Monthly Archives: November 2011

OSCAR WILDE’S TOMB – dekissed but not unfriended

Not only were the lipstick kisses unsightly, but the angel lost a certain small but important part of his anatomy.

Ah, that explains it! I wondered why yesterday there was a sudden, unprecedented surge of hits on my post about Paris’s Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Mevrouw T solved the mystery by pointing out to me that they’ve finally cleaned up Oscar Wilde’s tomb and given it an official opening. For the full story, click here.

I’ll have to search for an image of Jacob Epstein’s statue to see if the angel’s member, pilfered shortly after his unveiling in the 1920s, has been reinstated.

Oscar would be pleased to be once again the centre of media attention. As he famously observed, ‘The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.’


Filed under France, Paris

MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND – nostalgia for MCG magic

Only the most fanatical cricket followers are here. I'm one.

It was free to visit the ‘G’, so I took the opportunity. It was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the mighty MCG, then, now and forever Australia’s greatest sporting venue, that I became a sports tragic. The G has changed dramatically, but my feelings about it have not. Continue reading


Filed under Sport, Travel-Australia

SUIT UP AND RIDE – Cadel’s hot lap on a Melbourne Bike Share bike

'Yes, I'll definitely be switching to a Melbourne Bike Share bike for next year's Tour.'

Thanks to the surge of interest in my last post on my adventure on the Melbourne Bike Share system, here’s a little postscript…

Aussie cycling legends Cadel Evans (2011 Tour de France winner, for those who may have been on Mars and missed it) and Matthew Goss joined a great promotional event staged last week to raise money for youth mental health and promote the use of Melbourne’s city bikes.

Participants in Suit up and Ride are invited to dress in corporate attire and race Melbourne Bike Share bikes around the cycle-friendly Docklands.

You can watch Cadel’s ride on this YouTube clip.

'I'll get BMC to add a carbon fibre seat post, then we'll be fine.'

Thanks to Richard Monfries for bringing this to my attention, and Cadel may have to look out for me in next year’s event.

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This isn't me. It's the lady on the website who seems to be very happy with the system.

I had a day in Melbourne and a few things I wanted to do around town, so I tried out their much-maligned city Bike Share system.

I’d heard all the complaints and the reasons it would never work. ‘The bikes are too heavy.’ ‘If you want to ride you’ll have your own bike.’ ‘Visitors won’t know how to work the system’. And the perennial biggie: ‘It will never take off while helmets are compulsory.’ Well, we’ll see… Continue reading


Filed under Cycling, Travel-Australia

SYDNEY HARBOUR WALK DAY 6 – from Birkenhead by bike

Yes, we could walk it, but they're sending us a message...

I feared this longish section of my trek around Sydney Harbour could be relatively dull. All those burbs, and limited public access to the water’s edge. Best to get it over and done with asap. Take the bike and my friend Luke for company. Continue reading


Filed under Cycling, Hiking

TE ARAROA – New Zealand’s new super tramp opens

A trail like this, 3000km long. Sounds good? Sweet as!

Are you up for a challenge? Able to take a year off work? A new Kiwi tramp, Te Araroa (the Long Pathway), opens in December 2011. Continue reading


Filed under Hiking, New Zealand