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Tour de Channel

At D&D last night we were talking about the Tour de France, and the fact that it tours countries other than France. Specifically, that it's coming to London this year. It seemed logical for the tour to detour into countries the cyclists can actually cycle into, but hopping across the Channel seems rather artificial.

So we considered ways of keeping the race going while crossing the Channel. The first suggestion was to have them race laps around the deck of the ferry. Which would be interesting in rought weather. Bet no competitor's ever been seasick during the Tour de France before.
  I think the best idea was to have them swap from bike to pedalos, and pedal their way across the Channel like that. Of course they'd have to watch out for the freighters and oil tankers. Unless the Channel could be closed and the traffic diverted around Scotland. Can you imagine how big the 'Diversion' signs would have to be ? And lots of traffic cones.

Oh, and Asha brought one of her cats, Chen

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miss_next
19th Jun, 2007 12:20 (UTC)
I think I have probably got to get Charles onto LJ now, and point him to this post. I can trust him 100% to come up with some wonderful Heath Robinson idea that might just actually work. :-)

And that cat photo is superb... definitely needs to be lolcatted if anyone can think of a good caption!
vilakins
19th Jun, 2007 20:17 (UTC)
IM IN UR BOX COLLAPSIN UR WAVE FUNCTIONZ

(Schroedinger)
miss_next
19th Jun, 2007 20:27 (UTC)
That works. :-D
san_valentine
19th Jun, 2007 21:29 (UTC)
It's briliant ! Go ahead and do it.
nigelh
19th Jun, 2007 14:32 (UTC)
I wonder if Eurotunnel could be persuaded to let them bikes ride through the service tunnel? Not too good for spectators though :)
sloopjonb
19th Jun, 2007 19:13 (UTC)
... or they could just bike through the service tunnels in the Chunnel. Perfectly feasible. But very boring.
sloopjonb
19th Jun, 2007 19:14 (UTC)
Well, drat. Beaten to it.
vilakins
19th Jun, 2007 20:18 (UTC)
Fabulous pic and what a gorgeous cat!
san_valentine
19th Jun, 2007 21:32 (UTC)
Chen is lovely, isn't he ? Not the sharpest tool in the box - downright blunt in fact. But lovely.

He seemed quite content in the box, and stayed there while Chris and Helen both took several photos (that one is Helen's btw). I think he might have fallen asleep there if Asha hadn't squeezed him out.
vilakins
19th Jun, 2007 22:22 (UTC)
He's very like the cat who visited us on holiday; just sauntered into our apartment, spent an hour or so with us, and then left. I have pics here and here.
san_valentine
20th Jun, 2007 00:04 (UTC)
Oh yes. Chen is a birman, and I guess your visitor is too, although you can get the same markings in a ouple of other breeds, like ragdolls, I think.

I rather lust after one myself. They're lovely and fluffy but don't need anything like as much grooming as a persian, besides having nicer faces.
vilakins
20th Jun, 2007 00:30 (UTC)
I guessed they were both Birmans too. :-) They have beautiful faces (I don't care for the squashed Persian look) and I love their blue eyes.

I have two Burmese myself and a black and white stray that stayed. :-)
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