Getting 2022 Started…

Happy New Year 2022
I’ve been collecting inspirational quotes to keep in mind this year. I’m gonna share some of my favourites…..
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – That quote by the author Robin Sharma suggests that change is not only inevitable but that it’s necessary for a good life. A useful thought this time of year.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.”  – Nido Qubein.

Victoria Pendleton on mental preparation says: “It’s a lifelong process, just as physical training is. It becomes a lot easier, the more you practise it.

As I go into a ‘dry’ January, I’ll leave you with three thoughts from Mike Lake that I hope will inspire some of your decisions as you ease into 2022:

  • Find the courage to venture outside of your current comfort zone. Pick those opportunities well.
  • Declare the end of doing the same things over and over expecting different results. And that includes how you practice and play your instrument!
  • Consider the valuable energy wasted over resisting change. What are you missing while you spend time and energy fighting change rather than being open to embracing the opportunities it may bring to you?

I wish you all a fabulous 2022. May it be your best year ever.

Thank you…

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke. 1887 – 1915


One for the newbie roadies – handlebar positions

I’ve been reading a number of newbie roadie threads about handlebars positions, aching hands, fear of the drops, and so on. It got me thinking about the way I use my drops, and I decided to try and share this with you. It is in no way the right or wrong way to use them, and I’m sure there are other ways. I hope my post might help you.

Firstly, being a veteran, and a bit stiff, I use very shallow drops (like a lot of the TDF riders do).


I use 8 different hand positions as follows……

Right on the tops – For long seated climbs, or sitting up in the buch. For easy riding. Though I sometimes ride hard in this position, especially with a tailwind.


On the tops – A sort of ‘ready’ position where I can relax but quickly and easily more to a more serious position.


On the corners – I use this postion a lot in a bunch. When riding close. It’s easy to ‘touch’ other riders from this position. They like it! ? Slide forward and you’re on the hoods.


Touching the hoods – I use this position a lot when training. It’s a little lower and a good ‘working’ postion. Can be used standing.


On the hoods – Fully on the hoods. I can brake from here. A good position if you are riding with riders you are not sure of. Or communting in heavy traffic. Low enough to go fast, high enough to see ahead. Can be used standing.


On the hoods top – when the pace is high I’ll ride here. It allows you to get down and suffer.


On the drops/brakes – Going fast and needing to brake. Voila! Can be used standing.


On the drops – Going fast on my own, or in a small group, or if it’s raining and windy. On the drops. Bend elbows and grimmace for better effect. Also used for ‘commited’ sprinting. Can be used standing.


FWIW – I’ve been riding on the road since the early 80s. I was schooled in road riding by scousers, mostly from the Liverpool Century Road Club. Happy days!

Could you help my friends band?

My friend’s band The Bellrays is trying to make the best of this virus situation by doing live sessions on Facebook and YouTube. To take it to the next level they need 1000 YouTube subscribers. So far they have 744. Could you give them a sub? If you want to do a sub for sub thing, leave me a comment with a link to your channel and I’ll happily do that.

Thanks, and stay safe!.



Ruts/Ruts DC showing how it’s done…

Since the start of this social distancing era the Ruts DC have been putting out some great stuff to their fans (of which I am one)…….check this…

Hey Folks, tonight is the last episode of our series. Can you believe we have done 9!
We are also pleased to say that this is a special tribute to Malcolm Owen & Paul Fox, so please join us on this special occasion! ? See you then!! ??????
Cheers!
– Segs, Ruffy and Leigh

#punkrock #punk #ruts #rutstv #rutsdc #segsjennings #ffruk #ffrukits #peopleunite #punktv #sosumi #daveruffy

Confinement Ends

Here in France we’ve been on ‘lockdown’ with severe restrictions for two months. But that ended on 11th May. I was thinking about how the confinement had made me slow down, and think about what was really important, notice the beauty around me. It’s has been so peaceful and quiet. I have some lovely memories from the last two months…..so it’s happy and sad at the same time….and it was this feeling that inspired the composition. I hope you like it.

It’s based on a tune from the 60s by Donavan.

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club April 30th

Were are still confined here in France, so here is a collection of tunes from our members. Revisiting some old live performances, but also some fresh new recordings that I am sure you will enjoy.

Also, as it’s International Jazz Day…. Un grand merci à Clara Jaeger du magazine Kaizen de nous avoir donné une mention ….. ?
Big thanks to Clara Jaeger from Kaizen magazine for giving us a mention.