Mint Sauce

For those of you who, on reading Day 3 of my John o’Groats to Land’s End page, wondered or asked about my joy on finding a ‘Mint Sauce’ cycling top in the charity shop in Golspie, I have now added an expanatory link:

www.thisiswhy.ip3.co.uk/thisiswhy/about.html

And, hoping they don’t mind, a taster from the site:

“Created by Jo Burt and published monthly in Mountain Biking UK, the long running Mint Sauce cartoon appeals for many reasons. It can be funny, poignant, symbolic, subliminal, spiritual, uplifting, perceptive or just plain weird. One thing it always is, however, is rather beautiful, reflecting the background to mountain biking itself. The strips have evolved from simple black and white panel strips to the multi- coloured works of art they are today. The series is full of symbolic references, long running jokes, drama, poetry, song lyrics, fine landscapes, and some less than top form mountain biking.

The site is there to share some of the sheep’s finer (and perhaps less fine) moments, and to delve back into the rich nineteen year history of the world’s only famous imaginary ex-farmyard mountain-biking cartoon cycling livestock ever to grace the pages of a national monthly cycling magazine.

Our son, Kenny, loved mountain biking as a young lad and subscribed to Mountain Biking UK magazine. He loved the Mint Sauce cartoon strips and we could often hear his chuckle from under the torch-lit bedclothes when he was supposed to be sleeping but was reading instead.

Gus used to take him to various mountain biking events and there was one memorable story Gus relates that I love. He and Kenny had gone mountain biking together up to Glendoll. Gus says the path they were on was narrow and rocky and he kept falling off his bike and rolling down the hill into various bushes, rocks or nettle patches. Eventually, Kenny sighed at his incompetence and instructed him, “If you’re going to fall,  Dad, you have to fall up the way!”

Duh!

 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jorobinson176
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 16:02:36

    Cool! 😀

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  2. cicampbell2013
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 16:12:46

    Thanks, Jo. Hope you read the edited version. A couple of mistakes crept in when I first posted it! Think I was in too much of a hurry to share.
    Christine

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