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by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 5:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Free/wild camping - toilet paper
Replies: 44
Views: 863

Re: Free/wild camping - toilet paper

(Bit off-topic) Which reminds me of the UK's attitude to COP26
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(from https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/nati ... ead-cop26/)

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 5:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 856
Views: 23073

Re: Europe 2021

simonhill wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 5:09pm I thought he was talking about the Passenger Locator Form, which is free. You pay for the Lateral Flow Test, but not to the Govt. Maybe they should tax a bit of that windfall profit (oh no, it's usually their mates).

It would be a useful debate if there should always be a manual option, but who is going to pay. We know the way these things go everyone wants equality, until asked to pay.
I've not looked into procedures but I thought the LFT was free (I've got some in my cupboard and if travelling I'd take a couple of those with me for my return - got them from UK Gov for free). I thought the PCR etc. was a thing of the past (lots of announcements about it).

I see no issues with booking fee being charged if you want/need to do it manually over the phone. We kind of accept that sort of thing for other stuff e.g. take out an insurance policy online and you get a cheaper premium (certainly a few years ago I was negotiating with my existing insurer and they said if I went and paid online I'd get a 10% discount).

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 5:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 856
Views: 23073

Re: Europe 2021

simonhill wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 4:53pm Keeping it all online generally makes it much cheaper. Sad but true.

Only a few techies and a server. Imagine the overheads if everyone had to ring up and log their details. This is definitely the way things are going.
Although as it's a service you pay for, I wonder if there is/ought to be a phone line for organising it all except you pay a bit more for the test/service. And not with the LFT being used you could be allowed to present your LFT thingy on check-in (and they could photograph it for records/sending-in); after all for Pet Passport ferry check-in used to be the only people who verified the vaccination, treatment & paperwork (making records and supposedly sending them to customs in UK). Maybe you can (I've not investigated) but, although I'm quite technically oriented I do thing it very important all the procedures etc. need a not online means (even if this is transport check-in people doing the online stuff).

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 4:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Crop Spraying (Question & Comment)
Replies: 19
Views: 2458

Re: Crop Spraying (Question & Comment)

HizerKite wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 2:34pm Hi and sorry to revive a very old thread but just wondered, did you ever find out what the spray was?

Have just been outside and there was a crop sprayer spraying a green mist onto a bare earth field - it smelt of oil (a bit like creosote)

I beathed a lot of it in and am hoping is nothing nasty

Regards
Richard
(Not the person raising it but) I've come across that stuff before. The smell is strong in that you don't have to cycle through clouds of it but can smell it some distance away. No idea what it is.

Other stuff I remember is white clouds and you taste saccharin/sweet on your lips after being caught in the stuff.

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 12:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 22
Views: 349

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

stevemelia wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 10:31amThose of you who used phones, did you manage to avoid batteries running out?
Solar panel (21W Anker) and cache batteries (2 x 10000mAh) (solar panels only used at camp sites NOT open whilst underway).

Also carry a small USB charger as a few dull/rainy days in a row and things can get "tight" and a lot of camp sites have common rooms with a socket or if desperate a shower block USB charger with cache battery overnight (a risk but a USB charger and cache battery easily replaced and not massively expensive and I've never yet lost one).

Note: Cache batteries are used to optimise getting power from solar panels and because some iPhones will not charge from solar panel. Solar panel has 2 USB output ports so cache battery top-ups allow spare charge to be stored.

I carry a lot of electronics (GPS, phone, tablet, camera, Kindle). Tablet used most days for creating tomorrows route, uploading photos, updating web site, etc. and that is probably highest power consumer.

A few camp sites I've used are happy to lend me a power hook-up adapter (big and heavy things) and allow me to use a pitch power hook-up without charge (probably generous as they see the bike and become helpful and realise I wont be boiling kettles, etc.).

Many campsites will allow you to leave devices on charge in their office overnight but I've never done it as I like an early start normally before the office opens.

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 12:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Space
Replies: 108
Views: 2465

Re: Space

A NewsBiscuit article but, despite being a "spoof" I felt it's more a valid summary of events
https://www.newsbiscuit.com/post/picard-slams-kirk-s-latest-mission-as-little-more-than-a-publicity-stunt wrote:Picard slams Kirk's latest "mission" as "little more than a publicity stunt"
Starfleet's Jean-Luc Picard has slammed former colleague, James T Kirk's flight into space today, as "nothing more than a tawdry publicity stunt from a man whose glory days are now long behind him". The stinging remarks were made on live TV when Picard was asked to comment on the latest mission by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket. He told reporters: 'You call that a space mission? Good God, space joke more like. It was nothing other than than an elaborately overpriced fairground ride. A risible joke. He'd have been more at risk on The One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. "Now if Kirk had maybe gone to the Delta Quadrant, been captured by the Borg, assimilated into the collective as a drone, but then escaped and shagged a few alien birds along the way, that would be a different matter altogether. But, come on, he just went straight up in the air above the Texas Desert and came straight back down again. Blink and you'd miss it. No more five-year missions, now. Eh, Jimbo?''
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Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 12:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid as an excuse for poor service
Replies: 29
Views: 2351

Re: Covid as an excuse for poor service

Through most of the pandemic I've noticed longer telephone queues "your call is valuable to us but we're experiencing ...". Recently I've found I'm getting explicit "person got Covid" as reasons for something not happening which is making me suspicious it's not being used as an excuse. e.g. company asked to come to cut some of my trees clear of electric cables, they called fri to come on Mon so I had to wait in and a no show and when claiming the no-show fee I was given "he caught Covid" (but nobody bothered to call and tell me). Another today "she's off with Covid ...".

So either the number of infections is getting far worse than expected or it's now just being used as an excuse or maybe other reasons for it as an excuse like childcare complications when school sends loads of kids home 'cos of Covid or people not yet quite in the return to the office mood or other possibilities.

Of course they might be genuine as it's only my limited anechdotal experience (very small sample size) - just interesting that I've never had the excuse since 1st lockdown but since Johnson declared the pandmic sorted it's started happening.

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 22
Views: 349

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

stevemelia wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 10:31am Thanks for all those comments. They are very useful.

In answer to the general question, I will be away for several months (partly because of the new situation created by Brexit) so I will be stopping, meandering, probably following Eurovelo routes but also wanting to understand the geography of the places I am riding through, rather than simply following routes.
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Similar'ish to the way I tour, pretty well deciding each evening what to do/where to go tomorrow. Each evening I prepare tomorrow's route on https://cycle.travel, download it to my GPS and mostly follow that route (with interesting diversions). In practice I tend to prepare a couple of days in advance just in case I'm somewhere without internet connection, but each evening I decide for tomorrow and adjust/update a couple of days ahead (as and if I have time/power). And having turn by turn allows me to look at the countryside/villages I'm cycling through rather than navigation. That's just what I enjoy about touring, others enjoy other aspects (as well).

Ian
by Psamathe
15 Oct 2021, 11:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 81
Views: 1101

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

pwa wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 7:41am ....
I believe us leaving the EU is the end result of a failure of Westminster and the EU itself, over decades, to create something that the overwhelming majority of the UK population could be comfortable with. I know there are folk here who were happy with it, but that wasn't enough. It needed a solid majority in favour and it didn't sustain that. Absolving the EU itself from some of the blame is just head in the sand stuff. If we want to get to the root of it (and I'm not sure I can be bothered even thinking about it anymore) you have to look there too. Not to do so is to be in a state of denial.
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I think some of the underlying issues come from UK attitude to business and wealth and protections of citizens. Much of the UK seems to be all about money, money, money, business, profits, etc.. We tend more to the US "greed is good" attitudes. So for me a lot about the EU is standing up to business and "profit at any cost" and acting to put in place protections for citizens e.g. banning damaging chemicals or e.g. privacy protections. These are less valued by some in the UK so seen as less of a positive and presented as hindrances (for profits for those with more money than they could ever spend).

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 81
Views: 1101

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Ben@Forest wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 9:10pm .... I have made the point here before that Clegg and the LDs were slaughtered by their own supporters for going into coalition with the Conservatives and at a time when a functioning government was needed quickly. They did no less well than a junior party in a coalition would be expected to do, but that wasn't recognised. .....
At the time I was one of those participating in criticisms of the LDs. But after the next election when Cameron managed a Government on his own I quickly appreciated what a moderating influence the LDs had actually been and how unfair I'd been.

I agree that the UK electorate will not be tolerant of coalitions though that might be driven by our rather poor press. But I do think they would provide better governance and that it the electorate would get used to them (how long might depend on the press).

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 856
Views: 23073

Re: Europe 2021

PDQ Mobile wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 8:11pm
Psamathe wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 7:47pm
PDQ Mobile wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 7:23pm
You can do that without without a smart phone or a computer?
In a public library perhaps?
OP probably has access to a computer given he/she has been posting to this forum.

Ian
Hmm.
Not possible from a public library then?

Writing something in this simple txt box is a rather different "skill" surely.
I can just about manage that, but I had to practice (a lot!).
I detest the keypad ever more too!

My old iphone 4 won't run the NHS app.
Otherwise it does mostly what I want and doesn't do things I don't want! Which is a plus and ever more rare!


I am with Bogawski, why should he be coerced into getting a "smart" phone if he doesn't want one?
And for something so unreiiable and unneccessary as this.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavir ... ss-letter/
And they'll send you the "pass" in the post. I've never used this service so I've no idea what they'll ask but as they post you the paperwork and probably don't give you access to all your medical records online the security is maybe not as stringent as registering for the phone app (which does a lot lot more than just the Covid Pass stuff.

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 7:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 856
Views: 23073

Re: Europe 2021

PDQ Mobile wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 7:23pm
Psamathe wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 6:09pm
Bogawski wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 5:27pm Quite agree, there are lots of people that do not have a "smart phone", me included, and I don't want one. However I may have to purchase one just for travelling abroad. Makes you feel a bit 2nd class.
Or you can just print out the code on a piece of paper.

Ian
You can do that without without a smart phone or a computer?
In a public library perhaps?
OP probably has access to a computer given he/she has been posting to this forum.

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 6:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Breaking International Law
Replies: 298
Views: 9782

Re: Breaking International Law

Oldjohnw wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 6:08pm Johnson makes promise to DUP that he will tear up the protocol:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... SApp_Other

Of course, these are the people to whom he promised that there would be no GB/NI border. If they believe him they are as perfidious as he is.

Does the DUP actually represent anyone anymore?
The trouble is that Johnson makes so many promises that are broken, I'm sure the international politicians are more aware of the list than I am but what can they do except mourn the state of UK politics and try to achieve something/anything (if only for a short time).

And Johnson just ruffles his hair, adopts his "lovable fool" persona and fathers a few more children (with a few more lovers).

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 6:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 856
Views: 23073

Re: Europe 2021

Bogawski wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 5:27pm Quite agree, there are lots of people that do not have a "smart phone", me included, and I don't want one. However I may have to purchase one just for travelling abroad. Makes you feel a bit 2nd class.
Or you can just print out the code on a piece of paper.

Ian
by Psamathe
14 Oct 2021, 6:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 53
Views: 1076

Re: Route 74 has gone

In a way I feel that organisations/charities that receive significant public funding should be subject to FOI requests. But I appreciate there is a cost to handling FOI requests and it would become counter productive for such organisations to spend significant sums handling FOIs rather than getting on with charitable/public good works.

Can one put in FOI requests to the Gov. departments with regard to what has been done with money they sent to Sustrans? e.g. "Dept X paid Sustrans £x million to maintain a cycle network which has been cut back so please provide details as to exactly what has been cut." - would that work if (phrased better and) sent to major Sustrans funding Gov. departments & Councils?

Ian