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by pliptrot
28 May 2020, 10:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1520

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

When? It's already going that way and has been for a couple of centuries That's the point: a couple of centuries ago we all had to dig our own potatoes. The way we live now was inconceivable. In 200 years the way the human race will live is inconceivable to us now. One thing we can be sure of - we ...
by pliptrot
27 May 2020, 6:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1520

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Notions of class, equality and education are totally irrelavent Really? These make the pivotal differences in our existence. Constructs such blame and fault are entirely academic I think the judiciary would have some trouble with that one. Apocalyptic scenarios are the centrepoint of control struct...
by pliptrot
27 May 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1520

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Globally, population growth has declined during a period in which consumption has skyrocketed. It is the wealthy who pose the greatest threat to the planet. Don't blame the poor. As to measures of well-being, Cugel, I don't include consumerism or the baubles it may bring us. I include health indicat...
by pliptrot
27 May 2020, 11:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....
Replies: 49
Views: 1520

Re: Pollution,The planet,Global warming etc,documentary worth watching.....

Moore's film seemed to be light on facts and quite churlish. It took George Monbiot 5 minutes or so to knock the positions taken into a cocked hat. Technology can - and has- made our lives better. Every measure of well-being indicates things are improving. Human ingenuity has always solved the probl...
by pliptrot
15 May 2020, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 683

Re: Vitus 979

A bike shop owner told me -when a Duralinox frame was just a dream (they were 250 quid in 1984)- that Sean Kelly rode one of these and if there was a chance of a bunch sprint in a race they would change it in the last 20km - just in case. Apocryphal? Probably. Too flexible and fragile? Certainly. I ...
by pliptrot
13 May 2020, 9:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What effects upon society caused by (COVID-19)?
Replies: 26
Views: 1090

Re: What effects upon society caused by (COVID-19)?

Those who are taking aim at NHS management should look around. Even small companies engaged in simple activity spend 40% of their time and effort on administration and management. As the organisation gets bigger the overhead dedicated to just keeping the whole thing running increases. Take the NHS -...
by pliptrot
9 May 2020, 5:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic going bust
Replies: 21
Views: 1251

Re: Mavic going bust

This is surprising, given their (obviously illusional) omnipotence, particularly in the OEM market. Their rim products have gathered increasing criticism in the recent past, and perhaps the complete wheels they offer, too. This begs another question; how healthy is Campagnolo? Go to any race, event,...
by pliptrot
6 May 2020, 6:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: VE Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2067

Re: VE Day

MM, I am not sure my views are so odd. What the domestic situation in Argentina was in 1982 is irrelevant. But of course there was " a principle at stake." If we are going to go after dictators, why not pick a fight with China over Hong Kong? How does contempt for the Argentinian Junta squ...
by pliptrot
6 May 2020, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Ergopower vs. old Ergopower
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: New Ergopower vs. old Ergopower

That's the answer I wanted, and many thanks for that. The STI 7700s I have (1998) have been extremely reliable but are getting a bit rattly. I like the new Ergopower levers' shape, but Shimano seem to be winning the value war. Also, Shimano freehubs are, IMHO, without compare. Campag hubs are still ...
by pliptrot
6 May 2020, 8:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: VE Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2067

Re: VE Day

And for Britain it was a good or just war. We were on the right side and it unified the nation. If ever there was a just war, then 1939-1945 was it. I was not around in 1945, but I recall being utterly appalled -even though quite young- by the reaction of so many in The UK to The Falklands war and ...
by pliptrot
6 May 2020, 8:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XT M732 & Ultegra 6401 Freehub Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 547

Re: XT M732 & Ultegra 6401 Freehub Bodies

I am intrigued that Shimano make a freehub grease. I presume they think this won't negatively impact pawl operation, although I imagine they are cautious with regard to how said grease should be applied. I have used Superlube synthetic grease in this application without problem (so far). IIRC Phil W...
by pliptrot
6 May 2020, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Ergopower vs. old Ergopower
Replies: 10
Views: 391

New Ergopower vs. old Ergopower

I have record 8 speed on one bike. The gear shifting is bit clunky compared to more recent STI offerings, but it works without fault and is easy to set up. A pal's new bike has Super Record 11 on and I surprised myself by being tempted. The modern Ergo lever hoods are very comfortable and , err...er...
by pliptrot
5 May 2020, 10:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4438

Re: Distorting the news

This is a very entertaining thread. One thing that needs correction is that when the review of how poorly Britain has managed the COVID-19 pandemic is made, any reasonable, dispassionate assessment will conclude that the Government was late to act and even then had no clear strategy in place. The NH...
by pliptrot
4 May 2020, 2:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4438

Re: Distorting the news

carpetcleaner wrote:Feel free to ask for further clarification if you need it


People in glass houses should not throw stones.
by pliptrot
3 May 2020, 8:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?
Replies: 1386
Views: 29630

Re: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?

carpetcleaner wrote:Boris is back in charge.
Well, if that is what you believe, good luck to you. He hosted Have I got News For You once, and he couldn't keep charge there. God help us if you are right.