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Friday morning

Here’s something not to do on a Friday morning:

  • Hit a dislodged pavement slab on a paved cycle route whilst trying to dodge pedestrians and giving a hand signal to for the up-coming junction…
  • …and fall off…
  • … and hit the ground directly in front of an on-coming bendy bus…
  • … a couple of hundred metres from ITV’s London HQ…
  • … in sight of a TV camera crew…
  • … filming for a documentary about cycling safety in London…
  • … who then ask you for an interview…
  • … only for you to say, on camera, and in all seriousness, that cycling in London is "perfectly safe… as long as you know what you’re doing" (or words to that effect).

In my defence, it only happened because I had just missed a train and so, unusually, decided to take a relaxing ride through the "safe" cycle route from Waterloo Bridge to the station (which goes along the South Bank, past the back of the Royal Festival Hall) rather than sticking to the main road with the scary roundabout (the one with the IMAX cinema).

Funnily enough the point of the ITV documentary was to show that many cycle lanes in London are actually worse for cyclists’ safety than normal roads. They did eventually get me to rant about that – and lorries with insufficient mirrors.

Leaving early for Hajj

Well, compared to many others it’s not early. However, contrary to the emai I sent many people over the weekend it now appears that I am leaving for Hajj tomorrow (Wed 20 December 2006).