September 21st, 2013
Yesterday I popped down to the Ace Cafe in North London...twice. I had arranged to meet up with my good mate Kevin yesterday afternoon, so after heading out of work and killing 20mins in a shopping centre I rocked on over and for probably the first time, Kevin was there before me. We ordered some food, had some coffee and just chatted about anything and everything. I have known Kev since 2010 when we met at a Silverstone trackday. He had a very low speed lowside very early on and his 999s still bears the scars. He has been threatening to get it resprayed, but getting his bike cleaned is a massive deal, so maybe before the end of 2015 huh Kev?
I headed home for just over an hour and then headed back along the A406 to meet up with some chaps from the Ducati forum. Stupidly, I only took a dark visor, so I had to leave before the evening really got started. Those who have been to bike night at the Ace Cafe know what I mean when I say it can get a bit raucous. Its almost the polar opposite to bike night at Poole, which is a much more reserved affair
Whilst I was there in the evening I noticed that my tax disc holder and tax disc had both made a break for freedom, which is a fairly substantial pain in the arse. Even more annoying is that my local DVLA centre doesn't open on a Saturday and is only open during office hours Monday to Friday. Really! Why? The vast majority of working people wont be able to get there unless they make the trip during their lunch break, making it a very stressful experience I would imagine. The only people who will really benefit are poor souls like me who start in the middle of the night or the unemployed. Surely, if you only wanted the office to be open for five days a week, it would make much more sense to be open on the Saturday and closed on say the Wednesday or Thursday instead. I guess its lucky 'stupid' people like me don't get to make these sort of decisions. Who knows what we might achieve? Now where's my benefit cheque, the X-Factor's about to start.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.