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New Gabysode/Gabycon news

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Maddy has posted a new episode and there is news of the 2010 Gabycon here in Dorchester.
There's still spaces for people to come - it should be fun, with new material from Maddy and myself, age is no barrier from 9-99years will be welcome, especially if they bring their bicycles.

See the link but hurry, it's nearly here.

http://www.maddybell.com/page600.html

Angharad.

Back on my bike.

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At last I've been able to get back on my bike and do a little ride - only 27 miles with no real hills, so I feel a lot better. My wound is still weeping, which exercise has probably increased, but it did wonders for the rest of me. Anyway, it's on the mend and I feel much better about it.

Angharad.

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For fellow Gaby fans

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For those like me who've been waiting with bated breath for the next Gabysode, the good news is Maddy has posted one. Click on the link.

http://www.maddybell.com/Gaby274.htm

Angharad.

Dealing with abuse as a woman cyclist - one woman's solution.

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Every woman who cycles experiences abuse from male motorists and pedestrians, I've been happy slapped and shouted at, but I'd never have had the nerve to do what Dawn Foster did - she started blogging about it on a website called - you'll love this - 101 wankers.

See the link to the story on the Guardian's web site.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2010...

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Bike - my falling off one - update.

For those of you who enjoy my scribbles, it might please you to know that our practice nurse thinks I'll live a bit longer, after she checked my leg. It still bloody hurts, especially when standing up from sitting or sitting from standing. Which means I'm on sick leave for the next day or two. Dunno which is worse the boredom from inaction, or the pain when I try to move.

Sitting at a computer probably doesn't help especially when I try to get up afterwards.

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Falling Off A Bike - the real thing.

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I suppose using such a story title for so long was tempting providence - so today, I did just that, fell off my bike. I have two rather painful knees, but at least I've stopped the bleeding now.

As the time goes on I'm finding some new bruises and aches and pains, including my left wrist and thumb - both of which I've injured before.

The concern of motorists is breathtaking, they just drove past while I'm standing at the roadside dripping blood everywhere. Thankfully, I was out with friends, so managed to get home and do some first aid to myself.

Tranny wanted by police

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Apart from the fact this character sounds totally unsavoury, his name is Brown, and there is a delightful line which starts, 'Brown is black...' as in Afro-caribbean.

I hope the link works.

http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=154344868

Angharad.

One of our cycling club was killed on Sunday.

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I try to keep the cycling element of Bike as fairly realistic as I can, and although Cathy gets into scrapes, she's so far pulled through. Cycling is not without risk, even for the experienced rider.

One of our club, a very fit 76 yr old, died on Sunday morning doing a time trial when he ran into the back of an abandoned car - always a risk when you're racing, especially time trialling. It's just difficult to believe I was talking to him the day before.

The only consolation is that he died doing something he loved, maybe he's the lucky one.

Angharad

Media interest continues in Lea T.

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They are now calling her a transsexual supermodel, this offering from the Observer is quite reasonable.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/01/fashion-t...

Givenchy transgender supermodel

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Bike - apologies

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Sorry, too tired to write tonight, my IBS has been playing up and I'm just knackered, not to put too fine a point on it. Hopefully the saga will continue tomorrow.

Angharad.

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Bike - holiday hiatus?

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To both my readers:

I will be away on holiday from tomorrow for a week. I'm staying in the UK - actually up in the Lake District at a friend's house. I will try and post a few episodes, but can't promise anything as I don't think my dongle will work - my friend's house doesn't have good mobile reception.

Normal service will be resumed when I get home - I did ask Bonzi to cover for me, but he declined, threatening to kill all my characters, 'cos I'm not taking him with me - can't get his bike in the car (or that's what I told him).

Angharad.

Is it just me?

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Or has the front page changed with larger type on the elements, age and so on? I'm sure it looks larger and has become italicised - or do I need my eyes tested.

I's off dormousing again.

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Pension rights for transsexual

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Pension rights and transsexualism new ruling by appeal court. See link to the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jun/22/woman-sex-change-r...

A transgender journey.

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This looks interesting, hope the links work.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/02/transgend...

Part 2 was up today.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/16/transgend...

Have a look see.

Selfish Lot?

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According to the Daily Telegraph, the latest research suggests that modern students have less empathy than those of twenty or thirty years ago. See what you think.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/7779290/Generation-me-stu...

Angharad.

Miracles do happen!

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Either that or international pressure does work - Sometimes. What am I on about? Malawi has pardoned the gay couple who wanted to get engaged. Either way, the two young men are to be released, so I'm glad for them. See the link below.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/10190653.stm

Pakistan 'eunuch wedding' stopped.

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The link is to a story posted on the BBC website. Despite supposed equal rights, the hijras of Pakistan and India still get a raw deal compared to more Western societies.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/10166519.stm

Angharad

On reaching a thousand.

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It came and went, no big deal - like most birthdays after thirty. I've spent somewhere between one and two thousand hours writing it, over a period of about two years and ten months. Now I have to decide what I want to do with it.

There are loads of loose ends to tie up, which is just like a real person who dies, or like we all have everyday, so there are always plenty of plot lines to follow or I could end it where it is - if the latter, as it's written in the first person, there would be no more, the narrator is no more. I know I tried that before and popular demand resurrected her.

Gay couple jailed in Malawi

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Cross-dressing women in Edwardian music hall.

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Some culture courtesy of the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/may/13/cross-dressing-w...

Angharad.

Homophobic candidates suffer at polls, according to the Guardian.

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Honestly, I sometimes wonder at people's intelligence, homosexuality is caused by demonic possession - duh? So how would they explain transsexualism? In this day and age, to judge persons on their sexual orientation is so ridiculous it's pathetic. The evidence is stacking up that most of these things are organic or genetic in origin, so why can't they get the message? Oh I forgot, most of them think the world was created in six days...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/07/philippa-stro...

Angharad.

Snafu 48

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Picture from Wikipedia.

For those who enjoy Snafu, my original tg story, I've sent an episode to be edited by you know who, and will be passing it on to Sapphire's Place as soon as I've carried out any necessary changes. How long things take to post there now, I have no idea but I believe it should be a lot quicker. As soon as I know it's up, I'll do a story link.

Chaz Bono gets legal recognition as a man.

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For those of you who didn't know, it's on the Daily Mail Website. I hope he'll find some peace now, though I also think he could do with losing some weight from the photos they show.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1274006/Chers-g...

Angharad.

Man in schoolgirl uniform goes to trial.

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According to this link on MSN, the man had several asbos instructing him desist the practice of wearing school uniform including skirts and bare legs during school hours.

See link: http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=153289130

I wonder how much of a danger or offence he was causing? Probably more sad than bad.

Angharad

BBC Radio 4 play

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For those of you who can access it, this is a play in five daily parts over this week about a gay boy living in a Nottinghamshire village, whose best friends are called Gloria and Chrissy (they're boys too).

It's based upon a real diary of such a person. A coming of age drama.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rztqr

Life imitating art.

It seems that life is imitating Bike - I know it goes in cycles - but the Royal Mail has just issued a new set of stamps about endangered UK mammals. It's interesting the hedgehog is included, as is Muscardinus avellanarius about which I write reams. The pictures are worth a look, pity it won't shame the Japanese, Norwegians and Icelandians to stop killing whales for spurious research, which we all know goes straight to Japanese restaurants - disgusting people.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/apr/13/ro...

Angharad.

Eating Dormice

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It's illegal to do this in Italy, not sure about the UK. However, seeing they don't have much meat on them anyway I added a comment on this article - based on sound ecological principles, of course. My thanks to a reader for sending me the link.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/7556981/Anyone-...

Whatever Next?

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My latest effort in my Gaby Dorset trilogy is with my editor having its 'ead 'it. I hope to get it to Mad over the weekend, and presumably she'll add it to her site when she does the next update. I'll post a link - if I can remember when it goes up. There's a bit of a bike race in this one, just for a change.

Angharad.

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