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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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I've not been around very much for a while. I was stretched work-wise some time ago but expected it to ease. Instead, over the last few weeks my workload has got bigger and bigger and bigger

But I'll be cycling 10 lakes in Austria with Eurobike next week and will hopefully blog it (assuming there'll be sufficient time and internet access along the way). The trip's for work, I'm not complaining and absolutely still love my job.

Meanwhile, as my workload has increased other burdens have not. Worries and their causes have started peeling away like leaves from an artichoke.

Here's hoping the trend continues

Your help and messages of support have contributed. A lot. Thank you.


map copyright & courtesy of Eurobike

minkey says:

To some great time:-) great pics, some nice food, good weather, good company. Anything else can wish you. Yes no neck or back problem
Glad worries and causes are peeling away:-)

1st Aug 2007, 15:35

Lyzardly says:

Have a fantastic, pain-free time!

1st Aug 2007, 15:35

Dhamaka says:

thank you Lyzardly and Minkey

(are they leaves or petals, btw?)

1st Aug 2007, 15:36

ViX says:

Glad things are picking up for you. Good luck with the ride, have a fantastic time! :)

1st Aug 2007, 16:13

Geodyne says:


1st Aug 2007, 16:13

harimanjaro says:

Have a great time, D, looking forward to hearing about it.

1st Aug 2007, 16:49

Lyzardly says:

Dhamaka - You were right with leaves. Artichokes are thistles and don't really have what I would call petals exactly. The flowers lookee like this when in bloom :
Anyway, definitely leaves.

1st Aug 2007, 17:05

minkey says:

Yes edible leaves :-) and superb purple flower worth just growing artichokes for them

1st Aug 2007, 18:19

factotum says:

Gute Reise!

1st Aug 2007, 18:39

looker says:

have fun:-) We get to enjoy the sites without having to do the work ;-D

1st Aug 2007, 19:17

Sprocket says:

Big slab o chocolate cake will be shared upon your return.

1st Aug 2007, 19:30

bronxelf says:

Great to hear it's going so well. :)

1st Aug 2007, 20:08

Enjoy :D

1st Aug 2007, 20:11

jealoushobo says:

spin those wheels!

1st Aug 2007, 20:21

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys :)

1st Aug 2007, 20:42

Dhamaka says:

maybe one day AAH..

1st Aug 2007, 20:43

kyoob says:

you're a testement to why i should follow my dreams Dhamaka, thank you,

1st Aug 2007, 22:59

Caine says:

I'm so happy things are looking and feeling good. Have a fabulous trip, I can't wait to see the beautiful photos you'll take. xxx

1st Aug 2007, 23:28

Dhamaka says:

thank you Kyoob, that's a lovely thing to say :D And you should

095 - indeed, and hopefully there'll be a nice little end to the trip

Caine - thank you!

2nd Aug 2007, 00:09

Dhamaka NLI says:

I'll try...

2nd Aug 2007, 13:02

bibprofessor says:

yes, I will join the rest and wish you a great trip and I have signed, see my answering comment on my own blog

2nd Aug 2007, 21:14

Dhamaka says:

thank you :)
enjoy the rest of your time too!

2nd Aug 2007, 21:19

swampdonkeys says:

have a wonderful time :)

3rd Aug 2007, 06:22

Dhamaka says:

thank you swampdonkeys
I hope that your summer improves and that Para mends well while I'm away

3rd Aug 2007, 07:02

MaggieD says:

Have a lovely trip ..... :)

3rd Aug 2007, 10:04

Dhamaka says:

thanks Maggie, I'll try :D

3rd Aug 2007, 10:31

Tori says:

Have a wonderful time!

4th Aug 2007, 01:57

alicat9 says:

Hurray for holidays! (even if they are working ones) a change is as good as a rest. Enjoy and take lots of photies - i want to see!

4th Aug 2007, 11:47

FilbertFox says:

i am jealous. I may cycle into Leeds next week, much more mundane

4th Aug 2007, 13:13

Viv says:

great news - enjoy enjoy!

5th Aug 2007, 15:56

midlife says:

safe travels

6th Aug 2007, 03:54

Dhamaka says:

thank you :)

have fun FF

7th Aug 2007, 17:26

FilbertFox says:

just one thing, why are you practising cycling one handed? Can you not afford a rucksack?

7th Aug 2007, 20:19

Dhamaka says:

After the trapped nerve I had all kinds of complications and using my shoulder the wrong way still kinda hurts. When in my own private world of uphill pain it's nearly impossible to remember to use my arm and shoulder correctly. Rather than give up or get pain I'm working on a one-handed technique...... as you can imagine, changing gears is quite challenging

7th Aug 2007, 20:39

FilbertFox says:

ah now i get it. Have someone run along side you and change gears. No?

7th Aug 2007, 20:41

Dhamaka says:

that'd be fun
any volunteers?

7th Aug 2007, 20:46

FilbertFox says:


7th Aug 2007, 20:48

Dhamaka says:


7th Aug 2007, 20:49