Happy (western, heliocentric) New Year!

I hope that, wherever you are, you enjoyed the extra second imposed upon you by the imperialist forces of the dominant scientific-capitalist worldview and that you have a prosperous 2009.

As for my year so far, I jogged wearily to the gym this morning, dreading the crowds of resolutioners (though it hasn’t been too bad in the past), only to find that the place was closed for the day. This didn’t happen under the old management. Weaklings!

This might be a Message From God. I used to ride a real bicycle—a handbuilt tourer, the sort of thing the maker won’t hand over until you’ve signed a pledge to keep a woolly bobble hat on your head and a Thermos of industrial-strength tea in one of your pannier bags at all times—and sneer at people on exercise bikes, but fat as my thighs grew on my daily three-quarter-hour commutes across London, they have recently reached seam-busting proportions. The sad truth is that my legs no longer fit into my gay trousers.

On the subject of bicycle thighs, here’s New Year’s honorand Victoria Pendleton, gold-medal-winning cyclist:

Nerdy Vicky
nerd girl

Sexy Vicky

Who could resist a woman who can lift twice her own bodyweight?


  1. Nigella
    Posted 01Jan09 at 13:48 | Permalink

    Sob! You can’t abandon me now, dearest, even if I have difficulty in lifting more than a couple of plates of whipped cream drenched merignues to my lips……

  2. Posted 01Jan09 at 21:27 | Permalink

    Victoria Pendleton will never be just an ordinary local bike.

    (Takes hat. Disappears, first stuffing Nigella into his knapsack.)

  3. Posted 03Jan09 at 19:47 | Permalink

    2008 was the first year in my life that I paid more for a car than my bicycle cost. I suspect it will also be a long time before Victoria Pendleton can say that.

  4. Posted 28Jan09 at 17:26 | Permalink

    “Who could resist a woman who can lift twice her own bodyweight?”

    I have never had a better opportunity to shout “Resistance is useless!”.

    The real question is “Who would…”

  5. Posted 14Jul09 at 20:17 | Permalink

    Even The Hulk didn’t manage to burst out of his gay trousers! Well done Damian.

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