Author Topic: ACME Miscellany  (Read 214252 times)

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3875 on: May 07, 2020, 02:17:29 pm »
Things have changed a bit since my last Wednesday night outing.

The obvious differences are the very short haircuts sported by OD and the Quizmaster General.

The fact we are on Zoom rather than in a pub is also worthy of a mention.

Otherwise it's plus ca change really.  In these new realities it is comforting to see that OD is still as daft as something very daft - last night he was cooking hot dogs and onions on a Trangia to recreate the authentic experience of a Boss Hogg's kebab.  I bet a few short weeks ago none of us really expected to spend an evening transfixed by kebab cam, then again, none of us were.  The least he could have done was set himself on fire and mistake the meths bottle for a fire extinguisher.

I logged in to find Mr and Mrs Jiber, QG, the Hustler, Bernster, Toby's Dad, Juan Sebastian Elcano, Tomsk, Oaky and mein host Huggy staring at their cameras, waiting for somebody to say something, actually say anything really.  Normally at this point we would be unpacking our bikes and marvelling at my latest engineering feat/unexplained noise and handing over our hard earned to the BB.  On Zoom we wait for OD's usual mouth/brain interface malfunction to manifest itself and then we're off.  "Has anyone done anything exciting this week then ?" he eventually blurted.  You can imagine the rush of fascinating lockdown tales that followed - ranging from a trip to the shops to walking to the end of the street - hijinks indeed.  Those two minutes fairly flew by. 

Fortunately we were rescued by the arrival of our special guest - a goat in a pen.  According to QG, who had arranged the whole thing, having a captive animal appear during a Zoom call is all the rage in the wacky world of project management.  I can see why, who could fail to be won over by a goat trying to get to sleep while someone films it.  Then, suddenly, events took a dramatic turn - "we may have to cut this short" said the cryptic message on goat cam, "Lisa is kidding" then appeared.  Being slow on the uptake, I thought they meant the cutting short message was a hilarious prank but, no, Lisa really was kidding (the fact Lisa the goat was heavily pregnant should have been a sufficient clue).  QG has promised to follow up with the goat cam people.  Perhaps they will name it after one of us - Hustler the Kid has a bit of a ring.

Things took a definite upturn when we moved onto reminisces of WWII.  It is often surprising how few people actually undertook active duty at the front but there were a few to be remembered.  I really liked Tomsk's tale of Tomsk pere who was stationed in Egypt but not just racing around in tanks with Monty or drinking ice cold beer in Alexandria. The talented Tomsk senior was drawing maps in his makeshift studio in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings.  I wonder if they let him out sometimes to watch Huggy's dad and uncle refereeing army football matches.

The next exciting conversation starter was "what are you doing for VE Day".  Clearly only Tomsk knew it was VE Day on Friday and only Tomsk knew that Prosecco was the correct drink - I suppose it helps if you were there first time around.  That was another well spent two minutes.

QG to the rescue again, this time with one of his famous quizzes.  I am assuming that technical issues were responsible for it being two rounds rather than his usual 68 but the pictorial WWII themed questions on offer were challenging enough.  OD and Huggy tied for first place (it is self-marked).

As is so often the case, as soon as OD left the call the MEMWNS brains trust found an impenetrable technical issue to discuss - non-server based Kittykat telephony protocols finally tore Bernster away from the work he had been doing all night whilst pretending to listen.  All the Hustler and I could do while the jargon span across the ether was pretend to smoke large Cuban cigars with our pens - we like to look useful when it's all going above our heads.  We soon found ourselves muted like a pair of virtual Marcel Marceaux channelling Groucho Marx.   Redemption was shortly at hand for the Hustler in the shape of an equally fascinating debate on the Essex County boundary changes of 1965 and their effect on social identity.  I am afraid to report that I had completely lost the thread by the time the raging torrent of argument had reached the great Epping Forest divide of 1993.  We definitely need something to reopen where we can meet in person.

I've missed the field reports.... would be good to have a re-match between you and Doggers sometime!
Regards,

Joergen

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3876 on: May 07, 2020, 02:25:20 pm »
Like Noah’s Dove returning with an olive branch, Teds first report since forever may signify the beginning of the end of lockdown.

Very lyrical!

Oaky

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3877 on: May 07, 2020, 03:10:13 pm »
Like Noah’s Dove returning with an olive branch, Teds first report since forever may signify the beginning of the end of lockdown.

It was good that the tide was finally in ted's favour and he was no longer stranded on the island.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3878 on: May 22, 2020, 01:53:38 pm »
Hey ted, where's the write up for Wednesday evening ???

Tomsk

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3879 on: May 24, 2020, 09:15:06 am »
Where was the rest of ACME yesterday? Was it too windy or was my timing all wrong? I met OD on his 200km, at Abberton at 10:30 for coffee and flapjacks in the deserted car park [the one by the Wigborough Road dam, not the visitor centre one]. Not many cyclists out at all, but two twitchers with long lenses set up down the dam. One shower near Little Leighs - just the edge of something heavier; one visitation - a tiny piece of wire. Quite a brisk pace over all, despite the return into a strong headwind. 86 miles on the clock by the time I was home for a late lunchtime at 14:00.

I got offshore to West Mersea then followed the coast road back [inland a bit via Tolly Major] to Heybridge Basin, Maldon and homewards through Danbury. By chance I also met Mick Gray on the road near Gt Leighs and had a chat. I mentioned Stefan's non-audax Windmill Rides on 21st June and he's up for a similar long ride sometime. Thought of Hereward the Wake, reversed, dawn to dusk, next month maybe?

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3880 on: May 24, 2020, 09:49:06 am »
Where was the rest of ACME yesterday? Was it too windy or was my timing all wrong? I met OD on his 200km, at Abberton at 10:30 for coffee and flapjacks in the deserted car park [the one by the Wigborough Road dam, not the visitor centre one]. Not many cyclists out at all, but two twitchers with long lenses set up down the dam. One shower near Little Leighs - just the edge of something heavier; one visitation - a tiny piece of wire. Quite a brisk pace over all, despite the return into a strong headwind. 86 miles on the clock by the time I was home for a late lunchtime at 14:00.

I got offshore to West Mersea then followed the coast road back [inland a bit via Tolly Major] to Heybridge Basin, Maldon and homewards through Danbury. By chance I also met Mick Gray on the road near Gt Leighs and had a chat. I mentioned Stefan's non-audax Windmill Rides on 21st June and he's up for a similar long ride sometime. Thought of Hereward the Wake, reversed, dawn to dusk, next month maybe?

I don’t where everyone was either Tomsk!

I got to Bures and then routed back to Witham via Mount Bures and Coggeshall. 200k was always an aspirational objective, I only really wanted to see how far my legs, in their current unfit state, would carry me - the answer is 77 miles. The wind really picked up on my way home and it was proper hard work.

My back has been playing me up whilst riding recently but yesterday it was much better, mind you I spent more time than normal down on the drops so perhaps Fred’s Surly Woodchippers did their thing. I also had my phone plugged into my Igaro and got home with a full battery, it’s never really used the D1 so am chuffed it seems to work well.

It was fantastic to see you in person Tomsk, like many of us I’m missing human contact. Have you looked up the Syrian convent you mentioned?

Tomsk

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3881 on: May 24, 2020, 08:21:56 pm »
I looked up the details of the monastery: apparently St John's Monastery is Eastern Orthodox, originally Russian - founded 1958 in Tolleshunt Knights, now under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

As unlikely as the Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Eskdalemuir.

I'd earlier contacted Raymond about the ride out yesterday - he says he was out on the northern & eastern end of your route OD ...


tedshred

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3882 on: May 24, 2020, 09:41:10 pm »
I was about a mile away from you when you were having your picnic but I forgot to route via the reservoir  :facepalm:

One of the Nuns at the Convent spends most of her time cycling an old bike around the roads round here.  She is a very frequent sight and seems to cover a decent mileage.

The buildings are down a one way road but worth a quick detour if you are passing (obviously closed to visitors at present).
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the straggler

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3883 on: May 25, 2020, 10:28:34 pm »
I had been aiming to ride down to Abberton, but the gusting wind broke my motivation to set off in the morning.

Just to get a ride in this w/e, I only managed a paltry 67km loop this afternoon down to Feering, and returned along the A12 cycle path heading through Wormingford and back home. My longest ride since the Horsepower 100km....
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