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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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girls night out

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there were boys there but the girls are so much more photogenic. saturday night in the electricity showrooms and sunday morning in ye olde axe.
8th Apr 2008, 22:56   comments (0)

the illustrated guide to bicycle maintenance

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spent some time on saturday doing a bit of tweaking on the new bike. having got the hang of stopping and skidding without brakes i had my confidence sapped a bit by a sprocket and lockring that kept coming unscrewed when i was putting serious reverse pressure on it. nearly un-biked me a few times actually. thanks to the good people at i found a method (the rotafix)of sorting that.

i also got round to ditching the back brake and replacing the big, barely used and inconveniently positioned aero levers with a single cross-top lever for the front brake. then i re-did the bar tape. i think it looks pretty cool no? having done all that i tweaked the stem for a better riding position and sorted out the chain line and tension. the result was an enjoyable muck about round queens park and a smile-inducing commute to cheer up an otherwise grim monday.

next it's going to be decal removal, a brooks leather seat and matching bartape. maybe in a few payday's time though.

oh yeah and the whole endeavour was researched and checked with with my very handy christmas present from my mum, the illustrated guide to bicycle maintenance.

7th Apr 2008, 21:01   | tags:,,,comments (3)


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not quite the red barrows but you can't have everything.

the new home

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here's some sunny springtime pics of our new (rented) flat at a secret location somewhere between kilburn and queen's park. took a little while and some fairly intense decoration and DIY (thanks dad) but it's definitely starting to feel like home now. now if only we could make the shower work and find somewhere to keep the bike...
31st Mar 2008, 22:22   | tags:,,,comments (2)

bring all your garments... NOW!

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okay, so that wasn't quite a record shop but just some of the the delectable selection of tapes for sale in my friendly local dry cleaners.

the tape collection may be stuck in the 80s (not sure how ok computer snuck in there - maybe time travel is the new radiohead marketing strategy?) but the signage is pure 50s.

advertising was less subtle back in that in that innocent age.

bring ALL your garments NOW!


i said.

"ready next tuesday"

said they.

so i went to work in an old pair of school trousers for two days.

the 50s look nice but they take way too long to dryclean your trousers.

29th Mar 2008, 00:29   comments (1)

who says there's no good record shops in kilburn?

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i'm sorry i seem to have to have walked into the wrong decade.
29th Mar 2008, 00:20   | tags:,,comments (1)

m�¶bius daffodil

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for future reference dear mobloggers alt + 148 = �¶

ahhh - wait now,

in the preview screen (and normally) alt 148 produces an "o" with an umlaut over it. except when i clicked submit it went all weird.


how odd.
27th Mar 2008, 14:33   | tags:,comments (0)

full size bridges

i decided to make a donation to moblog and upgrade my account so i can email nice hi(er)-def pics to my moblog. hooray!

so this is my first trial post in the brave new text-free world. these are just of a few snaps of various london bridges from the last week or so.

19th Mar 2008, 13:51   | tags:,,,comments (1)