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Diary – Submissions, Elections, Misery, Despair

due to the unique way in which our constitution barely works

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Diary – University Challenge, Mediocrity, Decline and Fall

I wonder, how does one come to terms with mediocrity?

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Diary – Six Feet Under / Zadie Smith / May / Brexit / DIY

The weekend is over, just about, and I almost got through it without mentioning Trump. A four hour cycle today, in company, and somehow we avoided the issue. The truth is that I am actively seeking out the comfort of

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2015: Perhaps my last cycling blog of the year

The nurse came to get me ready at 6AM. I had been awake for about two hours, alternating between dozing and staring at the bathroom door, groggy with morphine. She filled a basin and I did as much as I

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RAB Liveblog – The Conclusion – Stage 9 – Kyle of Sutherland to John O’Groats, 104 miles – 13 Sep 14

So it is over. I became somewhat lightheaded en route to my sock in Glasgow, last seen on day 6/7, and can no longer remember waking, packing, breakfast, or any of the stuff I usually write about. Of the ride:

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RAB Liveblog – Stage 8 – Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland, 110 miles – 12 Sep 14

I slept atypically well on my penultimate night in the bivouac, and woke early. It was the warmest night and morning by far. After breakfasting on my quotidian croissant with sausages, after draining two paper mugs of Nescafé Brown Caffeine Liquid, I surveyed the

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RAB Liveblog – Stage 7 – Glasgow to Fort William, 127 miles – 11 Sep 14

Today did not go as planned. I woke to the sounds of my alarm clock, in the now unfamiliar comfort of my own bed. I allowed myself a lie in compared with the people at the base camp, who were

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RAB Liveblog – Stage 6 – Penrith to Glasgow, 100 miles – 10 Sep 14

I crossed the border into Scotland, my home land. Here I was born and usually remain. To leave, I must roll a double. I am always back within three weeks. What is its magnetism? Convenience. I couldn’t stand erect and

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RAB Liveblog – Stage 5 – Haydock to Penrith, 107 miles – 9 Sep 14

The ride split nicely into three unique halves today. The first half was urban: hoody urban. Or at least I could have done with a hoody, as picking our way through the commuter traffic in the towns of the north

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RAB Liveblog – Stage 4 – Ludlow to Haydock, 106 miles – 8 Sep 14

Mornings are cold, dark places. First, I am awoken at 5.30 by unpalatable music. Queen today. Queen are the perfect example of a terrible band. Basically they do glam rock / novelty songs, and make their mega-bucks from royalties paid

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