Chris's cycling sabbatical 2016

Between 2/8/16 and about 14/9/16 I am cycling from London to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterra in northern Spain. This site and blog about the adventure.

Hoping for a new political climate and new priorities

It’s a funny thing trying to write a blog.  I was never any good at keeping a diary despite trying several times in my adolescence and young adulthood.  I started this back in August last year, very excited, and a little bit fearful, both at the change of giving up clinical work and at the attempt to cycle to Compostella and Finisterre.  Then it was much more a technological challenge … Continue Reading

Just a short post to reassure myself I still can: robins

I have been very silent here for too long.  Good and interesting things happen to me, horrible things happen to others and shock me, I work hard but also have some fun, however, I don’t make time to put anything new here.  Not sure why not and my electronic social communicating has reduced to a trickle too.  Something is going on. Well, time for a change and I have made … Continue Reading

Canaries, clean air and freedom

Well, it’s been a long time since I last posted anything here.  Somehow, my life has been very busy and I’ve felt a bit persecuted by some big lumps of work analysing CORE data other people have made available to me.  I’ve felt the pressure to get results to them and haven’t squeezed writing new posts here into the crowded timetable.  I think there’s also something about only being able … Continue Reading


Yes, I admit it, I watched it!  I started watching American Football back in 1986 I think.  Around that time I and a former partner, and still good friend, watched bits of three rather odd international sports: American Football, Australian Rules Football and Sumo.  We both worked hard with full time jobs and more on top.  My partner had psychotherapy training activities and I was doing research work that would … Continue Reading

Last Monday night: another protest and it goes on

It’s Friday evening now and I’m tired but I feel a real wish, a need, to put this up here. Monday (30/1/17) I worked from home.  I took an hour out to do the annual RSPB “Great Garden Birdwatch”, more on that over the weekend I hope.  Even without that, as the day drew on I had the familiar feeling that I had achieved less than I had hoped, less … Continue Reading

I’m protesting again: trying to turn anger and disgust to constructive fuel

Saturday before last, the 21st of January 2017 (I want to engrave the date in my mind) J and I joined an estimated 100,000 other people walking from Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square. It was damn cold, not the dry freezing cold of continental climates but the damp horrid cold that UK winter does so well and I had dressed badly thinking more of cycling there than the long, long … Continue Reading

Reactions to Tirana (and Albania)

It has taken me a while to feel I can post something about my trip to Albania.  Well strictly my trip wasn’t really to Albania, it was to Tirana: there is much more to Albania than Tirana, for all that Tirana is undoubtedly Albania’s “primate city”. Honestly, I didn’t make that term up nor does it mean a city full of apes, hm, though perhaps it does mean that really.  … Continue Reading

Moving from clouds, and through clouds, to psychotherapy research

I have still not really managed to digest my brief trip to Tirana, or is it too that I am still digesting my return to the UK, if I think about the challenge more evenly?  Anyway, that’s still work in progress, so one or more posts that seem to be brewing in my head out of that trip and my return must wait another few days (sorry Blerta!)  I’m sprinkling … Continue Reading

A cold weather funnel cloud in Tirana

I was walking down one of the main streets in Tirana, as you do, well no, that’s silly.  Anyway, let that go, the whole experience of visiting Tirana has to have a post of its own and I don’t seem ready to do that justice yet. So there I was, walking (not really a cycle friendly city though quite a few people do cycle, though about 10% seem to stick … Continue Reading

A very short post to show myself I still can: in praise of repairs!

The bright yellow panniers that carried most of my baggage were Ortlieb ones and Ortlieb are supposed to be the best of the best.  I’d had them for over ten years and they’re very simple and the roll top is very waterproof if you haven’t overfilled them and can roll it up tightly.  However, I’d never really loved them and I missed the outer pockets on the pair of UK … Continue Reading

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