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by pliptrot
15 Jan 2020, 2:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Royals Going It Alone
Replies: 99
Views: 1820

Re: New Royals Going It Alone

My goodness......talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. That such an institution as the Royal family should exist in our times is an obscenity. It is the foundation-stone of the class system which has done so much to corrupt our every institution. When one considers that the Royals exist a...
by pliptrot
14 Jan 2020, 3:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Royals Going It Alone
Replies: 99
Views: 1820

Re: New Royals Going It Alone

I don't have to pay for them; Quite. I'd go further and ask that anything granted to them in the course of them being royal, they give back. Frogmore Cottage, and the 2,4 million quid it took to renovate it for them, for starters. As long as there is poverty, there is a moral imperative to do away ...
by pliptrot
14 Jan 2020, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 1874

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

pwa wrote: very expensive Crank Bros Eggbeater pedals with stainless everything
.... and inboard bushings - an abomination!
by pliptrot
13 Jan 2020, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 1874

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

Which shimano pedals disappointed you and why? Brucey has covered both my problems above. I may be petulant about this, but if I am going to spend close to 100 quid on some pedals I expect them to be properly assembled. I am used to servicing Shimano pedals but recently I had a new set which develo...
by pliptrot
12 Jan 2020, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 1874

pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

Having had some disappointment with Shimano SPD pedals recently I've been looking at options. I wish to avoid anything with bushings used as bearings. Looking at reviews I can find no information - or worse inaccurate information- on the bearing assemblies in any and all pedals. Looks like magazine ...
by pliptrot
19 Dec 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why Couldnt the Red Brick Wall stand Corbyn?
Replies: 225
Views: 4087

Re: Why Couldnt the Red Brick Wall stand Corbyn?

So the older people get they more they vote Tory.....its true....but why? Because they become much less empathetic. They call themselves "hard working" and develop a sense of entitlement. Is it because they have seen what Labour did in the past and they dont like it? The last Government t...
by pliptrot
15 Dec 2019, 8:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone
Replies: 229
Views: 5375

Re: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone

It is evident that not enough people are concerned with the damage visited by the Tories since 2010 (equally a majority looked the other way when Thatcher took a hatchet to the UK economy). The Johnson Government will now have to change course -significantly- or be found out. There are expectations,...
by pliptrot
10 Dec 2019, 9:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Elephant in the Room (US/UK trade talks)
Replies: 55
Views: 1298

Re: The Elephant in the Room (US/UK trade talks)

Those old tropes about unions keep resurfacing. When unions have caused troubles in the past it was invariably in reaction to dreadful management and the "British Disease"; that class warfare which is waged by those with something to protect. In the late 1980s I went on a college trip to t...
by pliptrot
25 Nov 2019, 1:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

Writing speeches is one thing, delivering them without notes is another Been quite impressed by a couple of politrickians speaking freely Quite. Reading from notes (as Charles and most of them do) is unforgivable. One thing about Richard Branson is that he speaks - often for long periods- without n...
by pliptrot
25 Nov 2019, 11:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

Oldjohnw wrote: and have excellent, well researched and humourous speeches. Unlike her dim younger brothers she worked hard at what she did.
Interesting that you use the plural of the verb, because -after all- those speeches were written for her.
by pliptrot
22 Nov 2019, 10:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

The difference between our Royals and those of Russia, France -and others- is that they have been very well advised as to just how far they can go. It seems time has run out for them and their advisors. In a nation ruined by neoliberal capitalism, that can only be a good thing. Britain is the greate...
by pliptrot
21 Nov 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

I'll take the 1920s please (assuming you're done with them). Although the summer of '66 wouldn't be too bad . Didn't exist then, so they are all yours. I have been told that my grandfather, who fought at The Somme (and was injured and taken prisoner there) was unemployed in the 1920s and so the fam...
by pliptrot
21 Nov 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

"The Civil List" could become the new "Road Tax": If only. The change in name was obfuscation, and nothing more. It still involves directly paying very large sums to a self-entitled family and their excessive cohort of sycophants. None of which have any place in this century. bu...
by pliptrot
21 Nov 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

The issue is that any Republic votes for a president - and so there is some semblance of democracy. Our alternative is the pointless and very expensive Royal Family. While the Queen has shown some dignity and poise, she is the only one. And when you look at the civil list - that endless queue of han...
by pliptrot
21 Nov 2019, 11:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)
Replies: 224
Views: 7006

Re: The "Royals" Thread ( was Poor Old Harry or Andy)

Point of order here. HMS Sirius escorted the First Fleet. The ships she escorted had settlers on board, that's why it was called the First Fleet. We hosted HMQ and DoE onboard the modern HMS Sirius in the Solent in 1987 when they were reviewing the replica First Fleet before it set sail to OZ. Poin...