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by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1655

Re: Initialisms

Posting in threads on bulletin boards, text-messaging and other social media is different to more formal or traditional written communication. It's more like conversation but without all the non-verbal stuff that helps manage conversation and clarify context, intent, etc.. In any real conversation, ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1655

Re: Initialisms

No, they aren't wrong, dictionaries themselves change with popular use/acceptance in modern language, thus they are correct in changing the meaning of acronym as people adapt and accept it in common use. This is what nirakaro was saying. Brucey did not say the dictionaries are wrong; indeed he put ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1655

Re: Initialisms

I like self-referencing acronyms - like the Linux facility for running Windows programmes: "WINE" which stands for Wine Is Not (an) Emulator. That particular example is classified as a recursive backronym by Wikipedia.
by freiston
27 Sep 2019, 10:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 69704

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Went to Rutland Water a week ago - Vango Mirage Pro 200:
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by freiston
15 Sep 2019, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2290

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

I use this Trangia when I am camping at a single location and touring the area. I'm guessing it might be a 1970's model. Does anyone know for sure? I bought it secondhand about 15 years ago. There is information on this site (but not necessarily that particular page) that might help answer your que...
by freiston
14 Sep 2019, 11:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: An unusual use for old spokes.
Replies: 20
Views: 677

Re: An unusual use for old spokes.

BTW re the OP, we need Brucey to do the metallurgy bit to tell us if in any way the exercise was worthwhile in terms of a functional knife that would hold an edge. The article linked to in the OP states: "At the beginning I wasn't sure if the spoke material was suitable for a knife blade so I ...
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2290

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

I only bought mine last year :oops:

I went for the Duossal pans.
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harmful 'phone calls
Replies: 43
Views: 1477

Re: Harmful 'phone calls

I suspect the caller ID number was spoofed. "024" is a Coventry code but I believe there are no Coventry numbers beginning "06".
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Does phone case/ phone type define you?
Replies: 48
Views: 1174

Re: Does phone case/ phone type define you?

My phone is a Samsung A8 2018 and it's in a leather flip case (hinged at the bottom). I don't have a contract but a GiffGaff prepaid monthly package. I'm 55. The rationale behind the phone was that I wanted something that could play .ogg music files (most of my music is ripped to Ogg Vorbis), I want...
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: An unusual use for old spokes.
Replies: 20
Views: 677

An unusual use for old spokes.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Knife- ... Bespoke-K/

Ninety spokes will make an 8" chef's knife.

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by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 9:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plastic discoloured by chain oil
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Thanks Brucey :)
by freiston
11 Sep 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plastic discoloured by chain oil
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Unfortunately, there is no recycling symbol/number - just a number which is different on each of the three (otherwise identical) bottles that I have. The plastic does feel very similar to a plastic bidon that I have - "4 - LDPE" (Low Density Polyethylene). EDIT: The bottle the oil original...
by freiston
11 Sep 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plastic discoloured by chain oil
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Plastic discoloured by chain oil

A few week ago I put some Fenwicks All Condition synthetic chain lube into an empty eye drop bottle for taking on tour. The lube is red in colour (the label says "A specific blend of synthetic ingredients with additives to dramatically reduce corrosion, repel water and prolong component life&qu...
by freiston
9 Sep 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycle clips v rubber bands
Replies: 16
Views: 760

Re: Cycle clips v rubber bands

I preferred elastic bands to tucking my trousers into my socks but now, if I need to use anything, I use those hi-viz plastic-coated metal strips that roll up by themselves (I don't know what they're called) - very efficient and very comfortable. I've had more than one nasty crack on the knuckles f...
by freiston
8 Sep 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycle clips v rubber bands
Replies: 16
Views: 760

Re: Cycle clips v rubber bands

I used to use the metal sprung types that were common years ago but I found that I was forever bending them in an attempt to get them to work/fit without irritating my shins (but never managed it). I preferred elastic bands to tucking my trousers into my socks but now, if I need to use anything, I u...