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Month: February 2013

Another addition to The Fleet

Posted in Brompton, and Cycling

5399957[1]I am unashamedly into cycling and own a whole family of bikes. I have a wall in the hallway which is occupied by bicycles hung up in various forms. When I have more time, I shall take a photo and post it up, but for now, you’ll have to make do with this photo grabbed from my phone of my newest set of wheels.

Today, I met up with a friend and ‘adopted’ his Brompton folding bike. These beautiful feats of clever engineering need no introduction. When I started cycling again as an adult in London back in 2006, I coveted one of these bikes and eventually, years later, I now have one of my own.

Taking to the sunny roads on the Brompton, I was delighted. It felt like how a bike rides when you’re a small child. I haven’t ridden a non-road bike for a number of years now and noticed immediately how upright the positioning is on the Brompton.

One thing that I will need to get used to is the novelty of cycling in ‘normal’ clothes again as I converted to lycra a few years ago.

I look forward to the many adventures to be had!

Snatched Moments

Posted in Journalism, Nctj, Shorthand, and Writing

It’s the end of three weeks on the NCTJ course and it has been a period of intensity and growth so far. I’ve become obsessed with pens that will apparently shave off miliseconds from my teeline shorthand. I figured that anything that makes the scrawl of my usual handwriting look neater is A Very Good Thing!

But moving away from pen geekery, the course is teaching me to be an ethical, well informed writer. The focus is on letting the facts speak, concise accuracy and having an in-depth understanding of media law and how the country works. This and much more is crammed into eighteen industrious weeks.

Shorthand is fast becoming my closest friend. I love the logic behind the theory and relish the day when I get faster and eventually reach the gold standard of 100 words per minute. I’ve promised myself that after the course when I’ve got to 100wpm (with the habit and discipline of two hours of daily shorthand practice), I will resume learning traditional Chinese characters.

I’ve met some great people on the course so far and have been really interested in finding out about the varied backgrounds that everyone has come from.

In less than a month, I have learnt a vast amount. I can’t imagine how it will feel after eighteen weeks!