June 10th – On the previous Friday, I got the taste for Birmingham and it’s canals again, so I headed up to Wolverhampton on the cut and back down the old line through Tipton into the city centre.
As ever, the sheer vibrancy of this environment – that many would condemn as ugly – was stunning. From the wildlife to the flowers, the discarded dreams in the scrapyard, the geese and herons and all in-between were a joy. I love the seamless continuity of the upper side of the Engine Arm Aqueduct, although you’d be hard pressed to realise the glamorous structure below.
Much of the main line I rode had been resurfaced – and although it needs sweeping badly due to loose gravel – the riding is very good indeed.
Had to smile at the gull that looked like it was concealing a weapon.
A fantastic urban ride. The weather really is spoiling me at the moment.
September 24th – Written on a canalside wall in Birchills.
‘Speak the truth even if your voice shakes’
Great advice. Wonder what inspired it?
July 11th – Everyone needs a hobby.
I fancy something even more radical, like rural bitching.
July 5th – I keep passing this graffiti on the canal side at Wolverhampton. I don’t know what they were thinking, or why. For some reason, it always makes me smile.
February 28th – This chap has appeared on a hoarding surrounding a derelict building in Shelfield. Whilst I’m not approving of the vandalism, the cheek of this did make me smile…
May 15th – I haven’t a clue who Nog is or was, but he scratched his name into wet concrete on Anglesey Bridge, Brownhills, 12 months ago today. Never noticed the inscription before, but I noticed it today whilst pushing my bike up the steps off the canal bank.
Just lately, everyone seems to be talking about synchronicity.