The Manx Missile

It goes without saying that this has been an incredible year for the Manx Missile picking up the Green Jersey in the Tour de France and the World Road Race Champions rainbow jersey later in the year.  There was a fascinating documentary on Eurosport a couple of nights ago looking back over his season.  What was incredible for me was how he demonstrated  how he was able to think, plan, analyse and the execute moves even in the organised chaos of the mass sprint.  For example in the world championship win he was commenting that he knew the wind was coming from the right so that the riders would eventually drift to his left leaving him a gap to exploit.  In some of the Tour de France victories he again used the wind by slowing up slightly into a headwind to force other riders to come out from behind him meaning that they would also have to ride into the head wind, or of riding slightly below 100% again making riders go round him before then accelerating again.  Most natural goalscorers in football cannot explain how they do what they do they are just “in the right place at the right time”.  Cav is also in the right place at the right time most of the time but seems to have  a cold eyed calculation of exactly what he is doing when he is there.  Of course he cannot do any of it unless his team mates get him into the right position and one of the things I love about him is he always always gives his team mates credit.  As I’ve written this it sort of sounds quite straight forward but if you have never seen it then think again and watch the first few minutes of the clip below of him winning at the worlds.  The British team rode at the front for the best part of 5 hours preventing any other team from getting away thereby ensuring that it would be a bunch sprint at the end and then it was all down to Cav.  Apart from Wales’ matches at the rugby world cup nothing had me as gripped, shouting and off the sofa from a sporting event last year as this ….


The Reliance

Whenever I go to a European city I’ll inevitably find myself in a great little bar somewhere sampling the delights of wherever I happen to be.  The idea for this blog primarily came about sat in some great bars in Malaga for example and I always end up thinking why don’t we have bars like this back home.  I was reminded of this at lunchtime today when I went to one of my favs The Reliance which is everything I could want and, pardon the pun, you can rely on every time.  It’s cool, but laid back; serves great food everytime, whether you want a simple snack or something more substantial; service is attentive but not over fussy; hand pulled guest ales, wines, coffee – whatever your tipple they do it well; clientele mixed and eclectic and handily for me 5 minutes walk from work.  Could not wish for a nicer place to spend lunchtime today with friends before we go our seperate ways for the New Year break.

photo credit: phil from one of our previous visits !

Real life Star Wars



I came across a series of stunning images for the Star Wars geeks out there. Photographer Cedric Delsaux combines real life situations and Star Wars characters and vehicles to beautiful effect. They’re seamlessly produced too and it adds a powerful dimension – reality – to the Star Wars real estate we know so well.

You can see the rest of them here