My Material Void

This morning I woke up, got dressed to get on my bike and walked out the door, I could hear sirens outside, but I thought nothing of it, unlocking my bike I realised I was not wearing my glasses, so went back into the house…

…Five minutes later I was out the house, with glasses, cycling up my road. When I got to the top I realised that there was an awful lot of traffic, but thought nothing of it. At the round about I could see police cars and an ambulance, by this point I was coming down the left hand side of the traffic and got the full view of what was going on.

There was what appeared to be a cyclist lying in the road being resuscitated with a lorry in the road. This is not the first time I have experienced cycle deaths in London, there are always bikes and flowers at the road sides, and I once saw a tent put up to shield a cyclists body after a lorry incident.

I carried on with my trip to work shaken up and finding myself extremely angry every time I saw a cyclist jumping a red light or pushing up the inside edge of an HGV. I had to hold myself back from shouting at them, I did not want to see another incident.

Normally I wouldn’t write about something as morbid as this, but I was googling the incident to see what information I could find out when I came across a blog that made me really angry.

The writer proudly posts that they had tweeted at the Mayor of London “WE WANT A BAN ON RUSH HOUR TIPPERS AND CONCRETE MIXERS”.

This made me incredibly angry – in my five years of cycling it is becoming more and more glaringly obvious that the worst culprits on London’s roads are actually cyclists themselves – they love to blame anyone but themselves.

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So my good intentions of actually updating this blog on a regular basis seem to have fallen by the wayside, the real world has a habit of getting in the way, but I am posting now and that’s all that matters!!

I have recently had some down time at work and managed to knock up a Birthday Card for My Favorite Boy’s Sister. That’s actually a picture of her to the left of the card, and before anyone says anything, her name is off center for posting reasons (last name was removed)!

We are taking her to a Blitz Party for her birthday, so instead of just telling her, I thought I’d make her something she could keep and open. I felt kind of bad not giving her an actual gift that she could have on her birthday, so I’m making her a feather fascinator too (which will hopefully result in another post in a couple of days), which I know isn’t strictly a thing of war-time Britain – but hey!

It has been so long since I last blogged, let alone published any form of writing, but it is a new year, which means a new start…

…My life has completely changed, I feel like I have changed, the only constant is that I still live in East London and am still desperately trying to find ways to fill my material void!

I have cleared all the old posts from this blog in an effort to wipe the slate clean, I’m not even sure how I am going to fill this blog, just like me, you’ll have to wait and see how it evolves!

P.S. If you really wanna see where I’ve been for the past couple of months you can have a nosy by clicking here


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