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by Audax67
22 Oct 2021, 9:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?
Replies: 458
Views: 20003

Re: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?

Passenger: How often do planes crash?

Flight attendant
: Just once.
by Audax67
20 Oct 2021, 9:30am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Pre-diabetic and raised cholesterol
Replies: 17
Views: 437

Re: Pre-diabetic and raised cholesterol

Don't sweat it. Diabetes is very, very slow to act. As I said above, my diagnosis was probably 10 years after I developed the disease, and the first real ill-effects appeared 18 years after diagnosis and were fixed with a stent. That in turn was 13 years ago: I'm still riding up decent hills without an eBike, my eyes are still devoid of retinopathy and everything else works. I'm slower on the bike and don't ride as far as I used to, but I can still do 8 to 10 hours including an hour for lunch at halfway and a couple of cake/coffee stops.

Just go on as usual and have the occasional blood test. And even if you do turn out to be diabetic, remember that when you're away on a ride you can eat virtually anything you like, since the excess sugar will be burnt off in no time.
by Audax67
19 Oct 2021, 11:21am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1222
Views: 46125

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

661-Pete wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 10:49pm IIRC, fourgon used to be the word for the closed black wagon in which condemned criminals were conveyed to the guillotine.

I don't know whether they ever switched to using Transit vans..... :shock:
Fourgon simply means a van. Funnily enough it also means poker, as in hearth, which I suppose is where the four- comes from.
by Audax67
19 Oct 2021, 11:12am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Pre-diabetic and raised cholesterol
Replies: 17
Views: 437

Re: Pre-diabetic and raised cholesterol

Cautionary tale:

I've been diabetic for 30-40 years; diagnosis was 30 yrs ago but doc reckoned I'd been diabetic already for around 10 yrs. Received my first stent in 2008 after AIV stenosis was detected and was sent on a re-education course. This was the year after PBP 2007: I was as fit as a fiddle, had a BMI of 24 with hefty quads, but the re-ed dietician read "diabetes" and put me on 1500 kcal/day. After a few months of this I had dropped 8 kilos, had severe quad pains even on the flat and went deeply hypo a couple of times. Eventually said to hell with it and started to eat like a human again: all the pains disappeared and my HbA1c, cholesterol etc. hardly budged. A similar run-in with a dodgy post-stenting BP measurement got me condemned to beta-blockers and vasodilators, and it took me 3 years to persuade the medicals that it had been spurious. That also cost me my qualification for PBP 2011.

Moral: always take radical medical advice with a dose of Micralax.
by Audax67
19 Oct 2021, 10:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sprocket famine
Replies: 21
Views: 1215

Re: Sprocket famine

Don't know squat about Brommies, but I just looked up Ultegra cassettes at my usual supplier: since March 2020 an R8000 11-spd has gone from 65€ to 89€.

My current one has >5000 km on it. <gulp>

Fortunately I switched to wax lube around the same time last year and it hasn't been ground up by road gunge.
by Audax67
18 Oct 2021, 8:19am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Map showing public showers in UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 773

Re: Map showing public showers in UK?

There's a pretty horrible shower in Westminster.
by Audax67
16 Oct 2021, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Today's tip
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Today's tip

Pre-war chum of my dad's once used a postage stamp. When I was a teenager in NI I once used folded brown paper and did ~20 miles on it. New tyre cost me 3/9d, FWIW.
by Audax67
16 Oct 2021, 9:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 76
Views: 1896

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

Low sun, yes. Must be worse in the UK than here.

Stopping at an intersection to allow a car to pass in front only for it to turn off without indicating, or indicating about 5 feet beforehand. In general, drivers and road furniture that steal my momentum to no good end. Come to think of it that's not petty, it's a capital crime.

Bike lanes in chicanes: dangerous and always full of debris.

Flies that decide to accompany me up hills.

Pedestrians on cycle tracks who wear headphones and don't react until you're bawling at them. Ditto phone zombies who stare straight through you as you go by in the opposite direction. And in general, people who ignore my cheery bonjour!

Horse riders who don't pick up their mounts' droppings. Some of the offerings take up so much of a cycle path that you have to go past in single file. NB in France, horses aren't allowed on shared paths but the police never do anything about it.

That'll do for now.
by Audax67
15 Oct 2021, 9:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 718

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

PH wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 10:44am I'll use google maps and headphones for directions in urban areas, or to specific places. Yes I know the arguments about restricting your hearing, though I use ones that limit this, IMO the audio is less of a distraction than looking at a screen.
Illegal when driving or riding in France. 135 € fine.
by Audax67
14 Oct 2021, 2:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1330

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

I still have a Dunlop Long Cycle Repair Kit from the early 60s, complete with a spare valve rubber, talc puffer and a couple of steel (alloy?) tyre levers. Haven't used it since the 60s, but it's still in the bits box in the workshop.
by Audax67
7 Oct 2021, 1:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 58
Views: 962

Re: Facebook

Well, I recently got so fed up with FB's bullshit that I took a month off, and my visits now amount to about 5 minutes per day. I'm also looking at Signal for messaging. https://signal.org/ Haven't quite screwed up the courage to give it access to all my contacts etc.
by Audax67
7 Oct 2021, 1:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 58
Views: 962

Re: Facebook

Psamathe wrote: 7 Oct 2021, 11:33am I feel that the online Social Media has far more negative impacts than positive and as a society we'd be better off without them (at least in their current form). Their offering being determined by profits is unlikely to be in the interests of users (and society). Maybe if Zukiniberg got some interests outside money, maybe if he realised he could be a "bitching billionaire" and try building rockets to take him far away from us all.

Ian
Very much agree. Amongst other things they endow snotty adolescents with the power to harass anyone that annoys them. Not to mention driving their coevals to suicide.
by Audax67
7 Oct 2021, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Words worth?
Replies: 43
Views: 783

Re: Words worth?

Oh my aching...
by Audax67
7 Oct 2021, 11:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Words worth?
Replies: 43
Views: 783

Re: Words worth?

It's not just that words have acquired extra meanings, it's that some people think they have the right to make others bend to their will on pain of being accused of causing offence. Witness the little tosser I read of the other day who announced to its teacher that in future it wished to be referred to as he/she: one can imagine the brickbats flying should Teetcher put a foot wrong when writing to its parents. (You'll notice that I have obliged it with a more succinct non-binary pronoun.)

It's this idea of entitlement that gets up my nose: the thought that one individual's whim can, or must, make the rest of us dance. It's pernicious scrotum content on a level with Orwell's Thought Police. There are times when, in Stephen Fry's words, the best response would be "So ----ing what?"
by Audax67
7 Oct 2021, 10:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 58
Views: 962

Re: Facebook

Was pleased to see that the US Senate subcommittee treated Frances Haugen with respect and are promising that something will be done. Hope the something doesn't involve dropping their pants and bending over so that the richest can shaft the world yet again.