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  • I was there

    The 1960s were the most exciting and creative decade of the 20th century. Pope John XIII and the Vatican Council II brought a new lease of life to the Catholic Church. The spirit of the Council was put under pressure during these last two decades...

  • The staining of a reputation

    I try hard to avoid commenting about our political class. They, unfortunately, are becoming ever more like the three-legged horse by the entrance to Valletta. They sit on pedestals, they look good but have something intrinsically wrong in their...

  • Hunters shoot themselves in the foot... again

    If you needed one good reason to support the government’s wise decision to suspend the autumn hunting season then look no further than the hunters’ impromptu, unsanctioned protest. As Malta enjoyed a rare show of political consensus to mark 50...

  • Lifecycle stands down in the Land of the rising sun

    The sun was setting and the lights were coming on in the Tokyo telecoms tower that is a landmark on Tokyo's horizon. About a dozen people were exercising their dogs on the grass, and a few joggers went past with earphones plugged in. Besides them,...

  • EBOLA BLUES AGAIN

    Joseph Muscat was probably right in barring entry to a merchant ship with a suspected Ebola case on board, given that it was closer to Italy than to here, but while it was legally correct, was it morally OK? I'm only making the point in the spirit...

  • Tokyo, here we come!

    We are on our way to Tokyo! The cyclist that had to drop out because of bike problems has borrowed the bike belonging to the injured one so 21 should be crossing the finish line some time this afternoon, although only 20 are still in the...

  • Happy Birthday to the love of my life

    Around this time of year I’m always tempted to write about the one person whose existence has significantly shaped my life and essentially my entire world. It was on this day, 33 years ago, that my brother David was born. At birth he was suffering...

  • Not giving up

    They say things happen when you get out of your comfort zone. Well, Lifecycle is certainly out of our comfort zone. And one of the strangest things is that the lower the lows, the higher the highs. The trip through the Baltics last year was slow...

  • CRUNCHING NUMBERS NOT PEANUTS

    My problem is that numbers make my teeth itch and my brain hurt, so when a story comes up that talks about this or that many thousands being on one side or another of an equation, I tend to go into a coma and ignore it. That is what happened when...

  • When the going gets tough...very tough

    Yesterday was one of those days when you go to bed swearing that this is your last Lifecycle. Never again, you promise. We were up at 4am to be able to leave at 6am. Well, that was the theory anyway. The reality was that most of the sleeping bag...

  • To name or not to name

    From time to time we experience a strong popular reaction to some event or other. The vehicle used to spread such popular concern is generally Facebook. The latest such reaction followed the arraignment of a member of the Society of Christian...

  • One of the toughest challenges to date

    One of the toughest challenges to date

    The Actavis LifeCycle Challenge is turning into one of the hardest ever, with a route that is as treacherous as it is beautiful. The last cyclist arrived at the accommodation after 1am, having cycled since 7am that morning, and at 11pm, there were...

  • FLIGHT NO

    The title of this edition of my Great Thoughts (irritating enough for you, Lil’Elves?) can be read in two ways: flight is negative and flight is numbered. OK, enough of the silly puns. For some reason known only to those versed in the Dark Arts,...

  • Long rides, getting lost and beautiful bridges

    The GPS was directing us off the well-lit main road onto a dark side road, disappearing into the distance. There were a few scattered houses but it seemed a most unlikely place for a town sports centre. The road weaved left and right and...

  • Users' guide to Japan

    When you are on the road for so many hours,  covering such a distance, there are so many things you notice that are unique to this country. Telegraph poles Because of frequent earthquake, all the wires run overhead. This means poles every 100m or...

  • SPREAD YOUR TALENTS WIDE

    You have to admit that Herr. Juncker has a sublime sense of humour. First, he (or someone in his Cabinet) let slip that probably the most elderly of his Commissioners was to be appointed to take responsibility for youth and - wait for it -...

  • Juncker’s sense of humour

    Juncker’s sense of humour

    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must either have a bizarre sense of humour or else we are underestimating our government’s negotiation skills. Why else would the EU boss give the environment portfolio to the nominee of a country,...

  • One of those days

    It's turning into one of those days. The usual spills - fortunately no serious injuries - and a broken spoke: all are enough to disrupt the plan. One cyclist is hours behind while another has lost an hour already. And it is only 3pm, with another...

  • A horse for her kingdom

    Soon Scotland will be holding a super-important referendum which could belittle Britain. Their votes in general elections hardly mean a thing, as London decrees and Scotland obeys but, this once, the Scots will decide their future...

  • Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Wednesday - day 1 of the challenge. Our Japanese mentor Rei Shiratori and the councillor of Fukuoka turned up with a few reporters this morning, waving Maltese and Japanese flags, ready to send off the team. For hours, the car park by the Fukuoka...

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