Tag Archives: Persephone

Back in Scotland (and I bought a used bike)

I breathed a huge sigh of relief as the train from Newcastle to Edinburgh crossed the Scottish border just north of the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.  I was even more relieved to be back in Edinburgh, where I had a 4 … Continue reading

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The end of an awful two weeks

I leave South Shields tomorrow, thank fuck.  I’m going back to Scotland, where I have an Airbnb flat booked for almost an entire month.  This has been an awful two week period in which I’ve descended into alcoholism again, as … Continue reading

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I have to binge drink just to get through the day here

I’ve been in this hellhole known as ‘South Shields aka ‘Grantham-by-the-Sea’ since July 19th and I don’t leave until Friday.  I should never have come to this terrible seaside, family friendly place, but I didn’t know it would be this … Continue reading

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Hurt again by someone’s well-meaning words and intentions

After I deleted my OK Cupid account,, a guy who I’d given my number to expressed interest in meeting and staying in touch.  I was drunk at that point yesterday and  my guard was down and my inhibitions were low.  … Continue reading

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My life just became more difficult (bike vandalised, loneliness, time to go)

I’ve only been back in England (South Shields)  for 3 days and already Persephone (my bike)  has been completely vandalised.  I was going to take her out today and I came down to find the tyres slashed, the bell destroyed … Continue reading

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Lonely-rood Park (my visit to Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh)

I had to leave Persephone with the bicycle repair shop I found near Edinburgh city centre  She needs a new chain, new sprockets (whatever the fuck those are) and new rear brake pads.  I’m also getting the handlebar grips replaced, … Continue reading

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Ugly on The John Muir Way

I cycled a 22 mile stretch of the John Muir Way (sections 8 to 10) yesterday, from the east side of Edinburgh to North Berwick.  It took me about 3 hours in total, but only because I stopped at various … Continue reading

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