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by cjchambers
12 Sep 2014, 12:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driving test pass rate drops
Replies: 3
Views: 1781

Re: Driving test pass rate drops

Could mean all manner of things . . . Given that the majority of learners are young, and that youth unemployment/underemployment is at an all time high, is it the case that more learners are just 'giving it a go' without paying for one-on-one tuition, books or practice DVDs? Just a thought. Anything...
by cjchambers
30 Aug 2014, 4:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: WD40
Replies: 8
Views: 1227

Re: WD40

Sounds like a bad idea! Mind you, I stick cotton buds in my ears, so who am I to talk?! If anyone is interested to know what is in WD40's 'secret' formula, see http://archive.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/st_whatsinside (there really are no trade secrets any more, in the chemical/food...
by cjchambers
24 Aug 2014, 7:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: From the courts
Replies: 15
Views: 1807

Re: From the courts

It seems Royston has had an attack of contrition: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11430008.Chubby_says_sorry_for_reading_at_wheel/?ref=var_0 COMIC Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown has apologised after being caught behind the wheel looking at a newspaper - insisting he only glanced at it for three seconds. T...
by cjchambers
9 Aug 2014, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who ate all the pies?
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: Who ate all the pies?

I am also skeptical. Oh, and since when did newspapers take 'things people say on reddit' as their sources? :?
661-Pete wrote:What are they like?
If they're anything like the apple pies from 'that other' burger establishment, they'll be very slightly hotter than the interior of the sun.
by cjchambers
8 Aug 2014, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Pioneer Metro LX bottom bracket spec and repair?
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: Raleigh Pioneer Metro LX bottom bracket spec and repair?

Best way is to take the old one out - if you're lucky, it'll have a sticker on the inside telling you what size (see the pic on Gaz's link). If it doesn't have a sticker, you can take the bottom bracket to a decent, well-stocked bike shop and they will sort you out with a replacement. The UN26 is OK...
by cjchambers
6 Aug 2014, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First Great Western
Replies: 18
Views: 1858

Re: First Great Western

Cornwall to London sounds like a potentially expensive journey. If you have an advance ticket for a particular departure, all it takes is for the guard to say 'no', and you'll be left standing on the platform having a) lost your money and b) facing having to buy a new, more expensive ticket for a la...
by cjchambers
2 Aug 2014, 1:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's my caterpillar?
Replies: 22
Views: 1664

Re: What's my caterpillar?

I've barely even seen a moth here, even spending all these warm evenings with the windows open and lights on. The place seems dead, devoid of all life. I don't like it! I'm a couple of miles south of you in Bray. No shortage of moths, butterflies, bees- you name it. There is a big wildlife reserve ...
by cjchambers
1 Aug 2014, 6:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's my caterpillar?
Replies: 22
Views: 1664

Re: What's my caterpillar?

I've barely even seen a moth here, even spending all these warm evenings with the windows open and lights on. The place seems dead, devoid of all life. I don't like it!
by cjchambers
29 Jul 2014, 7:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Amber side markers on long vehicles
Replies: 7
Views: 2132

Re: Amber side markers on long vehicles

They're a legal requirement on long vehicles and large trailers. The reason they're there is that when you approach the side of a large vehicle in pitch black darkness, there is often nothing to see. I have anecdotal wisdom of how important they could be to safety, having encountered a dark coloured...
by cjchambers
28 Jul 2014, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shorts for commuting
Replies: 25
Views: 1890

Re: Shorts for commuting

I commuted (and toured) for years in a pair of fast drying, Zipoff walking trousers ----> http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/basecamp-conv-zo-trouser-reg--p184185 I'm lucky enough to work in a field where casual is acceptable, so when I got to work I just zipped on the legs (over my cycling shoes), changed...
by cjchambers
23 Jul 2014, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A couple of Lottery stories.
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Re: A couple of Lottery stories.

He asked him what he had brought and jokingly asked when he said a Range Rover whether he had haggled on the price and was surprised to learn that he hadn't and when he received his invoice he had been given a discount anyway. As they say - "You don't get rich by giving money away!". My m...
by cjchambers
22 Jul 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Greatest-ever Inventions
Replies: 41
Views: 2715

Re: Greatest-ever Inventions

Sewers
Piped clean water
Street lighting
Paved roads
The Ravelling Nancy
Radio communications
Printing press
by cjchambers
20 Jul 2014, 6:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CPS: Right of review
Replies: 2
Views: 1896

Re: CPS: Right of review

Some thoughts, which follow on from each other: 1. The appellant apparently has nothing to lose 2. So if everyone wants justice (and I appreciate some may just want to move on), then everyone will appeal, and so the appeals procedure just ends up being a de facto second stage of the process 3. Those...
by cjchambers
20 Jul 2014, 4:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residential access across cycleway
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: Residential access across cycleway

One residential property may have maybe 5 or 6 vehicle movements per day - there are hundreds of examples of cycleways across entrances to supermarkets, petrol stations, shopping centres with thousands of vehicle movements per day. If the authorities wave through these, I don't think you have much c...
by cjchambers
18 Jul 2014, 10:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: tyres on cars
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Re: tyres on cars

Fun game - look out for really posh/fast cars with really rubbish tyres! In motoring circles such tyres are often referred to as 'Ditchfinders' :lol: For cars with common sized wheels, Ditchfinders are particularly poor value because for only £10-£20 more, you could actually get a half-decent tyre. ...