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August CM (London)

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Tony, 25 Aug 2007.

  1. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    This Friday (31st) at National Film Theatre under Waterloo Bridge, 1830 hours for 1900.
     
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    What number CM is this one Tony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    This year saw the 13th anniversary of the event.
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    That's good going, hope the turn out is still on the up and up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Do you know if there is going to be another in Bristol? I had a look at some websites, but they are not so up to date:sad:
     
  6. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    No knowledge, I'm afraid.
     
  7. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Can't make it this Friday, Tony: needed at home. ;)

    As for the future - well it's a bit of an uncomfortable feeling, I'm afraid: shouldn't be, I know, but it is. The usual gathering-place at the end of the NFT cafe is very much an ACF thing and I'm no longer ACF...
     
  8. yello

    yello Guru

    ;)

    another falling out?
     
  9. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I stopped going when a whole run of CMs were taken over by some punk idiot couriers.

    The majority just trundle along, relying on those at the front to pick a good route.

    Since these guys seemed intent on using the crappest roads (covent garden anyone??????) I gave up going.

    It's a shame, I used to enjoy it.

    Was also kind of ruined by the over zealous police who decided that stopping it every 100 yards was a good idea........

    Shame again, I used to like seeing Valiant.......
     
  10. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Yes, quite true, but let's not go there. Not here, not now. In fact I'd be happy to be quite open about what went wrong: I don't feel bound by Sam Walker's many taboos, one of which is you're not allowed to mention a departee ever again... but perhaps Soapbox is a more appropriate arena. One of these days. Perhaps I'm wrong to feel out-of-place at the ACF gathering. Just things going through my mind...

    One of the things I've learnt about CM is that you have to be exceedingly tolerant.

    If the ride gets hijacked by the trusta types, bike waving in air for some political cause, etc. etc., you just have to shrug and sit around waiting for things to move on ... don't try to mould CM your way, just go with the flow. Relax. Much of the political stuff that gets yelled out at CM, I don't necessarily support.

    Really, it's just a bit of fun and no principles to stand on. Though it's nice to see a lot of cyclists being noticed by the public - you get tourists taking photos. And I never had any trouble with the Plod. Maybe I was lucky in the days I chose to go along.
     
  11. Valiant

    Valiant Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Zimmy old boy, come along tomorrow and experience Beatrix in the flesh!
     
  12. Pete

    Pete Guest

    ...and welcome to this forum, to you, Sam (and Beatrix!). Nice to keep in touch. I think I will make an effort to turn up to a future CM, sometime...
     
  13. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    If you want to see a sound system being towed behind a trike, a sound system that requires its own trailer.....
     
  14. Valiant

    Valiant Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Many thanks to you Pete, would be very nice to see you again.

    Tony, you do me proud lol
     
  15. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Valiant, it was this thread that made me come and fetch you. sorry can't make it tomorrow, best mate at work is having a leaving do, and I don't leave Osterley until 7.30.....

    harumph.......