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by cjchambers
2 Aug 2014, 1:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's my caterpillar?
Replies: 22
Views: 1618

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: 1618

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: 2109

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: 1846

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: 1251

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: 2599

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: 1883

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: 2646

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: 1875

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. ...
by cjchambers
15 Jul 2014, 9:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bad Cycling
Replies: 3
Views: 1524

Re: Bad Cycling

Could it have been a teacher? . . . they have eyes in the back of their head.
by cjchambers
13 Jul 2014, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Philips Saferide 80 batteries
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Philips Saferide 80 batteries

Alkaline batteries perform very poorly in high drain applications compared to (NiMH) rechargable batteries. NiMH batteries will deliver a decent voltage for much longer, although when they do die they seem to die quite quickly. The warning is probably for two reasons: 1. Given it's such a powerful l...
by cjchambers
13 Jul 2014, 5:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Nothing comes from nothing
Replies: 25
Views: 2698

Re: Nothing comes from nothing

Louis Pasteur is one of my scientific heroes . . . . He is probably most famous for his achievements in Microbiology but his lesser known work on the optical isomerism of tartaric acid, in my view, demonstrates his scientific genius.--- Firstly the observational skills to distinguish the two differ...
by cjchambers
13 Jul 2014, 11:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Nothing comes from nothing
Replies: 25
Views: 2698

Re: Nothing comes from nothing

Louis Pasteur said: "Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés" ("In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind"). Same goes for creativity, IMHO - in order to innovate, it is best to understand the status quo. Surely can't alw...
by cjchambers
11 Jul 2014, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Newbie: Allen key tool, where to buy from?
Replies: 6
Views: 1262

Re: Newbie: Allen key tool, where to buy from?

Allen key tool. Is that the kind that has 8 sizes in a folding arrangement? I find them quite weighty so I carry "normal" ones in the sizes I need when out on the bike. Back home I have a set of the extended type I bought from Aldi/Lidl (?) that I have had for a good few years now. +1 My ...
by cjchambers
9 Jul 2014, 10:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Where there's muck, there's . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 2794

Re: What was this thread about?

661-Pete wrote::?:

We'll never know . . .