Latest stuff and things

First, a reminder that 1 July is BUGGED, so today (according to the Bugged website) is B-Day minus 1.

I will be eavesdropping tomorrow, probably in disguise, or at least in shades but we have until (I think) 15 August to submit a story … unlike the Bridport Prize 2010 which is closing to submissions today!

Other things:

Afternoon readings of Tania Hershman’s flash fiction this week on BBC Radio 4, I enjoyed the first set of six stories yesterday – if you missed today’s programme (like I did), there’s still time to catch the third episode tomorrow, or you can find all three episodes of Flash on IPlayer.

Me? I’ve been lost in paperwork. I used to love doing ‘office-y’ stuff when I was about … nine, not now! But things have been hole-punched and filed. A few ticks to put in boxes … *sigh*.

On Monday I submitted a piece of flash fiction to the Bridport competition. Note – one piece.  I know lovely people – and excellent writers – who’ve submitted several to this competition, so not going to cross fingers this time.

But hey … you just don’t know do you?!

And yes, the Gazelle‘s still for sale if you’re interested …


Gazelle Impala (no longer) for sale

The Gazelle is a classic Dutch bicycle and a grand bike. I bought it (new) in York at Cycle Heaven, took it on a few wonderful trips round the city and along the river Ouse before I put it in mothballs.

So why would I do that? I’d love to be able to say it was nothing to do with cycling but it was and yes, it involved a 999 call and a trip to A&E but in retrospect I wasn’t fit enough to cycle up a 1:3 hill on a hot summer day so can only blame myself, not the bike!

Anyway, for those still reading, it’s got a 21″ (53cm) frame, a Brooks leather saddle and an integral bike lock. It has 7 gears and Shimano brakes. It’s got a panier rack on the back, and almost-brand-new tyres, and I don’t really want to sell it, but I could do with the space – and the cash – for more important things like books and stuff.

How much am I selling it for? I’d be happy to consider offers over £350, but you’d have to come and pick it up yourself, so it would help if you lived in Lancashire, because that’s where the bike is.

£350 is a pretty good price for one that costs around £600-£700 new. You can’t just give a bike like this away. It would be wrong. If you want to know more, email me at dot7seven (at) gmail (dot) com. It’s probably the best second-hand bicycle you’ll come across. Really.


Gazelle 2010 (new) price list

Cycle Heaven

Matt Seaton’s Top Ten books about cycling in the Guardian