Because after a bit of shopping, then a lovely lunch and film with a friend you walk out into the sunshine on a June Saturday teatime to see hoards of people cycling naked toward Trafalgar Square and The Mall.
More people exercising there democratic right in this manor please - I bet there'd be less trouble. (And no I didn't catch what it was they were demonstrating about.
Thanks to Lisa for sending me this, my favourite is number 18:
Puns for educated minds
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian . 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery. 6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering. 7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head' 13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. 14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.' 15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. 16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 17. A backward poet writes inverse. 18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes. 19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine . 21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.' 22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall One turns to the other and says 'Dam!' 23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too. 24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.' 25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication. 26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
Not sure whether the world outside the UK has heard about the new bike hire scheme in London introduced by Mayor Boris Johnson. If not, just a quick recap, we now have hundreds of hire bikes docked all over central London. You have to register to use them and get given a little key which undocks them. The first half an hours use is free.
Anyway, it was only a matter of time before someone tried this. Oh and the place where he is trying out the Boris bike is the bike/skate park on the South Bank which I have been know to photograph on occasions.
Well that is about £640,000 at the current exchange rate so after I'd gone out and treated myself to a Philip Treacy hat, I would buy the rest of my flat (it's shared ownership) and pay off the outstanding mortgage. Then I'd spend a bit of money on it, a new bathroom, kitchen and flooring throughout. Then I'd rent it out.
The rest of the money would hopefully be enough to buy myself a two-bedroom flat a little closer into town than where I am now and live mortgage free.