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Collectors' Corner

Baxter needle box is a reminder of bygone days

March 23 2019

‘Baxter Patentee’ is often seen on needle-box prints produced by George Baxter (1804-1867), a Victorian entrepreneur who recognised that sewing machine manufacturers might like to spruce up the large quantities of needle boxes produced for their machines.

Blazing Saddles

Top cyclists always stop to say hello

March 23 2019

I’ve been lucky enough to spend part of January and most of February cycling in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Both are fantastic venues for winter training as the weather is generally warm (although in 2018 we had snow) and the roads are mostly good.

Blazing Saddles

A first for women’s cycling in Scotland

March 16 2019

A few weeks ago in this column I lamented the absence of a woman’s version of the Tour de France. I had just finished typing the piece, and no sooner had I pressed “send” with my copy winging its way to Courier HQ than I received a press release notification of a Women’s Tour of Scotland.

Blazing Saddles

Give cyclists more bike lanes

March 9 2019

At the start of this century, Memphis USA was near the top of every negative chart index: obesity, violent crime, poverty and poor education. It was also voted as one of the country’s worst cities for cycling. Then in 2010, the 6.7 mile Greenline was opened.

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