One of my favourite blogs is back

Spoiler alert! There will be a bad word in this posting, and it will appear right after this sentence.

Crap Cycling & Walking in Waltham Forest is back. This is one of my favourite blogs on the web, because of the bloody-mindedness of its sole blogger, Freewheeler.

The blog is about the quality and quantity of cycling provisions in a London neighbourhood, i.e. abysmal and almost extinct. Cycling is to the English what atheism is to the Americans, something that you are allowed to hate without a shred of reservation. Where most English bloggers are of the accommodationist, Stockhom Syndromish type, always willing to see reason in the most blinkered argument, Freewheeler takes no prisoners.

His intelligent but no holds barred writing makes him a joy to read, even if it is about a subject that is about as dry as watching paint, and it has also provided other British bicycle bloggers to occupy a less accommodationist stance without coming across as nutters.

Freewheeler stopped posting almost exactly a year ago, and has resumed 352 days later. Since he goes only by a pseudonym, and allows no comments on his blog (that would only dilute the message I guess), his readers were left pretty much in the dark about what his reasons were for quitting, and if he would ever return. That has, I feel, weakened his brand. Other bicycle bloggers have been moving in on his franchise.

Still, there is only one original, and that is Crap Cycling & Walking in Waltham Forest.

Classic American cars

My posting frequency has dropped here, and especially the frequency with which I post photos in the Lightsmithing category.

This has a lot to do with the evil behemoth called Facebook. Although Facebook is not for the long form, it does bring in a lot more comments, and it especially brings in something called ‘likes’, the ability for somebody to click on a button to signal ‘I like this’. And likes are today’s cocaine.

Still, I don’t know how many of my readers read my Facebook page, and maybe you came in here through a search and followed my trail of photos and would like to see how I am developing, so to speak, so here are a bunch of pretty American cars I shot yesterday at the King Cruise event in Muiden.

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