Monthly Archives: July 2006

Simply to Thy Cross I cling…

Thanks to ‘evening beaches’ over at blogspot for her reflections on the love of God:

Is ‘finding religion' a matter of ‘cradle me in your arms and make me feel better? This is how one of the women on The Convent Programme expressed it.'

Read the whole entry here:

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I think this is what I needed to hear this morning.


Yup – you’ve got it. I’ve been on another trip up to Godiva land today. Ever been so tired that you go onto autopilot? After hours of being told ALL about sundry bodily ailments in glorious technicolor and at great length, hearing voices (not me, I hasten to add, someone else is hearing them), and (at one point) being poked in the back by a dear old gent who resembled the prophet Elijah reincarnated, I was on a listening roll. Indeed, you could have told me you were Napoleon Bonaparte come back to life and I’d only have nodded empathetically and said ‘Really? How interesting!’ Though on being told that someone was hearing voices telling them they were Hannibal Lecter I couldn’t resist coming out with ‘Gosh, you sound as if you’ve had an overdose of the Anthony Hopkins there!’ Add to that one too many cups of cardboard coffee drunk on station platforms and an early start that makes the nuns from ‘The Convent’ look positively lazy and nothing that anyone could do would surprise me ever again.

Now, where was I now? Ah yes… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

And the blog goes on…

Thanks to TG and Dolphy for your kind comments about Mr M’s return to terra firma. Don’t stop tuning in to his blog, as he’s started to fill in all the gaps left by yours truly. Should be interesting reading.

He’s back!

From Mr M’s Tour de France blog –

Made it! Back in the UK following my Tour de France and getting used to grey skies again rather than the clear blue of France (apparently though the weather here has been wonderful while I have been away……).
Will blog my tour in retrospect over next few days but v quickly:

Thanks to Mrs M for posts and all else done while I was away

In the end I:

Cycled 5000km at an average of 135km per day.
Climbed all the cols for this years tour plus some, including 10 “Hors Categorie” (Vars, Soudet, Aubisique, Joux Plane, Izoard, Alpe D’Huez, Tourmalet, Ventoux, Galibier, Croix de Fer) for a total of 55km uphill
Had one major crash (on the Tourmalet as mentioned by Mrs M)
Broke 1 chain and 1 back wheel
Got very wet in Belgium and very hot in the Pyrenees
Met lots of nice people, especially Belgians
Got back to Strasbourg in time for the start of the tour proper
Got one “chapeau” and several “allezs”
Had loads of great food, beer, cider and wine
Watched the world cup in many different places
Had a thoroughly good time that I will remember for the rest of my life