The World According to a Dragon

“I believe in leaving this world in a better state than I found it in. Spread a new idea. Plant a tree that will live a thousand years. Walk softly through this world, taking nothing but memories and photographs, and leaving only footprints and happiness.”

#100happydays day 46. Luuuunch! Omnomnom :) #pizza #pastry #coffee #european #snob #food #lunch #patisserie #stirling #adelaide #adelaidehills #getinmyface!
#100happydays day 45. Colleague made me this at work today! Heaps chuffed :) #portrait #artistry #coffee #latteart #piccolo #moustache #redcacao #stirling #adelaide #adelaidehills
And this is where they end up! Centre of frame are today’s ‘truffle of the day;’ dark chocolate peppermint. #truffles #chocolate #artisan #chocolatier #treats #redcacao #stirling #adelaide #adelaidehills #craftsmanship #artistry
Truffles in the making! Racks and racks of them… It’s so hard working around this kind of craftsmanship without giving in to the desire to sample them… #truffles #chocolate #artisan #chocolatier #treats #redcacao #stirling #adelaide #adelaidehills #craftsmanship #artistry
Truffles in the making! Racks and racks of them… It’s so hard working around this kind of craftsmanship without giving in to the desire to sample them… #truffles #chocolate #artisan #chocolatier #treats #redcacao #stirling #adelaide #adelaidehills #craftsmanship #artistry
Oh dear… Whoops. Today’s acquisitions have grown disproportionately. How not-socialist of me. #books #reading #bookshop #crawl #adelaide #radelaide #philosophy #autobiography #history #escapism #betterthanakindle
Oh dear…

#bookshop #books #reading #outofprint #oldbooks #millionsofthem #secondhand #adelaide #huttstreet #tinyshop #vanillin #smellslikeawesome
Not sure the sky could get much bluer today! Lazing in the sunshine before heading to the dentist. #lazy #afternoon #sunshine #spring #adelaide #parklands #skyline #scenery #victoriaracecourse #bertrand #cycling #cycleadelaide
#100happydays day 44. That’s my afternoon ‘booked,’ so to speak! Sitting at Paddy’s Lantern with lunch on the way, while my car is across town getting new boots put on her. 

Within the first few pages I can already sense a number of parallels between Bertrand Russell’s philosophy and my own. There is a reason I called my bicycle Bertrand, after all.

The below list was originally published by the New York World in 1895.

Don’t be a fright.
Don’t faint on the road.
Don’t wear a man’s cap.
Don’t wear tight garters.
Don’t forget your toolbag
Don’t attempt a “century.”
Don’t coast. It is dangerous.
Don’t boast of your long rides.
Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
Don’t wear loud hued leggings.
Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
Don’t refuse assistance up a hill.
Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.
Don’t neglect a “light’s out” cry.
Don’t wear jewelry while on a tour.
Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers.
Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you.
Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.
Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers.
Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.
Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing.
Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.
Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.
Don’t without a needle, thread and thimble.
Don’t try to have every article of your attire “match.”
Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back.
Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you
Don’t scratch a match on the seat of your bloomers.
Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.
Don’t appear in public until you have learned to ride well.
Don’t overdo things. Let cycling be a recreation, not a labor.
Don’t ignore the laws of the road because you are a woman.
Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes “to see how it feels.”
Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.
Don’t cultivate everything that is up to date because yon ride a wheel.
Don’t emulate your brother’s attitude if he rides parallel with the ground.
Don’t undertake a long ride if you are not confident of performing it easily.
Don’t appear to be up on “records” and “record smashing.” That is sporty.

For more on the history of women and bikes, see the excellent Wheels of Change, among both the best photography books and the best history books of 2011.

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I have “resting bicycle face.”

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It’s all negative… Every single one. Things not to do. If I was a woman on a bike in 1895 I’d be sure to do all of these things just to piss the men off, the arrogant misogynistic bastards.

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