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by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 3:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 221
Views: 4347

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

I've not tried it, but I think 'friend' causes that person's posts to be highlighted.
You are now on my list of friends and I see no difference. Have you experienced a warm glow?
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 2:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 232
Views: 6470

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Re Cameron and Greensill, I get the impression that there's a push to turn the spotlight away from Dave onto a former mandarin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56757195

Certainly looks like a heavyweight probe.
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 1:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 221
Views: 4347

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

If I can wind back to the most recent comments on the foe facility, I'll say it's naïve for anybody to assume that what they post will be widely read or fully read by those who do look at it.

If I buy a newspaper, especially a weekend edition, several of the supplements go in in the recycling bin unopened. Of the bits I keep, quite a bit gets only a skim. Ditto, enclosures with magazines. And unsolicited emails. And junk mail.

The title "foe" seems unnecessarily antagonistic and might be better termed "unsubscribe." I'd not use it to avoid discussion; it's a labour saving device to junk stuff I wouldn't read anyway. On the same theme, just as it's apparently possible to subscribe to a thread, I'd like to be able to unsubscribe, especially if it has a clever title that I'm too stupid to remember what it's about.

While I'm on, what does the "friend" facility do? Blow kisses?
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 1:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol
Replies: 51
Views: 853

Re: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol

I see a difference between farcilities getting cyclists "out of the road" and modifying traffic lights to give cyclists visible priority. I'd equate it more with traffic schemes which exempt cyclists from bans / restrictions on motor traffic. It's a way of saying that cyclists are not part of the problem which the ban is intended to cure.

On the subject of this type of traffic light, I'm a "don't know" through lack of experience or a detailed rationale. My instinct is that it might be one of those things that initially seems like a good idea but isn't.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 47
Views: 970

Re: Good trousers.

pjclinch wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 3:16pm.... the sort of thing you can slum around an airport, have your documents securely to hand, and then not need a change of clothes when you arrive. ...
That's what I was getting at before, but from the POV of someone who only goes near airports as the driver of dad's taxi.
the Hilltop is one of the very few knee-length serious waterproofs you can get anywhere these days.
I have no pretensions as a mountaineer. The only time I climbed 1000+ feet above sea level was when I was conned into doing the Three Peaks in the early 1980s. I do have a Hilltop, bought from Long Preston about 10 years ago when I had a gift card, they had some sort of sale on and they were giving discounts on trade-ins so my guard was down. It's OK but not brilliant IMO. Actually, while I was in there I bumped into a former colleague and during the chinwagging I bought a long black mac (Midnight Ink or some silly name) without properly trying it on. To get the chest size right (XL) it's nearly down to my ankles. Now that I'm of an age where appearance is immaterial, it's ideal for bad weather. I also have a broad-brimmed Rohan rainhat - currently unavailable. My wife says it all gives me the look of a priest.

Re Paul Howcroft I can only say OLFIO to you mate as I did last time the history of Rohan came up.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 4:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol
Replies: 51
Views: 853

Re: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol

Then there is the red cycle light. What does this mean if the general light is showing green at the time?
If I've read the TSRGD correctly, the only authorised uses of a red cycle light - as in a red light with a cycle-shaped aspect - are

Diagrams 30002.2 and 3000.2A 'Traffic light signals for the control of vehicular traffic consisting solely of pedal cycles (Alternative types)'

Diagrams 4003.7 and 4003.7 A 'Nearside light signals and instructions for pedestrians and cyclists at a Toucan crossing'

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/201 ... le/14/made

If I've got that right, there should be no cycle red lights on general carriageways. Which assumes highwaymen get it right as well.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 3:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bicycle-drawn hearse brings cycling advocate on his last journey
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: Bicycle-drawn hearse brings cycling advocate on his last journey

I've read somewhere in the last couple of days that whenever his funeral was discussed, the D of E tended to say something like "Just shove me in the back of a Land Rover and take me back to Windsor" and this became self-fulfilling in that two Land Rovers were prepared for this a while ago. In a similar vein, I've suggested the regular refuse collection (for me, not HRH) but it wouldn't be fair on the personnel and survivors might not like it either.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 3:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol
Replies: 51
Views: 853

Re: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol

I think the problem in this scenario may be the introduction of a straw man - if I've got the current terminology right.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 3:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: pukka pies
Replies: 59
Views: 1296

Re: pukka pies

I'm saying that anybody producing brown ale in Newcastle Brown Ale in Newcastle ought to be able to call it Newcastle Brown Ale.

It seems to me that adding the type of protection we are talking about to a proprietary item like this is pure marketing. ie It's not a way of preventing something else being passed off as the real thing. That comes from trademark law etc.

And as MickF (?) pointed out, none of this stopped production of NB moving to Tadcaster.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 2:54pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Information Message
Replies: 18
Views: 288

Re: Information Message

Most (all?) other actions are self-indicating in that if you eg click on Board index, the board index either appears right before your very eyes, or it doesn't, in which case you know something has not happened. I'm not going to log out to try this, but I'm pretty sure that if you log out, the next thing you see is "You have been logged out."

PS. Checked and it doesn't seem to say that. You get the index screen with the option to log in.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 2:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 47
Views: 970

Re: Good trousers.

But their more general particular market-niche does suit the utilitarian rider very well. The stuff is good for freedom of movement, easy-care, it's fast drying and tough and I find the fabrics very comfy. Another practical plus for me is the sizing is a bit more generous than most brands, so while I fit a Rohan M very nicely I tend to "M and a half" in most outdoor brands. That is, of course, pure luck of the drawer, but it does make a useful difference for me.
I think you are right in the bit I've not quoted about cyclists only going to bike shops for cycling togs. Lillywhites made a huge miscalculation in the late 1990s: they opened a multi-storey sports shop in Leeds (I don't know if they had the same elsewhere) with a whole floor dedicated to cycling. I cannot now remember if they had bikes as well as the clothing but they had all the Gore stuff in all the colours and in all the sizes, ending up selling it all at knockdown prices for that very reason.

The Rohan "market-niche" is interesting. I've tended to assume they go for the person whose self-image is of an independent traveller - perhaps epitomised by their final clearance section being called The Souk. I suppose there are more truly independent travellers among cycle tourists than other modes, but my impression is that a lot of their customers are "smart casual" types. Who like lots of pockets.

Interesting comments about sizing. I suppose it's a general experience that road cycling clothes sizes are comparatively tiny but I find Rohan sizing a bit on the small size as compared with say M&S
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 2:27pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Information Message
Replies: 18
Views: 288

Re: Information Message

What purpose does it serve?
It briefly confirms your instruction has been carried out.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Replacement Saddle
Replies: 22
Views: 582

Re: Replacement Saddle

Once the original clamp is removed from the saddle, the rails look very short - not really any room for fore/aft adjustment. Could they be too short for the built-in clamp in the micro-adjustable seatpost?
That's exactly the sort of thing that needs resolving before splashing out on another saddle. On reflection, it may be what the OP was saying and some of us perhaps misunderstood as a comment on the distance between the saddle rails rather than the length available to be clamped.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 12:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: pukka pies
Replies: 59
Views: 1296

Re: pukka pies

I wasn't aware that Newcastle Brown was ever a sort of appelation controlée, but that does demonstrate the absurdity of some of this. The logic would be that some other brewer local to Newcastle Upon Tyne could brew and market their own version.
by thirdcrank
14 Apr 2021, 11:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good trousers.
Replies: 47
Views: 970

Re: Good trousers.

On the subject of knees more generally, I seem to have seen more riders in shorts this last winter than ever before.