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by Pastychomper
4 Sep 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Boy with no helmit has severe accident
Replies: 19
Views: 898

Re: Boy with no helmit has severe accident

MSN - isn't that the branch of Microsoft that (in a refreshing display of honesty) chose a bug for their logo? :?
by Pastychomper
3 Sep 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Taken out by flatbed truck
Replies: 33
Views: 3417

Re: Taken out by flatbed truck

Hi, I had an almost identical incident at almost the same location - hope it's not a worrying trend. I was heading in the same direction as the OP and had passed the entrance to Clipper warehouse where a curtain side artic was waiting. He let me pass then turned out behind me at which point he sque...
by Pastychomper
2 Sep 2019, 1:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Just wondering.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1146

Re: Just wondering.....

Oldjohnw wrote:It appears to be raining swallows here. This is a staging post on their route south.


I thought I saw a swallow holding a threaded needle in its beak. When it started singing I realised my mistake: it was not a swallow, but a tailor swift.



IGMC.
by Pastychomper
30 Aug 2019, 10:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 19980
Views: 492348

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

... I am inclined to think politicians should be put through lie detector tests now and then and if they fail then lose their jobs? ... If there was a reliable lie detector I'd be all for that. As it is, I gather the detectors rely on looking at physiological factors for signs of anxiety while answ...
by Pastychomper
30 Aug 2019, 10:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Just wondering.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1146

Re: Just wondering.....

I have a theory that active forums tend to attract a particular species of shark, which live off the discarded remnants of ideas left behind by troll attacks. As scavengers, the sharks are rarely dangerous but they are big enough to get in the way, forcing threads to twist and turn as they grow. A v...
by Pastychomper
28 Aug 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposal to ban petrol and diesel cars from Scottish cities
Replies: 54
Views: 1946

Re: Proposal to ban petrol and diesel cars from Scottish cities

Lothian buses, which operate in and around Edinburgh, are consistently award public transport operator of the year for Scotland and provide a frequent, reliable and relatively inexpensive service. The majority of my colleagues use the bus fir their commuting and leave the car at home. My experience...
by Pastychomper
22 Aug 2019, 4:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7399

Re: McDonald's

Not a big fan of Golden Arches myself, but I remember a chap I knew at church in the '90s, who succumbed to a long-term illness and reported that Macdonald's food was all he could keep down. I wondered then if that was a result of the food being so highly processed that it was effectively part-diges...
by Pastychomper
14 Aug 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All-female cabinet?
Replies: 46
Views: 1234

Re: All-female cabinet?

To be fair, winning by a narrow margin against a popular campaign is not the same as winning by a narrow margin against nobody-in-particular. Rather than "which is the better of these 2 possibilities", the European Parliament was effectively asked "is this person good enough for the j...
by Pastychomper
14 Aug 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 476
Views: 48466

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

Given what little I know of Twitter, I can understand her being bored all summer if that's what she was doing. :roll: Reminds me of another oldish joke: @supermarket : Hello, Valued Customer. Your fridge contacted us to order another sirloin stake, but your bank changed the order to minced pork. It ...
by Pastychomper
14 Aug 2019, 10:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All-female cabinet?
Replies: 46
Views: 1234

Re: All-female cabinet?

I thought it misguided and sexist. As I understand it the politician concerned has decided that women work better together than men, that they are more pragmatic in their views and willing to trade. That might sometimes be the case but if so then it’s about time that politicians of all ‘persuasions...
by Pastychomper
14 Aug 2019, 10:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite pens and notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 665

Re: Favourite pens and notebooks?

Another ex-cartridge-user here. One of my schools mandated fountain pens and Parkers were all the rage (to the point that I was sometimes mocked for not using one). I tried one for a while but it flowed faster than the cheap pens I was used to, wasting ink and giving thick lines that didn't work wel...
by Pastychomper
13 Aug 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3224

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

That would be a major concern, and not necessarily the worst of it. Imagine a PoB or PoF suddenly 'feeling faint' in the middle of a small street, and standing there holding up traffic for a minute and five seconds while an accomplice films any cars (but not the cause) from a discrete location. A n...
by Pastychomper
12 Aug 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3224

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Don't like the idea. When I lived in Germany I became very conscious of what they called the "anzeigementalität", i.e. a state of mind that takes delight in denouncing petty wrongdoers. E.g. chum turned his ankle on a loose paving and stumbled a bit while walking to his car, police turned...
by Pastychomper
30 Jul 2019, 10:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 19980
Views: 492348

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Been covered before a minority of people spoke in a referendum that was not legally binding I too thought it had been covered before, but let's get it right. Total votes: 33,551,983; UK population (mid-2016 estimate): 65,648,100. I make that 51% of the population that "spoke", which is a ...
by Pastychomper
17 Jul 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: British warships in Gulf to be renamed AA and RAC
Replies: 50
Views: 4496

Re: British warships in Gulf to be renamed AA and RAC

Makers have to balance lots of things, not just performance and fuel economy. Engines are a compromise and remapping invariably improves one thing at a cost to another. I was impressed - if that's the word - by one example of such a compromise. I ran a car with an 82bhp engine that various companie...