Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

TV blackout

In my previous entry I noted the imminent arrival of summer. Of course, I'm not a big fan of the hot weather (as those who continue reading in the coming months will realise), however, there is one thing about summer that I've always loved, always treasured, ever since I was a teenager. Watching the English Premier League highlighs on Monday night.

There was always something undeniably special about kicking back on those warm nights, watching my beloved Manchester United 169% Own pretty much everyone who got in their way. Alas, this looks unlikely to happen this summer, as SBS has been unable to secure the rights to show it on free-to-air. I'm not likely to pay the $50/month to get cable just for an hour of TV a week, so unless this can be resolved in some way, it looks like coming to an end, sadly. That pretty much means I can probably get rid of my TV altogether now.

Shortly after hearing the announcement my mind was filled with memories of some of the things I've seen on those balmy monday nights. Of course, I discovered it almost by accident, baby-sitting my neighbour's kids one night back in December 1991. I still remember Manchester United beating West Ham 2-1, and I remember taking a particular interest in that game, having known the names of most of the Manchester United players through a computer game I had at the time. Of course, this was the roots of the team that went on to totally dominate the game for the next decade.

I think the 1993/94 team is the one I remember most fondly. I guess it's because I was of an impressionable age at the time, but ask any United fan about names like Cantona, Hughes, Schmeichel, Kanchelskis, Giggs, Robson, and possibly even Ince (although he later committed the ultimate sin and turned out for Liverpool). It's hard to say just what that team could have achieved. United could never field it in European competition due to the old "three foreigner" rule. By the time that was scrapped, that team has passed it's peak, and a new breed, led by the likes of Beckham, Scholes, and the Neville brothers had taken over.

When I think back to those relatively carefree days, those Monday nights are always on my mind, just as much as some of the things I used to get up to with my friends, some of which I no longer have contact with. Now it appears another tradition is about to die. While we must all let go of the past and move on, sometimes it would be nice to keep some of the little things intact, if only to serve as a reminder.


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