First, thanks to Roger for looking after things while I was away on holiday and to those who sent messages wishing us well I am happy to confirm that we had a great time in France. From my own point of view what was very encouraging was that most of the time at least I had no trouble walking around. Just over a year ago I was not able to even walk down the road without stopping every twenty yards or so to rest my left knee. But after two steroid injections, some chiropractor treatment and lots of physio exercises things are much, much better.
The next target is to get back on the bike properly. This year I only managed – just about – the little New Year ride and, so far, less than 100 miles all told. I realise I’m not going to ride up Ditchling Beacon again – and probably not even Elm Grove – but I’m hoping to get back to coming out on at least the occasional,gentler, Clarion ride.
Good to hear from Jim that Julian is back at home.
Yesterday– and the Ride for Leon
Conditions here weren’t quite as bad as they were in Yorkshire where the men’s world championship race was turned into something resembling bicycle water polo, but Angela was absolutely right to cancel the ride and I trust that everyone got the message. Because of this there are no ride reports but we do have to consecutive rides with Leon remembered on 20 October.
Ride Cancellations – should we change the system?
At the moment the system is for ride leaders needing to cancel to phone me – or one of the other 3 people with the mailing list – in time for a cancellation to be put out by 5 pm the day before the ride. Some ride leaders, as Angela did on Saturday, also announce it via the google group. This is a good ‘belt and braces’ move since the last thing anyone would want is someone turning up at the start of an advertised ride not realising it had been cancelled.
It would be simpler to ‘cut out the middleman’ and simply ask leaders to make any cancellation via the google group. The problem is that there are about 10 members who are not in the group and quite a few others, apparently fed up with long sequences of google group discussions clogging up their inbox, who select the’ no emails” option. If everyone – at least everyone who would like to know when rides are cancelled – is prepared to join the google group and those who prefer ‘no emails’ are content to check the day before the ride we could change to the simpler system. I would still try and send out a second message via the mailing list but it would take some pressure off me and the others.
So, please contact me if you don’t want to make this change and are – for whatever reasons – opposed to changing the current system. No need to explain – just let me know. We will keep the existing method for the moment and I will let you know what everyone decides in the next edition. And, of course, remind you how to join the group if that’s what everyone prefers.
Final chapter of Clarion History
To describe this short final episode as gloomy is an understatement. But I think it illustrates how, while women, children and civilians in general have always been major victims of war, modern technology brought this home to many people in Britain in 1914. It was an accurate prediction of the horrors of 20th century warfare if very small scale compared to what happened later.