Penny farthing, the first speedster and still on the roads

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Costumed rider standing next to his penny farthing

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Penny farthing and the costumed riders that offer a shock to modern bikes

“People are still racing these penny farthings. We had 26 Englishmen here last week for the European Championships. I have had mine going 56 kilometres per hour on a Continue reading

How to stumble across a life in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man w vintage bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Just another expat who has found their way to Belgium

“I work with Flanders Today as a journalist. I cover pretty much anything that is happening. I am the guy, when other journalists do not want to go somewhere, I am the one to do it. I was a journalism student years ago and then I came here for school. But, to be honest, I did not enjoy the school, the program, so I decided to leave without any kind of job to depend on. Than I called the newspapers and said I was a former journalism student and I wouldn’t mind trying a few assignments.

“Most recently I have been working on how dirty Brussels is. How much trash there is everywhere.

“I speak the bare minimum of Dutch but I always manage to find subjects to speak to me in English.  And just about anyone in Flanders speaks English.” Continue reading