The Roquefort Files

Travels to the pub and back

July 31st, 2006

In other less Crimewatch-worthy news,

Ash and I had a splendid little meal at the Tapas Tree the other night. As befits the current ascendancy of chorizo over bacon (sorry Josh) in my home cooking, we ordered a shitload of the stuff and I wolfed it down with abandon. It truly is the processed meat product of the gods. We […]

Another bike post, I’m afraid,

but one made for an entirely irritating reason. I was over on Leith Walk on Friday lunchtime, and as I unlocked my bike I happened to glance across the road. A guy, maybe thirty or so, was pushing two bikes along the pavement on the other side of the road. One of them was instantly […]

July 26th, 2006


I started writing a couple of quick, throwaway responses to the comments on the last entry but I just couldn’t help myself. Here are the full-blown, ill-thought-out and rambling replies. Pirates of the Caribbean 2: okay, first thing here is the excess surrounding this film. It cost $255 million to make and to my tastes […]

July 25th, 2006

I had the misfortune

to go and see Pirates of the Caribbean 2 on Saturday evening. The fine art of the summer blockbuster has recently been reconciled to me, after about a decade of continuous disappointments, by The Da Vinci Code and X-Men 3, and so I was anticipating said nautical antics with enthusiasm. Boy, was I wrong about […]

July 24th, 2006

[In lieu of a real post

(come back tomorrow for that), here’s a bit of random musing/rambling about the très exciting subject of running.] I have finally (i.e. four weeks later than planned) started running again in a weak imitation of training for the Water of Leith 10K (visit Sponsor ME on the sidebar to gain some karma points) in August. […]

July 17th, 2006

Work, rest and playing away:

having driven around 50% of the company into the ground over a six month period, the management thought it’d be a splendid idea to cart their hollow-eyed remnants, plus those of the lucky escapees, to a nearby beach and provide them with a barbeque by way of compensation. Compare and contrast: six months of working […]

July 12th, 2006

"At last!"

the cry goes up, “this two-parter is finally complete.” After caning back from Culross, we split up to wipe the mud/grins off our faces and reassembled in Pancho Villa’s. A leisurely carnival of tortillas, burritos (fortunately, I’m now rehabilitated enough to gaze upon said Mexican snack without an involuntary shudder. Turns out it takes a […]

July 10th, 2006

"At last!"

the relieved cry goes up from the triumvirate RF readership, “a post that doesn’t go into tedious detail about bike chain widths”. Dom is getting married in August, and as such we were legally obliged to engage in typically male activities such as driving too fast and drinking too much. (The ’60s favourite – driving […]

July 4th, 2006

More money, fewer gears part 4: it is finished.

After a bit of pratting around last week with the Dicta sprocket and my Diamondback’s 3/32″ chain, it looked distinctly like the sprocket was determined to accept only a 1/8″ BMX chain. The replacement sprocket, a 3/32″-friendly ACS Claw (“Da craw! Da craw!”) turned up from UK Bike Store almost as soon as I’d even […]