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by lbomaak2
1 Sep 2020, 9:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!
Replies: 444
Views: 76067

Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

It's not just Blaenau Ffestiniog that is a really pleasant place despite its dreadful reputation; I really like Bethesda, that other great slate-mining town.
by lbomaak2
30 Aug 2020, 8:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Surnames
Replies: 51
Views: 1289

Re: Surnames

As a university lecturer (recently retired) I have come across several students in recent years who wanted themselves known by a name that bore no relation to any of their "official" names.
by lbomaak2
30 Aug 2020, 1:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Surnames
Replies: 51
Views: 1289

Re: Surnames

AFAIK, in England you can use whatever name you please and change it as often as you like so long as it's not for a fraudulent purpose. I would say that in the modern world, anybody who strays from the norms risks endless trouble. It can be hard enough establishing your ID with organisations like b...
by lbomaak2
28 Aug 2020, 10:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hungarian song about Cycling and Climate Change
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: Hungarian song about Cycling and Climate Change

If you watch the video backwards, not only will the cycling look normal, but the lyrics may be intelligible. :D
by lbomaak2
19 Aug 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in narrow lanes
Replies: 102
Views: 2803

Re: Cycling in narrow lanes

Last week I had a few days in rural North Wales, where "only just wide enough for a car" is the standard road width away from A/B roads. All the drivers I met were sensible, but one in particular was ultra-polite. I was hauling myself up a 1-in-7 hill on my somewhat laden touring bike in m...
by lbomaak2
15 Aug 2020, 3:24pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Image captions in Cycle magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Image captions in Cycle magazine

Something that has been annoying me for years (ever since Cycle magazine adopted its present format): in the Great Rides and other feature articles, the images on the article's title page never have any captions, even though all the images later in the article do have captions. This is despite the f...
by lbomaak2
2 Aug 2020, 10:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Public Footpaths - cycling?
Replies: 189
Views: 5886

Re: Public Footpaths - cycling?

It's a long time since I first noticed on the map that the villages of Great Wilne and Church Wilne were only connected by a footbridge over the river Derwent (the first bridge from its confluence with the Trent) and a few hundred metres of public footpath. Eventually I got around to visiting the vi...
by lbomaak2
1 Aug 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2415

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

No staff other than the driver, no station barriers at either end, and a free ride as no-one was there to take money. Only staff, was the driver, and he must have operated the doors. So you could have a free ride home from Plymouth, if you chose to get on the train at Devonport station. Are the rai...
by lbomaak2
30 Jul 2020, 9:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Thought for the Day
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Thought for the Day

Lucy Winkett on inequality, pilgrimages and the spiritual benefits of cycling. At 1:48: 15 on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000l8q4
by lbomaak2
26 Jul 2020, 9:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2415

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Trouble is, I need to regenerate the excitement of riding now. I get pleasure from it, and it clears my brain and gets me nice and tired ........ but the excitement and interest seems to have gone. Mileages are down, days riding are fewer, and I need to get off my bum and ride ............... but i...
by lbomaak2
26 Jul 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2415

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Cyril Haearn wrote:Why?

Because I have been doing circuits ever since I started exploring the countryside on my bike about 50 years ago, and I'm not likely to change now.

But more rationally, I agree with the others who say that you say more of the countryside doing a circuit than an out-and-back.
by lbomaak2
26 Jul 2020, 9:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2415

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Definitely circuits; to the extent that I go out of my way (literally) to avoid my return route going back over any ground that I covered earlier in the ride, apart from short distances within my home town.
by lbomaak2
23 Jul 2020, 11:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Unfortunate URLs
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Unfortunate URLs

peetee wrote:More like a phone-in for bereaved parents: cycles kill son line.
What half-wit created that URL and which quarter-wit in the government sanctioned it?

Maybe the same legal mind who defined the offence of "mans laughter"?
by lbomaak2
20 Jul 2020, 7:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Public Footpaths - cycling?
Replies: 189
Views: 5886

Re: Public Footpaths - cycling?

:lol: :lol: I never complain about cyclists. It's riding bikes on public footpaths, and footpaths in general, that gets up my nose. It upsets me when people cycle on public footpaths after wet weather, so that they churn up the mud. Or if they don't slow down when passing on a narrow path. But both...
by lbomaak2
19 Jul 2020, 10:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite numbers
Replies: 42
Views: 1140

Re: Favourite numbers

60. Someone else has already chosen this, but failed to point out that it is a Superior Highly Composite Number.