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by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 10:52am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 825
Views: 34077

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

I think you have to accept that usage rules and stranded with the meanings you do not like is now common usage and above all, given in dictionaries, in some before the original meaning. Did you have somebody such as an English teacher who made a point over this? The topic is "what does your he...
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 10:02am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 825
Views: 34077

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

I note that you haven't actually suggested an acceptable alternative that conveys the same meaning as "stranded in mid-Channel". Our language is very rich in different words with different shades of meaning which could convey more about the particular circumstances of the ferry's problem....
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 9:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Did you cycle to school?
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: Did you cycle to school?

Tangled Metal wrote:I cycled to primary when it was cycling proficiency classes.


I remember cycling proficiency in the school playground, taught by a policeman. What I learned then has served me well all my road using life.
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 9:30am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 825
Views: 34077

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

Cloth-eared misuse of "stranded." The strand is the beach, and a ship is stranded when it has run up immovably onto the beach. So when a ferry and its passengers are said to be "stranded in mid-Channel" it grates. I don't have any trouble with it. English is suffused with nautic...
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 9:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Did you cycle to school?
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: Did you cycle to school?

I often did, to secondary school, four miles on main roads, and occasionally thirteen miles when we moved.
My primary school was usually next door (school house).
This was in the sixties..
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 9:17am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Shock
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: Shock

Great, congratulations. We hope for the best result for you.
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 8:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow cycling, bad experience
Replies: 77
Views: 1750

Re: Slow cycling, bad experience

The option to be told about things around the corner by the car ahead? The car to car comms will be particularly valuable in countering concertina crashes in flowing high-speed traffic and for passing on information about undocumented hazards and changing adverse road conditions Jonathan Would cycl...
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 8:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

pete75 wrote:Boston was to get a bypass but local interests claimed it would take trade away from the town so John Adams Way was built instead.


Now they demand a bypass and complain that the centre is dying.
Accomodating our towns to mass driving is a problem everywhere.
by Mike Sales
26 Sep 2020, 8:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?
Replies: 30
Views: 632

Re: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?

simonineaston wrote:I remember an episode involving my blue VW beetle, my mate's Honda 750 VF and some climbing rope...


My dad towed me home on my broken down Raleigh Roma (80cc. motor scooter).
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 7:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?
Replies: 30
Views: 632

Re: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?

PDQ Mobile wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:Illegal because the ridden bike does not have two functioning brakes?


And on the one being ridden only one can be used.

Yes, was my meaning.
And there's extra weight to stop too.


The bike being towed has no functioning brakes!
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 7:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

Traffic always grows to exceed the capacity of any road network - in the same vein, traffic will fall if you reduce the capacity of the network. I avoid motor travel as much as possible, but I understand the London Bypass or M25 gets a bit busy at times. On a much smaller scale, in my nearest town,...
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 6:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

Yes, the technology is available. Now it's political. Isn't there a suggestion that LTNs become more acceptable if you can get to six months? Jonathan That might be true, I suppose, thogh I do not know where the idea comes from. My point is that the technology is not the solution, anymore than heav...
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 6:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?
Replies: 30
Views: 632

Re: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?

Illegal because the ridden bike does not have two functioning brakes? And on the one being ridden only one can be used. The law says nothing about being able to use the brakes, only that they must be functional. A.P.Herbert might have used this thinking in his Misleading Cases . Have you tried payi...
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

..with microcharging we can optimise for whatever we want. For example use of small roads by nonresidents could be made very expensive. (LIttle Britain quotes are available.) All the proposals for variable charging I have seen regard it as a mechanism for distributing motor traffic in such a way th...
by Mike Sales
25 Sep 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 23
Views: 505

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

Well yes, and satnavs and charging are just ways to ensure that no roads are omitted from the scourge of traffic, and that the whole network is used as "efficiently" as possible, if efficiency is defined as the highest possible throughput of motors.