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by Mark R
31 Mar 2020, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 606
Views: 15515

Re: Cops supposedly getting "their knuckles rapped"

So air pollution is estimated to cause 40,000 premature deaths annually in the UK. Anecdotally, high levels of air pollution seem to cause worse outcomes for Covid-19 patients. The way the police have interpreted the social distancing edicts has got rid of most of the stinking traffic pollution in n...
by Mark R
27 Mar 2020, 10:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51896

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Needing to fill up with fuel is improbable?

A quick stop off en route to a national park to buy a bottle of water of a snack. Improbable? Really???

Anyway, a major decrease in traffic is a good thing right??? The air has never smelt so sweet in the last 20 years!
by Mark R
27 Mar 2020, 10:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51896

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

There is no restriction on driving to exercise. That has been stated by no less a person than the NPCC’s lead for out of court disposals, Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen, said it was not illegal to drive somewhere for a walk or exercise outside more than once a day. Then I hope they make an amendm...
by Mark R
27 Mar 2020, 9:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51896

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Toxic air pollution reportedly down 70%!

Good on the police for taking the line they are.

There is no way the air would be this clean if people were allowed to jump in their polluters and drive to beauty spots for dog walking etc.
by Mark R
13 Feb 2020, 6:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flying.. why? why not?
Replies: 55
Views: 1587

Re: Flying.. why? why not?

Sorry, the thread seemed to have turned into the diesel apprieciation society, after all that has happened.....admiration for VAG group diseasels :roll:
by Mark R
13 Feb 2020, 6:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flying.. why? why not?
Replies: 55
Views: 1587

Re: Flying.. why? why not?

If the NOx could be (properly) sorted then use of "dirty diesels" should, all other things being equal, help cut down greenhouse gasses. Along perhaps with the banning of the sale of bigger fuel-guzzlers before the sharp cutoff in 2032. (I read a report somewhere recently that since diese...
by Mark R
13 Jan 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The next Labour Leader
Replies: 445
Views: 10326

Re: The next Labour Leader

Not so sure the circulation is the main thing. Every single time anyone buys something in a shop over the past four years they would have to walk past a stand of newspapers dripping hate for Corbyn. Drip drip drip every day over a period of years it certainly had an effect. Unfortunately the papers ...
by Mark R
13 Jan 2020, 7:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The next Labour Leader
Replies: 445
Views: 10326

Re: The next Labour Leader

You say that the there are left wing policies which the British people could never support but has that ever actually been put to the test? The way is see it, the moment that it became apparent that Corbyn's Labour has a genuinely leftist agenda, the media embarked on a ruthless four year character ...
by Mark R
11 Jan 2020, 8:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any other motorcyclists here?
Replies: 232
Views: 6347

Re: Any other motorcyclists here?

As an apprentice bought an Ariel 500 with girder forks to share with a mate.I started on my own with an Ariel Colt - awful 200cc thing. Went down the scrapyard and found a Rudge 250 with only 3 working gears. Stripped the gearbox and made several new components. Flogged it. Again down the scrapyard...
by Mark R
13 Aug 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 134
Views: 6277

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Another way to look at it would be: Public services are stretched thin due to cuts. Therefore it is somewhat impractical to expect the police and councils to police the problem of idling vehicles. People are being made sick by air pollution and idling vehicles are a significant source. Therefore pay...
by Mark R
13 Aug 2019, 8:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 134
Views: 6277

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Unless you are seeking out worst case examples, then EVs are not massively heavier than their IC equivilants. In fact where they are heavier it similar to to extra weight of a diesel compared to a petrol. Very interesting that no-one was banging on about the extra weight of of a dieselmotor. It was ...
by Mark R
12 Aug 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 134
Views: 6277

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

ATM the enforcement of anti-idling laws is unbelievably lax. The French actually seem to 'get it' WRT air pollution - they have decent enforcement of anti-idling laws and over there you need to apply for a permit before you can light a bonfire. Over here the only circumstances whereby a motorist wou...
by Mark R
6 Aug 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: E cars and the change to the urban landscape
Replies: 120
Views: 4567

Re: E cars and the change to the urban landscape

But its interesting that you didn't want to flag this up when we were discussing diesels.....
by Mark R
4 Jul 2019, 11:17pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Halfords cheap assist, which type for a noob
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Halfords cheap assist, which type for a noob

Just to be a bit contrary...The ebike I use most is a 20" wheel "shopper". For local trips, compared to a big wheeler, it is simply more useful and user friendly: Carries loads better, easier to store, easier to manoeuvre round cycle gates etc I have no knowledge or opinion about the ...
by Mark R
1 Jul 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 280
Views: 5930

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

Yep Swiss federal rail is 100% electric. TBH the terrain of Cornwall is pretty tame in comparison. No excuse whatsoever for sticking with the filthy cancerous diesels on the branch lines let alone on the main routes.