15 October 2007

Bank Account

I have had quite a few emails about people wanting to know how to sponsor this ride. I have gone to my local bank & opened a savings account. I am reluctant to actually handle the money myself, as the MPSES does have a charity coordinator, but if you want to make a donation, you can do it by either internet banking or by sending it to the branch direct. If you are sending it to the branch direct, please remember to add the account number etc. with it

The details of the account are:

Account Number: 81501968

Sort Code: 40-42-01

HSBC Sidcup Branch
83 High Street
DA14 6DN

Please cheques payable to P.Clare

Thank you in advance

A warning from Greenpeace

The training is going OK, I'm still concentrating on losing weight & am doing at least an hour in the gym everyday. My diet is improving & the weight is coming off. (Downfall I need to buy some new suits!)

I am doing about 4/5 spin classes a week at present, & my saddle soreness has now gone & I am really getting into this.

However, (why is there always a however??) I am off on holiday for a couple of weeks, so there will be no more training updates for a while. I want to continue the good work I have started when I am away & try to do a lot of swimming. I also want to dispel the nasty hurtful rumours that Greenpeace are heading for the Canaries!!

It's not big & it's not clever!!

I have received my first donation form a dear friend of mine who at the age of 48 has been diagnosed with cancer. He recently had 8 liters of fluid drained off his lungs & I was so touched that through all his treatment & pain he thought of me & my ride.

Certainly focuses the mind.

3 October 2007

Final update on Evans' cycles

Well it's only taken 2 months with 13 emails, 2 phone calls, my employer getting involved & a letter but today I have finally received my two elusive inner tubes. I think they were delivered by Lord Lucan riding Shergar & came via Atlantis!! It was so frustrating, despite repeated request for them to call me Evans' would only answer emails.

All I can say is that I am glad it wasn't anything complicated I was missing or heaven knows how many hours I would have wasted trying to resolve it!!

There will be no more specific posts regarding Evans' Cycles now, unless they want to sponsor the ride with equipment etc. & I have emailed them to ask them! They are however sending me some vouchers as a gesture of good will. I shall now concentrate this blog back to it's original theme.......the ride, my sore bum & white vans that cut me up!! However I am taking Carol (wife & very lucky woman) away for a romantic weekend, so no more training until Monday. I can almost hear other women's hearts breaking (See previous posts of me in Lycra & you know why!!) & wishing they were Carol, or are they crying tears of sympathy?

Oh yes, one last thing, I have found out that I off to Marylebone on the 12th November, so it's back to working when it's dark!!

Worst thing is I will have to leave traffic, which is a shame as I really enjoyed the job I was doing. Mind you I suppose now I'm not a rat anymore people might speak to me again!!!

1 October 2007

A bit of police humor

Dear readers,

A little aside from the training that I know my police friends will agree with!!

You Might Be a Copper if...

You have the bladder capacity of five people.

You have ever restrained someone and it was not a sexual experience.

You believe that 75% of people are a waste of space.

Your idea of a good time is an armed robbery at shift change.

You call for a name check on anyone who is remotely friendly to you.

Discussing dismemberment over dinner seems perfectly normal to you.

You find humor in other peoples stupidity.

You have your weekends off planned for a year.

You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce.

You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says " God its Quiet today".

Whenever you phone someone, you ask them 'Are you free to speak?'

Your diet consists of food that has gone through more processing than a computer can track.

You're the only sober person in the kebab house.

You believe chocolate is a food group.

Having alcohol at 7am seems perfectly normal.

You have ever wanted to hold a seminar called "Suicide, getting it right the first time".

You believe "Too stupid to Live" should be a valid court outcome.

When you mention vegetables, you're not referring to a food group.

You think caffeine should be available in IV form.

Your prisoner states "I have no idea how I got here" - and neither have you.

You end normal conversations with loved ones with Roger or Acknowledged.

You walk down the street looking at people as potential criminal intelligence submissions

You believe the carpet bombing of certain areas of your beat is a viable alternative to policing

You believe that some crimes can be sorted out with a damn good kicking.

Your favorite hallucinogen is exhaustion.

You are the only person you know who ever uses the word 'liaise'.

Your partner tells you off for walking with your hands held together behind your back.

At least once every working day you use the phrase, "The job's f*cked!"

You regularly say, "With all due respect, Sir" but mean nothing of the sort.

You have a nose finely tuned to the smells of cannabis, decomposition and stale body odour.

You think Thursday is the best night to go into town for a drink with your mates.

You nodded and laughed at all of the above, and realised what a sick bunch we all are.
Keep smiling....................

The dreaded saddle!!

Well not much has been happening training wise. I've been going to the gym nearly everyday & doing a minimum of an hours cardio workout. I've been on a course at Kent Police HQ, so I've not been on the bike, but that will change this week

I'm now concentrating more on my diet to help my weight loss. Apparently hamburgers are not good for you??

No update on Evans' Cycles, still missing the two inner-tubes. I think I read that there is localised trouble on the Island of Java (Next island over from Bali). The main stay of the economy is rubber. Could this be the problem with the inner-tubes or just sheer incompetence??

My only other news is that I have been told I am being posted to the City of Westminster on promotion. I should find out today, when & to what Police Station.