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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake

Suzuki Riding for Relay for Life

March 20th, 2007 by sunflowers

A friend of mine pointed out that a couple who just learnt to ride are riding around New Zealand in order to raise money for cancer so I thought seeing as how I will be in a similar position in a bit over a years time I should show my support. You can check out their website on www.rideforlife.co.nz.

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The Round Britain Rally

March 19th, 2007 by sunflowers

Round Britain RallyI have signed up for the Round Britain Rally. An organised photography treasure hunt around Britain which in their words is ‘The Round Britain Rally (R.B.R.) is a touring and photographic event for motorcyclists and drivers of sidecar outfits and three wheeled vehicles (Lomax, Bond, Reliant and other Tri-cars).

The objective is to encourage you to use your vehicle for recreational touring in some of the best countryside on mainland Britain. This will require you to explore back roads and lanes that you may otherwise avoid, to visit places of interest (landmarks) that you may not have known existed. To prove you have visited the landmark you will be required to take a photograph of the site with your motorcycle/tri-car at the scene.’

Sounds excellent! Thanks to Noel for letting me know about it.

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The Science of Sleep

March 18th, 2007 by sunflowers

Science of SleepA while ago I saw the movie The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry, the same writer and director that did Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The movie is described as ‘A playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal) an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life.’ The thing is at the start of the movie you envy his ability to live in his imagination but near the end of the film you realise how mucked up his life is due to it. I usually think of mental illnesses as being on major drugs and even though a counter reality can appeal to begin with it can easily go pear shaped. I also thought the story took you through the same journey as Train Spotting did which I think thought at the start of both the play and movie glamorised heroin.

I was suppose to meet up with my motorcycle maintenance group for a ride out from High Beech but in the fifteen minutes I was getting ready to leave it started raining so I decided not to go but regretted is as it cleared up to a blue sky right after.

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LondonBikers.com France Ride Out

March 17th, 2007 by sunflowers

FranceFranceFranceI left for the Ace Café at five in the morning for a six o’clock start. Someone decided that even though the city would be empty that it would be a good idea to ride almost due west on the A40 to then go around the M25 which meant I did about 150 miles rather than 75 miles I would have done if I had left from my own place. It wouldn’t have been so bad except everyone else was on sports bikes and my bike really struggled to keep up. All I could think about as my bike vibrated away was that we hadn’t torqued any of the screws when putting the fork back or putting on the front wheel and had visions of my wheel dropping off and my face planting into the M25 at six in the morning under a grey and gloomy dawn sky. As it was when I got to the Channel Tunnel the back brace of my pannier rack was hanging loose.

FranceAfter we had loaded our bikes onto the train carriage and were standing around I didn’t know anyone and started to really regret coming as I was also hungover, tired and ticked off that even though the other bikes had said they would slow down they hadn’t. Then this really friendly Canadian women introduced herself and the people that she was with – it must be something they learn in school over there.

FranceOnce we were on the road in France it was pretty cool riding with seventy other bikes and the pace was pretty slow so I was able to keep up. We had a lot of young children in the small towns we went through come out and cheer/jeer at us. We stopped for a two hour lunch in Le Touquet which I really needed. After lunch we did some bends that I struggled to keep up on. Then we had a bit were we all stopped and set off again and I ended up at the front. As I was laughing to myself how everyone was going to have to pass me again the laugh was on me as I got asked to mark a corner and as I hadn’t thought I would never been that far at the front I didn’t know who the tail end bikers were so once I thought that everyone had passed some bloke nodded to me in the last group and I assumed I could go. I don’t think that anyone got lost as we had only just set out and weren’t that spread out and the corner was in an open. But I did get a telling off and justice as I was in a group that got lost when the marker didn’t stay later on.

FranceFranceFranceThe pictures are of getting on the train, my bike in the train, two guys on the ride looking at amazement at my shredded back tyre, bikes stopped for lunch, my bike in front of ocean, getting ready to leave after lunch, us lost with the van and where we stopped while they loaded another bike into the support van.

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Red Bull

March 16th, 2007 by sunflowers

On Friday evening I thought I should stop in a the work bar as the IT team were all planning to be there and seeing as how they had cancelled yet another meeting with me I thought it would be a good opportunity to chat to them. In the end I drank more than I should considering I had to be up early to ride to France so I decided to have a couple of red bulls at the bar and a V (NZ version of red bull that tastes much nicer) on the way home. Thinking that then I would go to sleep as I was knackered and be ok waking up early. It sorta worked as I got home and went straight to sleep but then woke up at two thirty in the morning and couldn’t get back to sleep and lay there thinking about work and finally got up at three thirty.

Red bull is banned in Denmark and France. Italy tried to ban drinks that contained more than 125mg/L of caffeine (Red Bull has 320mg/L) but wasn’t able too. And when I was on holiday in Cambodia I met this bloke who said he did business with the person who started Red Bull but who knows.

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Only One Gator

March 15th, 2007 by sunflowers

Putting on a GatorPutting on a GatorPutting on a GatorI have been meaning to put the gators that I bought to take to Argentina on my bike for a while at my motorcycle maintenance class and in fact had taken them along to the first lesson but it always seemed like too much work. As I didn’t have anything better to do my instructor said that I might as well as it was just a matter of removing the front wheel and dropping the forks out and putting the gator on. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough patience and as I was trying to un-tighten the front screws I stripped them so we weren’t able to remove the second fork and putting the whole thing back together at the end of the class was a rush and now I have one gator on and on off with a big job next week of removing the front panels and of getting the stripped screws out.

Stripped TyreI also noticed that a rock must have gotten caught between the tire and the bike and shredded the entire circumference of the bike.

After I went to see the band I used manage play and they asked me to manage them again which I agreed to as long as we could come up with a structured role and the whole band is responsible for self promotion. This is a link to a music video they did with a college last year. I was at the recording dressed up as a ghoul but you don’t see that and the video is about sleep paralysis.

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Web Wednesdays

March 14th, 2007 by sunflowers

Tonight I went to an internet entrepreneurial evening (www.webwednesdays.com) in order to get ideas for the customer portal at work and marketing the male makeup company. I was truly impressed as they were really an eclectic group of people. I also got an email from yesterday’s date saying that he had an wonderful evening and he hoped that one day he would have such a good date with someone that a spark existed with, which is pretty much the best rejection I have ever had. Charming man. Also found out about a website for meeting up with people to do things with – www.upcoming.org which might be a better option than my dating.

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March 13th, 2007 by sunflowers

VertigoPosted a dream date to go and see Vertigo a play based on a Hitchcock movie but no one replied so I emailed the one bloke that had emailed me from the site and he came in from Rochester (btw this is a great town for a day out from London with a cathedral, castle and museum on Dickens – I once spent a long weekend walking the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury from Rochester – I also tried to read Chaucer’s tales but that was more difficult). He was gorgeous, a gentleman and I had an excellent evening but I knew I wouldn’t hear from him again.

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Dream Dates

March 12th, 2007 by sunflowers

The thing that annoys me most about dating via the internet is you can end up exchanging all these emails which then peter out and come to nothing which I reckon is a total waste of time. The gorgeous networks site has a service where you can list an activity you want to do and guys can apply to do it with you and as they reduced their joining fee from £250 to £125 and then reduced it to free I decided to sign up (though if I had waited I wonder if they would have started paying me to join). Particularly as there are all these things that I want to do like seeing the modern slave trade exhibition on at St. Pauls cathedral, comedy shows and theatre, it would be nice to combine them with initial dates. My only problem is that I have to sit my PMI exam before June so I am going to have to study for that. After doing my MBA part time I swore I wouldn’t study any more – this is really the last thing!

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Full Potential

March 11th, 2007 by sunflowers

ObserversMy report cards as a child always used to say ‘Annette is not performing to her full potential’. On Sunday I felt like I managed to meet my full potential. In the morning I did the town riding session of my advanced riding course and my excellent observers (I seem to get two as they often assign me an observer who is being observed) were quite complimentary about my riding other than the two stupid mistakes I made. They reckon I could aim for doing my advanced riding test this summer but I need to get lots of riding in.

Then I met up with a friend and spent the afternoon moving furniture and wood while drinking rosé before going home and cooking my special tuna and rice dish taught to me by a friend from Malaysia for my friends and watching ‘What the Bleep do we know!? which my friend in NZ recommended but I don’t though I should re-watch it a bit more sober. All in all it was quite a productive day.

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