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by esseesee
21 Aug 2010, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Southdowns way randonee, disgruntled of Petersfield
Replies: 38
Views: 3832

Re: Southdowns way randonee, disgruntled of Petersfield

I used to live in an area frequented by sponsored charity walkers and MTBers; it sent me CRACKERS to hear the lament 'but we're doing this for CHARITY!' as if that should excuse arrogance, noise, litter, damage, delays, and simply disgusting messes every single weekend - sometimes twice a weekend! -...
by esseesee
15 Aug 2010, 9:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Age is ...
Replies: 21
Views: 1793

Re: Age is ...

I have a friend who is 78; she helps out with the local over-60s club. 'Poor old dears!' she sighs when she asks me if I can print out instructions for them, for day-trips on their bus-passes. My granddad was riding his sit-up-and-beg bike to the pub and back until he was 86 at least. Conversely, I ...
by esseesee
16 Dec 2009, 9:33pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Help to Protect the Lake District's Garburn Road!
Replies: 8
Views: 2767

Re: Help to Protect the Lake District's Garburn Road!

How about contacting the Fell Pony Society and seeing if any of their elderly members have knowledge? I am perfectly certain that horse-drawn vehicles and pack-ponies would have used a passable road long before motor vehicles were even dreamed about! The Fell Pony museum might be an even better sour...
by esseesee
9 Dec 2009, 11:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Internet Woes
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Internet Woes

I've had a PAYG mobile BB dongle since February 2008 as my only internet connection,and have found it perfectly satisfactory. The only problem is that in some places the signal is non-existent and in others the signal is poor so that downloads are reminiscent of the old dial-up connections, when you...
by esseesee
30 Nov 2009, 2:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Betamax
Replies: 169
Views: 7449

Re: Betamax

... since most people claiming they don't have a TV actually do, Actually, according to the TV licencing people, almost half of the people who claim not to have a TV in fact do. In other words, a majority of those who say they do not have a TV are in fact TELLING THE TRUTH. Of course I am not argui...
by esseesee
29 Nov 2009, 10:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Betamax
Replies: 169
Views: 7449

Re: Betamax

As a non-TV owner of many many years I object in the strongest possible way to the antics of the TVL 'A' (it is not in actual fact an Authority). I will concede that the tone of their letters has improved a little recently - and about time too! Demanding money with menaces and impugning the reputati...
by esseesee
23 Oct 2009, 10:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?
Replies: 87
Views: 6581

Re: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?

But ordinary cyclists CAN ALREADY (in law) use every single bridleway that there is - even though a large percentage of them were never intended for wheeled traffic of any type, except maybe an occasional wheelbarrow. The fact is that bridleways - suitably repaired and maintained, NOT tarmaced - wou...
by esseesee
21 Oct 2009, 12:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?
Replies: 87
Views: 6581

Re: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?

The thing is that bridleways are ALREADY available to any cyclist who wants to use them. You simply need a suitable bike. Bear in mind that they are BRIDLEways - the first part of the word should give a clue as to their original (and continuing) purpose - and so a surface suitable for those animals ...
by esseesee
19 Oct 2009, 8:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?
Replies: 87
Views: 6581

Re: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?

I think it would make far more sense to focus on identifying those bridleways which have potential as village-village or village-town links and improving their surfaces so they are fit for year-round local traffic using conventional cycles. Sadly, most bridleways which would make village-to-village...
by esseesee
25 Sep 2009, 7:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Improving our image
Replies: 47
Views: 2563

Re: Improving our image

As an 'old lady' (well, I don't think I'm old but other people do ...) I find that yelling 'gerron the road ya big girl's blouse' works like a charm when I pass young male cyclists speeding on the pavement. I also cackle with laughter like the mad woman that I am, to take the 'sting' out of it. If i...
by esseesee
20 Sep 2009, 2:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by Community Support Officer in London
Replies: 10
Views: 1440

Re: Stopped by Community Support Officer in London

Nothing said or done by a PCSO will ever surprise me since I learned that an acquaintance of mine was stopped by a PCSO while calmly leading her horse along a quiet country B road in order to get from one bridleway to another. He apparently stopped her and the horse in the middle of the carriageway ...
by esseesee
17 Aug 2009, 7:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads
Replies: 211
Views: 8443

Re: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads

... as I alluded to in a previous posting, roads are historic rights of way (which does not apply to cars) which happen to have been covered with tarmac. These are historic rights which underpin freedom of movement in our country... ... I'd just like to knock on the head the idea that people who wa...
by esseesee
16 Aug 2009, 9:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads
Replies: 211
Views: 8443

Re: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads

I'm going to stick my neck out here and ask whether all these calls from official and quasi-official bodies for cycle 'facilities' (as if a road were not a cycle facility!) are not more to do with the Big Brother is Watching You mindset of current government, rather than a genuine, if misguided, at...
by esseesee
16 Aug 2009, 10:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads
Replies: 211
Views: 8443

Re: Coroner calls for segregation on A and B Roads

I'm going to stick my neck out here and ask whether all these calls from official and quasi-official bodies for cycle 'facilities' (as if a road were not a cycle facility!) are not more to do with the Big Brother is Watching You mindset of current government, rather than a genuine, if misguided, att...