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by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 4:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

Part of me says I can't wait for the final demise of ice-powered vehicles and then it dawns on another part of me that e-cars have super-fast & super-quiet acceleration - and that they're just as big and heavier than the others!!
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 3:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling with a touring bike on a train in the uk
Replies: 143
Views: 5377

Re: Travelling with a touring bike on a train in the uk

..and yet the yarn is spun that we now live in a service industry. Actually, you know what - the more I learn, the more I find out, the more it dawns on me that yes we are in a service industry for sure and that industry is to make the shareholders as much money as possible and that, far from being the customers - it turns out we're the product!
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 2:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sheldon Brown
Replies: 16
Views: 803

Re: Sheldon Brown

Hoorah - I can plonk it on my newly-aquired server-a-like (as Synology DS 220j) :-)
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 1:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sheldon Brown
Replies: 16
Views: 803

Re: Sheldon Brown

LollyKat wrote: 14 Jun 2021, 1:36pm Just save the page (as html) to your PC - the calculator still works, presumably using Javascript or similar.
Good tip - thanks :-)
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 1:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: E Scooter accident
Replies: 23
Views: 403

Re: E Scooter accident

way better in terms of consequences to be drunk on a scooter
I suppose it depends on how much under a lorry you end up...
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Moving
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Moving

It's ironic that we're told we have moved into a so-called service industry economy. As I've said elsewhere before, the end-result is often that there's less chance of working with individuals - we end up working instead with systems. In my humble view, face-to-face interactions have a higher chance of being carried out with some satisfaction.
As an amusing aside, my interaction with the individual who carried out the conveyancing on my last property purchase amounted to a handful of emails, while I waited out the weeks it took her to complete the work. My second email asking for an update received a short reply saying "if you didn't keep emailing me, I could get on with the work I need to do for you..." :lol:
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 12:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: E Scooter accident
Replies: 23
Views: 403

Re: E Scooter accident

There's a couple of typical Voi users in a next door flat and we were chatting about the whole deal and their pov was that as your licence details are part of the sign-up deal, they didn't see them as any different to a car viz-ah-vee drink-driving - that is to say, they said that using one inebriated was a no-no, which I thought was interesting/encouraging! although whether that'll change after a coupleof years if it transpires that there simply aren't any prosecutions.
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 12:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

...although its simply not possible to know why the topic was added to the programme's running order without asking the editor/s, the segment amounts to free advertising for the individual concerned, when you consider that he was able to make unfounded assertions (probably very carfully scripted ahead of time), while at the same time, staying calm, reasonable-sounding and dependable. Very clever. Next time I'm caught driving my Porsche at 60-plus down the local school lane, I will definitely give him a ring - he sounds ideal...
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 11:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: E Scooter accident
Replies: 23
Views: 403

Re: E Scooter accident

Went into town yesterday for a wander round the nice cool museum and an ice-cream afterwards :-) Noted in passing that there are Voi scooters everywhere now, many with two-up. Their speed is modest ('specially up Park Street!) and I can't see any problem really, except for the learning curve involved getting used to their near-silent approach. Every single journey undertaken by non-car use a plus as far as I'm concerned.
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 11:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

As far as I know, the issue of registration has been firmly given the thumbs down by all sorts of agencies inc the established motoring organisations, over & over again. This morning's segment on R4 is likely to be the work of a well-known self-aggrandising puffed-up egomaniac (although I may be jumping to a rushed conclusion here... ;-) ) judging from his website, which characterises him thus: "Without doubt Nick Freeman is the most famous solicitor practising in the country today." !
With claims like that splashed across his homepage, it's perhaps not surprising that he commonly floats other ridiculous and exaggerated notions, wherever & whenever he can in the hopes of becoming a) even more famous (haha) and b) even fatter in the bank-account department.
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 10:20am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

No idea! Sounds likely, tho'... self-publicist who has no compunction about making exaggerated claims if they'll be to his benefit. What annoyed me is that the assertion is ambiguous, wild, irresponsible and a classic mud-slinging exercise. And he got away with it. There'll be a ton of Volvo-driving car addicts thinking, "I heard it on R4's Today prog - must be true..."
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

As remarked up-thread by revo.. the assertion by someone called Nick Freeman that (e-scooter riders and cyclists) “they’re causing thousands and thousands of injuries to pedestrians.” is, I think, both wild, invented and alarmist and went unchallenged - I have written to the Today progrmme to complain and I encourage others to do likewise. Their email address (predictably) is: today@bbc.co.uk
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 9:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

The notion that cyclists cause damage (and so it is implied, must be punished - very very severely...) is one of those through-the-looking-glass suggestions that have you looking around for someone with an atomiser, who must surely be spraying all concerned with a light solution of LSD !! Where do they get their ideas from? I note with suspicion that GB News launched y'day - more outpourings from resentful, right-wing, populist flame-grilled wing-nuts - exactly the sort of people who think tabards-for-all-cyclists is a Jolly Good Idea.
by simonineaston
14 Jun 2021, 8:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 608

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

...must be quiet day for news and they're scraping the barrel.
by simonineaston
13 Jun 2021, 2:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 42
Views: 660

Re: I wonder if.......

Good time to go out for a ride though with many of the audience busy and not clogging up the roads...