mechanics musings

a bike with fairy lights on

It’s been a good year for cycling to work. I see regular riders most days on my to and fro, and we usually exchange a quick greeting as we pass. Some of them have been in to Ride On and it’s always interesting to talk to someone you usually see zooming in the opposite direction.

The last couple of months cycle commuting in the dark have been interesting too. Some people are lit up like UFOs (others with no lights or dim glow-worms make me wonder how much they can see, and if they realise how hard they are to see). But the ones that puzzle me most are those who can somehow manage to ride with flashing front lights. It must be like being in a B&W silent movie, flickering crazily!

Anyway, we’re near the darkest and the lighter days are coming back, so keep those LEDs glowing, blinking, pulsating and flickering till then.

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About Vicky Jocher

Haecceitas Decades ago I became fascinated when I saw paint on old window and door frames split into exploding colours. The process of weathering revealed a new entity, that of slivers of colour reacting to each other. This makes my heart beat faster. The very process of applying paint is to create a new picture. Paint is colour. As I apply colours, a new entity – the picture itself – is created. There is a point at which it springs to life and it resonates with its own being-ness. Between life and death there is a thinness. With art you start with an idea which holds a potential, it goes through a similar layer of thinness and the thing is made, the juxtapositions of colour become a life. And this exploration fuels my fascination. When I teach workshops, I see people go through the process of being apprehensive and excited at the same time. There is a palpable moment when their artwork becomes what they hoped for, and that moment is fascinating.

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