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by Audax67
19 Feb 2020, 9:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I'm currently reading .......
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: I'm currently reading .......

I'm reading The Fall of France by Julian Jackson. It's about a time in recent European history when Germany conquered France. My father remembers it well as he was 8. My mum can't as she was only 4. My late grandfather was in the army at the time safely based in Warrington and he told me that his d...
by Audax67
18 Feb 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

The comic, or Cycling Weakly :wink: I think this is one case where one should try to do it oneself (not pay an expert), as described by 531Colin The case described above, where a well-meaning LBS person changed the adjustments, is a bit disturbing A bit like those Scouts who "cleaned up" ...
by Audax67
17 Feb 2020, 10:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ciara
Replies: 61
Views: 1411

Re: Ciara

When the Met Office get their billion pound computer (located in Iceland or Norway to take advantage of cheaper electricity) forecasts will become more accurate. Read about it here... BBC News - Met Office forecasters set for 'billion pound' supercomputer https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environm...
by Audax67
17 Feb 2020, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

I had a quick bikeshop fit in 2002 or thereabouts, and later bought a Ti frame that roughly corresponded to my measurements and built my main bike around it. I rode that bike until 2015, doing several SR series, a couple of PBPs and sundry other 1000k rides. My rationale was "if I can do that o...
by Audax67
13 Feb 2020, 9:48am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Three Word Story Game (again)
Replies: 8114
Views: 307500

Re: Three Word Story Game (again)

Some enchanted evening you may see a strangler, you may see a strangler across a crowded garotte. And somehow you noose was tied to the gallow tree on a rainy afternoon in Lerwick. Strong winds had been forecast for Gale but she left the room under a cloud of squid ink (may contain nuts). some mint ...
by Audax67
13 Feb 2020, 9:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

There is credible evidence that aluminium for instance is a possible cause of some types of senile dementia. Therefore the government really should step in and have a through review of the manufacture of vaccines. If there is no basis for the concerns then let it be known, rather than simply brow b...
by Audax67
9 Feb 2020, 4:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

I'd say benefiting rather than exploiting, but that's about it. What's happening in Wuhan demonstrates the effect of a virus moving in on a population that has no herd immunity. Or only a very little, since AFAIK we do have a basic resistance to coronaviruses since we've been living a long time toge...
by Audax67
9 Feb 2020, 3:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1548

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

When my old eTrex Venture went wawa in 2012; after a couple of years' service, I got practically the same offer: a refurb for 80€ or the original back unrepaired. As they doubtless intended, I said no and bought a more recent model, because my pricey maps were compatible. Great racket sales policy.
by Audax67
9 Feb 2020, 1:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

There isn't a global panic every flu season because the strains have usually been sussed out in advance and vaccine made available; and enough people get vaccinated to provide a degree of herd immunity* for everyone. The Wuhan virus is a novel variety for which no vaccine is available, so public he...
by Audax67
9 Feb 2020, 9:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 639
Views: 57511

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

Missus: What's all this crud on the shopping-list?

Me: Well you told me to put mustard on it. :roll:
by Audax67
9 Feb 2020, 9:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

There isn't a global panic every flu season because the strains have usually been sussed out in advance and vaccine made available; and enough people get vaccinated to provide a degree of herd immunity* for everyone. The Wuhan virus is a novel variety for which no vaccine is available, so public hea...
by Audax67
7 Feb 2020, 2:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

"Yottie" is a new one on me but I get the gist.

Mind you, I pity the towns the Semaine Fédérale descends on. On the first ride of the only one I've been to, in 2004, there were 7000 cyclists on the road, and drivers trying to move out of side streets got distinctly narky.
by Audax67
7 Feb 2020, 10:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

How do you avoid infection, stay in your cabin? Don't go on a cruise: simple answer. Mrs P and I have never been on one - unless you call the overnight Channel ferry between Portsmouth and St Malo a 'cruise'. The thought simply doesn't appeal to us. I don't know about hotbeds of Coronavirus, but th...
by Audax67
7 Feb 2020, 9:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 120
Views: 3331

Re: Coronavirus - just how serious?

It's certainly interesting, but it's no different from the way that viruses have always worked. Animal cells provide gateways in the cell walls so that substances necessary for the life of the cell can get through. There are "keys" that open the gateways, e.g. insulin opens the way for gl...