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by bikerider
2 Oct 2021, 7:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: HMS Vigil - any fans out there?
Replies: 104
Views: 1861

Re: HMS Vigil - any fans out there?

Raining today so watched the last episodes of this excellent, well made, fictional drama - lots of twists and turns in the story and a happy ever after ending . So yes I am a fan.
I have just read the various comments on the six pages above with interest.
There is a film doing the cinema circuit out now about a naval commander called James Bond
I look forward to your comments about the realism in that film.
by bikerider
26 Sep 2021, 5:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ken Loach on the state of the Labour Party
Replies: 138
Views: 2743

Re: Ken Loach on the state of the Labour Party

I don't understand why some supporters within the Labour party condemn their most successful and popular leader ever yet idolise a man who led them to the most humiliating defeat I can remember.

How much further will they sink before realising the majority of the electorate who actually vote for them are not just party or union members cheering on comrades.

Those folk who vote for Labour winners come from all walks of life and are not just "ordinary working people" (whoever they are).
by bikerider
26 Sep 2021, 3:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ken Loach on the state of the Labour Party
Replies: 138
Views: 2743

Re: Ken Loach on the state of the Labour Party

'Blair will only ever be remembered in UK people's minds as "The War Criminal".' Quote

Blair was the man who stuffed the Tories in three elections and the third thrashing came after the Iraqi war with a massive 60-odd majority. On the way to those three victories he said goodbye to five Tory leaders. That's how I remember him and like a lot of loyal supporters I haven't voted Labour since. I haven't changed my political viewpoint, just not voted. So my only visit to the polls in the last few years was to vote 'Remain'.
by bikerider
23 Apr 2021, 12:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: steam rollers
Replies: 15
Views: 689

steam rollers

My wife and I went out for our regular walk today and we came to a short access path to wood and fields beyond.
The mud path is now dried out but heavily rutted from more activity than usual over the past year. She commented
it's a pity it wasn't steam rollered before it fully dried out.
Now, I always call them steam rollers as well and was trying to recall my childhood in the fifties. I am sure they were
redundant then. Do you still or ever did call them steam rollers?
by bikerider
25 Mar 2021, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Endurance or Touring Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 2145

Re: Endurance or Touring Bike

Hello tonyshah
A lot of good advice has been offered. What are your thoughts?
by bikerider
11 Mar 2021, 3:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Oprah - anybody staying up to watch?
Replies: 194
Views: 4461

Re: Oprah - anybody staying up to watch?

mjr wrote:
bikerider wrote:I don't understand why Harry had not explained to Meghan why Archie was not a prince. She was left believing it was because the royal family were prejudiced against her.I have not seen the TV programme but have heard radio reports in the aftermath.

Maybe the radio reports you heard were mistaken because she seemed to understand if-and-when Archie would become a prince under the convention (if/when his grandfather inherits the crown), but also she knew that "the queen issued so-called “letters patent” that ensured that William’s other two children, Charlotte and Louis, were also a princess and prince at birth — something she did not do for Archie."

Of course all William's children should have royal titles - they are in direct line to the throne. Archie is out on a limb along with his father, and with possible new arrivals in twenty years, will be even further away from the throne.
by bikerider
11 Mar 2021, 1:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Oprah - anybody staying up to watch?
Replies: 194
Views: 4461

Re: Oprah - anybody staying up to watch?

When Harry took Meghan to meet Grannie for the first time and was told she had to curtsey even in a private setting, surely she must have realised  that the family she was getting involved with still lived in the 17th century.

I don't understand why Harry had not explained to Meghan why Archie was not a prince. She was left believing it was because the royal family were prejudiced against her.I have not seen the TV programme but have heard radio reports in the aftermath.

All of the couple's complaints on the TV show must have been brought up with the family before the withdrawal of royal duties. The response from the palace was excellent and will take newspaper coverage from page one to page eight.Harry should now go away and enjoy the privacy he seeks -that is unless Meghan drags him around American town halls doing poor little rich boy shows.

I have no liking of the royal family but my sympathies lie with them and if Meghan wants to know what real media hate coverage is like she should speak to Camilla who suffered months of it without public retort.

One more thing, from the pictures I have seen of Meghan the only way I know that she is black is because she says she is.
by bikerider
7 Mar 2021, 5:50pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Your Cycling UK membership expires today.
Replies: 30
Views: 6991

Re: Your Cycling UK membership expires today.

My 'expires today' email has arrived.  After 12 years I won't be renewing.

I've tried to write about the numerous changes and the reasons for leaving - it looked a jumbled mess.

I will just say that the group I joined was a fantastic experience for club riding and touring holidays and my wife & I made lots of friends.  Over time, C-UK have gone in a direction that doesn't represent me as a cyclist and I've had enough.  I remain a Tandem Club and VTTA member and will join British Cycling as well.  So goodbye to C-UK.

John
by bikerider
14 Feb 2021, 5:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What make is my lock?!
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: What make is my lock?!

Hello Mark
The lock is of a type that hundreds are made Its possible somebody may
have something similar but will probably want to know your reasons for knowledge on this lock
before rushing out to a freezing cold garage to check whats on their bike.
The lock is not stopping you from riding your bike and it looks in working order.

John
by bikerider
10 Feb 2021, 5:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30542

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Yes his brain is probably missing.He seems to get more wrong than right.
If the opposition had put forward a half decent candidate for leadership
we would not be stuck with Boris

John
by bikerider
6 Feb 2021, 5:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Unexpected benefits of Lockdown
Replies: 65
Views: 2153

Re: Unexpected benefits of Lockdown

Before lockdown thought supermarket deliveries were for housebound folk or very busy couples
Found them to be efficient reliable and punctual and will probably continue when virus problems are over.
My wife and I walk with our local ramblers group and travel up to ten miles to the various walk starts We now
walk down the road for five minutes then into the fields and woods opposite we can vary the walks enough
to not feel we are not doing the same walks all the time. Enjoy walking with people but doing it from your
door is not a bad substitute.
I have an allotment and now spend a lot more time their and not always working often just sitting and watching
the birds and bees and the cabbages growing.
After retirement from work I always tried to plan a job or activity for the following day so as not to waste it. Now
I get up and see what happens.
Wife looks better with longer hair.
Car does a month to the gallon.

John
by bikerider
6 Feb 2021, 2:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 1369
Views: 39451

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

Government prediction was to get over 70s vaccinated by 15 February
I am 70 and my jab is booked on the 15 Feb (south bucks)
Some people deserve a pat on the back for making a government promise actually happen.
by bikerider
16 Dec 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do Not Resuscitate
Replies: 30
Views: 1958

Re: Do Not Resuscitate

A walking friend (now deceased) had the post title tattooed across her chest.

John
by bikerider
5 Oct 2020, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flashing rear light for daylight use
Replies: 35
Views: 1496

Re: Flashing rear light for daylight use

Time trialists have been using daybright lights for several years and from this year it has
been compulsory to have a rear light on every event.
Exposure trace and traceR are excellent lights and very popular with three brightness settings.  
They are rechargeable via USB port as are most daybright lights.
I think they are a great help in keeping the bike going upright in a forward motion.
Martin, you could have started another war with your comments about dark clothing.  Fortunately
that argument has been had a while ago.
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/?s=exposure+trace+light+set
by bikerider
20 Sep 2020, 5:47pm
Forum: Electric pedal cycles
Topic: Anybody bought an Orbea Gain ?
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: Anybody bought an Orbea Gain ?

I suffered from hill climbing ability failure eighteen months ago. My wife suddenly became a lot faster than me up any kind of hill or slope
to the point of spoiling our rides.  After a little research I went to the e-bike shop at Farnham.  At the time the choice was any colour (choice
of four), frame size, ali or carbon and groupset.  I then went and had lunch locally to await the phone call to collect.  It took two hours.
I don't suppose they can obtain that amount of stock choice at present.
My choice was carbon frame and 105 groupset.  The bike was everything I hoped for.  I only ever use the lowest power setting.  It's
enough to help me up the hills and keep up.  When it cuts out at 15mph you are rolling fast enough not to notice the extra weight when
pedalling and it's a bonus downhill.  The bike does not work without my effort and I still go home worn out.
First time I've had hydraulic brakes.  They are as good or better than brakes on any other bike I have owned.
The bike rides and corners as well as you would expect from any decent frame/wheel combination.
I can do 50 miles with some hills without using the last 20% battery life.
When testing the fast speed it went up a decent hill in the big ring comfortably.
I don't use it on every ride but have done just under 2000 miles trouble free.
I am very happy with the bike and have no regrets with my choice.