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by bigjim
17 Jan 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 7 support ends Tuesday 14th Jan 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 937

Re: Windows 7 support ends Tuesday 14th Jan 2020

i'm using an ancient Dell latitude D520 XP machine. I've changed the hard drive for an SSD and installed Linux Mint. It runs superbly and I find it a nicer machine to use than more modern stuff. I've kept the old XP harddrive as things like Mapsource don't seem to work on Linux. It takes a minute to...
by bigjim
13 Jan 2020, 4:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We're getting a puppy
Replies: 112
Views: 6109

Re: We're getting a puppy

I like dogs, a lot. But I don't want to have to care for one or pick up it's mess. So I don't have one. I'm not so keen on many dog owners. Most, IMO, don't have the slightest idea how to look after or train their animal. A well trained, cared for dog as a companion must be a delight. Most are nothi...
by bigjim
13 Jan 2020, 4:23pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Touring Companion - May 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 813

Re: Touring Companion - May 2020

I've asked for touring companions on here in the past. never had any luck. I have been successful on the "Crazyguyonabike" website. I've done three tours with companions from there. One I met, we have ended up touring regularly together for a number of years, Not so much now as I limit my ...
by bigjim
8 Jan 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Three Speed Day Rides and Touring, how long and how far.
Replies: 33
Views: 1367

Re: Three Speed Touring, how long and how far.

When i was about 14 I rode a Raleigh SA 3 speed flat bar town bike. I used it for everything including many club touring rides staying at Youth hostels all over the North of England. Never had a problem, though I did convert it to drop bars. But in those days it was quite acceptable to walk up a ste...
by bigjim
8 Jan 2020, 8:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Running....Why?
Replies: 50
Views: 933

Re: Running....Why?

I've been a runner since my 20s. Not a great runner, I'm too big and heavy. Done a couple of marathons and a few half marathons. I'm 71 and still run 4/5 miles easily, could probably double that but I purposely limit myself. I run easy, but slowly. I've never had an injury from running but suffered ...
by bigjim
18 Dec 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lorry pushes car on A40
Replies: 40
Views: 1965

Re: Lorry pushes car on A40

Bin wagons are this design.
by bigjim
17 Dec 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lorry pushes car on A40
Replies: 40
Views: 1965

Re: Lorry pushes car on A40

Imagine if you are on a bike, in front of one of these huge truck cabs! No way the driver can see you. It’s a wonder that such vehicles, with huge blind spots, are allowed on the road, especially urban roads where they mix with small cars, motorbikes, mopeds and cyclists. Every truck I've driven in...
by bigjim
11 Dec 2019, 10:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 61
Views: 1781

Re: How's your weather?

Been hard all year to get out on the bike. Most years I manage about 3 morning rides a week up to 30 miles and a club run at the weekend. No chance this year and it's just getting worse. Forecast is bad all week. I got out twice last week and rained on both times. Club runs have mostly been a washou...
by bigjim
19 Nov 2019, 3:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?
Replies: 86
Views: 1803

Re: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?

I too find dishwashing therapeutic, much like stirring porridge over a live flame
Never had a dishwasher, seems like more work to me.
by bigjim
18 Nov 2019, 6:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?
Replies: 86
Views: 1803

Re: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?

PDQ Mobile wrote:
bigjim wrote:Snip.
Why do they have to be white?

To make them visible to aircraft?

Surely not? Otherwise they would have to paint Blackpool and Eiffel towers. Phone mast are generally grey and there are a few round here disguised [not very well] as trees.
by bigjim
18 Nov 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?
Replies: 86
Views: 1803

Re: Wind turbines - love them or loathe them?

I think they are a blot on the landscape. If the landscape was back to it's natural state [forested] then you probably wouldn't see them, but there again they wouldn't benefit from the wind. Why do they have to be white?
by bigjim
17 Nov 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Trains...why?
Replies: 353
Views: 22411

Re: Trains...why?

The trackside pub is host to Bury CTC quarterly club meetings. Good guest beers as well.
by bigjim
14 Nov 2019, 11:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Give up flying?
Replies: 293
Views: 12575

Re: Give up flying?

I do have a right to criticise just as you are expressing the right to criticise me. It's called free speech. Make your mind up! I have a right to an opinion but not free speech? How does that work? It's as if I've entered a Students Union forum sometimes. Light the touchpaper and stand well back. :...
by bigjim
13 Nov 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Give up flying?
Replies: 293
Views: 12575

Re: Give up flying?

IMO, which I am entitled to, I think a lot of this is useless posturing. You can go round in circles with these things. Is the yacht, it's solar panels and propeller made of wood? I hope there is no plastic or fibreglass involved or nylon/carbon/polyester sails as their manufacture would be not be p...
by bigjim
13 Nov 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Give up flying?
Replies: 293
Views: 12575

Re: Give up flying?

She won't fly back because of her beliefs, but instead a crew has to be flown out to sail the yacht back? How does that work in relation to carbon emissions?