Drivers give helmeted cyclists less room�

Drivers give helmeted cyclists less room�|�Oddly Enough�|�

Worrying findings – especially as I’m about to start a cross-London bicycle commute in October…

I’ve always been skeptical of a helmet’s value in a crash – I remember some earlier designs increased the risk of twisting your neck in a fall – but have worn one on the basis that some additional protection is always welcome and so that my visibility in traffic is increased: a bright white helmet stands out more than my head (although the hair’s getting whiter by the month…).

Maybe the blond wig is the way to go though… Worrying!

Bye Schumacher

So then, Michael, farewell.

BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Thoughts on Schumacher

Without boring the world on my thoughts on the Most Boring Sport In The World (subsection: “To Which I’m Addicted”), the nature of sport, ruthlessness and competition, suffice it to say that I’ve read the two best comments on Herr Schumacher’s retirement:

“We will miss him a little bit as a driver. We will miss him a lot in the football matches.”
Jarno Trulli, Toyota driver

“He has broken every record in the book, has money in the bank, a loving family and lots of lovely homes but it will be very, very difficult for him to find a replacement in his life for what Formula One has given him.”
Murray Walker, former television commentator

Now then: how about going out as World Champion, eh? That’d have people forthing at the mouth…

Normal service will be resumed now that I’ve got this out of my system 🙂

[Freebie] 5 free tickets to InternetRetailing conference

[Freebie] 5 free tickets to InternetRetailing conference

One of the downsides of being Editor is being nagged for freebie tickets to our conference. One of the upsides, of course, is being able to say “yes”… I have 5 free passes to the conference – see below for details.

There is no need to send in your children’s birth certificates, nor even the deeds to your homes. Simply register to receive the newsletter and then email ‘‘ with the title “gimme a free pass”.

You will then be entered into a Digital Hat, shaken vigorously by our publisher and five lucky readers will be informed that they, yes they, will be attending Internet Retailing 2006, our inaugural conference.

I’m informed that the conference is nearly sold out and so these tickets don’t carry a guarantee of a chair, but I’m sure that we’ll be in full compliance with Fire Regs and Health and Safety laws.

This also means that people can stop mailing me with sob stories, offers of gifts, threats of revealing secrets and even offers of exclusive stories: just mail ‘’ as above and the magic cyberpixies will do the rest.

CLOSING DATE: midnight on 19 September, 2006.

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