Having said all that about the TDF, of course I would like to see Cadel Evans win again but I get the feel that he’s got a case of the Geelongs about him in that he may seem to be doing well but will disappoint you in the end.
But the Englishman Wiggins seems pretty cool. You gotta respect a guy who keeps a decent, and thus aerodynamically detrimental pair of sideys on his face when they’re talking about ultra hi-tech equipment designed to shave seconds out of a 40km ride.
I’d also like to see the new Australian team Orica Greenedge do well. Hopefully Goss can get the green jersey.

Is this not a stone I see before me?

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Pissed out and retrieved another kidney stone last night. Strangely there wasn’t much pain at all. The other morning I felt a familiar twinge and thought I was going to have one of those weeks but started drinking a lot of water. The same last night and I guess it must’ve already been through the kidney. The crystals in this one are darker than the last. Don’t know what that means.

In other news, for the first time in 7 years I’ve been able to watch the tour de france, thanks to the internet. I’m getting torrents of the SBS australia highlights show, and the full (UK sport or some such) coverage if I want. Fantastic to see again, although SBS’ style has become increasingly commercial, and the race-coverage itself seems highly orchestrated — spending a bit too much time of the tourism cha-ching cashola.

I don’t know what the official policy is, but I’m under the impression that SBS have a hiring policy where they hire people from immigrant backgrounds – as in their parents migrated from somewhere else. Anyway, it’s good to see/hear that SBS must also think of country australians as an underprivileged group deserving special consideration, because <a href=””>Kate Bates</a> is doing the inteviews on the Tour this year. They talk funny, they use strange expressions, they’re usually from poor background and if you thought they were weird, then take a look at their parents — rural australians. Let’s help them.

I have respect for the riders because it’s such a painful sport to devote yourself to, but when they’ve been having these big crashes and they’re all lying on the side of the road or whatever, they do look kind of pathetic, like upside-down turtles. Also, Peter Sagan: doping -> without a doubt.

happy cycling

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I realised it’s been a while since I put a picture up here of a saucy oriental dame, so here is one. It’s spilling out over the side of the blog, but to reduce the size of the picture any more would be to lessen the sauciness which just isn’t on.

The tour de france is on at the moment, although from where I’m sitting, you wouldn’t know it. I suppose I haven’t really tried, but there doesn’t seem to be much opportunity for us here to get a look at it. Apparently there’s almost none of the top names in there this year anyway. I was dragging myself (cycling) up a hill yesterday and got to thinking that maybe they should let all the druggies back in.