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by skicat
12 Nov 2019, 12:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Google maps and OSGB grid references
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: Google maps and OSGB grid references

This (http://www.nearby.org.uk/) site lets you drop in a pair of OS grid refs, and converts them into just about everything else. It's an ugly site, but the info is all there
by skicat
16 Oct 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chip and Pin question
Replies: 51
Views: 1170

Re: Chip and Pin question

So the answer to "who has the final say in whether or not the transaction goes ahead?" is actually, Your Card. Everyone else in the chain, including your bank, can say yes, approve it. But there's an algorithm on the card that can still decline the transaction. It can also approve a transa...
by skicat
15 Oct 2019, 12:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chip and Pin question
Replies: 51
Views: 1170

Re: Chip and Pin question

Mick F wrote:Your bank.

Nope. It isn't your bank.
by skicat
14 Oct 2019, 1:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chip and Pin question
Replies: 51
Views: 1170

Re: Chip and Pin question

Ok, here's a follow on question for you all. Given all the "actors" in play during a chip & pin card transaction, which of the following has the FINAL say, all things considered, as to whether your transaction will be accepted or declined. And I do mean the final say - who decides last...
by skicat
14 Oct 2019, 1:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 4993

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Otherwise generally its was n’t too bad but we avoided the A9, dropping down mid country southwards from Durness to Altnahara and on past the Cask Inn towards Lairg. Absolutely wonderful moorland road, no car passed in either direction in the 20 miles between turning off the official route and read...
by skicat
18 Sep 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1781

Re: Lucky baby boomers

According to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation#List_of_generations Lost generation 1883-1900 Greatest Generation 1901-1927 Silent Generation 1925-1942 Baby boomers 1946-1964 or (1943-1960 depending which Wikipedia page you read!). Also called Generation W Generation W 1961-1981 Mil...
by skicat
24 Nov 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: Shetland in 2 days

The ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall arrives around midnight. So accommodation can be tricky. Yes, I think the timetable says 11pm. I was planning to stay in a pub I think (preliminary research), so I would book this in advance and make sure they are prepared to makes arrangements in case the ferry g...
by skicat
22 Nov 2016, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: Shetland in 2 days

I wasn't aware of the British Cycling Quest Challenge - I wish I'd known a couple of years ago as I could have ticked off the outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland and large parts of Scotland (as well as the IOW and many other areas of UK)!! I know how you feel. I found out about it 2/3 of the way throu...
by skicat
22 Nov 2016, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: Shetland in 2 days

More details on the Quest, please. Details of the British Cycle Quest are here: http://www.cyclinguk.org/british-cycle-quest . Essentially it's like a treasure hunt with 402 points to visit throughout the British Isles. They're broken down into 6 per county, and there are also 6 on each of Shetland...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: Shetland in 2 days

I must say, travelling out to the Shetlands, and then only sending two days togging up and down the main road, seems like a bit of a waste to me. That has occurred to me, however I am fairly "time-starved" and I was planning to get the Orkneys on the same trip. By the time I've added the ...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Re: Shetland in 2 days

Perhaps I should allow more time. I hate that "range anxiety" feeling when I have to be somewhere (e.g. a B&B) and it seems almost impossible to make progress. At least going from A to B and back in the same day will probably mean a tail wind 50% of the time. Statistically speaking. No...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 10:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 42303

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

The early booking deals usually have the option of a bed at not a lot more . . . and certainly worth it if you're intending to cycle for any length of time on the day you arrive. Oh yes, I wouldn't contemplate the seat option. I got a bed when I went to Aberdeen a couple of years ago, but that was ...
by skicat
19 Nov 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2232

Shetland in 2 days

I'm doing the British Cycle Quest (BCQ) challenge and trying to plan how to cover Shetland. Is it feasible to start from Lerwick and get to Garths Voe and back in a day? And likewise, is it realistic to do do Lerwick to Sumburgh and get back to Sumburgh by 5pm ? I appreciate this very much depends o...
by skicat
19 Nov 2016, 4:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 42303

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

Without any real advance booking or internet delving I managed to obtain tickets for myself and bike from Weymouth to Waterloo for £14 followed by a seat on the Euston to Inverness Sleeper for £55. Which website did you use (I'm assuming website - perhaps it wasn't online) ? I haven't seen any disc...
by skicat
14 Oct 2016, 7:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Father of the Bride speeches
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: Father of the Bride speeches

One of the funniest quips I ever heard: "The wedding organisers here at [Name of Venue] asked if we could bring along an interesting or poignant photograph of [The Bride] to use in the display. We looked through the album and came across one of her on the rug in front of the fire, completely na...