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, September 05, 2007


At the present time, the CD I have on high rotation is the latest release from the Manic Street Preachers -- "Send away the tigers". After hearing Your love alone is not enough on the flight between Brisbane and London, right from the start of that track, I remember thinking "Never has a truer word been spoken" . That track, combined with the fact that they've produced so many other great albums meant that I was always going to get a copy of this CD as soon as I was finished with my tour of Scotland.

Once again, this is a CD that grabs the listener, through a combination of great musical arrangements and engaging lyrics. The Manics are not for the faint-hearted, they can be dark and cynical at times. They aren't for people who are sufficiently vapid to "laugh along with the laugh track". This probably explains their relative lack of success in this country. Yet those who can open their minds a little and garner an understanding will invariably find something to love here. Even if it doesn't, it always sounds good!

Some of the highlight tracks for me (apart from the one above) include Rendition, Underdogs and the rather obscure and untitled "hidden track" at the end. A verse from this, perhaps, typifies exactly what makes the Manics stand out from so many others: "Keep you doped with religion, sex and TV; And you think you're so clever and classless and free; But you're still f*cking peasants as far as I can see". If that doesn't sum up popular culture perfectly, I don't know what does.


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