Thank you for all your bike related and other comments and I’ll try and take some photos of me and my bike and post them-its not a pretty sight.. I don’t think I’ve ever thought myself in Bastogne Liege Bastogne but I was having lunch with a friend down Wapping High Street the other day which is heavily cobbled and travelling down there on my bike I did briefly imagine myself in the famous “Hell of the North” The Paris Roubaix. professional cyclists, consume 8,000 calories a day and I did manage that part of the experience.
I was reading yesterday in the Sunday Times a piece by Robert Penn author of the best selling book, “Its All About the Bike.” He was writing about giving his new bike, made of components he’s sourced from all over the world a name. In the end he decided on “Ffynnon” which means spring or fountain in Welsh. I’ve never named a bike but years ago I did own a 1970 Rover P5B Coupe, which does briefly appear in some of my TV sketches and the Comic Strip Film Supergrass. Anyway after a while, wanting something more modern I sold the car to a rugby playing priest from Bolton. On the phone I said to this man, “Oh by the way the car’s name is Roger” He replied that he planned to re-name the P5B “Bishop Beaufort.” Well I didn’t say anything but in my mind there was no way that car was a Catholic, and certainly not Cardinal Bishop of Winchester and Papal Legate for Germany, Hungary, and Bohemia. If we’d been talking about a Ferrari or even a Citroen DS OK but there was something very Church of England about Rovers of that period, they couldn’t possibly be any other denomination.
Yes people often quote bits of my routines to me that I can't remember, in fact I can't really remember Mr Gibson, what was it about? There will have to come a point where I sit down and watch all my old shows then it will all come flooding back but for some reason I'm reluctant. And on the topic of old shows I think there was a facebook group trying to get the BBC to release The All New Alexei Sayle Show and Merrygoround on DVD and I did look into it but I think there was some problem with ownership of the material or something. Again I can't remember but maybe I'll enquire again.
Yes the tanks at Kursk would have been T 34s and KV 1s. Though the soviets did use the year of origin for firearms they didn't follow that practice for tanks or planes.