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by MarkF
31 Mar 2018, 4:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)
Replies: 222
Views: 9690

Re: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)

The % of Catalans voting for independence has not changed (much) for a long time, even after all the pro-indie shenanigans and buying of votes. But now, there are real social divisions and bitterness, the Spanish state is not responsible for that. So why don't they just organise a proper referendum...
by MarkF
27 Mar 2018, 10:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)
Replies: 222
Views: 9690

Re: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)

The % of Catalans voting for independence has not changed (much) for a long time, even after all the pro-indie shenanigans and buying of votes. But now, there are real social divisions and bitterness, the Spanish state is not responsible for that.
by MarkF
16 Mar 2018, 10:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cead mile failte - we love Ireland!
Replies: 46
Views: 2299

Re: Cead mile failte - we love Ireland!

An Irish friend once said to me why do want to move to the only country where it rains 366 days a year. Amen to that. My parents are Irish, all my holidays as a young kid were spent there, my memories are (like of Scotland) rain, wet, grey & pebble dashed bungalows, nothing but depressing memor...
by MarkF
30 Oct 2017, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike friendly Accommodation in Malaga
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: Bike friendly Accommodation in Malaga

I may be too late................but I use the Hotel Don Curro, it's next to the cathedral, bikes are kept in a secure street level store room and the staff are super helpful.
by MarkF
30 Sep 2017, 10:31am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: electric bike kits
Replies: 38
Views: 4683

Re: electric bike kits

I had an electric bike, for my extremely hilly commute, it was ok.... in that it meant that I could arrive at work not a smelly, sweaty mess. I didn't enjoy riding it though, a much faster than legal one I might have done........... But as a (still) healthy man, it really didn't make sense for me, s...
by MarkF
21 Sep 2017, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bilbao to Gibraltar
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: Bilbao to Gibraltar

OP, I am the MarkF on CGOAB, anything you want to ask, just PM me. :wink: I was 50 when I did that ride and did zero training prior, I didn't find it unduly difficult. The only reason I did not ride the last leg (Seville to Malaga) was because the temp was past 40c! I am actually doing that missing ...
by MarkF
25 Jun 2017, 10:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a bike in San seb?
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Buying a bike in San seb?

I have also flown in with Easyjet twice from Manchester, but I cycle into Bilbao from the airport with no problems. As soon as yous start removing your bike from the box and assembling it, an airport employee appears to take away your packaging debris, nice. If I was in your shoes with a lack of bik...
by MarkF
14 Nov 2016, 3:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I want one of these! Ubco 2x2
Replies: 13
Views: 2307

Re: I want one of these! Ubco 2x2

nice bike. what is it? ah Van Van is its name thought a dupe typo. 125cc then as the 200cc only just introduced to the UK this year? But most of those vintage vespa by now have worn out engines. what is yours? 125cc 200 cc 250? My insurance for my 900cc is less than £100 in London so no big deal. r...
by MarkF
13 Nov 2016, 6:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I want one of these! Ubco 2x2
Replies: 13
Views: 2307

Re: I want one of these! Ubco 2x2

Don't understand it, it makes no sense to me? For £4k I could buy a vintage Vespa, range 130m+, 100+mpg, zero road tax and insurance sub £100, it would only go up in value too. But I already have one, so have bought a Suzuki Van Van for my winter commute, £15 road tax, 100+mpg and insurance sub £100...
by MarkF
29 Sep 2016, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycle touring shops Yorkshire
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: Bicycle touring shops Yorkshire

Others have mentioned most of the decent bike shops around here. I don't think Eliis Briggs in Shipley has been mentioned. One of the legendary lightweight shops. Again, I've not been recently but I see they are advertising their own touring bike available to the customer's spec. http://www.ellisbr...
by MarkF
21 Mar 2016, 9:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Barcelona to Gibraltar in August.
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Barcelona to Gibraltar in August.

I agree about the coastal roads, avoid. I don't agree about the heat though, all my Spanish tours have been in summer and I've never had a problem, I really enjoy it, water is available everywhere and I find that the heat only becomes a problem when I stop cycling. You should always be able to find ...
by MarkF
13 Dec 2015, 11:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A&E - I Was Shocked
Replies: 68
Views: 3169

Re: A&E - I Was Shocked

So what? There is a difference between individuals making poor choices and institutions pushing unhealthy food at their employees and customers in order to make a profit. After all, they don't have cigarette vending machines in the corridors. The patients are individuals too, also able to make choi...
by MarkF
12 Dec 2015, 3:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A&E - I Was Shocked
Replies: 68
Views: 3169

Re: A&E - I Was Shocked

A&E staff are hard working, it can be relentless, I was not including them in my lazy, living-in-a-bubble comment about NHS workers. But unless there is an sudden and extreme change of public mindset, unlikely, then A&E will continue to be abused, the first stop for the most minor of ailment...
by MarkF
7 Dec 2015, 9:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A&E - I Was Shocked
Replies: 68
Views: 3169

Re: A&E - I Was Shocked

I've worked in A&E. Obesity and old folk are sucking the life out of the NHS, along with it's lazy, living-in-a-bubble "workers" that make up large % of it's workforce. A&E is a social place for many now, a place for folks to gather, I reckon less than 1 in 5 admissions are justifi...
by MarkF
31 Oct 2015, 11:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E-bike advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1768

Re: E-bike advice please

I fancied a trying an electric bike so bought a Sakura that was for sale locally as "not working". I bought new batteries (£70) and found the fault, the sensor for the stand. It was like new and cost £120 in total. It was fun and my daughter loved it, she could do 20+ miles without pedalli...