

Field of Dreams – late summer grass sward under a clear sky. A countryside journey’s rest accompanied by twirlpling nightingale’s singing from unseen heights.

Give me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling;

Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard;

Give me a field where the unmow’d grass grows;

Walt Whitman

February 22, 2018

Ellwood

The Healing Road – I’ve just finished a very good book: Ghost Rider. Written by maestro drummer Neil Peart of Canadian band Rush, it involves the outward experience and personal introspection on a 55,000 mile journey around North America. Carried out in late 1998 and through 1999 is occurs after a double family tragedy. With a world seemingly in tatters he uses the continuous movement on his big BMW GS to keep ahead of his emotional demons. Well written and heartfelt about the experiences of the ‘open road’, his descriptions of the many 500 or mile-a-day travels make me want to get on a big bike and aim for the horizon.

January 4, 2018

By Touch

“Triumph Motorcycle”

International Braille Day -Louis Braille 1809-1852

December 23, 2017

Whodunnit

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.”