Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Peace and Love Blog Hop: Write - Edit - Publish ...



A bicycle made for two … peace and love as you cycle the countryside … 


This Nat King Cole You Tube Link has some beautiful illustrations that go along with the song ... 
"On a Bicycle Built for Two" - it only lasts 1.45 ...well worth a listen: those of us doing the A-Z ... will need some light entertainment.










I searched for 19th April and came upon “Bicycle Day” – coincidence for the WEP: Peace and Love Blog Hop – yes … well I then went to the page and lo and behold what did I find but ….




Bicycle Day Celebration Blotter



a bicycle ride home on LSD … the first self-experiment by Albert Hoffman on this day in 1943.  The reason for the bicycle: it was war time and the only mode of transport available was two wheels.






A bicycle made for two, three or four ...

It’s an interesting article … and some aspects are amusing … but we all know the challenges with LSD … and I’m sure you’ll be riding your bicycle made for two with love and peace in your mind and heart … 


A Write Edit Publish post … with links to the other contributors here …  Denise Covey and Yolande Renee run it ... 


Wikipedia - history of LSD - and where 19th April (in this case/post) came from ... 

This article from the Big Think Blog happened to appear on Monday - coincidence?  It had to be linked to here ... as it's on LSD: LSD Changes People's Personalities ... for a more serious update on LSD.


Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

21 comments:

Denise Covey - Author said...

Hi Hilary. An intriguing post. I'd expect nothing else from you. I wonder if everybody does know about LSD. I think it's been taken over by lots of other designer drugs these days, but it's still probably as strong, or stronger, than most. I was doing research for LSD for my Paris story, as one of the characters tries it. I discovered that it's practically legal in Russia. Also, that many doctors experimented themselves to actually see its affects. Hmmmmmm...

Great post for WEP.

Thanks for taking the time when you're so snowed under with the A-Z, but I'm sure you're enjoying every minute...or I hope you are!

Denise :-)

Elephant's Child said...

This is fascinating, albeit uncomfortable reading. I am so grateful that they travelled home by bicycle. I shudder to think of the damage they could cause in a motor car. Of the damage that is so often done by people in altered states of consciousness at the wheel of a car...
We really are a species of slow learners.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Denise - thanks for checking this out for me. You're right about LSD - it has been taken over by so many other concoctions.

"Spice" (synthetic cannabis) is the horror one that is affecting so many now ... it seems to just send people into a zombie state: horrific to see on tv and very difficult for the medics to treat ... and because it's cheaper - more difficult to come off. I don't know .. it's worrying ...

I hope you read the Big Think article I link to ... re LSD ...

@ EC - I know it makes very uncomfortable reading ... and the damage being caused by drug users is just so worrying - it takes so many resources away from the police and from the medics ...

... as you so rightly point out - we are a species of slow learners ..

Thanks for both comments and interesting points ... cheers Hilary

dolorah said...

I'd never heard of Bicycle Day, and did not know about the banning of automobiles during the war. Makes sense though. This was interesting. Funny how things can cycle around to become connected in unusual ways.

Have fun in your travels Hilary :)

Diane S said...

Interesting post as we both are keen cyclists. Wish I could talk N into a tandem but he will not have it!!! Have a good day Diane

DeeDee said...

I have always wanted to take the bicycle for two ride but never got a chance. The family bi-cycle gives such a warm happy feeling.God bless

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Sue Bursztynski said...

Goodness, just as well he stuck to a bike! It would have served him right if something had happened to him, though!

Nicola said...

What a great post, Hilary. I had no idea about Bike Day. Maybe it should be promoted - cut back on emissions for a day. A 'Take Your Bike to Work Day' sounds good :) Don't think the commuters will be best pleased though :) Hope all is well with you.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Super job connecting up such varied subjects for the prompt, love how your mind works Hilary! Of course had to do a quick scoot to YouTube to listen to the Olden Goldie or Golden Oldie, both apply :)

I do recall LSD was a big thing when I was growing up, and I know of some families which lost children to drugs sadly. Though like Denise says, there are more, and more sophisticated things to worry about now, in addition to LSD. And the prospect of narcotics masquerading as medicines/cures being prescribed by trusted medical professionals is quite horrifying.

But on the other hand the awareness of the dangers of drug/substance abuse is higher among the newer generation and the schools/teachers/communities do a significantly better job of informing them I think. My generation was just left to its own devices and navigated largely without the foggiest notion, except for whatever info the parents/home environment provided. Both parents and children are better informed nowadays, and the internet has played a substantial role in that.

You always present a completely unique perspective on a prompt! Thank you for this stimulating post.

Best always,
Nila.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I remember now how those two words "peace and love" became code words for the anti-war movement back in the Sixties with drugs and sex tossed into the mix. LSD was a big thing, and scary too, as I heard so many stories of "bad trips" sending people permanently out of their minds and into mental institutions.

bazza said...

Well this was probably a fun post but I didn't understand a word of it! ;-)
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Jo said...

Haven't ridden a bike for many years and haven't heard of LSD for many years either. Interesting combination.

Crystal Collier said...

Wait, how did we get from biking to LSD? ;) LOL. You just never know what you're going to get on this wide web, eh?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Donna – when I saw the prompt for this – I thought can I do it .. or not, as the A-Z would be on … but having found the bicycle link and then remembered ‘a bicycle made for two’ song – peace and love it became … not sure how I got to the LSD bit … but I did! Two months’ later … I’m not altering a thing! See link below –that’s how …

@ Diane – pity as I know friends who take their tandems and bikes over to the continent for trips (sober ones! (see link below)) and they love it … sorry that you can’t persuade N …

@ DeeDee – they are fun … I’ve only had a ride – not ever been on a day out with one … but they certainly conjure up a lovely day or two out and about …

@ Sue – yes he was way too drugged up … but he was experimenting as all good scientists do … not sure what he found was good, but someone would have done it sometime …

@ Nicola – “Bicycle Day” is not specific to the two wheeled variety .. but rather “a trip on a bicycle” by Dr Albert Hoffmann …
See here: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/bicycle-day/

There is a cycle day in May … so this is just having a ‘’’’’’trip’’’’’’!

@ Nila – thanks so much … I wondered about posting it – it really is convoluted … but still seems to meet with approval.

It does tie in as the link above tells you more – I probably didn’t explain it properly …

Yes I’d no idea about drugs and encountered them when I lived in Oxford – thank fully I was pretty reticent; though now I can see the kids should be more aware with the information that’s put out, and most are thank goodness.

Yes – my mind tends to always connect a few extra dots along the way … but I’m glad you listened to the YouTube clip – it’s fun …

@ Karen – yes Peace and Love were the Sixties covert words … thankfully I kept well away – it was dangerous stuff …

@ Bazza – sorry: obviously floored you … it does tie in … and I probably didn’t explain it all properly – I was trying to keep it short too!!!

@ Jo – I wanted to ride a bike after my hip ... but haven’t had a chance yet. The links came from the Wiki cookie crumbling …

@ Crystal – yes you asked and I have left a note on your latest post … after I’d added the link in above – which probably explains it better …

The professor was having ‘a trip’ … but needed to get home somehow! Despite the LSD … see the story in the link …

Thanks everyone – I hope this wasn’t a complete ‘wally’ post – I enjoyed writing it up … !!! It’s provided amusement and some thoughts though … cheers Hilary

Olga Godim said...

Fascinating post. Bicycle trip for two should be fun, but LSD? I wouldn't try them together. But then, I oppose drug use on principle. I never even smoked a cigarette in my life.

Joanne said...

Peace and Love amped on A to Z LSD. Interesting break from the norm. We are tripping with you.

Jacqui said...

I haven't seen a bicycle built for two--or four--in quite a while. It should be great for families.

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

Loved the music video, Hilary, and all the great photos of folks on bicycles built for two. I never knew there were other verses.

Guilie Castillo said...

A bicycle ride on LSD... Much, much respect :) What a fun post, Hilary! (And it's just now that I'm realizing I missed, yet again, the WEP hop :( )

Thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter — I'll be looking forward to seeing if any of the films we had at the festival here match any of your society's selection.

Guilie

Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said...

Ah, you brought back old memories, Hilary. I used to listen to that song as a child.

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing the clip of Nat's song. My husband and I listened to it. No one sings a song like Nat. He's one of our favorites.