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by ambodach
25 Sep 2020, 3:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Buried with a bicycle.
Replies: 29
Views: 655

Re: Buried with a bicycle.

A well known political corespondent who died youngish from a heart attack about 15 years ago was buried clutching his mobile phone.
by ambodach
10 Sep 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Banning pavement parking
Replies: 23
Views: 774

Re: Banning pavement parking

As a former wheelchair pilot I got very annoyed with pavements being obstructed. Think Alf Garnet wheeling Florrie around and it about sums it up.
by ambodach
2 Sep 2020, 3:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Surnames
Replies: 51
Views: 1301

Re: Surnames

My own surname is territorial based on the lands occupied and a river as well. The original family were quite influential in early Scottish history but were defeated by rivals who stole the land by forced marriage. My forenames are from both sides of the family and have been used as family names for...
by ambodach
30 Aug 2020, 6:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Surnames
Replies: 51
Views: 1301

Re: Surnames

In a smallish community such as where I live { Permanent population about 2000 } there is often duplication with both names and a nickname is often used instead of the given name. ie Willie Mann was in fact Willie MacLean but outsiders often referred to him as Mr Mann as they did not know any better...
by ambodach
29 Aug 2020, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rest And Be Thankful
Replies: 13
Views: 940

Re: Rest And Be Thankful

Calling the whole road the Rest and be Thankful is not exactly new. I lived in Helensburgh in the late 1940's and early 1950's and cycled there often and it was commonly called that as a sort of shorthand even tho' we knew that the term referred really to the top of the climb.
by ambodach
26 Aug 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Right to roam Scotland?
Replies: 33
Views: 1046

Re: Right to roam Scotland?

If he is a new owner he may well be ignorant of the law in Scotland. We have had this problem where I live from time to time and the " get orf my land " approach from people from outwith Scotland who have bought property here.
by ambodach
22 Aug 2020, 12:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The old days.
Replies: 19
Views: 1329

Re: The old days.

In the early 1960's we travelled by cargo boat from Leith to Antwerp. The boat carried 12 passengers and several cars were carried as well as our bikes. Everything was hoisted on board by sling but we took the luggage off our bikes first.I was very nervous of my precious Flying Scot but there was no...
by ambodach
22 Aug 2020, 12:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MIDGE-AGEDDON!
Replies: 13
Views: 516

Re: MIDGE-AGEDDON!

While warmth is one factor damp conditions which includes breeding grounds are the main influences on midge population. The east coast of Scotland has no significant midge population as there is a lack of suitable breeding grounds as well as less rain.
by ambodach
11 Aug 2020, 3:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2179

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

I know someone who did a survey regarding cruise ships arriving at Lerwick. One of the conclusions was that ashore the crew spent more money than the passengers and as said above the charity shops did most business with them.
by ambodach
25 Jul 2020, 2:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Shopping on the High Street
Replies: 57
Views: 1356

Re: Shopping on the High Street

When I was in management I rarely wore a suit as in any group a sports jacket indicated the most senior person there. Only junior managers wore suits.
by ambodach
24 Jul 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 67
Views: 1974

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

My Ice Adventure lives in my Peugeot Partner car ready to roll. I can get it into the house and if prolonged bad weather in the winter that is what I do for fettling. To get it in tho' is a faff. The seat comes off and steering bars turned forward then it just goes in on its side. Not something I wo...
by ambodach
22 Jul 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Logistics of solo camping
Replies: 21
Views: 1004

Re: Logistics of solo camping

Almost anywhere in Scotland I would not contemplate a tarp due to midges. A tent which can be sealed up will help to keep most of them out. Often any wind drops in the evening and then they appear quite suddenly to make life outside a misery.
by ambodach
22 Jul 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A mask in your bike bag?
Replies: 99
Views: 3228

Re: A mask in your bike bag?

I carry a mask in my bike bag always just in case I have an unfixable at the roadside problem and have to thumb a lift. More likely to get one if seen to have a mask I think. Walking any distance is not an option for me and a trike is even more problematic. Our local shops all have signs saying no m...
by ambodach
10 Jul 2020, 7:09pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trident Trike
Replies: 20
Views: 3755

Re: Trident Trike

I have an Ice Adventure HD and my late wife had Parkinson's so I feel able to comment. The seating is very low on recumbents generally and you may have difficulty getting in and out of the seat. To get in and out the best way is usually to stand in front and reverse into the seat and obviously the o...
by ambodach
10 Jul 2020, 8:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook cynic -wot to do?
Replies: 41
Views: 1003

Re: Facebook cynic -wot to do?

I must try that kwackers but hesitate to delve into their system further than needed. My profile is total fiction anyway and they only have my email address correctly I hope but goodness knows what else they have ferreted out from the pages I look at.