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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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Verve

It's probably about time I updated my music selections on the left of this page. I have a few new CD's that might rate a mention. One in particular is a "greatest hits" compilation from The Verve (I bought it for the five or six tracks that I didn't already have). The thing that struck me on listening to this CD is that it's hard to believe they were only together for around six years. They have a back-catalogue that would shame bands that were together for twice that long. It just seemed that every song they did was quality.

Of course, their sound evolved over the course of the years. The earlier material from their self-titled CD had an almost eerie feel to it at times, almost as if it could transport the listener to another place (or perhaps it was that long walk I took in Springbrook National Park shortly after hearing it for the first time), A Northern Soul was louder, a little rough around the edges, but really seemed to capture a different kind of spirit, I stand accused, just like you, for being born without a silver spoon. It's often how I've felt at times in the past. Urban Hymns was probably their most polished release, and quite possibly the greatest CD of the 1990's.

Like a lot of indie bands, their greatest strength seemed to be the fact that they were real people, writing songs about real things. A lot of bands fall down because they churn out crappy love songs constantly. I think it was Frank Zappa who pointed out that listening to love songs can be bad for your health because they create unrealistic expectations which life can never meet. Perhaps, however, he didn't hear Sonnet: "yes, there's love if you want it, don't sound like no sonnet."

Listening to that CD the other night brought back a flood of memories from a not-quite-so distant past. It's strange how listening to a back-catalogue played in a random order can do that sometimes. Perhaps this is due in part to the factors I mentioned in the previous paragraph. There is one thing for sure, however. As good as Richard Ashcroft's solo offerings have been, The Verve is definitely a band that split up way too soon.


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