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by Pastychomper
21 Feb 2020, 11:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government targeting wood and coal burning.
Replies: 39
Views: 658

Re: Government targeting wood and coal burning.

FWIW I know somebody who has an air-source heat pump within a mile of the north coast and it works extremely well. He keeps a stove and a supply of wood in case of power cuts.
by Pastychomper
21 Feb 2020, 10:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government targeting wood and coal burning.
Replies: 39
Views: 658

Re: Government targeting wood and coal burning.

It's a non-story. Most firewood suppliers sell seasoned or even kiln-dried firewood already, suppliers who sell green wood get no repeat custom. The only interesting development could be if the government apply a legal certification to firewood, i.e. to prove it is below a certain moisture content....
by Pastychomper
17 Feb 2020, 11:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)
Replies: 167
Views: 13646

Re: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)

But Boris is a person who has put himself in a public position. The trans person that I know is quiet and minds her own business and for her to have her life choices attacked for no good reason is spiteful. It amounts to bullying . Just like in a playground when the kid who is a bit different gets ...
by Pastychomper
10 Feb 2020, 4:24pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Four year old killed by bike helmet.
Replies: 140
Views: 4042

Re: Four year old killed by bike helmet.

I got hold of a childs' bicycle helmet and connected up the strap with its clip. I'm a strong chap. Strong in the arm and strong in the hand. I couldn't pull the strap apart no matter how I pulled. I told the story of the poor four year old, and showed the people around - including a couple of cycl...
by Pastychomper
10 Feb 2020, 4:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 757
Views: 128265

Re: A positive thread

brynpoeth wrote: I do use a rather low ratio

No problem then, you can pedal up the hills, release the pedals and "Superman" down with your belly on the saddle. :wink:
by Pastychomper
10 Feb 2020, 4:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ciara
Replies: 61
Views: 1422

Re: Ciara

Yep, nice tailwind into w*rk this morning. The sky's mostly clear at the moment too.
Mind you, the cat told me there was some heavy rain last night.
by Pastychomper
6 Feb 2020, 10:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Civil Discourse on the Implications of Brexit
Replies: 54
Views: 1280

Re: Civil Discourse on the Implications of Brexit

The problem with a written constitution is someone would have to write it, and others would want to rewrite or amend it. If we were lucky it might eventually go for a generation or two without any changes, after which some would say it had stood the test of time and others would call it old-fashione...
by Pastychomper
5 Feb 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Honk more, wait more.
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Honk more, wait more.

I've often suggested fitting traffic lights with speed guns and cameras so criminals speeding get red lights as well as fines. More simply, set the synchronised lights found in many towns to give a "green wave" at 18 mph and advertise that fact ("18 for green") +1 to each. I was...
by Pastychomper
4 Feb 2020, 11:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: I found keys lying in the road today
Replies: 22
Views: 929

Re: I found keys lying in the road today

Sounds like it's becoming more worthwhile to pay for a key-returning service and leave an address or (different) 'phone number displayed on any 'phone you carry. That makes two items easier to return, at least.
by Pastychomper
4 Feb 2020, 10:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1390

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

[*]Pointing at the hole, etc. This usually means the finger is pointing almost straight down. [*]A circular motion with a finger or whole downward-pointing hand. "Go around". [*]A patting motion, with the hand horizontal, moving rapidly up and down. They probably all look pretty mysteriou...
by Pastychomper
31 Jan 2020, 10:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Watch out for bushes
Replies: 25
Views: 1331

Re: Watch out for bushes

How do you ride into a bush? Depends on the bush. If it's a small, non-predatory bush such as broom then you need to aim for it and keep low. If it's a large specimen of one of the several carnivorous plant s that grow in the UK, all you have to do is stray too close to some of its carefully-camouf...
by Pastychomper
29 Jan 2020, 1:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are You Woke(n)?
Replies: 40
Views: 1152

Re: Are You Woke(n)?

Sorry, I should have capitalised it, First People (also, First Peoples, indigenous people, etc.) I guess it's not an expression familiar to many people in the UK. Familiar enough, to those woke enough :lol: . It simply requires an awareness of the different ways that different cultures have been se...
by Pastychomper
29 Jan 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: what is the longest German word?
Replies: 60
Views: 5312

Re: what is the longest German word?

brynpoeth wrote:Seereederei
A nice word with lots of 'e's, means "sea shipping firm"


Sounds more like a place to buy laverbread to me. :lol:
by Pastychomper
28 Jan 2020, 10:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?
Replies: 42
Views: 892

Re: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?

I needed a new email address and a certain web service informed me that my preferred nickname was already taken - several times. I lived in Cornwall at the time so this seemed an appropriate nom (nom nom) de plume - and 20 years later it's still rare (though allegedly not unique).
by Pastychomper
27 Jan 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are You Woke(n)?
Replies: 40
Views: 1152

Re: Are You Woke(n)?

I thought it originally meant being socially aware, bit was then used as a perjoritive term against people who were socially aware. Like politically correct and, I guess, many other terms. I think as a pejorative it refers not so much to genuinely socially aware people as to people whose social awa...