THIS WEEK – Stu
On the Bike
If you’re the kind of chap who, like me, likes to get out on his bike regularly, the weathers been against us lately!
There’s been a few days’ window now and again but lately there’s been days on end of snow, ice, high winds, usually all at the same time!
I’m a bit wary of icy roads these days after earning a couple of broken ribs in 2016, going for it up the Snab Brae in Bo’ness!
To that end, I’ve found myself on Zwift lately.
Zwift, for the uninitiated, is an app that pairs to your “smart” turbo trainer either with Bluetooth or ant+, and lets you ride a “virtual” circuit with similarly minded cyclists/maniacs (delete as appropriate)!
If you’ve never had a go, I’d recommend giving it a bash! Very enjoyable in my book. It’s more visually engaging and probably going to hold your interest for longer than the the hell on two wheels that’s a session on Trainer Road!
Here’s a screen shot of a recent session……
Listening to music
I don’t know what you’re like, but sometimes I hear a track and for whatever reason I can’t get it out my head! Cue play, repeat, play, repeat ad nauseum until I hate it!
I’ve got a couple of these at the moment and they couldn’t be more different!
First up is a track called “Melt” by Boxed-in, a lovely little upbeat number…..
….and second, and less upbeat, is the track “GMF” off John Grant’s album “Pale Green Ghosts”.
This is John’s breakup album – think Adele’s “21” but less grating! John’s boyfriend dumped him apparently……
Hope you like………
Reading a book
I’ve got a thing for novels/stories that follow families or events through many years or generations. Think Alex Haley’s 1976 novel “Roots” or Bernard Cornwall’s take on the King Arthur story with his Warlord Chronicles trilogy for example….
I’m about to start the final book in another trilogy (a pattern develops!) – this time it’s “Edge of Eternity” by the author Ken Follet, and the last in his “Century “trilogy.
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This follows on from “Fall of Giants” and “Winter of the World”, the story starting at the outset of the First World War and follows five interrelated families throughout the course of the 20th century. The first book covers notable events such as World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. The second, covers the Second World War and the trials of the children of the first books characters and follow our originals as they age.
The overall theme of the novels revolves around common people trying, and many times succeeding, in throwing off the yokes so often placed on them by a society (largely focused on Britain and Russia) dominated by the landed aristocracy.
Can’t wait to get my teeth into this one…….
Drinking (wine, wine or wine)
Well, at the time of writing, we have a couple of days left till our night out in Falkirk’s “Acoustic Cafe” to celebrate the launch of our website!
Just learned that it’s a “bring your own bottle” night which I’m delighted about! No overpriced bath water on tap for me, on no! I’ll be bringing along a couple of bottles of the finest red plonk and I think I’ve settled on the chosen two…..
First, an unusual one this – a Greek red no less and one which gets a great write up!
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The wife hogging the Sky remote again……