Read this column. But not when you should be riding bikes.
Words by Matt ‘Smell Mammoth’ Letch. Photo by Mark
I’m surprised that more offices aren’t built with no windows at all.
Just 24-hour lighting racks and no clocks to stop you lifting your head from the glow of the nagging screen in front of you. Air filtered of any outside influence – neutral air, neutral light, neutral warmth.
Sitting behind my desk today I’m only really interested in the place outside the window, between the buildings that frame the outside world. Due to the walls that fill the foreground, my eyes are forced up to a hazy combination of colours; the last sombre browns of winter- denuded trees, the new hyper green of spring, all topped off with blue. Blue reaching out to space and infinity.
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Striking a balance between tweeting, GPS’ing, shooting, Facebooking and actually doing is a confusing mish-mash in a modern world. Going back to the hunter-gatherer analogy: I’m fairly sure they did more hunting and gathering than cave painting but I’m not sure I always do.
So how about some rules? Film and picture imagining gets done in your boss’ time and not your own (with the possible exception of a little bedtime dreaming). Riding time must always exceed uploading time. Suspension should be compressed over rocks in anger far more than it’s discussed on a forum. Drivetrains should be more worn than weighed. Pub bragging should be earned.And you should have a glove tan line by August.
I’m turning this computer off now.
SUSPENSION SHOULD BE COMPRESSED OVER ROCKS IN ANGER FAR MORE THAN IT’S DISCUSSED ON A FORUM.
DRIVETRAINS SHOULD BE MORE WORN THAN WEIGHED.