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Tuesday October 1st 2019

October is going to be a tough month to endure. A broken rib and Grade 2 intercostal muscle strain means no cycling for weeks. I will end up sitting around putting on weight unlike my friends who will be maintaining fitness for the winter. Oh well, there is always some bike maintenance to be done.

Thursday October 10th 2019

Garden Mushrooms [October 2019]

This morning I noticed these mushrooms had popped up in our lawn. I have not seen these in the garden before and I am not sure what type they are. A quick look online suggests they may be Common Ochre Russula, but then again they look a bit lik Sulphur Tufts. Either way, they ain't going into any pasta dish that I make!

Friday October 11th 2019

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in "El Camino" [October 2019]

Today was the day that "Breaking Bad" fans could get another dose of Vince Gilligan with an exclusive Netflix release. Heck, we finally caved in and signed up to the channel just to see "El Camino," which follows on from the highly-addictive five-year television series. Was it worth the wait? Well, I guess so because there has been nothing to equal "Breaking Bad," which remains our favourite telly programme of all time. However, the humour was missing, not to mention Jesse Pinkman's "Bitch" catchphrase. And we only got a few scenes with couch-potatoes Badger and Skinny Pete. Jesse Plemons, as Todd, was excellent in his role as a simple sociopath. But then again, he got most of the best lines and scenes. I imagined that "El Camino" would be a stand-alone movie but it is hard to see how anybody who did not watch "Breaking Bad" would grasp what the hell was going on. Unlike the spin-off "Better Call Saul" which tells an inverse story that complements "Breaking Bad," this two-hour film feels a bit like the deleted scenes from the final episode. Still, any "cut" supply of Vince Gilligan's creativity goes some way to relieving the "cold turkey" as we await the next installment of "Better Call Saul."

Bornem Tripel

We sat down to "El Camino" [see above] with some Bornem Tripel. This originated from one of the German discount stores last Christmas. Although this beer, officially recognised as a Belgian Abbey Beer since 1999, falls under the umbrella of Brouwerij Van Steenberge, there is some connection with the Sint-Bernardus Abbey in Bornem in the Province of Antwerp. In the post-war years the beer was produced by Brouwerij Beirens at Wommelgem. That brewery went into liquidationin 1971 and so the abbey agreed for production to be moved to Brouwerij Van Steenberge. Incidentally, there is no connection between the abbey at Bornum and the Watou-based Sint-Bernardus brewery. Bornem Tripel is a full-bodied, sweetish bitter with a nice long hoppy dry finish. Look out for it this year just in case it gets discounted by the German discount stores once again.

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Saturday October 11th 2019

Sidi Ergo 2 Bettini Olympic/World Champion Limited Edition Cycling Shoes

I spotted these cycling shoes on e-bay today. These have got to be the ultimate in bike bling. I laughed at the description by the London seller when stating "these bad boy disco slippers are sure to get you noticed on your club run." Originally released in 2008, just 2000 pairs were made with only 300 finding their way to the UK market. And these were brand new and completely unused, came with the original box, papers, tags and shoe bag. Oh, how I wanted to place an opening bid of £499. A bargain, considering they were £300 when issued in 2008. Sadly, they are the wrong size for my boats. Sidi produced these to celebrate the achievements of the Tuscany rider Paolo Bettini. Nicknamed Il Grillo, "the cricket," due to his repeated sudden attacking style of riding, he is considered to be one of the best classics riders of all time. He he won gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics road race and in the 2006 and 2007 World Road Race Championships.

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