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by Tom_B
19 Aug 2019, 2:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Recycling Myth?
Replies: 72
Views: 2451

Re: The Recycling Myth?

they seem to me to be ideal candidates for the re-use element of the three R's. Don't throw them away, find someone who can use them.


Indeed - a quick google throws up a number of possibilities
by Tom_B
17 Aug 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books
Replies: 47
Views: 1398

Re: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books

You’re doing pretty well, Freddie! Re Dante - you might be better trying a modern translation, tho this will cost you unless you go to a library. A quick search online will give an idea of what is available. From what you say, I think this collection has been put together to avoid copyright issues a...
by Tom_B
15 Aug 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 2289

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

THis thread is a helpful discussion of economic principles but... what is the relevance of the word ‘German’?
by Tom_B
31 Jul 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Re: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail

Some good advice above. From MIA to the TPT is mostly asphalt, much of it on shared-use off-road cycle paths. A fair bit of the section along the river to Stockport (SK) is also now asphalted. As others have said, be ready to get confused with signage and alternative routes. If you have GPS, I imagi...
by Tom_B
31 May 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 232
Views: 6006

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

Evidence-based medicine" ought to be an oxymoron. But it isn't.


Do you mean ‘tautology’, rather than ‘oxymoron’?
by Tom_B
18 Mar 2019, 12:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution
Replies: 25
Views: 4058

Re: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution

Thirdcrank said: “This is one of the reasons I value accuracy. For some years there was an urban myth that through his gofer Paul Boateng - who I see is now Baron Boateng (of Brent?) - Blunkett had told the police not to enforce this Victorian legislation which he had just resuscitated” ‘Urban myth’...
by Tom_B
25 Sep 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark
Replies: 177
Views: 14352

Re: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark

I presume that its roots are similar to ours with a heavy burden of proof on the prosecution. In England, I think four independent defence witnesses saying that the deceased was hard to see would sink a prosecution.


It is an inquest, not a prosecution
by Tom_B
9 Sep 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?
Replies: 37
Views: 1997

Re: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?

We’ve had Scottish island holidays with our bikes for 5 years on the run now. The journey to Aberdeen ferry port from Manchester is especially smooth - train from Mcr mid-morning, change at Haymarket with just a few steps across the platform, then arrive in ABD in plenty of time for overnight ferry ...
by Tom_B
22 Dec 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: MTB rider killed by hunter in Alps, France
Replies: 18
Views: 1737

Re: Hunting Season in France

Have had several encounters with hunters during autumn tours on the continent. The only one that felt even mildly dangerous was wild camping by a vineyard in the Rhône valley. Just got the tent down when I heard the crack of gunfire in the next field, maybe 200m away behind a thick hedge. As a preca...
by Tom_B
23 Oct 2017, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: D Tek still in business?
Replies: 40
Views: 6707

Re: D Tek still in business?

"It's better if you use the bandwidth for data than one person at a time, though. If you call and get no answer or a recorded message, what do you conclude?" 'Yes, probably' to the first sentence. There are several reasonable conclusions to the second. I once visited on spec and found him ...
by Tom_B
22 Oct 2017, 11:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: D Tek still in business?
Replies: 40
Views: 6707

Re: D Tek still in business?

He was a clever man, was Alexander Graham Bell
by Tom_B
19 Oct 2017, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... the best place for number plates on a bike?
Replies: 26
Views: 1853

Re: ... the best place for number plates on a bike?

When I lived in China in 1980-81 bikes needed plates. For the average Chinese, new bikes were hard to come by and registration made it harder for people to profit from their resale. I bought a second-hand bike from an official govt centre and needed to go to a police station to register it. The proc...
by Tom_B
3 Jan 2017, 5:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping and YHA
Replies: 55
Views: 3997

Re: camping and YHA going going gone?

Mrs TB and I 'rediscovered' the YHA in May last year. We had excellent experiences: Beer, Devon coast (train and bike en route to holiday cottage) - camping 1/2 price of dorm beds (I camped, Mrs TB got last bed). Pleasant, tastefully furbished hostel in attractive building; evening meal good but sma...
by Tom_B
1 Jan 2017, 3:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain cape / Poncho
Replies: 15
Views: 3147

Re: Rain cape / Poncho

Some good summaries of the pros and cons of capes above. I am a slowish commuter, utility cyclist and tourer and for me, the pros far outweigh the cons. My Carradice Duxback is one of the best bits of outdoor kit I've ever bought. It is so cosy and comforting to put on, quite unlike a tight, clammy ...
by Tom_B
27 Dec 2016, 11:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hilltrek Ventile 'Greenspot' Jacket
Replies: 31
Views: 10872

Re: Hilltrek Ventile 'Greenspot' Jacket

Hello deliquium I have this jacket, bought from Hilltrek in August 2009. It is still going strong, with just a couple of repairs to the RH side pocket. The jacket took several weeks to make. Hilltrek website said this would be the case. They sent me an estimate of the delivery date, and, as I recall...