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Notes from Holland

  Favourite Dutch supermarket: The Jumbo….(pronounced Yumbo). Maybe the brand’s yellow livery reminds The Wattmeister of the maillot jaune of the Tour de France. In the supermarket hierarchy of Holland, The Jumbo probably sits below Albert Heijn, but above Hoogvliet in the public … Continue reading

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The Great Muswell Hill Breakfast Review Part 15

Accepting disappointment in a balanced, reflective way is a part of growing up. And, at 59 years young, (though trapped in the body of a 29 year old Adonis), The Wattmeister is phlegmatic when faced with anti-climax, especially so where … Continue reading

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From Bed to 180 Beats per Minute

The Wattcock crowed at 05:30 a.m on this freezing cold Saturday morning in late November. Disdain infiltrated The Wattmeisterin’s symphonic snoring. Her husband’s heart rate, according to Reuter’s, sat at 48 beats per minute. Cosseted by a sumptuous doghair quilt, … Continue reading

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Missing a Syllable?

Many years ago, en route to Epsom racecourse in the company of “Bubbles”, “Peanuts” and Arthur Foot, we were in the process of discussing early moves in the betting market….following the money….often emanating from the trainer’s stables. Luca Cumani was … Continue reading

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A Bad Dream

Breaking news… One year since triumphing in the US elections of 2016, President Trump has promoted himself from being the most powerful (orange) man on Earth to the exalted position of God. Tweeting on Facebook, he writes: “There’s a vacancy … Continue reading

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Bristling at Bumpkins

25th October 2017, a beautiful balmy day in South East England. Half-term holidays, less traffic than usual, difficult to resist going for a ride in such favourable circumstances. Also, The Wattmeister owed Old Grey Socks a Full English Brekkie after … Continue reading

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View from Back of Bus 271

The 271 to Highgate Village stops just past Camden Road. “The driver has been requested to wait briefly to maintain an equal distance between the bus in front….thank you”…announces the voice of London buses, Emma Hignett. The Wattmeister gazes out … Continue reading

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The Builders

For many years, the front garden wall of a local house bulged and curved rakishly towards the pavement….perhaps it prevented the whole house from tumbling down the slope. Then The Builders were commissioned to rectify the problem. The affable pair … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 5, Louth to Loughton, 250 kms

Having been reunited with Ben and Alex, we set about showering, eating and kitting ourselves out in spanking clean, DRY clobber from the drop bags before taking 4 hours sleep. The control kitchen at Louth had got its act together compared … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 4, Brampton to Louth 314 kms

Brampton 04:30 a.m. Ran the gauntlet of damp, smelly shoes and prone bodies between the building entrance and the canteen. Semi-conscious riders were attempting to re-distribute kit. Everything happening in slow motion. Another cracking breakfast was served up by the … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 3, Brampton to Brampton 302 kms

It IS possible to function on just 4 hours of solid sleep. The volunteers at Brampton had constructed a good system for allocating (air)beds and for waking  riders at allotted times. We, perhaps 200 of us, shared the school hall. There … Continue reading

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LEL 2017, Day 2 Louth to Brampton 312 kms.

And so, cleaner, dryer but alas hungrier than the previous night…the control kitchen had spectacularly failed on food provision… Baking Ben, Saville Row Alex and The Wattmeister set off for Pocklington, control town number 4 in the Vale of York. … Continue reading

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