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A small disaster on Odos Nikiforou Theotoki

I cycled back through Corfu town occasionally pinging my bell, to alert strollers. On the shop lined slope down narrow Odos Nikiforou Theotoki to the level at Odos Zavitsianou my front wheel jammed in a rain water drain. I came to an abrupt halt, dived over my handlebars onto the stone street, landing on my front accompanied by the clatter of coins, cycle pump, a spanner and other objects from my pannier. I was helped up, handed my various objects and dusted down by helping hands asking solicitously after my well-being. How one’s heart warms to the kindness of strangers when in mild shock. ‘How did that happen? I’ve passed here many times.’ An old gentleman on a chair beside the street pointed out that only yesterday workmen had installed a new drain cover with a grid that all too neatly allowed my wheel to fall through. I laughed and said “but didn’t I fall well?’ I was so relieved to have no more than a tiny graze on my hand, though later my wrist and fingers ached for several hours.

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Uploaded on November 28, 2007