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Macfilos: Summer vacation starts abruptly

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An early 1904 edition of The Motor Cycle, cost one penny. This was published just a few months after the magazine was founded in 1903. Ixion hsd started his weeky column which continued for the next sixty years. (Image courtesty of Dropbears.com

Last week I got an invitation from friends to join them on a week’s break in the Balearics. Trouble was, I had only six days to decide, book and make the arrangements. Decisions.

This time last week I had not imagined I would be taking a short summer break so abruptly, although I do think I need it after being rather run-down over the past year. But I’m feeling good again and I few stress-free days away will do wonders, I hope. They might even be good for my photography as I stalk Mallorca, Leica Q2 in hand.

With lack of stress in mind, I’m planning to go easy on Macfilos posts until September 2. I raise the topic only because the last time I had a break from blogging I received several concerned emails and one early morning phone call from Australia. If the Apple Watch had its way, I suppose, it would be flashing, “You have stopped blogging. Should I call an ambulance?”

The concern reminds me of an old story taken from a 1903 motorcyclists’ advice manual1, written by the renowned biking cleric, Canon B.H.Davies. Davies wrote under the pseudonym of “Ixion” (everyone had a pseudonym in those days) and maintained a weekly column in The Motor Cycle magazine until his death in the mid-sixties.

An early 1904 edition of The Motor Cycle, cost one penny. This was published just a few months after the magazine was founded in 1903. Ixion hsd started his weeky column which continued for the next sixty years. (Image courtesty of  Dropbears.com
An early 1904 edition of The Motor Cycle, cost one penny. This was published just a few months after the magazine was founded in 1903. Ixion had already started his weekly column which continued for the next sixty years. (Image courtesy of Dropbears.com

Don’t forget the memsahib

In 1903, the year the magazine started publication, it was quite common for solo riders to carry a passenger in a wickerwork two-wheel trailer attached to the bike’s seat pillar by a flimsy articulating joint. It wasn’t a very reliable relationship, by all accounts, although I haven’t had the pleasure.

Thus is was that a concerned Ixion advised riders to turn their head every ten minutes or so and shout “are you still there, my dear?”. In those days it was never imagined that the occupant of the wicker carriage could be other than the memsahib.

One hundred and sixteen years later, Macfilos readers are advised to enquire periodically after the continued existence of the editor. An absence of a week or ten days is a matter of concern. Nonetheless, advance notice will suppress worries, I hope.

See you in September, that is unless I get itchy keyboard fingers in the meantime.

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24 COMMENTS

    • Yes, I wish you happy relaxing times.But why not be truly innovative and leave behind both Apple watch and iPhone. You’ll have the sun to keep you more or less on time.

      No. You could cheat. Check the camera clock 😁

  1. Thanks for letting us know. I am now going through macfilos withdrawal symptoms but you certainly deserve a break. I have no idea how you keep up the pace and the high quality content-it is much appreciated. Power off your electronic ball and chain devices for extended periods to further destress. Enjoy yourself!

  2. Have a great and rewarding and restful break! We will survive – with difficulty – but with the thought that your Q2 is also taking exercise. This from one who decided on impulse last week, just before teaching starts again, to forget preparing classes and take a break from New York for a hiking week in Northern California in the Point Reyes National Park – sitting now watching the ripples over Tomales Bay I can empathize with your Balearics moment. Safe travels!

  3. Have a good break Mike.
    I was always scathing about Mallorca until I was invited to join my son and his family on holiday. It is a beautiful island, the north and west in particular, but then there is Palma a photographers paradise.
    Enjoy.

    • I must say I’ve had similar views in the past about Majorca and it wouldn’t be my first choice for a destination. It was just an opportunity for a quick break. But I’m looking forward to getting to Palma to see what’s cooking.

  4. Wishing you an enjoyable break Mike and look forward to seeing some of your holiday snaps in September. Meantime, if the rumoured SL2 is announced in your absence … 🙂

    dunk

  5. Enjoy the break, and I will look forward to the next article on the anniversary. We will await your return.

    You have earned the rest, so enjoy it.

    Dave

  6. Hi Mike,

    Have a wonderful time and recharge the batteries. Macfilos readers won’t vanish on you, instead we’ll all look forward to the photos on your return!

    Best wishes.

  7. Oh, and my Memsahib would be scornfully ruthless should I ever suggest a sidecar! She’s the pillion in a million and any notion that she’s not onboard would receive short shift.

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