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by al_yrpal
18 Aug 2020, 11:42pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Where is the best place to buy an Electric Bike
Replies: 21
Views: 862

Re: Where is the best place to buy an Electric Bike

I bought an Ortler from Bikester. Very happy, great bike.

Al
by al_yrpal
17 Aug 2020, 7:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?
Replies: 39
Views: 2223

Re: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?

If we do, perhaps we can revive our CTC? Perhaps we could create an organisation like Britstops to cater just for cycle tourists?

AL
by al_yrpal
17 Aug 2020, 7:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Julian Bream RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Julian Bream RIP

I loved his music accompanied by those determined facial expressions. One of the greats...

Al
by al_yrpal
17 Aug 2020, 7:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2172

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

I met an M&S buyer and l asked her about the issues of flying in cash crops from Kenya or Zambia and so on. She said, yes l do that (or similar) but the producer l buy from is a women's co-operative and with the money they run a primary school. There's two sides to every story. Having been to a...
by al_yrpal
15 Aug 2020, 9:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2172

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

If we could rejig our economy to become less reliant on imports it would be great but the reality is its not going to happen. The sort of thing that enrages me is where they export prawns landed at Malaig and then fly them to Asia for deshelling and then fly them back here. Cargo on ships is a very ...
by al_yrpal
15 Aug 2020, 9:43am
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 187
Views: 6031

Re: Membership rates

Cyril Haearn wrote:I thought these fora were open to non-members
Cannae imagine what would happen without Mick F :?


Perhaps we would see even more posts from you :lol:

Al
by al_yrpal
14 Aug 2020, 10:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2172

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

I have motored my yacht across the Channel in a flat calm many times. All around the horizon is usually a deep yellow ring of pollution visible. Every 90 seconds or so in both directions steam large freighters doing about 17 knots, many with considerable plume of filth coming out of the funnel. Brit...
by al_yrpal
14 Aug 2020, 9:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2172

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

I have never seen the attraction of being at sea. Sea is just an absence of land. And we are land creatures. When I get on a ship, as I have done many times to get to Ireland, I long for the moment I can get off it. Okay, a cruise ship is a floating hotel / spa / entertainment complex, but for me t...
by al_yrpal
13 Aug 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 187
Views: 6031

Re: Membership rates

Since the CTC evolved into a Charity there seems to have been a campaign to alienate and get rid of the aged keen cycle tourists and attract a younger supposedly more shiny membership. It doesnt seem to have occured to 'the management' that many of us are retired with slimmed down incomes but despit...
by al_yrpal
13 Aug 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?
Replies: 42
Views: 1093

Re: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?

I use cycle.travel recommended here too... https://www.theguardian.com/travel/bike-blog/2020/aug/12/how-to-take-a-cycling-holiday-this-year-despite-the-pandemic And, I transfer the route into Osmand+ which issues voice instructions from my phone attached to the stem. Sometimes I go straight for Osma...
by al_yrpal
12 Aug 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days
Replies: 31
Views: 1071

Re: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days

I was at Bellever Monday and Tuesday. Security guards everywhere. There was about 30 Asian guys playing football there about 6 pm. Their kids were by and in the East Dart river. Their ladies were in a huddle nattering. All enjoying themselves in a beautiful spot. About 8pm they left walking to their...
by al_yrpal
12 Aug 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2172

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

I have done 3. First one was Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular, fabulous, with a wonderful crew of every ologist you can think of giving wonderful lectures and more on the places we stepped ashore. Would do it again if I could. Second was in the now famous Diamond Princess, a gre...
by al_yrpal
12 Aug 2020, 12:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New house - what green solution would you do?
Replies: 34
Views: 712

Re: New house - what green solution would you do?

Our house was built in 1820. Its warm in winter and cool in summer. As its listed and single glazed throughout there arent many options we can choose except insulating above the second floor and thats pretty difficult as the house has two roofs one with a more recent roof above it. The utility bill ...
by al_yrpal
8 Aug 2020, 11:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Neverspoons App
Replies: 80
Views: 1744

Re: Neverspoons App

I wonder whether I should visit some wotherspoonses to see who is right, those who love them or those who hate them, or both? :wink: No one is right or wrong, its all a matter of opinion. My observation is that Wetherspoons is a highly successful business that people obviously like. Its owner is Br...
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2020, 11:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days
Replies: 31
Views: 1071

Re: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days

Right by my pals holiday home...Bellever. The ban is for 27 days from Friday

Al