Muppets and Heroes of 2007
31.12.07 by Buffalo Bill
Whoever it was at citysprint that had the bright idea of sacking (or terminating the contract) of a rider right in time for Xmas, thus earning the company a front page box on the Observer Business section gets a solid platinum kermit. Not all publicity is good publicity. I don’t know the whys and wherefores, and I don’t want to comment too much on the goings-on at another company (I too have made rider management decisions that I bitterly regret), but the actions of the sprint, and their published response scream bad person management.
I have to award a bronze Kermit to the muppet at the GMB that wrote the press release about the incident. ‘Pushbike rider’? The only people that push their bikes are motor-cyclists who have broken down. I think you will find that the cyclists are actually turning their pedals in circles – it’s called pedalling, and that’s why it’s called a pedal-cycle.
Bronze kermit to Matt Seaton also, for misquoting me in relation to the Great Fakenger Debate. But he did offer a retraction so perhaps I am being a little harsh.
Gold Kermit to James Daley, of the Indy. Many people have emailed me about his continuing idiocy in the motoring section of my favourite paper. Among his crimes were: admiring and owning the Langster, plugging Evans Cycles frequently and shamelessly, starting a pointless and baseless war with motor-cyclists and being a personal finance writer.
Gold kermit to Ken Livingstone for not writing back to me after I sent him this letter. Just a short note would have done. You’re supposed to represent me, after all.
Platinum kermit to Boris Johnson for getting the facts about bendy-buses and cyclists completely wrong, and then failing to correct himself. And for being a Tory knob.
Platinum kermit for everyone, and I mean everyone, that was involved in the absurd and ridiculous pantomime at Lewis Day that led to 3 blameless and hard-working riders losing their jobs.
Gold kermit to all in New York (and elsewhere) who protested so loudly and rudely about the DQ of Austin Horse – to the point where the Dub crew felt obliged to take down their forum. Jesus, get over it, the guy broke the rules!
Gareth of Berlin/Dublin. He got DQed from the top spot, but behaved with a lot of courtesy, and his account of the situation made me laugh.
All the organisers of London’s Calling, CMWC XV and Millportpoloco. I had the best couple of weekends of messenger fun that I have had in ages. Even in the rain. Particularly heroic: Josh, for organising the ride to Dublin. And Ross, for an amazingly quick fork change at the roller race.
Jack Thurston of the Bike Show. He has brought all sorts of wierd and wacky stuff, including Rollapaluza, to a wider audience. Chapeau!
Therese Bjorn and Jos. Top-placed London riders at CMWC XV, and also organised some great events in 2007.
Wookie and Twitchy. Without doubt organised the best Alleycats of 2007. I particularly enjoyed their Alleynhatt efforts, amongst others.
I also want to thank all the people that contributed to Moving Target over the past year, whether it was photos, words, comments or posts on the forums. It’s here for you, you make it what it is. And to all the other messenger bloggers, keep it up! It would be really boring around here without you.
OK, I am going to close by thanking all the readers, riders and other revolutionists who look in at MT. Thanks for reading and have a great 2008.