Two wheels bad – a bitter Olympic legacy

While the world watched winged cycling angels drift around the Olympic stadium in London during the bad and obscenely expensive trip that was Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony, outside, on the streets of Newham borough and nearer central London, cyclists were being kettled, beaten and arrested in large numbers by the Metropolitan Police and British Transport […]

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She’ll huff and she’ll puff, and blow the digital media house down

The Guardian carries a gushing profile by Dan Sabbagh of the Huffington Post‘s dynamic UK editor-in-chief and standard bearer for the iPad generation of young media professionals. That pretty much sums up the way in which former Condé Nast lifestyle editor Carla Buzasi is portrayed in an article in which there is a notable absence […]

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Cycle ride report: Hoo Peninsula, Saturday 28 July 2012

I counted them out – seven – and I counted them all back. That is a first for me: leading a >100-kilometre cycle ride with zero attrition. It was a perfect day for cycling, with a temperature in the low twenties, and very little wind. With such favourable conditions we made our way east by […]

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“The Queen, even at her age, can still dive from the sky”

Thus spake Chinese sports journalist Yan Qiang from Beijing, in serious tones, when interviewed for the BBC’s Endlessly Repeating News Channel early this morning. Reality is suspended for the duration, and, for those of us who live in London, that suspension could extend until December and beyond. The National Hallucination promises to be a long […]

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The missing minute

Missing from the lavish opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, despite the pleas of a few decent world leaders, and of many ordinary men and women around the world: a moment of silence to honour the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in München. The International Olympic Committee […]

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Ian loves Sally

The real London 2012 Olympic Games has nothing on the BBC Twenty Twelve mockumentary, the final episode of which was broadcast yesterday. Amid the managerialist farce of “Deliverance” and “Catastrophisation”, we have over the weeks witnessed the blossoming of love between Olympics Deliverance Commission chief Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) and his personal assistant Sally Owen […]

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Hoo are ya? (an LCC cycle ride on Saturday 28 July 2012)

It’s about time that I began cross-posting to this blog announcements of cycle rides that I plan to lead for the London Cycling Campaign, and reports following the rides. So here goes… Where: Greenwich to the Hoo Peninsula, and back When: Saturday 28 July 2012 Meet: 08:00 @ Gipsy Moth pub by Cutty Sark Gardens, […]

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LOCOG bans parish magazine

Padraig Reidy of Index on Censorship reports that the Bondvillainesque organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have barred a village magazine from being sold along the route of the cycling road race at Box Hill in Surrey. The offending rag was to carry an article by Keith Brock, a member of Britain’s 1948 Olympic […]

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Cock and bullshit

From the Guardian I learn that the American idiot-left polemicist Alexander Cockburn, co-editor of the antisemitic wanksheet CounterPunch, and longtime columnist for The Nation, has died aged 71. Cockburn has been described by Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel as a “provocative, polemical” and “elegant” writer, and by others, myself included, as a “prick”. RIP Alexander […]

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