Until yesterday, local lesbian Tania Brown was a self-described
"Dyke on a Byke". Today, however, with the unexplained loss of
Brown's customised Boss Hoss vehicle (pictured, right, in happier
times), all that has changed.
Our story begins at a local supermarket, where Brown was
shopping for beer, tinned salmon, those little baggies of round
cheeses in red wax and toilet roll. The shopping itself was
uneventful, but when Brown left the supermarket, the real drama
"I couldn't find my bike," the 43-year-old told DIVA. "I am
almost certain I rode it to the shop, but when I came out, I
couldn't find it."
There is a silver lining in this wispy, tragic cloud, however,
as the loss of the metallic transportation device has mobilized the
local LGBT community.
"When I heard that Tania might have lost her bike, I was
shocked," said Tom Smith, 31, who had also been shopping in the
supermarket that day. "I am ready to do whatever it takes to help
her find it. I can tweet about it over and over again until people
hate me, if that would help?"
"I've started a Facebook group about it," added Janet Tibbs, 23.
"It's absolutely appalling that Tania's bike might have gone
missing, and I am determined to get the word out. Fortunately, I
don't have a lot else going on, so I can really devote myself to
With such heart-warming support from the community, Brown
remained hopeful that the bike might be recovered. "But for the
time being I guess I'll have to be a Dyke on the Trayn," she joked
gamely, adding "Oh, for ***** sake, where the **** is my *******