Beyond shiny lights work the brightest stars

Cupcakes. Sweet morsels determined by a sponge-like base and coifs of cream or a spatular slathering of frosting. A hot topic in Montpellier, France at the moment. Much like the vision of a glamorous femme fatale sporting 3-inch heels on a bicycle, cupcakes exude a hint of luxury, decadence, quality-time shared with close confidantes. OrContinue reading “Beyond shiny lights work the brightest stars”

It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again

The dawn of new season bikes emerges around September and continues through to December each year (and let’s not forget the Nouveau Beaujolais sitting pretty on Nov 15th!). For the southerners, that’s Spring. After which the weather only gets better, along with the range of new bikes becoming available. It’s a difficult time for cyclingContinue reading “It’s that time of year – New Bike Syndrome strikes again”

Bernard Hinault: Last King of Bikes

Web Snippet: From French Television (5) comes this great documentary on Bernard Hinault, “Dernier Roi du Velo” (Last King of Bikes). Particularly worthwhile is the scene 32’00” to 33’40” from the Tour de France when the Last King is riding in the L’Etape du Coeur ride and the BMC Team come flying by on theirContinue reading “Bernard Hinault: Last King of Bikes”

Tragedy of the commons

The passing of Elinor Ostrom on June 12th gives rise to acknowledging again not only she as the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in economics but the ability of all us to make a difference. As mentioned in The Washington Post article, the tragedy of the commons suggests that individuals acting in self-interestContinue reading “Tragedy of the commons”