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Archive for February 2012

Two Sides of the Medway (29 January – late report)

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2012 by Martin Hayman

The River Medway bisects the county of Kent. Unlike neigbouring Sussex, however, there is no official designation of ‘West’ and ‘East’, though the river is said to divide the Men (and Maids) of Kent on the right bank from the Kentish Men (and Maids) on the left.

History holds that the Men of Kent were Jutish and resisted the Norman conquerors more robustly than the Saxon Kentish Men. (This is lifted straight from the Wikipedia entry for East Kent.) There remains a subtle but perceptible difference in the character of the terrain, and that is what this ride highlights. The right bank is the blue-collar side of Kent, typified by Paddock Wood, where they have ropey-looking working farms, builder’s merchant yards, windscreen fitting businesses, and so on, by contrast with Sevenoaks on the left bank, inhabited by rich people who churn money in the City.

Twyford Bridge, Yalding. Pic © Clem Rutter

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Not Peter’s Ride

Posted on Wednesday 15 February 2012 by John Aizlewood

Unfortunately train changes meant that we couldn’t meet Peter for his ride and tea at leader’s; fortunately David stepped in at short notice for an alternative. Last week had been snowed off and the legs needed an outing so, although the weather wasn’t promising and temperatures at zero, there were five hardy regulars at Marylebone, and four more waiting at West Ruislip. Paul was showing off his new bike. more »

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