Monthly Archives: June 2007

The reviewer is back in town

And not one but two for your delight entertainment edification good selves:

Merilynn – Tamara Thorne

Soul Searcher – Stephen S. Arend

I’ve been off waffling about TV

Big welcomes to



! Sorry this comes a bit late and I hope you all enjoy yerselves (that is except for

, miserable bugger that he is)!
I’ve been off whining about Doctor Who (again) and of course this is all over at:

You still here?

Bike Tour #18 = ‘Kimstad’, 25th June 2007

There was lots of ‘shall I, shan’t I?’ with this one, due to a gruelling ride on Sunday. However the day was just too bright and off I went…

I kept looking outside at the glorious sunshine and the distinct mellow breeze and wondered how I could avoid taking the bike out. My legs were still sore from Sunday’s ride though and I promised myself just over an hour, which would give me a run but not tax the muscles too much.

I have a decent course that is just over an hour but I really didn’t want to do it yesterday for some reason and so I pondered for a while before just setting off in a direction. Kimstad became the course, a small village about 16km away from Norrköping and it was perfect, really nice roads as they were very quiet and there was some beautiful scenery around. I didn’t take the camera as I had no batteries in it but will definitely have to take it next time.

A good course, a new record, and a decent time to beat… and beat it I shall!

Time: 01:13:58 (record)
Distance: 33.81
Av.: 27.4 km/h
Max: 47.1 km/h
Calories: 691.3

Question regarding small businesses

I know that several of you have or have had your own business and I was wondering what tips you could give me in terms of book keeping.

Do you use a specific program, excel or the good old paper and pen variant?

Anything I really should be thinking about before I get into this side of it all?

Thanks in advance!

Bike Tours #12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 (Various locations)

Much as I’d rather keep up-to-date this week has made life difficult!

Tour #12 = ‘Mem’, 16th June 2007

I mentioned earlier about a couple of records being set for the first time, missing out Mem as one of those. Well the record I set a couple of weeks ago was beaten spectacularly with this one, being as it was that I took 11 minutes off the previous cycle! It was a tough ride there and the wind was biting meaning I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted. I drunk my tea quickly and was relieved that on the way home the wind was pushing me back, pushing my average speed up to a respectable level.

A strange building by the canal at Mem

Looking over the lake at Mem from the picnic area

The village of Mem from the picnic area

Small white house in Mem

Welcome to Göta canal!

A well-earned break!

Tour #13 = ‘Kuddby’, 18th June

This was a day of achievements, both in terms of the business and cycle and I knew, after five minutes or so that this was going to be a special ride and so it proved to be. This cycle ended up becoming my all-time record for an average km/h of any cycle since I rejoined the cycling world in 2004. I managed to maintain a speed of 29.4 km/h for 1hr and 52 mins, and while this is nothing for the true cyclists out there, for me, it was pretty damned impressive!

Go me!

(there are no pics as you’ve already seen Kuddby.)

Tour #14 = ‘Östra Stenby’, 19th June

I followed up the all-time cycle with a real nightmare of one. I decided to try a new course and everything went well for the first hour. I then made the mistake of venturing a little further afield and got caught in one hell of a storm. I had clouds chasing me, was drenched (even after taking my fleece out of my bag) and witnessed more than enough lightning bolts at a closer range than I would have liked. To top it all off, the speedometer died after being drenched in rain (it got better though)!

And there’s THAT cloud (it truly hated me that one)!

Tour #15 = ‘Rotenberg’, 20th June

Not deterred by the awful cycle the day before, I went off to try and find the ferry up north, having read that Rotenberg was the way to go. I was quite disastrously wrong in that assumption as not only was Rotenberg not the way to go (being a dead end) but for the last five km I was subjected to gravel roads, which are not particularly healthy for my beloved racer.

Felt like I was in a ghost village: no one around and beautifully preserved, empty houses…

Did I see someone in the window?

The only road in or out of Rotenberg (complete with bike)

The Village anyone?

Tour #16 = ‘Söderköping’, 23rd June

Another course I’ve already done this year (and which you have seen pictures of) and this was one that had made me realise how good my record of 2006 was when I attempted to beat it a couple of weeks ago and failed miserably.

Well, the records are only there to be broken and I smashed this one, dropping my record time down from 1hr 42 mins to a healthy 1hr 30 mins. I rockethed muchly on this run!

Tour #17 = ‘Skenäs’, 24th June

A brand new course today as I managed to find the mysterious ferry (not that mysterious if you look at the map properly) and found my way in a rather enjoyable circle around the lake, taking 2hrs and 43 mins. It is a record, purely for being the first attempt at this but one that is beatable.

Waiting for the ferry at Skenäs

View from the ferry

A welcome break!

The view from the other side of the lake

Another view from the lakeside

On the way home (only 36km to go)

Me has review up once more

But… but you seem to like the book… what happened?

The Calvanni: Chris McMahon

Music joys of the day: Hearing Ian ‘The Cult’ Astbury’s voice on the new U.N.K.L.E. album and realising how well Midlake go together with The Chemical Brothers

Organising is only for anal people!

Which is why you’ll never catch me doing it!

Just to let you know, with recent tidy ups and such that the

will be going through a slow and painful death over the next few months, yet do not fret because it is to be replaced by the all singing, all dancing, all ranting:

Just so’s you don’t get too disheartened!

I think about my flist and their needs you know!

The Worst Album covers are back!

And only 14 months late too!

Anyone find this on ebay or somesuch let me know, I HAVE to have a listen! (Doing the clicky gives you more info.) Clicking on the tag below will give you the first two in this series.

Lyrics this week are dedicated to


(for you two have class when it comes to the genius himself)!

Casimir Pulaski Day

Sufjan Stevens (Illinois – 2005)

Golden rod and the 4-H stone
The things I brought you
When I found out you had cancer of the bone

Your father cried on the telephone
And he drove his car to the Navy yard
Just to prove that he was sorry

In the morning through the window shade
When the light pressed up against your shoulder blade
I could see what you were reading

Oh the glory that the lord has made
And the complications you could do without
When I kissed you on the mouth

Tuesday night at the bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens

I remember at Michael’s house
In the living room when you kissed my neck
And I almost touched your blouse

In the morning at the top of the stairs
When your father found out what we did that night
And you told me you were scared

Oh the glory when you ran outside
With your shirt tucked in and your shoes untied
And you told me not to follow you

Sunday night when I cleaned the house
I find the card where you wrote it out
With the pictures of your mother

On the floor at the great divide
With my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied
I am crying in the bathroom

In the morning when you finally go
And the nurse runs in with her head hung low
And the cardinal hits the window

In the morning in the winter shade
On the first of March on the holiday
I thought I saw you breathing

Oh the glory that the lord has made
And the complications when I see his face
In the morning in the window

Oh the glory when he took our place
But he took my shoulders and he shook my face
And he takes and he takes and he takes

Bike Tour #11 = ‘Finspång’, 15th June 2007

Having jogged 5km to the bike shop to pick up my beloved racing bike, I decided to cycle for an hour or so to get a feel for it after its repair.

I was impressed with my little run up to the shop, being as it was that I had a rucksack on my back fully kitted out for the bike and that I wasn’t feeling that sprightly. When I got to the shop, praying they’d found the problem, I decided the best I could manage was around 40 minutes on the bike, making my total up to an hour for the day, which is the standard exercise session (in this flat anyway).

Imagine my surprise then when I returned home, over 2 hours and 57 km later, due to the joy at having a bike I didn’t have to fear and after making such good headway on the outward journey that I was reluctant to turn back!

Yesterday was another record, although again due to the fact that this is a course I have never attempted before and doubt I will again. It has some beautiful scenery, cycling as I am aside a lake for most of the journey but the road is being worked on and traffic is heavy on the ’51’.

The fault was with the shop, they apologised profusely for sending me home on Tuesday with a big hole in my tyre, guaranteeing that the second I ran over a stone, I would get a puncture. They replaced the tyre and I decided to take the risk of cycling 28 km out of town to make sure that the new one was okay.

Although the record is purely because I haven’t done the course before, the average speed and maximum speed rank high in my best cycles to date and this cycle got me itching to get a few of the statistics for older courses out of the archives and give them a pasting soon!

Pictures will be added to the post later, due to being taken on my SLR, (the digital camera was with Maddoc at a party!)…

Time: 02:06:38
Distance: 57.06 km
Average Speed: 27.0 km/h
Max. Speed: 50.7 km/h
Calories: 1163.8

Bike Tour #10 = Norrköping area, 14th June 2007

Well we’re two months into the tours now and so ten is not that great a number, however that’s more due to a weak April and May as June has started off brilliantly.

This route became my first record of the year, sounds good but only because I’d never actually done it before, so it would have been a record if I’d walked it!

I did good though, with the strong winds (9 metres per second) making life interesting in the first half of the route, my speeds never better on the trusty mountain bike, and then on the way back there was some serious struggling against buffeting winds, and, the occasional flying branch (yes it was that bad)!

Most of this course I’ve already done this year but I had to go and pump the tyres up and so took a little detour into town (air pump) before making my way along the route (hence the new record).

Today is where I’m going to start with my statistics for each cycle, especially for further record attempts. I know there is a real danger of instilling a sense of dread on my flist when the posts come up but remember these were mainly for my own records. Sorry about the pics this time but I forgot the camera…

Time: 01:03:39
Distance: 24.37 km
Average Speed:  23 km/hr
Max. Speed: 40 km/hr
Calories: 412.9

Pretty much everything is spot on here except the calorie counter. I’m not sure how it gets that score as there is nothing attached to me when I cycle (reading-wise) but I guess it works on some average and it gives me an idea of what’s going on…