I called upon my assistant ChatGPT for advice on how to circumvent our perennial problem with cached pages. ChatGPT confirmed our present methods and suggested a few others. We took another shot at them, so you may see
?v=240614 at the end of this week's on-line News address, and similar appendages to other pages where latest content is essential. Other methods involve sacrificing small animals and chanting curses under our breath.

It wasn't your internet connection dropping out last Tuesday that caused the website to become unresponsive. It appears to have been sorted within a few hours by our hosting company, so thanks for your patience.


Machine Badges

One of the 56 Machine Badges added last week was in the form of the old rotating telephone dial. The club was POTSC Leicester, which appears to have been a Post Office Telephone Social Club, here in Leicester. So that must have been before 1981. Can anyone remember this club and confirm it had a motorcycle section?

Our own Leicester Phoenix Touring MCC produced a machine badge back in 1961 that was screen printed onto the reverse side of perspex. It was unkindly nicknamed the Strangled Chicken.

It was soon redesigned as the blue quartered badge that many past members are still proud to display on their current motorcycles.

I'm not sure what the Dog-Latin motto Exeleremis means; probably "Ill Eagal Speed".

Skype Night

Next Skype Night is on at or near 8pm Blighty Sometime. Last week Alan Jarvis in Canada reported that the UK are not alone in experiencing unseasonably cool weather. If you live somewhere baking hot, join us on Skype and see if we can swap a few therms.

June 2024

Ten Embers went out in the midday sun this week, taking a little-known track between Anstey and Cropston on our short route back to Gynsills Farm for lunch. Our June report shows lots of photos from Simon and Wishbone. If you want to retrace our ride, the route is shown on our 2024 Cycling index.

With faith in better weather, we are now extending our range with starts from Canons Ashby on and from Hartington Station in Derbyshire on .

Foz Spot

A blonde woman was speeding down the road and was pulled over by a female police officer, who was also a blonde.

The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver's license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

What does it look like? she finally asked.

The policewoman replied, It's square and it has your picture on it.

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman. Here it is. she said.

The blonde officer looked in the mirror, then handed it back saying, OK, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop.

We need cheering up on these dismal days, so last week we added best chat up lines to the Foz Lists, and will have another quip-round on Sunday.