Cycling

Let the cobbles begin!

This is the biggest two weeks in Belgian cycling, starting with the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Three Days of De Panne) tomorrow through Thursday, the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) this Sunday, Gent-Wevelgem next Wednesday (April 8th) and culminating in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, April 12th. Of course, many of us with a Flandrien bent favor […]

Word Play

A Monday Poetry Friday

THE SNOW-STORM ANNOUNCED by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end. The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet Delayed, all friends shut out, […]

Cycling

Die Tri-ing?

Now, I don’t really need an excuse to not try a triathlon; much less an Ironman, but I have a great deal of respect for the commitment that it takes for those who do them (even if I do occasionally make fun of their geek bikes and Speedos) … but while the risk is fairly […]

Word Play

Poetry Friday

PEACE When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut, Your round me roaming end, and under be my boughs? When, when, Peace, will you, Peace? I’ll not play hypocrite To own my heart: I yield you do come sometimes; but That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace allows Alarms of wars, […]

Current Events

Shorts on an uptick

A lot of people say that the recent rally in the stock markets is due to a short squeeze, but The Financial Times says that short interest is on the rise along with the markets. A-Train says it’s a sucker rally, but generally a rise in short interest drives the market down, not up. In […]

Current Events

Okay, this move scares me …

… and I’ll bet that Art has something to say about it as well, and if not the A-Train, then perhaps the cats over at Mad Dog Media … Turkish? Nothing like giving the guv’mint the right to say “Okay, you’re fucking up, so we’re gonna shut you down and sell you off …” Tapping […]