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by ambodach
20 Jan 2012, 7:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accommodation along the route
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: Accommodation along the route

Where on earth are you planning to park? I have never found any camp site as expensive as that. You could divert off your route each night to a suitable site and then back to the start point next morning. A CL should not cost more than about £10. Try the Camping and Caravan Club for site info. Membe...
by ambodach
14 Jan 2012, 6:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Independence?
Replies: 337
Views: 41724

Re: Independence?

The argument that a couple of prime or any other ministers are nominally Scottish does not really stand up in practice.Sure Bliar was at a minor "public" school in Scotland but that means nothing, generally the education is based on English exams. I know quite a few emigrants who now regar...
by ambodach
11 Jan 2012, 6:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Independence?
Replies: 337
Views: 41724

Independence?

For generations Scots have been told they are a drain on UK finances and are certainly subsidy junkies and should be grateful that they are getting all this cash from the English taxpayer out of the generosity of the government in London. Now that there is a demand for full self government for Scotl...
by ambodach
19 Dec 2011, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle height again
Replies: 40
Views: 2318

Re: Saddle height again

Nobody has mentioned the dreaded Hip Bursitis yet. (google it) I always liked to have my saddle as high as was comfortable and have done this for many years. This summer I got problems with pain in my left hip and upper thigh muscles while walking but not while cycling. This seems to be the aforemen...
by ambodach
17 Dec 2011, 8:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Whisky
Replies: 39
Views: 2149

Re: Whisky

I spent 20 odd years in the whisky industry. When we did distillery tours which were much more informal (more free whisky) than the present commercial arrangements one very common question was "what is the best whisky ?". The answer was always "the one you like best". This is not...
by ambodach
17 Dec 2011, 7:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG + the Orkneys
Replies: 29
Views: 1720

Re: LEJOG + the Orkneys

Don't miss Hoy if you can possibly manage it.The north end is particularly nice. Get the "angry bluebottle ferry" back to Stromness.
by ambodach
14 Dec 2011, 8:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Fixed Penalty Notice Bonanza
Replies: 43
Views: 8141

Re: Fixed Penalty Notice Bonanza

The streets in the small town where I live are littered with 20mph signs, some in totally ludicrous places. At one entrance to the town however there are no signs and you can find yourself in a 20mph zone with no warning. When we were agitating for the enforcement of the 20 speed limit we were told ...
by ambodach
14 Dec 2011, 7:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

My Tiree friend specifically mentioned the narrow roads with deep ditches close to the road edge and the local fear of militant cyclists. They are afraid that they may be accused (justly or unjustly)of causing a cyclist to fall into a ditch. In these litiginous times this could ruin someone ,again w...
by ambodach
14 Dec 2011, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

I had thought to put this topic to rest but about 2 hours ago I had a conversation with a Tiree motorist who said that while most cyclists on Tiree were no problem some she thought were deliberately obstructive.She did admit that some local drivers went rather too fast by her standards.Most responsi...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 9:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

What has only been touched upon in this thread is the recent change in ferry fares. Road Equivalent Tarrif has effectively halved the cost of going to the Outer Hebrides and Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebs. This, coupled with an insistance on promoting tourism at any cost has resulted in a vast inc...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 6:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Priorities
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Priorities

Currently involved in a squabble regarding visitors to an area regarding whether they should tell locals how to behave (or something like that). Listening to the news the A9 has been shut at Drumochter for at least 6 hours,the snowgates are shut north of Tyndrum,the A83 is still shut overnight at Re...
by ambodach
13 Dec 2011, 6:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

Edwards has got the nearest attitude so far to the actuality. We who live here are swamped by those who come here on holiday and tell us how we should conduct ourselves, ie we conform to what they want rather than those who come here fit into how we live for the rest of the year. Incidentally the de...
by ambodach
12 Dec 2011, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

This subject will not lie down and die will it? In over 40 years of cycling on most of the Scottish Islands I cannot think of any occasion where I have been subjected to aggressive overtaking.Living on an island as I do and been involved in local community councils etc I have taken an interest in th...
by ambodach
11 Dec 2011, 4:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

wow! single track roads certainly raise the hackles and are probably one of the biggest sources of argument on these islands.Donnieban has it about right. I cycle mostly on these single track roads as I said earlier and I rarely have to stop for any traffic as it becomes second nature to adjust spee...
by ambodach
10 Dec 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists
Replies: 96
Views: 5937

Re: Western Islanders' disappointing "advice" for cyclists

What a load of rubbish is written sometimes. Driving on Tiree is the same as any other place with single track roads. Slow traffic gives way to faster traffic. End of story. If you are on a bike what on earth is the problem with pulling over to let any faster vehicle overtake! I cycle mostly on sing...