How many?

Just a few police bikes then…

(stolen this clip from FB)

Monday evening goodness

I don’t know what it is about the start of the working week, but at about 7.30pm every Monday evening I hit a huge energy slump.

I’m there right now.

But the good news is the weather today was stunning. My commute to – and from – work, on the VFR, was also stunning.

The soundtrack, on the way home, was also also stunning: Dark Side Of The Moon.

Pop fact: backing singer Clare Torry was paid a session’s fee of just £30 for her stunning work on The Great Gig In The Sky, on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. Clare was given no direction other than being told that she should sing as if her voice was ‘like a musical instrument’.



Beautiful bike


Rugby to Evesham (where I bought a motorbike trailer)

Evesham to Stratford (the real one, not the pretender in London’s East End)

Stratford (via a massive trip around the countryside) to Rugby

All on this:


That was my Saturday.


Blogathon 19/14 – glutton for punishment

Not content with enduring London today, I’m due back down there on Saturday.

The weather looks promising (well it does at the moment), and I might trundle down on the Daytona.

Or the VFR.

I’ve been looking at parking options in the Victoria area (because that’s my destination, obv).

And guess what?

Westminster City Council’s website doesn’t even consider that someone from outside the Westminster zone might conceivably want to visit their quaint little district on a motorbike.

Because the information about motorbike parking, on Westminster City Council’s website, is a few lines about residents who have motorbikes and how to get a virtual parking permit.

Well done Westminster City Council, go and stand in the corner and put this pointy hat on.


However, go straight to the top of the class (and take an apple out of the box on your way) to Public Information Exchange (PIE) who have come up with this stunning little web-based application:

Parking For Bikes

I love this little utility; it is scaleable/scrolllable, and the information seems bang up to date (even to the point of not listing the Bressendon Place free motorbike bay which has been wiped out by the ongoing roadworks in Victoria).

Blogathon 15b/14 – new toy

I have pushed the boat not so much as ‘out’, as ‘a little way from the jetty and then pulled it back in again’.

I have bought a hand-held video camera.

It covers the usual formats (780p, and 1080p). It’s got internal memory as well as a simcard slot.

It’s got the usual tripod-mounting.

And HDMI connector, as well as USB.

And it cost me the thousands of, er, pennies.


I got it off of ebay.

I’m looking forward to learning to use it.

The true cost of gas

There has been, in the last week, a great deal of words said – and written – about the price rise that British Gas has announced.

Most of the words have been against the announced increase. British Gas is making profit at a time many of their most vulnerable customers are struggling to pay their bills. That kind of thing.

But the fact is that most of the speakers of most of the words have got it wrong.

It is the duty of British Gas – a publicly traded company – to make as much profit as possible.

It is not the duty of British Gas to have a social conscience.

British Gas only has one function and, it may surprise some people to learn, that function is to make as much money as possible for its shareholders.

British Gas could diversify into other high profit areas. Selling arms, for example, as do other publicly traded companies.

Making money is the only aim of British Gas.

The wider questions which everyone who has written a Tweet, a blog, Comment Is Free about, has missed, are seemingly more obvious, yet nobody has aired them.

So I will.

Should the Thatcher Government have taken out of public ownership a not-for-profit organisation?

Was selling a not-for-profit organisation, which was owned by the public, and wholly able to be guided by the Government’s social agenda, a massive lapse in thinking?

Or was turning British Gas in to a profit-orientated corporate entity a good thing?



Blogathon 19/13 HiTech?


I’m working from a remote location today.

I have two laptops, my Nexus 10, and my Samsung S3 phone.

Unfortunately, I have to connect to the Internet, now and then, to download/upload/edit various files.

I say unfortunately, because the WiFi connection is as strong as a spiders fart.

But that’s OK, because I can access H+ (or 3G at the very worst) via my Samsung S3, set the phone as a tethered WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth from my tablet (or either of the laptops), and Robert’s your Mother’s brother…

Instant portable WiFi connection to the Internet!

Except Vodafone have other plans…


Rubbish, obv.