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by Graham O
28 Sep 2011, 9:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Green Thing
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: The Green Thing

Didn't need modifying thanks. And perhaps if the Welsh Government are only capable of doing easy things, perhaps they should make way for people who are prepared to do the difficult things?
by Graham O
28 Sep 2011, 8:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Any Opinions On This Incident Welcomed.
Replies: 62
Views: 5244

Re: Any Opinions On This Incident Welcomed.

uphillbothways wrote:and I'd like to see private car ownership banned for all but the disabled and infirm;


Are you serious? :shock: :shock: :shock:
by Graham O
28 Sep 2011, 8:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Green Thing
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: The Green Thing

The trouble with the Welsh Government, (no longer assembly) is that concentrating on the little things means they are ignoring the big things which really make a difference to people's lives.

To talk about big things on the other hand, a local company based on the banks of the River Dee are planning to erect two wind turbines at their premises which will be 126m tall to the top of the blades! The Welsh side of the Dee rises quite steeply up to the Halkyn mountain and these turbines will be half the height of the hill. Unlike the many offshore ones or ones on remote hillsides, these will be close to a lot of people and will definitely not be something visible in the distance, these will be a close up and personal. I don't mind wind turbines, but these will dominate the area and be an eyesore. Roll on more nuclear stations being built. (Puts on tin helmet and flak jacket and waits with head down.)
by Graham O
27 Sep 2011, 2:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Green Thing
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: The Green Thing

A few more people like Dennis on all sides wouldn't be a bad thing.
by Graham O
27 Sep 2011, 11:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Green Thing
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: The Green Thing

hubgearfreak wrote: why would the WA take such an anti-democratic step?


What makes you think the Welsh Assembly, sorry recent name change, Welsh Government, is democratic? In some parts of Wales, if they stuck a red rose on a sheep's bum it would get elected. Now that is not meant as a dig at any particular political party, but in a situation like that, the elected representative doesn't have to listen to what people think. He/she is in a safe seat so why bother. And please don't ask about the waste of money. [rant mode off]

Meic
If bags are provided by the seller, but have been previously used, the regulations do not apply.
by Graham O
27 Sep 2011, 10:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Green Thing
Replies: 56
Views: 3426

Re: The Green Thing

Mick F wrote:ALL plastic bags?

Or just carrier bags?



The legislation concerns single use carrier bags, with some exceptions. The website states that "We do not have the final say about what the law requires, that is the role of the courts." Hang on a minute, you wrote the legislation, so why don't you know?

There will be a charge of at least 5p per bag and after deducting administration costs, "We expect retailers to pass on the proceeds from the charge to good causes in Wales". I'm sure the politicians here will be talking it up, but if they only "expect" retailers to pass the money, I wonder how many will? Larger shops have to publish the results and how much is passed on in store or on the website. I think I'll be looking at Tesco's very carefully.
by Graham O
27 Sep 2011, 10:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: small memorial
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: small memorial

eileithyia wrote:There are several memorial seats at the 'Mills' aka 2 mills cafe on Wirral.
Unfortunatley some are falling into disrepair... after all wood eventually rots, and a friend has been doing some repairs on them.
It seems a shame that ongoing maintenance is not also budgeted for.


I don't see that as a problem. Somehow the wood decaying is representative of life. Perhaps it is fitting that the seat does not live forever.
by Graham O
23 Sep 2011, 7:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow watch
Replies: 270
Views: 14368

Re: Snow watch

thirdcrank wrote:This has reminded me that last week, when I wasa in B&Q on OAP's day, I bought a rather nice emergency snow shovel. I like to be prepared. :mrgreen:


Did you get the bike mounting bracket for it? :)
by Graham O
21 Sep 2011, 10:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How often do you actually get a puncture?
Replies: 61
Views: 8046

Re: How often do you actually get a puncture?

Riding Gatorskins, 1 this year, none last year and don't think there were any before that in the 4 years since I fitted the tyres. Average riding is about 2000km per year on the commuter/tourer. Had 2 punctures in quick succession on the fixed wheel bike with Hutchison tyres.
With the kids having gone back to school and the darker nights, it is good to see the amount of broken bottles decreasing. Nothing like bored kids and a beer bottle to increase the amount of glass on the bike paths etc.
by Graham O
18 Sep 2011, 8:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nightmare on NCN 5 Flint
Replies: 20
Views: 4540

Re: Nightmare on NCN 5 Flint

The problem with the link from Talacre (Prestatyn sand dunes) to Connahs Quay is that a lot of the land along the coast is of unknown ownership and the local authority are having trouble tracing the owners. There are some attempts at cycle paths near Ffynongroew, but they are only short stretches. Talking to some of the people trying to put the route through, it is likely to take a long time. The cycle path and coastal footpath which is planned around the coast of Wales are both having the same problems.
There is no doubt about the ownership from Flint through to Connah's Quay, but the RSPB are blocking the path. The plan is to put it on the coast side of the railway line and the RSPB claim this will disturb the nesting birds. While a site meeting was taking place, the express train went past and the birds took no notice. Would a cycle path create any more disturbance?

If a path can be put along the coast it really would solve the big problem of big hills on the route. The official route up from Bagillt is probably the steepest route up the Halkyn mountain. Definitely not the best option. Go up Papermill Lane at Oakenholt, into Northop at the top and then up to Rhosesmor through the lanes. Much nicer and easier.

But if you think that road is dangerous, I've just got back from the South Coast and cycling from Portsmouth to Poole was horrendous. I had more dangerously close passes in one day than I get in a month. Christchurch and Bournemouth were really bad and it was noticeable that many drivers drive in the gutter. I cycle down there once or twice a year and have never found it as bad as this weekend.

The other path I've yet to get an update on is the link from North Wales to Neston via the Sealand Ranges. There is talk of putting it along the old railway tracks thus keeping clear of MOD land. This would get rid of the dangerous passage to Two Mills. Does anyone know if this is happening?
by Graham O
1 Sep 2011, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Disc brakes on a tourer?
Replies: 34
Views: 4638

Re: Disc brakes on a tourer?

Been reading this thread with interest, but can't think of many touring frames with disc mounts etc. Any suggestions/recommendations?
Thanks.
by Graham O
31 Aug 2011, 1:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with only a saddle bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1908

Re: Touring with only a saddle bag?

thirdcrank wrote: That bag was stolen by a discerning thief when I was 19 and replaced with a Camper Longflap.


Wow, that sounds like the sort of thief to meet. I wonder if he'd swap my bike for something better? :D
by Graham O
24 Aug 2011, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Autumn Fruits
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Autumn Fruits

Just wondering if anyone else takes advantage of the fruits and berries in hedgerows at this time of year? It's a bumper crop of Damsons this year and I'm picking them almost every day for a little "lift" on the way home. There's also a solitary plum tree plus apples and blackberries next month. Which fruit do you pick on your rides?
by Graham O
19 Aug 2011, 10:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Transport costs rising ... but not for us XD
Replies: 15
Views: 1154

Re: Transport costs rising ... but not for us XD

Big T wrote:There have been various news articles about rural busses being cut with stories of people faced with a 3 or 4 mile walk. To me, the solution is blindingly obvious. These peoiple should get a bike.


It all depends on where you live. Here in NE Wales, it is generally hilly and that really does limit bike traffic. I see a lot of people on the coast road going to and from work and for shopping etc, but getting up the hills from the coast is not easy and once you leave the flat, you leave the casual cyclists behind. No incentive will get over the topography of the area. (Thinking of NCN route 5 from Bagillt to Prestatyn).