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倫敦自行車風潮 London Cycle Fun

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在倫敦, 許多人都是自行車通勤的擁護者, 其中包含了現任的倫敦市長波理斯.強森及著名的時裝設計師薇薇安.衛思伍德, 什錦甘草糖曾經在街上與風馳電掣的這兩位擦身而過。倫敦市中心為避免交通擁擠, 每天從早上7點到傍晚6, 所有開進城的車都會被徵收交通高峰費congestion charge, 比較受歡迎的地方, 即使願意付費停車, 也不一定有停車位; 搭乘火車地鐵或公車的費用很高, 而且幾乎每年的12日都會漲價。節能省碳、省錢、機動性高又可健身的自行車逐漸成為倫敦市民喜愛的交通工具~ 現任市長有名的政績之一, 就是推動可以在市中心區隨處取車, 隨處還車的『博客來腳踏車, 方便市民及遊客行程較短的交通需求。

In London, many people support cycling. Amongst them, London’s present mayor, Boris Johnson and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood are two famous figures. I have seen both of them cycling on the street. In order to avoid serious traffic jams,the London authority applies “congestion charge” to cars driving into central London area from 7am to 6pm during the week days.Parking is not easy at popular areas and the already expensive public transport raises prices every year. Suffering from the above factors, bicycles gradually become Londoners favourite transport tools! It’s more mobile, eco-friendly, money-saving and healthy~ One of London’s new landscape is people riding the Blue Barclays bikes here and there.

許多倫敦民眾也許是博客來腳踏車的會員, 也許有自己的汽車, 也許會用大眾運輸工具, 但其中許多人同時擁有自己的自行車。走在倫敦的街上, 隨處可以可以看到自行車鎖在燈桿或欄杆上; 忙碌的路上, 也常有成群的自行車族穿梭在公車及汽車之間; 社區中, 不但有越來越多的腳踏車店, 甚至有的店還附設咖啡店以提供通勤族中途休息, 或自行車愛好者資訊交流的空間; 近來, 地方區政府的道路改善問卷中, 通常也都會把自行車存放空間納入考量, 可見自行車在這城市受歡迎的程度!

People might be joining Barclays Cycle Hire, owning their own car or taking public transport, but they also like having their own bikes at the same time. Walking in London, one can find bicycles chained everywhere, groups of cyclists flying between buses and cars,and growing numbers of bike shop(some with cafe)appearing in the communities. Bike storage spaces has also become one popular options on local governments’ urban planning questionnaire!

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自行車族的組成年齡從幼稚園小孩到銀髮族都有。有些父母會在車前或車後加上額外的裝置或坐墊, 以方便載小孩出, 當小朋友大到可以自己騎車時, 就幫他們買自己的腳踏車, 週末的公園市場或遊樂區, 偶爾還可以看到『全家福車隊』!在英國, 許多民眾都是著名的『環法自行車大賽』的粉絲。 路程超過80公里, 有名的『倫敦到布萊頓』自行車慈善賽, 年年吸引成千上萬的民眾參加, 我也曾經參加過一次, 大部分的人需要騎一天(約8小時), 越過陡坡不久, 接近終點時特別有成就感!

London’s cyclists are from all ages. Some parents attach extra parts on the bike to enable them carrying young kids when they are on the wheels. When the children are big enough to handle bikes themselves, many of them learn to ride. Occasionally,you can see a big family of 5 or 6 members cycling on the country road, in the park or walking with their bikes in the markets!In Britain, many people are fans of “Tour de France”. One of London’s own famous cycling events is the charitable “London to Brighton” bike ride which takes most of participants a whole day to complete. I did it once and enjoyed it a lot!

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因為自行車的機動性, 在倫敦的希斯洛機場, 設有自行車緊急救護服務; 小型的商家或機構也會添購三輪車以載運工具或貨物。如果仔細觀察, 常可以發現不少賞心悅目或風格獨特的倫敦自行車騎士。在慶祝煙火節的晚會中, 我遇到了一位非常迷人的法國女士蘇菲, 她也是位到哪裡都騎自行車的兩輪族, 我們認識的當晚, 她當然也是騎著自行車活動, 儘管如此, 蘇菲還是穿著鮮艷的鵝黃色大衣, 踩著有跟的鞋子, 戴著簡單的一兩件首飾。這位女孩非常喜歡開玩笑, 和她聊天時間過得特別快, 當你仔細點觀察她, 她姿態優雅的長耳環有一部分竟是娃娃的手, 而手提包上立體的造型, 竟是三個洋娃娃的臉!

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Bicycles are so mobile that even Heathrow airport uses them to offer ambulance service! Some small local business or organisations now also like to use tricycles to move tools or goods around. Watching carefully, you can find many cyclists with unique styles in London city. I recently have just met one in the bonfire party- a very charming French lady, Sophie~ Sophie cycles everywhere and it was no exception on the night we met. Despite on the wheels, Sophie dressed herself in an elegant bright yellow coat,wearing shoes with heels and a couple of jeweleries which goes very well with her coat. She loves making jokes and this makes time passing quickly when you chat with her.If you look at her closely, you might be astonished to find out that on her graceful looking earrings hang two pieces of doll’s hands and on her sculptural feeling hand bag sticks out 3 doll faces!

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蘇菲是一位有創意的設計師及表演者, 她對於生活中隨手可得的事物充滿着想象力, 不太受既定觀念的束縛, 因此喜歡把不同的媒材重新組合, 或把他人丟棄的物件回收再利用, 這也是她『人體系列』飾品誕生的理念。因為喜歡明亮的色彩, 加上學戲劇的背景, 蘇菲擅長運用各種顏色的樂高積木方塊, 做成別具特色的衣服或飾品, 這個系列的作品, 格外地有節慶的快樂氣氛!如果你也想看看蘇菲小姐獨特有趣的創作, 或甚至購買它們, 請參考她的網站。對了!她的網站就叫做:踩著高跟騎自行車CYCLE IN HEELS)

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Sophie is a creative designer and performer who is full of imagination towards daily objects and sets no limitation on her works. She likes to recycle things found in the charity shops or on the street and to combine different materials together. I think this explains the background of her “human body” series accessaries. Influenced by her theatre study and passion for colours, she is very good at applying lego bricks in making costumes too. This series brings you very festive atmosphere! If you are interested in seeing or buying Miss Sophie’s creations, please check the following links. Oh! The name of her website happens to be called “Cycle in Heels”~ 

相關連結:

蘇菲的網頁- http://cycleinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

蘇菲的網購商店- http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/cycleinheels

倫敦到布萊頓 – http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides/london-to-brighton/london-to-brighton.aspx

博客來腳踏車 – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/14808.aspx

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有趣的蔬菜:義大利麵瓜 Lazy bone’s pasta: Spaghetti Squash

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星期六的早上做什麼好呢?忙了一週, 既想放鬆心情, 又得把平日沒有處理的家事照顧到. 對我來說, 逛農夫市集是最有意思的了!一方面可以採買下週所需的食物, 另一方面, 又可以在各式各樣的攤子之間, 享受挖寶的樂趣.

Saturday morning, a time to relax, but also a time to deal with the housework that has to be done…. What a struggle! Well, ever since I started visiting our local farmers market, my dilemma has simply disappeared! I can do the food shopping for next week while hunting for treasures amongst interesting stalls~

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接近萬聖節的時間, 不只是南瓜, 在市場還可以發現許多其他的瓜類, 有的小巧且色彩繽紛, 有的則是頭好壯壯, 以體型取勝. 上一週我們在農夫市集看到一個佈置十分鮮艷的攤位, 有趣的是, 整個攤位只賣一種看來有點像冬瓜的產品義大利麵瓜 (又稱魚翅瓜), 而這些瓜全都是這位同樣衣著十分鮮艷的女士種的, 我們就暫且稱她為Maggie.

When Halloween approaches, you find pumpkins as well as many different squashes at the market- some are small and colourful with various shapes, some are simply BIG! Last week, we spotted an attractive stall which only sells one product- spaghetti squash. And these squashes are all grown by this very brightly dressed lady! Since I don’t know her name, lets call her Maggie here.

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Maggie 的攤位停着一輛接著拖車的自行車, 我們一開始想:她大慨住不遠, 所以一路載著她的瓜寶寶們來市場賣. 聊了一下才發現她的菜園在英格蘭西南的Somerset, 這個地方到倫敦大概有三小時車程, 哇!她真的很有心哪!雖然只有一種產品, 我們到的時候幾乎快賣光了. 比較成熟的瓜風味較深, 但子也多, 需要把子挖出來另外烤; 年輕一點的瓜, 則是除了瓜柄外的每個部分都可以吃.

Maggie’s stall has a bicycle with a trailer. We thought she does not live far in the beginning but only discovered that her allotment is actually at Somerset (3 hours drive from London) after a chat. Mmm… She really has made quite a bit of efforts to share these produce! Even she only sells one thing, by the time we saw her stall, her squashes were almost all gone. The riper ones have deeper flavour, but the seeds needs to be baked separately; apart from the pedicle, every part of the young ones can be consumed.

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我們躍躍欲試地買了半顆嫩瓜, 回家後把外皮沖了一下水, 淋上一些橄欖油, 放進烤箱以大約200ºC 烤個40分鐘, 就可以享用了典型的懶人食物. 烤完後的瓜肉呈現麵條(或魚翅)般一條條的質感, 對於不想吃太多米麵類食物或是吃素的人, 是增加飲食變化的好選擇; 因為它有趣的特質, 即使不喜歡吃菜的小孩們, 也很難抵抗它的吸引力. 食用時可以當成麵一般, 搭配醬汁、烤蔬菜、咖喱或燉菜一起吃. 吃不完的話, 隔天做成濃湯或混合麵粉做成炸餅應該也很可口. 我們當天晚上有一個小Party, 把瓜瓜麵就着泰式咖喱吃, 別有一番清新風味, 因為太受歡迎了, 沒有剩菜可以實驗濃湯或炸餅

We bought half a young one with excitement and just simply rinse the outer skin, sprinkle the flash with olive oil, and stick the half squash into a 200ºC oven for around 40 minutes, then it’s done! The cooked flash has the texture of spaghetti. For people who do not want to consume too much rice or pasta, spaghetti squash offers an alternative. It is a fun vegetable popular to children- even those who don’t like veggies! It goes well with various sauces, stew, curry, roast vegetables…etc.. The leftover squash can be made into soup or croquette the next day. Very versatile indeed! We served our baked squash with Thai curry in a dinner party that night and we hadn’t got enough leftovers to try out the soup or croquette!

想拜訪更多倫敦的農夫市集嗎? To know more about London’s Farmer’s Markets:

http://www.lfm.org.uk/