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So a friend and I were discussing various things, and it came round to how we all give labels to various things.  My point was that we give labels to groups of people, and as soon as we encounter a person of the demographic we have ascribed to the label, we automatically reduce that person to that lable, rather than treating them as a human being..  Think about it.  Cyclist, activist, Audi driver, emo, gay, straight, parent.  Each of those is a descriptive term that we ascribe to people all the time.  ANd as soon as they are associated, Jassen is a cyclist, Steve is a runner, Lisa is emo.  We become the lables, which makes discrimination more palatable.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone.  As a cyclist I have a conviction that Taxi drivers think they own the road and Bus drivers are on a mission to crush me against trams / kerbs.  Also that drivers of expensive German cars seem to neglect the indicators option when they purchase the vehicle.

The problem is that we are too quick to apply labels, and we need to stop doing so and recognise that human beings are responsible for these actions, including our own.

There is more to say, but the ideas are bouncing around too much.

The point here is ignore the lables.   Black, White, rocker, emo, trumpist, tory, nat, we’re all still people.  Be excellent to each other


How many times have you looked at an Audi and classified the driver as an ‘Audi Driver’  Where Audi driver extols a certain wankerish badge, and implies that the car indicators will not work.


How many times have the car drivers complained about bloody cyclists?  How many times have they got in your way, moving out into the middle of the road, how many times have you ‘buzzed’ them.  How many times have you swore at the cyclists who jump a red light?


I’m a cyclist.  Actually I’m not, saying I’m a cyclist is perpetuating a problem on the UK roads.  Car drivers seem to feel that cyclists are foxes and deserved to be hunted down.


Actually that’s not fair, here I’m perpetuating the issue I’m trying to identify and stop.  Car drivers are still human beings, as are cyclists.  We are all living beings sharing a small piece of (in Edinburgh rutted) tarmac and we should all treat each other with a certain respect.  We are all humans in different forms of metal / carbon cages.  Please look out for each other, cos we’re all fucked if we don’t



Well here l sit once more bereft of inspiration trying to write something. And started thinking, how can I overcome this roadblock to creativity, this annoying wall placed between my mind and This tablet PC?

After the normal procrastination, Making tear coffee & walking the dog or the kids, what’s left to distract the budding writers psyche into writing rather than the avoidance of writing? A newly discovered handwriting recognition function on the tablet, a word press windows 8 application and an I.D& Password combination remembered.


So welcome readers all & thanks for sticking with this nonsense exercise which will allow me to write something a bit more meaningful now that the muse has had her starter motor primed.

The new depiction of Lance Armstrong as a serial drug pusher and no longer great of sport is a real shame for those mere mortals who are seeking some form of inspiration.  Who could not have been inspired by the story of the man who fought one of the most insidious conditions of our time, and not only beat it, but was able to then conquer one of the worlds most gruelling and toughest sporting events and win another Tour De France?

Who could not be inspired by the man who since beating cancer has managed to raise $400 Million US to help in the fight against cancer?  I really hope that no matter what happens to the man, the Livestrong brand does not get collateral damage.

Lance Armstrong was one person I used as inspiration when I was recovering from my operation, if he can recover from something far worse, in such a positive way, then surely I can do it as well.  I would rather remember that Lance rather than the one the US Anti doping agency has uncovered.  Unfortunately, the genie is out of the bottle, and that is such a shame for the world, as now we have lost one of the greatest stories of overcoming adversity to performance enhancing drugs.

Well the pools nice and clean and the kids have started going in, bloody mad things.  It’s getting near time that I start trying to lose the weight that stopping smoking has put on.  Now to get the mind into gear and start the excercise program once more.  The spiders that have made their homes in the multigym and rowing machine won’t be happy but they’ll just have to deal with it