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by dodger
21 Jan 2020, 7:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1051

Re: Devon C2C options

The P&R at Coypool, at the start of the Plym Valley Trail, can be very quiet at night and I certainly wouldn't leave my car there overnight. Better to find a pleasant residential street and park there. Then just cycle to the trail.
by dodger
21 Jan 2020, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 802

Re: Touring in France

You will probably find hotels/Chambres d'Hotes in the inland areas, but close to the sea and in main tourist areas, rooms will be at a premium. I've always found tourist offices helpful in booking ahead, especially if your French is a bit rudimentary. Booking.com was helpful for me this month in pla...
by dodger
21 Jan 2020, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 22
Views: 825

Re: Touring on Skye

I too have fond memories of Skye back in 1970, friendly and quiet. Fantastic climbing on the Black Cuillins, especially the Inacessible Pinnacle and the ridge walk, followed by the Alisdair Stone Shoot scree run and trying to escape the midges. My friends were in Glenbrittle Youth Hostel and I had t...
by dodger
18 Jan 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1051

Re: Devon C2C options

Rode from Plymouth up the Plym Valley Trail to Yelverton, then followed it on to Tavistock, Brentor, Lydford, Okehampton, Meeth, Bideford, Barnstaple, Braunton, Saunton, Ilfracombe, then back to Barnstaple and then to Exeter and Plymouth by train. A pleasant 3 day ride, staying at the YHA in Okehamp...
by dodger
9 Jan 2020, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Replies: 9
Views: 299

Re: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Stayed at Costa Teguise once, but wasn't impressed. Mind you, if it's just somewhere to sleep it doesn't matter much.
Personally, I prefer Fuertaventura and the cycling there is fine. El Cotillo is a nice laid back location.
by dodger
9 Jan 2020, 11:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling (and other) plans 2020
Replies: 30
Views: 1096

Re: Cycling (and other) plans 2020

I like Bobskip's plan to ride 2020 miles this year, so I'll use that as my benchmark too.
Good to have a target to work to and it's only 40 miles per week. Oh no, I'm already lagging!!
by dodger
9 Dec 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: J'aime la France
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: J'aime la France

Francovendee, you hit the nail on the head. All of Europe has an ageing population, with people living much longer. It's a hard nettle for any government to grasp, but unless they do, the country will be bankrupt. I don't know what the answer is, but I know my kids are going to be far worse off in t...
by dodger
9 Dec 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cyclist with road rage
Replies: 22
Views: 927

Re: Cyclist with road rage

All the sensible cyclists I know pull over in cases where someone is stuck behind them for any distance, even if it's a BMW, Audi or Merc driver.
Mind you, don't you find sometimes that modern petrol cars are so quiet that sometimes you don't know the're there?
by dodger
9 Dec 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 61
Views: 1796

Re: How's your weather?

Ahh, my favourite bit of "estate management". Getting in the fuel for 2021. 2 dead elms down and a few ugly sycamores to go. Think we have a few ash trees diseased too. Sharpening the chain makes a massive difference Mick. It only takes a few minutes but I also keep putting it off - usuall...
by dodger
9 Dec 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mail on Sunday made false claims about Labour's tax plans
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Mail on Sunday made false claims about Labour's tax plans

Anybody know why The Mail is so anti-Labour?
Is there something they fear, or is it simply the whim of the (technically, but not really) expat owner?
by dodger
2 Dec 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Single sex/gender schools
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Single sex/gender schools

What a strange way to educate children in a world where men and women live and work together. Maybe this is part of the problem with a lot of the public school oiks who like to run the country. Many of them have spent up to 14 years in single sex schools. I went to a mixed primary, which I loved, bu...
by dodger
30 Nov 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A nation of hypochondriacs?
Replies: 41
Views: 1307

Re: A nation of hypochondriacs?

My friend, who is a GP, says that very many common complaints she deals with would cure themselves within 7 days. She also says that there is significant pressure from drug companies to prescribe a drug for just about anything. Apparently, drug companies also are known to offer various "freebie...
by dodger
30 Nov 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 549
Views: 12945

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

Interesting to see Professor Curtice saying we should treat the professed Tory lead in the polls with some care. This is the guy who got it right when everyone else didn't, so I like to watch out for his views. The main thing is that, whatever you think of Johnson and Brexit, the last years of Tory ...
by dodger
28 Nov 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 549
Views: 12945

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a liar in power?

Bovlomov, you have the voice of reason. Pity that there is little sympathetic media coverage for Corbyn, but lots of falsehoods from the right wing press. I'm not a natural Tory or Labour voter. I vote for the best candidate in my constituency, which has usually been Lib Dem. But the only chance of ...
by dodger
23 Nov 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Major Domestic Defect
Replies: 35
Views: 1024

Re: Major Domestic Defect

Look up Toolstation. Minimum order needed but they post to your door and prices are OK.