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by Ray
4 Jul 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite quotations
Replies: 172
Views: 10681

Re: Favourite quotations

I've just bought a bike from Rose Bikes of Germany. The documents, instructions etc came in a zip case, on the back of which was printed: "ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BIKE SIDE OF LIFE". OK, it's marketing, and maybe not entirely original, but it did make me smile. I've always been struck by the En...
by Ray
5 Apr 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Just a quick observation that use of the plural in There is, There are is dying out fast. You may be right; can't say I'd noticed that in particular. I would have just put it down to sloppy use of English - which is indeed widespread. I'm not sure that either the Grauniad or Jeremy Corbyn are repre...
by Ray
21 Mar 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2820

Re: cycliing and ageing

Audax67 wrote:Not even my raincoat is beige.

I didn't realise people still wore raincoats :wink:
by Ray
16 Mar 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Decathlon mail order
Replies: 15
Views: 3051

Re: Decathlon mail order

I find that Decathlon's mail order invariably takes longer than they say it will. Sometimes MUCH longer. It would be preferable if they gave accurate, but slow, time estimates. Others such as Wiggle are much more reliable. The actual products are good My experience exactly. Slow to despatch, poor t...
by Ray
18 Feb 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling After Giving Blood
Replies: 38
Views: 7262

Re: Cycling After Giving Blood

All the advice above to take it easy is very sound. Individuals vary enormously in their reaction, both physiologically and psychologically, and you need to see how it goes before pushing yourself either before or afterwards. I gave full blood for many years, and now give platelets and plasma monthl...
by Ray
7 Feb 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Mick F wrote:What's a pline?

Area of flat land not common in Cornwall.
by Ray
5 Feb 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Oxbridge Elite Or Intelligent
Replies: 49
Views: 2494

Re: Oxbridge Elite Or Inteligent

Intelligence is over-rated: the world has moved on. The Pet Shop Boys have it about right:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDP9 ... 9jEuHbB0GQ
by Ray
4 Feb 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

661-Pete wrote:"The Rhine in spine falls minely on the pline..."


Not a Brummie, then? Or perhaps a reformed Brummie?
by Ray
2 Feb 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who do you resemble?
Replies: 47
Views: 2425

Re: Who do you resemble?

paddler wrote:I'm looking like my dad all of a sudden.


I used to look like my Dad. More recently I seem to look a lot like my Grandad.

It's a sobering thought that I've now lived longer than either of them.
by Ray
1 Feb 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who do you resemble?
Replies: 47
Views: 2425

Re: Who do you resemble?

gaz wrote:I was once told that I don't look like a Helen.


Yours is not "the face that launched a thousands ships" then?

My sympathies :wink:
by Ray
29 Jan 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

"At this time" seems to be displacing "now" or to reinforce an easily understood present tense which would be ok on its own. Yes, and whereas we once simply said "every day" or "daily", we now hear "on a daily basis". And don't start me on tautologi...
by Ray
26 Jan 2019, 1:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20-25 tubes in 28mm tires??
Replies: 33
Views: 3848

Re: 20-25 tubes in 28mm tires??

You may well be OK using unpatched undersized tubes, which will stretch to fill the tyre, but once the tube has been patched it is much more likely to fail due to excessive stretching. This is based on experience, not theory. Given that new tubes are pretty cheap, using undersized tubes seems false ...
by Ray
24 Jan 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

I make good use of my bus pass. Where can I get a buss pass?
by Ray
22 Jan 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Thanks, tc, I like that. Haven't come across that story before. So (pedantry alert!), was it a rooster, and not a gander, that attempted to incubate the golden egg?

Perhaps someone will be along soon to suggest that wisdom and gender are somehow related ?
by Ray
22 Jan 2019, 8:19pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 737
Views: 29955

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

My reaction was personal; far be it from me to insist that my preference should be taken as a rule. Busses somehow 'looks' wrong, just as 'alternate' rather than 'alternative' grates on me. At least there can be no misunderstanding with the double 's'; as the saying goes, they often come along in tw...