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by Pastychomper
22 Feb 2019, 10:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)
Replies: 18
Views: 353

Re: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)

I missed the news about Navratilova, but from a quick read around (mostly on Wikipedia, admittedly :oops: ) I'd say she has it about right. If there is any good reason to have separate male and female sports then surely it has to do with the players' physical size and strength, and the way their bod...
by Pastychomper
21 Feb 2019, 10:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 558
Views: 93400

Re: A positive thread

I saw a snail making his&her way across the garden path last night - first fully awake one I've seen this year.
by Pastychomper
21 Feb 2019, 10:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 12270
Views: 300348

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

Can someone please explain why our PM keeps going on about how they *have* to go ahead on Brexit because it was a manifesto promise etc etc, when every political party in history (including her's) has quite happily broken manifesto promises before without any qualms? :?: I remember a commentator be...
by Pastychomper
20 Feb 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: New study finds there "was no difference in mortality between helmeted and non-helmeted"
Replies: 21
Views: 648

Re: New study finds there "was no difference in mortality between helmeted and non-helmeted"

Sorry, should have made myself clearer. I was reading at w*rk, where it was blocked, and decided to make a quick comment instead of doing the sensible thing and waiting until I could download the paper.
by Pastychomper
20 Feb 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: New study finds there "was no difference in mortality between helmeted and non-helmeted"
Replies: 21
Views: 648

Re: New study finds there "was no difference in mortality between helmeted and non-helmeted"

Sorry, wandering off helmets a bit, but the paper's introduction says: The majority of bicycle injuries require hospitalization It doesn't seem to provide a reference to support this statement. Now I know the dangers of relying on personal experience, but does anyone believe this? Are there any sta...
by Pastychomper
20 Feb 2019, 10:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: nice story and pic
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: nice story and pic

I like the name she chose for her baby, it's a new one to me so I looked up the meaning - very appropriate. I'm also impressed that, according to the article, one womb carried a baby while the other continued the other usual cycle - I would not have expected that since they're both experiencing the ...
by Pastychomper
18 Feb 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Derby cyclists strip off to protest scrapping of bus and cycle lane
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Re: Derby cyclists strip off to protest scrapping of bus and cycle lane

I spent most of my childhood in Derby and left in '97, one of my big memories of the place was the poor air quality. Afair it was put down partly to the geography, since the city sits in a large basin, but I thought then it was far too pro-car. It's a shame because it's actually a nice place as citi...
by Pastychomper
13 Feb 2019, 4:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Techno Innovation?
Replies: 43
Views: 1992

Re: Techno Innovation?

... Some of you will surely remember 7 inch E.P.'s, which played at 33 rpm, with 7 inch singles paying at 45 rpm. The Album was of course a 12 inch disc played at 33 rpm. But what about the 12 inch single which played at 45 rpm? ... I don't doubt you're correct but I'm slightly surprised at EPs bei...
by Pastychomper
11 Feb 2019, 4:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman...
Replies: 44
Views: 2723

Re: Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman...

An Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman were each left a share in a deceased friend's estate, on the condition that they each left five pounds in his coffin. On the day of the funeral, the Irishman dutifully poured five hundred pennies (saved over the years in a whisky bottle) into the coffin. The Sc...
by Pastychomper
11 Feb 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 1478

Re: London cycle parking security

... most thieves are smart enough not to wreck bikes because it makes them worth less to sell. I mean, I suspect my frame would be far easier to cut than my lock, but what sane thief is going to do that? I agree that approach normally works, but I did once find what seemed to have been an entire bi...
by Pastychomper
6 Feb 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Motorist "swerves to avoid octopus"
Replies: 8
Views: 858

Re: Motorist "swerves to avoid octopus"

There are plenty of Youtube videos of octopuses walking/slithering and even hunting on land, but generally within a few feet of the sea. If there was one "more than 5km" inland then maybe it was one of these guys on holiday. :lol:
by Pastychomper
4 Feb 2019, 10:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New words/vocab on these fora
Replies: 201
Views: 18662

Re: New words/vocab on these fora

brynpoeth wrote:
merseymouth wrote:Originality exists no longer. TTFN MM

When did it cease to exist?


I don't know when, but "there's no new thing under the sun" was being opined at least 24 centuries ago.
by Pastychomper
30 Jan 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why is it always an Audi
Replies: 109
Views: 11364

Re: Why is it always an Audi

Also goes to show it's not the status of the car, but the driver's (and others') perception of the status of the car. I have a car that was designed as a poser 4x4 but ended up being fairly reliable. The combination of 4x4 suspension, towing ability and cheapness made it ideal for what I was doing w...
by Pastychomper
30 Jan 2019, 10:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 17
Views: 2689

Re: Cats

Funnily enough I found myself driving a car behind a hare a couple of years ago. I hung well back thinking it might dive into a verge if I kept the "pressure" off, but it held a straight path down the middle of the road for maybe quarter of a mile then turned off - down the middle of a sid...
by Pastychomper
29 Jan 2019, 1:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 17
Views: 2689

Re: Cats

With regard to passing them on a bike I treat cats as I do sheep. I don't assume they have much road sense and I ready myself for them doing the wrong thing. Sheep are the worst for that but cats aren't all that much better. In Sutherland it's common to see signs saying "Slow Lambs On Road&quo...