On Saturday 21st, the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International competition started in Wetherby. This was the first time the Para event had run beside the UCI World Road Championships. The UCI event has been running since 1921 and it was only the 4th time the UK had hosted the event. The last time was in 1982. The local craft shop, Create asked for people to knit/crochet bunting in the colours of the UCI to decorate the town. A mile of bunting was needed so a lot of 7”x7”x7” triangles had to be worked. I estimated that they would need around 3730. In the end over 4200 were made. For my part, I only managed 20, but I felt I had done my bit.
Now to get to the point of my post. The whole event seemed to be very unpopular with some people. Because most of Wetherby town centre would be closed for a great part of the day, A number of businesses decided to close. I think that was a shame, but that’s up to the owners and their business assessments. But it was some the comments I heard that brought out the Grump in me! Comments such as:
“They should have done it on Sunday … I’m going to lose money…” and “There should have been more riders … only 70” and “It’s so inconvenient on a shopping day …” and (from a charity shop) “Disgusting waste of tax-payers money …” and “So badly organised … only one crossing point” (3 actually). Luckily there seemed to be more positivity than negativity. It was the second comment in my list that wound me up “… more riders … only 70”. I’m afraid I had to tackle the person and comment back. I asked “What did they want … more people to be disabled or more disabled to get on their bikes? When was the last time you rode a bike round the Yorkshire countryside?” Still waiting for an answer to that one.
All in all, I think the whole competition has proven that Yorkshire is quite a exciting place for the professional cyclist. Just need to get the general cyclists to learn the rules of the road. But that’s another
Unfortunately, my From Now to Then series has had to be put on hold for a while. The friend I ask to ‘proof read’ the posts is not going to be available for the next few weeks. He is in the process of changing jobs which has resulted in him emigrating to Canada. So for the next few weeks or so he only has internet access on his smart phone. Once he is settled, he has promised to continue helping. After all, I need to be as accurate as my memory serves me and it needs to be libellous free. Hopefully it will be not too long as I still have a few things to tell.
Recently, I was asked by a friend if I could do a bit of shopping for him. All he wanted was some blade for his razor. He has a famous brand of razor that uses multi blade cartridges. They are disposable and simply click into the handle. Very popular as they are supposed to give a very close shave. I have never really found them to my taste as I was put off by those horrible two blade disposable razors that were becoming fashionable in the mid 1970’s. I found them very uncomfortable to hold and use, and could never get more than two or three shaves before they were put in the bin.
But to the point of this moan. I went straight to a well known supermarket and sought out the ones my friend had asked for, only to find that the pack had eight cartridges and cost just over £22. I thought that they must be cheaper than that somewhere. I tried B**ts and they were more expensive there and the price in Sup***rug was the same. I was very shocked to see that the packs also had security tags to prevent theft. I bought some, but vowed never to buy them for myself.
This is my wet shaving setup. The soap-mug was a present, so I don’t know the cost. The soap was bought from the previously mentioned supermarket and was about £4.00. But the real bargain was the razor and the blades. The razor was bought on eBay and cost me £2.99 postage free. I came with a pack of 5 double edged blade, an comes with its own storage box. I also bought a pack of Astra blades. They came in a box of 10 packets, each packet had 5 blades. Price, including postage £2.00. But the real bargain was the soap brush. I had originally priced them up as around £6.00 for a ‘genuine badger’ bristle. The ones I got are natural bristle and there were 10 for £6.50, and they are just as good. I usually wet shave twice a week and have an electric razor for the other days, as it is often quicker.
At the beginning of last week I noticed a new bird in the garden. It was small, rounded, grey with a few white spots and a red ring around it’s eyes. I did a little probing around the internet and discovered that it could have been a Diamond Dove. This seemed a ridiculous notion as the bird is native of Australia. Now I know migratory birds can travel huge distances but this thing seemed far too small to travel very far. I took a picture and used, what I now know is Google Lens to try and properly identify the creature. Google Lens confirmed that the bird was in fact a Diamond Dove. I can only assume that it had been in somebodies local aviary and it escaped. It was with us up until around Thursday waddling around on the ground picking up seeds that the Starlings drop from the feeder. It now seems to have gone, which is a shame.
September sees races in the UCI World Cycling Championship being held in Yorkshire. The main racing takes place between the 22nd and 26th, but on the 21st one of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International legs is starting locally in Wetherby. A local Knitting/Craft shop has been given permission to have knitted bunting both sides of a 1/2 stretch of the route. So a call had gone out for local knitters to create some bunting in the right colours. I managed to knit 20 triangles making 4 sets. I could have done another five, but was running short of a couple of the colours.