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by ambodach
24 Jan 2021, 5:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flageolet beans shortage
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: Flageolet beans shortage

Not just pearl barley. Our local coop steadfastly refuses to stock oatmeal. This encourages me to shop elsewhere.
by ambodach
24 Jan 2021, 5:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?
Replies: 243
Views: 4241

Re: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?

After independence the SNP ceases to have relevance in the long term and so gradually other parties will emerge. I have been an SNP member for many years but only with the aim of independence in mind. After independence I may well consider my options. I fail to see why anyone should think the SNP ar...
by ambodach
27 Dec 2020, 3:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts
Replies: 58
Views: 1365

Re: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts

I have an Adventure HD which has more ground clearance but with 20 inch wheels all round the rear mech is a bit low tho' I have never had any problem off road with my Bike Friday. With a 26 rear wheel you are better placed in that respect and the top gear will be a bit higher. You really need a wide...
by ambodach
25 Oct 2020, 3:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 69
Views: 2383

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

My Ice Adventure HD will not go through my doorway or into my polytunnel. I take the seat off and move steering arms back which means I can turn it in it's side and carry in sideways standing in the space where the seat would be.
by ambodach
25 Oct 2020, 3:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Boy 13 arrested for attempted murder of cyclist
Replies: 15
Views: 1025

Re: Boy 13 arrested for attempted murder of cyclist

At one time we had two Hillman Imps single manned to patrol Loch Lomondside as they were considered more versatile than one larger car which could easily get stuck in heavy weekend traffic.
Inevitably they were called Pinky and Perky. In case you are too young P. and P. were cartoon pigs.
by ambodach
25 Sep 2020, 3:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Buried with a bicycle.
Replies: 29
Views: 710

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: 779

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: 1358

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: 1358

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: 988

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: 1066

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: 1405

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: 584

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: 2204

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: 1378

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.