Well.. it feels like a lot's happened since my last post.
I don't want to start off a whole debate again. But I would like to say a few words. And then there are picture of newts.
When I started this, I had no experience of a 'community' on the internet. I never imagined people would really read this, or comment. And I thought I'd find it slightly....creepy, if they did, to be honest.
But here we are.
I do want to make it clear that, truly, we're all strangers. Yes, some of you post under the same name each time. Some of you post occasionally, and Anonymously. Some of you, I gather, just read. I don't know any of you. I certainly don't value any of you less for not wishing to put a 'screen name' on your comments.
All I'd ask is that you do, as someone else said, remember that each and every one of you is a person. Not just a name, or an Anon. A person. As I've said before, I'd never expect a group of people to all share the same views. Discussion is healthy. Welcomed, even. But please, be civil. Be polite. Even if it means you need to take a moment, bite your tongue, calm down and then post.
The subject of 'trolls' is a difficult one. I really don't know what goes on on other blogs or groups. But just because someone's opinion differs from yours, don't call them a troll. Yes, some people could have been more polite. But at the end of it, the basic thrust of every comment I've seen has been to share an opinion. Some people do it more eloquently and some more politely than others. But everyone is entitled to an opinion. None are more or less valid. Just remember people will be more inclined to see your point if you don't manage to insult them whilst sharing yours.
Right... on to the real reason this blog is here.
Biking was brilliant. It was muddy, the bikes were fast, I managed to get airbourne as much as possible. And occasionally even landed the bike and myself the right way up :) - actually, I only had one impressive off. Highsided after landing, luckily into a fairly soft verge/hedge. (A highside, for those not savvy, is when the bike is leaning over one way and then 'catches' and rotates on the long axis very violently, flicking you up and over. Very nasty on the road. Not too bad on the soft. Provided the bike misses you. Which it did.)
Sherlock made us biscuits with jam, and helped Mrs H bake a large cake. And decorate it with a big skull picture. I hope the recipient liked it.
John didn't get his bike :( he's... coping. Staring whistfully at a picture of it. Occasionally stroking it.
Sherlock says you have to see the newts:
Big newt (NannyNewt?) [Look at it's feet! they have the best feet. and it's a girl newt because it's crest isn't the same and it's belly is orange and I caught it in a net and we looked at but we didn't touch it and it looked like John when he is really in a bad mood at something that's happened that he can't shout at. Sherlock.]
In other news...I might be seconded to another team for the olympics. But I think it'll be another 'normal' team, who's losing their DI to the Olympics, if you see what I mean... probably drugs and gangs. I'm... well, I don't get a choice.