Graeme Obree



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D.M. Procida

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Last week I went to see _The Flying Scotsman_, and I've just finished
reading Obree's autobiography. I thought the film was a little
simple-minded, particularly about his mental illness, but it was moving
and warm-hearted and painted a sympathetic portrait of a troubled man.

The book is not going to win the author any literary prizes, but it's
very honest and clearly Obree's own voice (rather than that of some
back-page tabloid ghost-writing hack). He has an odd trait of using a
distinctive word or phrase in successive sentences, as though he felt he
had not quite finished the job of wrestling it onto the page. It's not
unlike his own struggle with his achievements, and the feeling that
anything he attained remained elusive all the same.

He is frank and utterly unself-pitying, even when writing about the
bleakest times. I can't actually say I read the book with enjoyment,
which seems a too-frivolous word. But I warmed to him greatly, and his
openness and straightforwardness attest to the same courage that
accompanied him on his often desperate endeavours on the track and road.

The book ends in 2003, after a series of hospitalisations, and on a
quiet note of optimism. I hope he has managed to find the happiness and
balance which seems to have eluded him for much of his life, but anyone
who has to fight such a cruel illness is never going to attain that
easily.

It's his birthday on Tuesday; he'll be 43. Happy birthday.

Daniele
 
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Peter Clinch

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D.M. Procida wrote:
> Last week I went to see _The Flying Scotsman_, and I've just finished
> reading Obree's autobiography. I thought the film was a little
> simple-minded, particularly about his mental illness, but it was moving
> and warm-hearted and painted a sympathetic portrait of a troubled man.


Saw the movie too, and have flagged the book on my "To Read" list.

I wondered if he might be better off riding HPVs. The current (IHPVA)
Hour record is set by a 49 year old so he's clearly not too past it at
43, and he wouldn't have the Luddites Of Lausanne trying to disqualify
him for being different at every turn.

Pete.
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Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
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Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
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On Sep 10, 5:03 pm, Peter Clinch <p[email protected]> wrote:
> D.M. Procida wrote:
> > Last week I went to see _The Flying Scotsman_, and I've just finished
> > reading Obree's autobiography. I thought the film was a little
> > simple-minded, particularly about his mental illness, but it was moving
> > and warm-hearted and painted a sympathetic portrait of a troubled man.

>
> Saw the movie too, and have flagged the book on my "To Read" list.
>
> I wondered if he might be better off riding HPVs.


Yeah, but you wonder than about everyone :)

James
 
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Peter Clinch

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[email protected] wrote:
> On Sep 10, 5:03 pm, Peter Clinch <[email protected]> wrote:
>> D.M. Procida wrote:
>>> Last week I went to see _The Flying Scotsman_, and I've just finished
>>> reading Obree's autobiography. I thought the film was a little
>>> simple-minded, particularly about his mental illness, but it was moving
>>> and warm-hearted and painted a sympathetic portrait of a troubled man.

>> Saw the movie too, and have flagged the book on my "To Read" list.
>>
>> I wondered if he might be better off riding HPVs.

>
> Yeah, but you wonder than about everyone :)


True, but especially true of GO as far as Hour Record attempts go...

Pete.
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Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/