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by profpointy
20 Apr 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Satnavs 'cause accidents'?
Replies: 65
Views: 5078

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: 5078

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: 7010

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: 7010

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: 7010

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: 742
Views: 31520

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"
by profpointy
13 Apr 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 31520

Re: English Language - what

Gear changing requires presicion,OTOH with language,as long as I understand what's being conveyed I couldn't give a monkey's :mrgreen: There's the problem. When language is used without precision it can lead to ambiguity or misunderstanding. Metaphor and simile when fresh are illuminating and enliv...
by profpointy
5 Apr 2018, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the best way to find out correct seat pillar size for old bike?
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: What's the best way to find out correct seat pillar size for old bike?

Measure the old pin! Needs a vernier caliper and a practised user. Pin sizes come in .2 mm increments . why is this? always seems such a small amount..! In engineering terms 0.2mm is a country mile. Almost everything else on a bike is made to a tolerance that is ten or a hundred times better than t...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 3:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A sign of things to come ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1373

Re: A sign of things to come ?

Bournemouth Council have just installed a couple of these signs near the town centre. During my time touring in Spain I saw plenty of signs like this and got a lot of space from cars . I've never seen this sort of thing in the UK until now. Let's hope it's the sign of things to come ! I've emailed ...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 9:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second-greatest invention of all time? The Symphony Orchestra!
Replies: 34
Views: 1582

Re: Second-greatest invention of all time?

The Symphony Orchestra! 100 people play for an hour or more to an exact plan, how complicated is that? But it is made of lots of simple actions that combine to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, +101 Elgar, Sibelius, Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wagn...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 1:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second-greatest invention of all time? The Symphony Orchestra!
Replies: 34
Views: 1582

Re: Second-greatest invention of all time?

The Symphony Orchestra! 100 people play for an hour or more to an exact plan, how complicated is that? But it is made of lots of simple actions that combine to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, +101 Elgar, Sibelius, Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wagn...
by profpointy
26 Mar 2018, 10:04pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: "Decide for yourself"
Replies: 75
Views: 3751

Re: "Decide for yourself"

I have some sympathy for ctc's claimed "neutral" stance. I am a former helmet wearer convinced not to wear one by the evidence. A rational stance it's hard to honestly argue against. But, the sad thing is a good proportion of helmet wearers have a zeal for it that doesn't answer to logic a...
by profpointy
26 Mar 2018, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 6429

Re: Misunderstood terminology

You measure cycle parts on grams but do your care about the origins of the unit or just looking to compare the weight in grams of two items to get the lightest? Do you care about the way a metre is determined. I believe there's a problem with the standard and they're looking into changing to a less...
by profpointy
25 Mar 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 6429

Re: Misunderstood terminology

horizon wrote:In other areas of life and the forum this is pejoratively called pedantry. :wink:


Hardly pedantry the gear inches thing -no more than correcting someone who thought a mile was 500 yards would be pedantry.
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6539

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Don't agree about the aim vs the nail. Nobody on thread has said anything that amounted to "...it would be quite acceptable to be crashed into..." Everyone is in agreement this was punishable, and that it was not in any way "acceptable" the debate has been around intent and seve...