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by mercalia
24 Jan 2020, 12:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Celebrating the E.U.
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Celebrating the E.U.

Right again Mike, the EU has provided 75 years of peace and prosperity I used to have "I love the EU" stickers but not now, just realised why: I thought everyone loved the EU :wink: Maybe we have been lucky to live in this time, could things really get worse in future ? I think somehow ma...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 125
Views: 4160

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

With reference to some posts above, I don't think disc brakes are an essential part of gravel bikes. Think 700c, drop bars, lightweight and big tyres. Disc brakes, given where they are in the cycling panopoly at the moment, are just a contemporary must have (and may indeed be better) but not intrin...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC

Who is she? Never heard of her. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Derbyshire Paragraph one says it all. That's why I've never heard of her. Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire (born 2 October 1968) is a BAFTA, RTS and Sony award-winning English journalist and broadcaster. Her eponymous current affa...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 5:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?
Replies: 52
Views: 1056

Re: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?

Hi, For me it has to be blue or green, I did hand paint a bike in my youth white. Camo and titanium I could do to. You only have to look at cars to see that colour the right colour can make or break The model. Okay so anecdotal. Yellow anyone :) I have posted my yellow bike at the start of the thre...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 5:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 60
Views: 2339

Re: Crank length

In physics terms, the crank is just a lever than amplifies the input force. Think trying to undo a bolt with a regular spanner, vs an 18-inch long breaker bar. The longer the spanner, the easier the job is (potential bolt-shearing shenanigans aside). That said, the noticeable difference between one...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC

Who is she? Never heard of her. Name sounds familiar, maybe from the radio where she comes, but then I dont listen to Radio 4 ( live much) either. I am finding since I got a smartphone I am using a podcast app to download any of the interesting BBC stuff ( and there is lots of it ) - no need for th...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 1:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 77
Views: 1708

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

But my point is most of Tory's seats are still southern or rural. The traditionally labour, seats in the north are generally industrial and urban. Most still labour seats. It's misleading to solely attribute the Tory majority to that subset when they won seats around the UK. By your reckoning there...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 77
Views: 1708

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

Quick question. If Brexit is no longer the wish of more people than are against it then the small subset of Brexit supporting labour voters in the north of England would be unlikely to result in a Tory majority that big, right? If the Brexit support now is less than remain support, then you divide ...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are You Woke(n)?
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Are You Woke(n)?

I keep on coming across this term, not sure what it means but seems derogatory or with-it depending on your point of view. It dont seem very grammatical to claim to be woke(n) for one? Does it mean you are wiccan? eg re the new BBC director general - It does not matter how many publicly funded bodie...
by mercalia
23 Jan 2020, 5:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 77
Views: 1708

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

http://www.viewsoftheworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/UKelection2019_ElectionMap.png This website shows a map of how the country voted by land area, by constituency and by population size. Interesting that by constituency, land area and population seems to show Tory voters are still mostly sout...
by mercalia
22 Jan 2020, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Offline map software for a Mac
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Offline map software for a Mac

I think Cartograph is available for the Mac. The software isnt free about £5 but the maps based on Openstreet maps with additions suitable for various outdoor pursuits is free ( though donations are a good idea ) I have this on my windows mobile and notebook. very good I think it is https://www.cart...
by mercalia
22 Jan 2020, 9:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Work as a teacher: Why?
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: Work as a teacher: Why?

My wife has been a SENCO as well as teaching in High schools for about twenty years. Most of our Social Circle is dominated by teachers, headmasters, TAs etc. Retired and still working. IMO the system is falling apart. It is underfunded and grossly mismanaged. Schools are dumping experienced teache...
by mercalia
22 Jan 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 77
Views: 1708

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

There should be a celebration when we return, in fact the church bells around the country should peel, that will be when all the northern stupids die out? so maybe 30 years from now You only make yourself look stupid by writing that. If you were interested in the geographical breakdown, you'd have ...
by mercalia
22 Jan 2020, 12:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Royals Going It Alone
Replies: 127
Views: 3219

Re: New Royals Going It Alone

so is this what we can expect from Megxit? Royal Milk.JPG “The day of the royal family usually begins with a cup of milk or a cup of tea.” http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2020/jan/22/peter-phillips-lady-kitty-spencer-milk-china and the BBC finally gets there https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/new...
by mercalia
22 Jan 2020, 11:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What happens to old people elsewhere?
Replies: 3
Views: 195

What happens to old people elsewhere?

A rather brutal story that things could be worse elsewhere :shock: "I customarily killed old women. They all died, there by the big river. I didn't used to wait until they were completely dead to bury them. The women were afraid of me." No wonder. That's the account of a man from the Aché,...