Drool-worthy Bikes – Bishop Bikes – Henry’s modern classic road

Well, all I can say is Holey Moley!

I adore Bishop Bikes and this road bike is just a stunner!

It’s built up with mechanical Campy Super Record and Enve wheels, seatpost & bars – very nice.

Enjoy more of the photo stream on Bishop Bikes’ Flickr page.

OK then.


Alida Valli

I watched the end of the “The Third Man” this morning before the World Cup match between Brazil and Colombia.

I was drawn to an actress I’d never heard of before who looked and sounded just like a young Judi Dench.

Alida Valli was an italian actress who gave Hollywood a try – and featured as the murder suspect in The Paradine Case by Alfred Hitchcock – but the expectations placed on her of being the next Ingrid Bergman failed to materialise.

At one stage in her career, she was touted as the most beautiful woman in the world, and in the photos below, you can see why.



This is going to hurt…

This is an image grab from a GoPro video camera attached to a bike. It captures the moment just before impact in a nasty cycle crash.

This image shows a glimpse of the possibilities for cycling being introduced through new technologies such as wearable computers like the Recon Jet featured in the video below.

For more insight, have a read of the post Visions of the future: wearable devices and cycling” over at CyclingTips.

Recon Jet Specs:

1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9
• 8GB flash

Wide screen 16:9 WQVGA display
Virtual image appears as 30″ HD display at 7′

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, ANT+, Micro USB, Integrated speaker and microphone

See the full specs here: http://jet.reconinstruments.com/tech-specs/


For long-lasting, dapper teeth…

The Manchester Unity Building in Melbourne, Victoria, is a wonderful example of 1930s architecture, the sort of thing you’d see in a Hercule Poirot movie.

It was built in 1932: “The tallest building in Melbourne and built in the modern commercial Gothic style, the Manchester Unity Building was described by the Melbourne Age as a ‘Wonder Building’, with ‘every modern convenience for tenants and their clients’. It was far ahead of its time, in terms of both aesthetic splendour and technological sophistication.”

Leanne Cole has a wonderful set of photos of the boardroom of the building, including this one of two bulky leather chairs beside a decorative fireplace.

I’m very impressed. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but those luxurious, square lines are just beckoning me to relax with a good, musty old copy of Biggles or a broadsheet newspaper.

Almost makes me want to take up pipe smoking.

Take a look around the building’s website for some virtual tours and information on what must surely be the very best Dentistry in all the world complete with authentic period music!!

And for the kids…

Holey Moley!


Riding home from our Sunday cafe ride, we spotted an Echidna crossing the road.

Since my photo isn’t very good, here is a better one from another site, for reference.

For those of you who don’t know much about Echidnas, they are monotremes, which means they and the Platypus are the only mammals in the world which lay eggs.

When you approach them, they huddle into a tight ball so you can’t get at their fleshy belly.

I once witnessed two foxes trying to tilt and roll an Echidna over so they could make a meal of him, but they kept pricking their noses on the Echidna’s hard spikes and soon gave up.

For more info, have a read of this NSW Government website link.

Where Children Sleep

Where Children Sleep.

This is a fascinating pictorial portrayal of the bedrooms of children from all over the world and in all walks of life.

James Mollison, the photographer responsible for the photos, wanted  to help people to engage in the issue of children’s rights:

“It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.”

It really puts my own life into perspective when I think of the bedrooms of my own chidren.

Dong 9, Yunan, China

Dong 9, Yunan, China and his bedroom below.

Where Children Sleep