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by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 7:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

reohn2 wrote:
kwackers wrote:.......Douglas could have easily been writing about brexit.

And if 43 really is the answer then he probably was.

42.

I assumed the "mistakes" above were deliberate...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 7:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

The Hitchhikers Guide says "Expect the Unexpected". Never understood that phrase. If the unexpected is expected then it's not unexpected :lol: Full quote from Hitchhikers guide. The nearest approach the Guide makes to this matter is on page seven-thousand-and-twenty-three, which includes ...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 4:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

Prepare - how? Stockpile food perhaps? The Hitchhikers Guide says "Expect the Unexpected". With that in mind I've stocked up on pencils: You can use them to re-educate humanity after 'the fall'. They make good emergency weapons (easily concealed, and a superficially none threatening appea...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 2:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

I was brought up on such an estate and that wasn't my experience at all. If the majority were in work you didn't (live on such an estate). The estate I was on was thrown up by the council in the early 70's and then used to dump all the 'problem' families. There were some decent people who did work ...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 2:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

Why are so many people lacking motivation? It's too simplistic just to say that life on benefits is too cushy. The whole environment is demotivating: education, community resources (lack of), and the belief (often justified) that no amount of work will buy a better life. If there is a collective me...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 12:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

Why didn't UK unemployed people move to the are to take up the work - maybe because it's a lot easier for them to sit on the dole and moan about immigrants taking all the jobs than to get actually get off their backside and take up jobs which often involve hard work. It's not that poorly paid eithe...
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 11:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unbelievably stupid PSV law
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Unbelievably stupid PSV law

The problem with ageing is your brain lies to you so that you don't realise how bad your senses have gotten.

Filling in the blanks is a fundamental property of ones grey matter and as you get older the number of blanks increases at an alarming rate.
by kwackers
19 Sep 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unbelievably stupid PSV law
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Unbelievably stupid PSV law

Why shouldn't psv and hgv drivers not be forced to have annual health and fitness checks? Big vehicles driven for commercial purposes. Make the companies pay for their drivers checks. https://www.hgvtraining.co.uk/hgv-medical/ Currently HGV and PCV drivers need only to confirm their fitness by way ...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 4:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195043

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

I am very sceptical the claims about the Russian interference and certainly the claims about their scale and importance. I've no real idea of either. Social media offers a unique method of interfering though and that they interfere is without doubt, that we, the Americans and pretty much every othe...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 50 mph for lorries
Replies: 105
Views: 7254

Re: 50 mph for lorries

Both of those scenarios have no effect on fuel economy or pollution (except possibly some engine oil v brake liner dust). That is just a matter of the balance between brakes and engine braking restricting your speed, neither way is consuming any fuel. My brakes need the exercise. :lol: I thought yo...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 10:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 50 mph for lorries
Replies: 105
Views: 7254

Re: 50 mph for lorries

Any savings from cutting off the fuel compared to fueling an idling engine are dwarfed by the energy needed to replace the momentum, potential energy or kinetic energy lost to the engine braking. Planning your journey to reach each peak at just moving and each trough at the speed limit minimises fu...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 10:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 50 mph for lorries
Replies: 105
Views: 7254

Re: 50 mph for lorries

On the other hand it reduces pollution quite considerably. Who cares about the environment though? I might have the wrong end of the stick here, but taking your foot off the throttle and using engine braking (on modern fuel injected vehicles) cuts the fuel completely to the engine. Therefore engine...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 9:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike randomly changing gears.
Replies: 28
Views: 596

Re: Bike randomly changing gears.

It does sound like excess play somewhere in the mech. I know you have checked for play in the cassette itself, but does that include the hollow retaining bolt that holds the freehub body to the hub? I had one loose once, though the symptom it generated was shimmy rather than ghost shifting. Just a ...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike randomly changing gears.
Replies: 28
Views: 596

Re: Bike randomly changing gears.

indexing doesn"t worry me, i only use friction shifters :-) Not sure friction shifters will help. For any given gear the bike will shift up, down or both as you ride along. Yeah, probably... but its worth seeing if fricition shifters might make a difference.... the other thing which may also a...
by kwackers
18 Sep 2018, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike randomly changing gears.
Replies: 28
Views: 596

Re: Bike randomly changing gears.

Apart from the cables (which Kwackers has checked) my first area to look at would be the top pulley wheel. Partly because it could be a problem area but also, if you have spares to hand, it is a five minute job to do. I normally have a set ready on a shelf for when they are needed. I'll have a good...