Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Hidden Gem

When I last wrote about  Who will stretch the Salt Line, I didn’t ride the route and describe it; but the missing ‘bit’ of the salt line is a lovely path used by a few people in the know.  Both … Continue reading

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No Swimming, No Paddling

This is the cry of the timid bureaucrat who doesn’t want to be sued.  So somewhere in some council room a discussion was held about Astbury Mere, a lovely old quarry now full of water and used for canoeing and … Continue reading

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Three surprises on a Circular Ride

I set out today to visit the  butcher  by a different route to the usual. Heading out of Alsager towards Talke I got onto the A34.  There is a long uphill stretch where this hedge is on the left. Surprise … Continue reading

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Putting Hazards on the map

My very enjoyable route to work is sometimes less safe than I would like because the passing traffic is very fast and I am often far out in the lane.  After many years experience I am not shy about holding … Continue reading

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Home Thoughts from a Bridge

They say that all roads lead to Rome. Presumably this was not said by a Roman, for whom all roads lead away from Rome.   Alsager, the Rome of East Cheshire, is the same: All roads lead away, and there are … Continue reading

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Rubbish Thirteenth Century Verse and a Puncture

    Sumer is a-cumen in          Lhud sing cuccu     Groweth sed  and bloweth med          And spring be wid nu             Sing cuccu! They may not have had X-factor or Britains’s got talent, but the residents of Albion or Mercia … Continue reading

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The Rag and Bone Shop

I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, I sought it daily for six weeks or so. Maybe at last, being but a broken man, I must be satisfied with my heart, although….. …Wait a minute!  Supermarkets! All … Continue reading

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