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By  CJ Boom     14:23     
By the way, I still haven't done any cycling. I did a 20 minutes run, when it wasn't raining, but then two days later I had this deep pain above my scupla and I decided it was probably not ideal to be doing the running so soon.
I also can't find my cd rom of images from the MRI and X-Ray, because I want to look at them. Anyways, I'll find them.

Whilst I have not been cycling I've been mooching about on the internet, playing Scrabble against my friend over that iPhone jobby.

I have a certain interest in things that get left and abandoned, great theatrical ideas that super futuristic at the time of creation but never quite work out, i spend a bit of time googling images of those things and more recently Owls and Spies (unrelated to the first topic).
Examples include:
The Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace park (they thought they could have tea in them, they are also completely incorrect versions of dinosaurs)
Cane Hill - mental asylum - where both David Bowie and Michael Cane's brother went. In 1991 everyone who lived or worked there just up sticks and it closed. Leaving it rammed full of things for urban adventurers to photograph from paperwork to strange Victorian wheel chairs, padded cells and an 'art room' of scary pictures.
Somewhere in the the Country Side - there is also the underground billardroom, with a glass ceiling under a lake in a souther county of England.

On my journeys around the internet whilst I watched TV rather than riding around the place I've found Dark Roasted Blend - The Art and Mystery of Decay


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  1. I always feel there is something haunted about the abandoned. Not in the 'traditional' ghosts sense but in that there is a story to tell.

    Mend Soon!

  2. The billiard room folly is in Witley Park, Godalming under Thursley Lake. Unfortunately it's privately owned and generally inaccessible to the public.

  3. Nice to update the blog again!
    Is not all about sports...I want to do other things too...but sometimes I'm to focus on bike also...!!
    Post your pics, sure are good !!



  4. Here's another weird old thing that's been abandoned: the Mail Rail. Twenty-three miles of tunnels and 'stations' under London's streets built in the 1920s and untouched since the day the Royal Mail closed it down. Some people broke in and took loads of pictures:


    Tangential fact about Cane Hill: Bowie's song The Bewlay Brothers is supposed to be about his relationship with his brother. I remember Brett Anderson talking about it years ago in Melody Maker. I think he said when Bowie and his bro were kids, they dreamed of becoming a sort of cabaret act called The Bewlay Brothers. Intriguing story, regardless of whether it's true or not.