In the early 1990s, when the idea of an island wide network of speed –restricted roads was first suggested to the Constables’ Committee by St.Peter Constable Mac Pollard, it was flatly refused. Mr. Pollard had felt that it would be nice if several quiet scenic lanes would be speed-restricted, thereby allowing walkers, cyclists and horse riders to use them in comparative safety, away from the threat of speeding motorists.
The Clasped Hands memorial that stands beside the road to the lighthouse proves that seafaring disasters are not always a thing of the past. The sculpture was created by Derek Tristram from a perfect piece of granite that had previously been in the Harbour wall, and was unveiled on April 17th 1997 by former Senator Tony Chinn. It records the St.Malo disaster, in 17thApril 1995, … Continue reading The Clasped Hands Memorial
I’m always keen to reflect on some of the popular myths and expressions that float around amongst the general public, and I don’t say this in a conceited or patronising way, it’s a subject that really fascinates me and I rack my brains as I wonder where these ideas come from.
Christmas at the Bike Shop
I’d always vowed to kill the next person who would say in all innocence: “you’re coming up to your busy time!” in the months running to Christmas. It was up there with; “It had a saddle like a razor blade”, “you could buy a car for that”, and “It must be a design fault”. The latter was usually uttered by a half-wit who could barely write his name, never mind cast opinions about design.
This week I’m dealing with getting youngsters mobile on their own bikes.
As you’d imagine, there are swarms of tiny bikes equipped with stabilisers out there. These quickly let a child get the idea of pedalling and braking without too much adult supervision. While this is fine as a stopgap, eventually kids have to develop their balance.
This is an excerpt from my latest book, which I wrote with my eldest son Matthew: Matt goes in search of water while I remove myself to a decent distance away from ‘les sanitaires’. This puts me just across the road from the church and the inevitable war memorial, and arguably the only roundabout for miles around. I do not see the actual impact but … Continue reading An excerpt from ‘Rides of Passage’
I’ve been a member of the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) for almost 20 years, and one of the many benefits the club offers members is a bi-monthly magazine entitled ‘Cycle’. One thing that I’m fond of, and which has remained in the magazine, is the obituaries column.