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by Vitara
18 Jul 2018, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Watford to Isle of Wight Ride!
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Watford to Isle of Wight Ride!

Cyclists have a choice of two ferry services from Portsmouth to IOW The Fast Cat leaves from Portsmouth Harbour Station, carries pedestrians and cyclists (space for about 12 bikes) & takes about 30 minutes to get to Ryde Pier. The Car ferry departs from the other side of Gunwharf Quays, 5 minute...
by Vitara
26 Jun 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 32
Views: 920

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I would agree with the suggestion of not skipping any stages and continue heading North at a pace you find comfortable a) I think all the stages are worthwhile and interesting, each in their own way, that's one of the attractions of LeJog b) If your fortunes change and you start gaining time you may...
by Vitara
27 May 2018, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk
Replies: 28
Views: 926

Re: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk

From Julian Lewis (or as he describes himself Dr Julian Lewis), this is actually rather tame. He really does not like cyclists, and would prefer not to have them riding around the New Forest at all. As has already been observed the high prevalence of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries in his ...
by Vitara
17 May 2018, 8:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole

That sounds like a good result. FYI the Gosport Ferry service runs every 15 minutes (6 mins at peak times) & takes 4 minutes to cross the harbour, so don't worry if it's leaving just as you arrive, you won't need to wait long for the next one. Keep your ferry ticket safe, it's an open return so ...
by Vitara
17 May 2018, 12:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole

For Portsmouth you might want to consider parking in Gosport which is the other side of the harbour entrance. Lots of on street parking a short way from the town centre, or Haslar Marina has a private car park whose daily rate will be much less than the ferry port. Gosport to the Continental Ferry t...
by Vitara
16 May 2018, 12:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How adventurous does my touring bike need to be?
Replies: 27
Views: 1069

Re: How adventurous does my touring bike need to be?

Have a look at the Jamis Renegrade Expat. I think it ticks a lot of your boxes, and I would say fills the middle ground between the Toughroad and the Genesis. Steel frame, disc brakes, 36mm tyres & clearance for full mudguards, not unduly heavy, rack fittings, 3 x bottle cage mounts (plus anothe...
by Vitara
7 May 2018, 7:30am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Isle of Wight Randonnee
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Isle of Wight Randonnee

Agreed, always a good event, the weather yesterday made for an excellent ride. Controls and organisations great. 08:00 ferry from Portsmouth was packed, 500+ cyclist I reckon Had to feel for the ferry company when they a had ramp breakdown 4pm at Fishbourne just as several hundred cyclists wanted to...
by Vitara
8 Apr 2018, 9:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1526

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

Discussion on the CQC (Care Quality Commission) role and effectiveness is interesting, but not particularly relevant to the OP's question, which was seeking feedback and opinion on Live in Carers. As I've already stated it's an option which I have observed people using effectively. If I was personal...
by Vitara
5 Apr 2018, 7:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1526

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

Many thanks for all the input. On top of the practicalities, making decisions even harder are the emotional aspects as well as knowing whether live-in care is adequate or if a care home is the right answer. Ian 1. Their GP &/or Community Nurse may well be able to provide a professional opinion ...
by Vitara
5 Apr 2018, 7:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1526

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

As a Community Nurse I've seen a few clients do this & would say it can be a good option. Obviously there's more cost involved than Carers visiting 2-4 times daily, but the Care provided is going to be more comprehensive. It looks from your post as this for an elderly couple, rather than an indi...
by Vitara
1 Apr 2018, 9:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pay to pee?
Replies: 82
Views: 3558

Re: Pay to pee?

Near home I know where free toilets are, sometimes one can use a train toilet without buying a ticket, some trains have long layovers between trips My digestion is very good because I have porridge every day, Number 2s are always done at home Someone did ask here: why are the facilities at withersp...
by Vitara
15 Mar 2018, 6:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Velo South closed roads sportive - good idea?!?
Replies: 106
Views: 6246

Re: Velo South closed roads sportive - good idea?!?

I've re-read the letter by Ian Thatcher a lot more carefully. . . . . . . It's noteable that Ian hails from Compton. It's a small village with shop and tearoom which is a very popular venue for cyclists. Although the tearoom does have other customers I'd hazard a guess that cyclists add considerabl...
by Vitara
15 Mar 2018, 6:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Velo South closed roads sportive - good idea?!?
Replies: 106
Views: 6246

Re: Velo South closed roads sportive - good idea?!?

I've got mixed views, but if Ian Thatcher was to read his own email it would be self evident why the organisers have not consulted with residents before making their plans. They probably wouldn't get very far past the word cycling before enough people were saying no that it would be virtually imposs...
by Vitara
2 Feb 2018, 6:42pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Postural hypotension
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Postural hypotension

I would agree probably low blood sugar. Used to happen to me a lot when I was loosing weight a few years back - my body saying you better eat something It's normal for BP to drop as we stand up, but it usually corrects almost instantly. As get older and our blood vessels loose elasticity potural hyp...
by Vitara
14 Jan 2018, 8:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Libraries, public, decline of: DDC 020.336
Replies: 100
Views: 4593

Re: Libraries, public, decline of: DDC 020.336

Outside Cosham Library has been the meet up point for Portsmouth CTC & Audax Club Portsmouth for more than a decade.

If it closes where will we meet?