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by Pastychomper
6 Dec 2019, 4:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it
Replies: 24
Views: 1311

Re: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it

[XAP]Bob wrote:Don’t need to do anything complicated - just drop VAT on bikes...

An excellent suggestion, but if fuels and feminine hygiene products are anything to go by it would end up being complicated, for reasons best left in the thread-that-shall-not-be-named.
by Pastychomper
6 Dec 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21334
Views: 522127

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

People sometimes speak of the idea of keep having referenda until you get he result you want. Is that a bit like May and Johnson keep having elections until they get the result they want? Exactly that, though I'm not entirely sure what it is they want. Maybe we'll find out after next year's electio...
by Pastychomper
5 Dec 2019, 10:20am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Fave quotes...
Replies: 223
Views: 15671

Re: Fave quotes...

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, progr...
by Pastychomper
28 Nov 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21334
Views: 522127

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Yes, but it's still set by the UK government and is currently 20% - a third more than it need be. There's just an agreement between EU governments no to go below 15% which could be changed, if there was will to do so, and do you really want to bet that any likely Brexit government will both want to...
by Pastychomper
27 Nov 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21334
Views: 522127

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

The level of VAT is set by the UK government not the EU. That's why there are different rates in different EU countries. The Tories introduced it at 10% under Heath, the Labour reduced it to 8% under Wilson, Mrs Thatchers raised it to 15%, the Tories under Major raised it again to 17.5% and then un...
by Pastychomper
27 Nov 2019, 11:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21334
Views: 522127

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

I don't think that the arguments are even at all. supporters of brexit, both here and in the wider community, frequently speak of wanting to make our own laws and not being ruled from Brussels but never, repeat never, give a single example of which laws we can't make. Similarly, the current leave p...
by Pastychomper
26 Nov 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hong Kong
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Hong Kong

The extradition treaty was brought forward due to a rapist fleeing and no extradition treaty between Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. HK's independence wasn't watered down as extradition agreement would only apply if the law the person broke was in force in both areas. People are calling China authorit...
by Pastychomper
22 Nov 2019, 4:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 852
Views: 54186

Re: TV licensing...

Can the declaration be in the form of a printed, unsigned letter, printed in a batch of ten or so then mailed out "automatically" every two years?
by Pastychomper
22 Nov 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Mick Gray, Full Touring Bike 23.5"
Replies: 7
Views: 761

Re: Mick Gray, Full Touring Bike 23.5"

Where is it, and would you consider posting?
by Pastychomper
18 Nov 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone come across the Adventure Ostro?
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Anyone come across the Adventure Ostro?

Thanks for the replies. I'm after a road bike so caliper brakes aren't a big problem, the main thing I'm looking for is a large (60cm+) frame with drop handlebars and some decent pannier space. My LBS suggested a Ridgeback Tour, which I'm still tempted by, but they also pointed out that the amount o...
by Pastychomper
15 Nov 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone come across the Adventure Ostro?
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Anyone come across the Adventure Ostro?

I've been looking at ads for a tourer called the Adventure Ostro, which looks like it might suit my purposes but I can't find any reviews or information beyond various shops' ads, all of which have the same pasted description. It doesn't help that numerous places are selling/reviewing " a dvent...
by Pastychomper
6 Nov 2019, 1:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Buses (and coaches).. Why? Why not?
Replies: 45
Views: 1405

Re: Buses (and coaches).. why?

I was largely put off buses in my yoof, the bus drivers where I lived seemed to be on a mission to encourage me to walk and I was happy to help. Still I'm broadly in favour of buses as long as they're well run, and even use them from time to time. My most memorable trip was Inverness to Birmingham b...
by Pastychomper
6 Nov 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A froggy would a doing go.
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: A froggy would a doing go.

Considering that we're now living in the Blade Runner epoch, it's probably a robot. Does this apply to the mammals as well as the amphibians? I thought so! The question now becomes: who is programming the rascals, especially the two-legged variety!? I suspect E-loon Muskrat or a-one o' them other t...
by Pastychomper
6 Nov 2019, 10:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: And another off.
Replies: 104
Views: 5060

Re: And another off.

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:How to spot a mason, They raise both hands in the air and wave them especially when they're stressed.


I remember that as something Beano characters did (do?), especially softies who were being menaced. Is there more than meets the eye to D.C. Thomson? :shock:
by Pastychomper
5 Nov 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Upgrade laptop to Windows 10?
Replies: 17
Views: 654

Re: Upgrade laptop to Windows 10?

My father recently upgraded his Windows 7 laptop to Linux Mint. He seems happy with it so far.