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by mattheus
19 Mar 2020, 9:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12887

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Eil, hello, I've been doing my best recently to post lighthearted nonsense, so as to counter all the 'doom and gloom' merchants - but would you believe it, I've had abuse from some of them for 'not being serious in this time of crisis'. Senses of humour absent, methinks (that's if they ever had one...
by mattheus
13 Mar 2020, 2:10pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: The Tamar to JOG?
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: The Tamar to JOG?

Morzedec wrote:Heads up, everyone: Cornwall Council has this morning announced that it is considering closing the border with England.



Is this because they're fed-up of cross-border raids for loo roll?


(I did wonder what was down all those "abandoned" tin mines ... )
by mattheus
13 Mar 2020, 9:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Finally, I missed Nigel Farage’s pitch on the BBC - did he have anything useful to say? Would you like to guess?? Ok, I’ve had a read of a couple of newspaper articles, BBC slammed..., etc. I don’t like him either, but it strikes me as a legitimate editorial choice - like it or not, he represents a...
by mattheus
13 Mar 2020, 9:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any Information about improving hill-climbing ability
Replies: 47
Views: 2451

Re: Any Information about improving hill-climbing ability

fullupandslowingdown wrote:re-evaluating Bryan's post. Is that mostly a 12% over 12Km or upto 12%? But anyway. S

12% for 12km? In the UK? Well for comparison here is one of the tougher UK climbs:

Hardknott
Distance climbing: 1.6 miles. Average gradient: 12%. Total climb: 1,033 feet.
by mattheus
13 Mar 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 134
Views: 7067

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

… but it is one the quickest/easiest things to replace. And if there is safe/high ground nearby, the car is the easiest thing to move there. Floors take a very long time to dry (probably quicker with a carport under them?). Some personal belongings can never be replaced. Swings/roundabouts, perhaps ...
by mattheus
13 Mar 2020, 8:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

David9694 wrote:Finally, I missed Nigel Farage’s pitch on the BBC - did he have anything useful to say?



Would you like to guess??
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 4:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 63640

Re: Travel Insurance

Huffy, are you sure InsureandGo have excluded personal accident cover? I know I have no 3rd party liability, but didn't realise I wasn't covered myself in case of an accident. Re the 3rd party liability I am covered by my Cycle UK membership. So what DO they cover you for?? Just sickness/repatriati...
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 1:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

My worry about the UK's response at the moment is not what the Government is or isn't doing but the over-coverage from the press (mainly TV News). UK Government talks about the population not being able to sustain a stricter response for long but people tire very quickly from today's news, particul...
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 10:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Good news (Harvey Weinstein)
Replies: 37
Views: 1113

Re: Good news - Harvey Winestain sentence?

661-Pete wrote: His victims may have got 'closure', but will this help them to overcome the wounds they have suffered?



I have no psychiatric training, but I'm pretty damn sure that it will help them. A bit.
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 9:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

A loved one (in the UK) went to an employee meeting (a city council), 400 people in a room. It was a regular (if infrequent) update/briefing thingie. No mention of the "C word" of course! Pretty astonishing. ____________________ A more sensible approach: a local school is looking at plans ...
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 9:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed wheel: Why? Why not?
Replies: 164
Views: 11234

Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

What, you ride fixed only? hmmm...pretty much. use a geared bike maybe may-july for a change but the rest of the time yes. I rode fixed exclusively for the last three months, just used a geared bike a few times, what I like about that is being able to use really low gears Fixie is my first choice n...
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 9:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury
Replies: 50
Views: 2131

Re: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury

Returning to car free housing developments, I can see it working within very large cities where employment opportunities are dense on the ground and if you lose your job you are likely to find another within your profession nearby. I can see it working for people who live alone and can therefore be...
by mattheus
12 Mar 2020, 8:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What English do you read, write, speak?
Replies: 303
Views: 28513

Re: What English do you read, write, speak?

I literally don't believe that you have never seen such remarks: I therefore conclude that you just don't notice them, or have such a positive view of humanity that you choose to forget them! Perhaps you spot fewer mistakes. Didn't take long: Regrettably this event has been cancelled due to the mai...
by mattheus
11 Mar 2020, 3:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

There seems to be a … awkward fringe on this thread; people who are convinced they know better than scientists with decades of training, people who have looked at the data (historic and present) in depth and produced considered reports. Is it because they've checked a few wiki pages and seen the &qu...
by mattheus
11 Mar 2020, 12:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52792

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Has anyone mentioned the BBC putting up one Nigel Farage as an expert on COVID-19, its effects, and counter-measures?


I guess he doesn't have a proper job to do, so was available at short notice, unlike the people actually doing something useful ...