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by profpointy
19 Jun 2018, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anti-insect mouth protection?
Replies: 35
Views: 1343

Re: Anti-insect mouth protection?

Wasn't there a Music Hall entertainer during Victorian Times, who was famous (among the unspeakable lower classes, naturally) for the varied musical effects he could produce in almost continual and infinite variety - on a good night? One can't help wondering what facial, and bodily, contortions he ...
by profpointy
16 Jun 2018, 9:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what this tool is for?
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: what this tool is for?

I have one for undoing the knobs from scuba diving tanks
by profpointy
16 May 2018, 11:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are we riding too fast.
Replies: 165
Views: 9749

Re: Are we riding too fast.

For anyone cycling over here, the blanket speed limit on rural cycle paths is 20 kph. That said, I've only ever heard of one speed trap, so the only real limit is your own oomph, and of course your natural courtesy to others. In come cities, though, the speed limit on shared paths is 10 kph and the...
by profpointy
14 May 2018, 9:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

I had them on my Thorn tourer . They would have been an expensive option originally,so I went for Avid shorty. Then, some while later, Thorn/ SJC were selling the Suntours off cheap. Can't say they were any great, if any, improvement, but maybe I'd not set them up quite right. In any case,the "...
by profpointy
4 May 2018, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 8.5 mile commute for a beginner cyclist?
Replies: 19
Views: 2167

Re: 8.5 mile commute for a beginner cyclist?

Fitness wise, from your post, I am certain you will be totally fine. London is not hilly, so it's pretty easy to cycle more or less any distance. Road confidence - I'm not a london cyclist, but have been a city commuter cyclist elsewhere - the best piece of advice I can think of is be confident, alm...
by profpointy
4 May 2018, 11:40am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mats and punctures
Replies: 42
Views: 3221

Re: Sleeping mats and punctures

I didn't buy one for years since (a) I was worried about punctures - a well-off "early-adopter" had bought one and had maybe a dozen punctures after an outing leading to much derision from the rest of us and (b) the thermarest ones were just stupidly expensive. Then I gritted my teeth, pai...
by profpointy
1 May 2018, 6:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can you swim?
Replies: 50
Views: 2390

Re: Can you swim?

I learnt to swim in primary school, and could perhaps manage 50 yards as an adult. When caving, my main sport, I did find swims very intimidating, so it did hold me back a bit. Then, in my late 30s I went to adult swimming classes, and fairly quickly improved my technique to the extent I could do a ...
by profpointy
1 May 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Views on extra virgin olive oil as chainlube?
Replies: 13
Views: 1391

Re: Views on extra virgin olive oil as chainlube?

A pal of mine bust the sump on his jaguar-based kit-car, up a landrover track too far from anywhere sensible. He dropped the sump, lined it with bin bags, and filled up with a combination of whatever oil he hand left, and cooking oil. Got him back to the proper road and to a garage where he could fi...
by profpointy
24 Apr 2018, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1694

Re: IBIS and F1 Hotels in France - Any Advice?

I've stayed in F1 and they are clean, extremely basic, and extremely cheap. Breakfast is a croissant and machine coffee, so you'd be best off finding a nice cafe to be honest. Perfectly fine for stopping a night on a journey, but not for a romantic weekend break lets say. Ibis is more a medium grade...
by profpointy
20 Apr 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Satnavs 'cause accidents'?
Replies: 65
Views: 4859

Re: Satnavs 'cause accidents'?

profpointy wrote:Looking at a map draped over the passenger seat was far safer than a satnav ...

... oh hang on
by profpointy
20 Apr 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Satnavs 'cause accidents'?
Replies: 65
Views: 4859

Re: Satnavs 'cause accidents'?

Looking at a map draped over the passenger seat was fT safer than a satnav ...

... oh hang on
by profpointy
19 Apr 2018, 10:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?
Replies: 197
Views: 6841

Re: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?

Let's agree he's sufficiently (in)famous to warrant a plaque. How should he be summed up in a couple of words? How about Ideologue and orator. I can't think of a couple of words to encapsulate "A sad individual who played on people's fears and by "talking proper" when expressing them...
by profpointy
18 Apr 2018, 10:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?
Replies: 197
Views: 6841

Re: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?

My issue with Enoch, is not, per se, that he was wrong, but that he used his cosiderable talents of oratory, and intellect, to promote a vile agenda of hatred, which caused real harm to people with the "wrong" skin colour, some of whose descentends are doubtless now neighbours, friends and...
by profpointy
18 Apr 2018, 4:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?
Replies: 197
Views: 6841

Re: Should Enoch Powell get a blue plaque ( in Wolverhamton)?

Don’t remember much about the content but I do remember what an excellent and mesmerising orator he was. Many years later I did some PR for the Billy Graham event at Villa Park and heard him speak. They both had a spellbinding way with words that engaged their whole audience. Very like Adolf Hitler...
by profpointy
13 Apr 2018, 1:45pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 733
Views: 29169

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

brynpoeth wrote:So I rather like the new (?) habit of starting a sentence with *so*


"So, the Spear-Danes in days gone by, led by their Kings, who had courage and greatness"