PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jul 12, 2011

Letter for M. Le President N.SARKOZY

M. Le President

Bonjour , certainly it could be a better day IF your Police National would act against those who sell " French Drapeau " on the streets surrounding access to the routes of the TOUR de FRANCE !

This section of the French Populace choose to " Intimidate and threaten those they encounter if the effort to shift as many of their "small , fake , plastic Drapeau " ! During their action they introduce their nougat and then demand 10 euros from the unwitting person they have cornered !

IN Australia & the United Kingdom this is a crime covered by the description " obtaining a benefit by deception "! On some occasions this could bedescribed as " obtaining monies by menaces " ! Take this morning as an example ; as i rode up the Cat.4 climb from the little bridge i came across the "frenchman " who dresses as a "bumblebee " and whilst stopped enjoying coffee with him a "renault megane 5 door vehicle " pulled up and a man carrying a tray of "drapeau " ran across to an elderly couple and gave them these flags . They then "demanded " that they buy "nougat " ! Even though the "bumble bee " called out to the old folk not to buy , they were so intimidated that they passed over a 10 euro note ! When i called out " Gendarmerie Arrivee " the driver gave me the one finger salute and called for his colleague to return to the car . The strongarm salute followed as they made their departure north !

Later i came upon a "Gendarmerie vehicle " to whom i relayed the story ! So far so good but about 1230 hrs in CARNOUX i saw a people mover full of these people start to canvass the shops . I called out " Gendarmerie Arrivee " and all but one bolted for their vehicle . The other was in the "Perfumerie standing over the lady worker attempting to get monies ! I asked her to call the Gendarmerie but the "thug " told her he would come back if she did so ! I told him not to move until the police arrived but he pushed out of the shop .

Shortly after whilst "Madame " was speaking with the Gendarmerie i saw some "motor velo Police " passing, i called them back to the shop ! They explained over some minutes there vwas nothing THEY WANTED TO DO as whilst the " vermin " were breaking the law " it is normal at the "Tour de France " for this behaviour " !

Please explain to me how the " POlice can stop cyclists riding the route of the " TDF " BUT will NOT ARREST these VERMIN WHO bring "dishonour " to France by their behaviour ? We all know that the Police and Gendarmerie spend as much as 6 hrs on the side of the route of the TDF each day BUT why is it the "TOUR de SUISSE 3 has rolling stoppages of around 1/2 hr and only near the finish or in the high mountain passes do they have a longer "closed road period"!

As in 2009 I would hope to meet you at this Tour once again but unless you ask for me "Chris Prudhomme " is unlikely to make that rendevous easy . Certainly he knows me and my efforts to help " HANDISPORT " but continues to do as little as "Jean Marie Leblanc" to promote visibility of "PARA SPORT " to the French Public ! During 14 Tour de FRANCE i have seen little change in the attitude of the "Society of the TDF " towards "Handisport " .


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