Last September I took delivery (finally!) of a Van Nicholas Amazon touring bike. The frame is unpainted titanium, it looks gorgeous. It was a replacement for a bike I’d had stolen, paid for by Prudential Insurance, God bless ‘em. I was tempted to get another road bike, but I can’t fit a rack to it,… Read more
Last night, Thursday, I played my first competitive volleyball game in more than 3 years. Back in August 2005 an ankle injury forced me to stop playing for VK Barnet volleyball club. The VK stands for Volleyball Klub, can you believe? Somebody thinks that’s cool! Barnet was a good 10 mile cycle, perhaps a total… Read more
Two of our Chain Gang regulars were at the inauguration as volunteers, Gary Ford and Lisa Taverna.
Catching up with cycling news from the end of 2008 ( CyclingNews – great website with all the news of the professional race scene), I saw that Floyd Landis was planning to pursue legal proceedings in the USA. Having won the Tour de France in 2006, he was eventually stripped of his Yellow Jersey and… Read more
Ernest Hemingway described her as “…the most sensational woman anyone ever saw”, and Shirley Bassey paid her an astonishing tribute when she said “…I have never seen, and probably never shall see again, such a spectacular singer and performer.”
Every year I look forward to the Tour de France as one of my highlights of the sporting year. I was fascinated recently to learn about the links between the Tour de France and the notorious Dreyfus affair of late 19th Century France. Dreyfus was a Captain in the French artillery who was imprisoned for… Read more
I was reminded today of something that happened back in October. For the last two years, on our Tuscany tour, we’ve used a beautiful villa as an overspill hotel when we stay at the Casa Aiola in Vagliagli. As well as the Villa di Astreo, it’s also known as the Casa di Rompicollo. I’ve never… Read more
And we’ll try to include news about France, Italy, food and wine, because secretly that’s what we actually do.
This year has been one of mixed fortunes for us at The Chain Gang.
Back in the Eighties there was a fabulous animated version of The Wind In The Willows, featuring David Jason as Toad. I bought quite a few sets as gifts for children and adults, I thought they were hilarious. I’ve no idea where any of them are now, and as they were all on VHS I… Read more