Thursday 15 October 2009 10.38am
Jonofon, I would like to add my best wishes also for a speedy recovery. Reading the details of your accident sent a chill up my spine and made me think how lucky I am to be here after the things I used to get up to on my bike. When I lived in the Old Kent Road
As a kid I used to cycle over to the Serpentine in Hyde Park for a bit of fishing. I would have my rod tied to my crossbar and my tackle box slung over one shoulder. I had to ride at a funny angle to counter balance the weight of the box. The worst part of the journey was cycling round Parliament Square. I would have to cut accross three lanes of traffic and rearrange my cycling position again in order to signal with my left arm that I wanted to turn off at the park. But I often went round the square three or four times before anyone would let me cut accross. No such thing as cycle helmets in those days. Like most kids I suppose I thought I was bomb-proof and saw no danger. I wouldn't do it again for all the money in the world.