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by PDQ
3 Aug 2016, 10:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Ideal Country
Replies: 26
Views: 1222

Re: The Ideal Country

My ideal country was Europe. I am still a citizen but not for that much longer.:( When I got cheesed off with the dour Northerners (who have their humourous charms). I could head South to the sun and heat of the Med. A trip around the Greek islands staying a month or so here and there. Seville and L...
by PDQ
31 Mar 2016, 11:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ash Trees
Replies: 82
Views: 6246

Re: Ash Trees

Sycamore is also a very good tree for bees. A bit OT, but I've found that any wood burns fine if it is dry. Exactly that. for all woods are much the same in composition but vary greatly in water content and tightness of cell structure. Ash is rated highly with good reason but often because it quite ...
by PDQ
9 Mar 2016, 11:48am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...
Replies: 1489
Views: 44817

Re: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...

It is my impression that a lot of non-EU immigration is a result of UK nationals marrying non-UK nationals. Anyone know if that is correct. (A bit OT, perhaps). I can see that there are communities where that is common, on the other hand my community (and family :wink: ) is full of EU immigration f...
by PDQ
8 Mar 2016, 7:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...
Replies: 1489
Views: 44817

Re: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...

Hey don't forget the Celts! Actually as agroup they are already sort of Pan-European, with representatives in all Western (and Northern!) Britain (they used to be the sole indigenous folk of the British Ilses of course)but also in Brittany and in Gallicia in N. Spain. And maybe more !? Certainly lef...
by PDQ
8 Mar 2016, 2:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72241

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air polluti

Air pollution is a major problem. The demonisation of diesel is a handy smokescreen ( :roll: ) for those who want to avoid talking about all the other problems. Let's ban diesels so that I can use my car as much as I want, let's have electric trains 'cos then the pollution will be somewhere else......
by PDQ
7 Mar 2016, 8:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72241

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air polluti

Stand at Cheltenham Spa station and witness the noise and filth coming out of a Cross Country DMU as it accelerates away, the pollution is orwellian, it can hardly be overstated. Don't believe the lies from the operating companies about upgraded engines. The pacer train on my local line has the cra...
by PDQ
5 Mar 2016, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72241

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air polluti

I never said it was a small job. But actually for large streches of track it IS just a question of "stringing a few wires around". More or less. Plus buying and manufacturing new locos etc!! And apparantly steel price is at an all time low too. Never a better moment. A railway system that ...
by PDQ
5 Mar 2016, 10:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72241

Re: How much diesel pollution am I breathing in?

The reason we aren't 'all electric'(or very nearly)is the same reason we won't ban or restrict ICE powered vehicles in our cities,especially dirty diesel powered buses* and cabs,and continually fall short of pollution levels. More dirt more profit,and all the while we store up health problems for t...
by PDQ
5 Mar 2016, 12:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72241

Re: How much diesel pollution am I breathing in?

I see it as a huge failure of sucessive govts that our railway system remains largely unelectrified.
The benefits are so enormous.
This report really underlines how filthy diesel trains are.
by PDQ
23 Feb 2016, 10:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...
Replies: 1489
Views: 44817

Re: EU Ref...I Am Confused..Aren't You...

I found this BBC article - EU referendum: Can Switzerland show UK route to Brexit? interesting. Rick. I would like to add a couple of points to the above article. The Swiss are a nation of around 8 million. around a 25% are "foreign" nationals without citizenship. The foreigner's legal st...
by PDQ
20 Feb 2016, 10:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson?
Replies: 64
Views: 1589

Re: Boris Johnson?

I find it interesting at the moment as we now know which Conservatives are for staying part of the EU and which are for leaving ... except for Boris. By not saying he is keeping the press attention on him with all the :will he/wont he". Undoubtedly Boris knows where he stands on UK leaving the...
by PDQ
18 Feb 2016, 9:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LLC - Harlech
Replies: 20
Views: 1399

Re: LLC - Harlech

I was going to add to my earlier comments that going South to North on the minor roads (LLC) the gradients are overall less steep than going North to South. It is just the grain of the country. Going South to North, by turning into the hills at Llanbedr, the highest point can be reached without any ...
by PDQ
7 Dec 2015, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Machine is John on ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1924

Re: What Machine is John on ?

Thanks Brucey. Informative as ever. So ............... motorbikes the (geographic) world over, have their front brakes on the right. This is irrespective of what side of the road they drive on in the country of manufacture. I was going to make the same point. It's a very good reason to use the Brit...
by PDQ
25 Nov 2015, 1:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Cookware - Which Materials??
Replies: 64
Views: 3154

Re: Camping Cookware - Which Materials??

Stainless steel is my recommendation. I bought a nesting billy set many years ago and they have survived everything. They still come up almost like new (even after peat fire cooking) when cleaned with sand. Aluminium has a funny smell when cleaned with abrasives (like bike rims in dirty wet conditio...
by PDQ
13 Nov 2015, 9:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Debt
Replies: 90
Views: 5389

Re: Debt

But we are talking about Nationwide (no pun intended) banks and intitutions. My take on it is that overall the debt is pretty secure - that secured on property. Even Wales has gone up a bit since then. I am just making the point that the banks have not lost that much money in that area. Whereas oth...