A photo of the completed artwork in the Newtown rail underpass. With the dodgey lighting there it's hard to get a good photo IMO
A good news cat story from the Middle East
I just realised how crappy these photos are :( When the artist has finished, I'll go back and see if I can take a picture of the completed work
Here's a better look at what she's done so far in the couple of hours she's been there
A while back, I saw some cool word-based artwork in the Newtown rail underpass. That got painted over and now the artist is back doing a new piece.
There was a 10 minute gap between the men and women starting in Ghent. The men had an extra loop in the middle that should have seen them out of the way when the women came through, but I think the organisers just looked at the overall average speed of the two peletons.
What I think they didn't account for is that men usually crawl along during the first part of what are usually very long courses before ramping up the speed at the end. Hopefully they will fix this next year.
The Classics cycling season started yesterday with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The men and the women were racing at the same time in the same region, and followers of the women's livefeed were treated to an early neutralisation of the race as the men were too slow.
The women knew they were in a race while the men obviously thought it was a club ride :( Coincidentally, over on Twitter, a comedy account was asking if men's cycle racing is a real thing. I think that's a serious question :)
That's not to say that I disregard any sense of community and a smattering of permanence. To extend the river metaphor, I'm looking at roughly the same stretch of water all the time, with regular neighbours who share the river. It's nice to enjoy the river in company. I just need to remember that it's just a river and I don't own it 😀
It briefly crossed my mind that that I wanted an ephemeral 'like' function that expired after a while. Then I realised that, to a large extent, it's just a problem with me - I'm looking for a sense of permanence in the wrong place.
I need to start treating social media like a river. I can't try building in it and shouldn't want to hang onto all the water. Instead, I need to start - especially on the hell site - go for a dip only when the water's nice and not care that things float past unseen
@Andrea Thanks. We ended up taking her to the Sydney Uni vet clinic shortly after her second seizure. She was mewing at us plaintively asking for help and we couldn't do anything else but end her suffering :(
This is Ripley in happier times. Originally, she was skin and bones, dumped on the grounds of the Watson's Bay naval training base as a kitten. People would tell us we were lying when we said we had a cat, as she hid from anyone but us for years. It was a joy to see her grow into a member of the family that was confident to be around people.
My previous girl Annie lived to a ripe old age, but died outside overnight and I wasn't there to say goodbye. Even though it's tearing me up, I want to make sure Ripley has family there to comfort her at the end
Our cat Ripley had a seizure this afternoon 😥 She's 15 and we know she is on her last legs...
We've been monitoring her all evening and I'm not sure she'll last the night. When we got her, she was a wild abandoned child who wouldn't bond with anyone. Now she is an adorable old girl who loves us and who we love
RT @skynebula "We are paid a ton. Looking forward to my yearly bonus of $100k. Fuck ethics. Money is everything."
— Facebook employee
Fuck Facebook employees!
In 1955, Millie Robinson was the first British rider to win the TdF, 57 years before Bradley Wiggins. It was a 5 stage race around Normandy, but billed as a Tour de France as that would sell more copies of the organiser's magazine; it was also the second ever stage race for women.
Millie was used to time-trialling, not bunch riding; she and her team forced the pace each day, preventing breakaways. She won the penultimate time-trial stage and the overall race #womenscycling
Lyli Herse was the daughter of the famous Parisian bicycle maker René Herse. She grew up in the amateur Audax scene and initially rode in mixed tandem races. One year they crashed and carried on only to find that her collarbone ended up sticking out of her jersey. They not only finished but won.
Later she rode the Brevet Randonneur des Alpes, breaking records across the col de la Croix de Fer and other famous climbs, and she reveled in riding long distances and climbing #womenscycling
Eileen Sheridan was the British post-war pin-up girl of cycling. She earned so much money out of sponsorship, she was able to buy a car and house. Between 1952 and 1954, she broke all the existing 21 distance and place-to-place records and 5 of those records still stand today #womenscycling
My last few toots have been thanks to Isabel Best and her fabulous book "Queens of Pain". It's a fascinating journey through the lives of forgotten women cyclists and you can buy it at https://www.rapha.cc/au/en_AU/stories/queens-of-pain-legends-and-rebels-of-cycling if you want more details than the snippets I've posted. I highly recommend it.
Joyce Barry became the first woman to see how far she could ride in 7 days non-stop. in September of 1939, she rode 31 laps around Sydney for a total of 1,107 miles. She was followed by Valda Unthank in November, who rode 1438.4 miles in the same time.
Four months later, Pat Hawkins, who had been riding for only little over a year, completed 1,546 miles! #womenscycling