One of the joys of cycling is having time to think; to mull things over. And so it is that the Tyred and Motional blog is part ride log and part record of random ruminations. (Or rather that is the intention.)
So, what of the cycling ruminant?
Key bits of information about me are that my name is Paul Ducker, I live in London, am not as young as I think and my interests are a bit eclectic.
More? Until a few years ago I worked in the public sector, for a UK government funded body (CABE), but cuts in public spending put paid to that. I took the opportunity of a bit of redundancy pay to first of all complete an MA in Higher and Professional Education and then to do a bit of voluntary work for organisations that interested me whilst I looked for work (Empty Homes, The Glass-House and Future of London). But eventually the inevitable happened. I am happily back in work, now as part of the team at Shared Intelligence.
Things that motivate my meanderings, both tyred and cerebral, are discovering places, design and innovation (as well as a love of sitting out and watching the world go by in front of cafes and bars). The particular ‘prism’ through which I tend to look at all of these (with the possible exception of the cafes and bars) is an interest in education, employment and skills. It is the field in which I have worked for most of the last twenty years. But I am also increasingly interested in understanding the opportunities and challenges of good, affordable housing and of locally-led development.
Why did I start Tyred and Motional? Initially as a project to teach myself about social media. After the initial flurry of activity in creating it, the site has largely remained dormant. Rather than let it die completely, I have now decided to have a go at writing occasional posts on topics and issues that I find interesting or am struggling to understand. I will never be one of the stars of the blogging stratosphere and, realistically, will probably be the only person to read or comment on my posts, but I am intrigued to find out what impact the discipline of writing an occasional blog might have on my thinking and actions.
If you have just happen upon Tyred and Motional, I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please let me know. Constructive criticism always welcome. But, as my mother used to say, ‘if you can’t say something nice…’. Or, more poetically put, ‘Tread softly because you tread upon my dreams’ (from ‘He wishes for the cloths of heaven’ by W.B.Yeats, evocatively quoted by Sir Ken Robinson in his TED talk)
Paul Ducker, 10 August 2013