500 words before breakfast

Thursday, August 26, 2004 So you might be wondering what I’m doing, when I’m not riding bikes or camping or such like. Two things mainly: writing the new book, and working/trying to get paid work. On the book writing front, I’m part of the way through the first draft of the Mississippi book, tentatively titled […]

After an absence

Friday, August 20, 2004 Sorry it’s been a while since I posted. Here’s a breakdown of what’s been occurring: Camping: last weekend a bunch of us went up to the nearby campgrounds in the hills and ate until we couldn’t eat any more. Car camping has its advantages – including the ridiculous amount of good […]

New Mexico fact for the week

Monday, August 09, 2004 On Friday it was pointed out to me that New Mexico licence plates not only have the state written on them, they also have “USA” beside it (there’s also space at the top for the county name, and the motto at the bottom: ‘Land of Enchantment’). Exhibit A: Licence plates from […]

Saturday’s rainbow

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Return of the Finn Brothers

Monday, August 09, 2004 From the earliest days of Crowded House (and then some archaeology to unearth the Split Enz stuff I was too young to have listened to at the time), I’ve been impressed and moved by Neil Finn’s music. He’s just about to release a new album with his brother Tim (no mean […]

An Evening with Richard Ford

Friday, August 06, 2004 Richard Ford reading at the Lensic last night was just brilliant – warm and urbane but with a clarity and precision to his prose that made me very jealous. He read a couple of extended passages from his forthcoming novel – the third in the Frank Bascombe trilogy that started with […]

Up Hyde Park Rd II

Friday, August 06, 2004 Seems I’m not the only who likes the challenge of riding up to the ski basin – this Sunday they’re holding the annual Hill Climb Race. The fastest time to the top (3,300 vertical feet in 14.7 miles – that makes it over 4% gradient) is 53 minutes and 55 seconds, […]

Up Hyde Park Rd

Wednesday, August 04, 2004 Out on the bike today – for the first time in anger, not just riding into town (a flat couple of miles). Decided to try the spin up towards the ski basin – not that I was planning to go that far. It’s 17 miles straight up to the basin at […]

blogspam explosion

Wednesday, August 04, 2004 OK, so last week I had 200 comments on this blog – maybe half of them spam that I hadn’t tidied up yet. This week I have 1300 comments – all but a handful spam. Paul’s kindly installing something that should keep them at bay for a while. More news as […]