Things you've never done

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby horizon » 24 Oct 2020, 5:39pm

thirdcrank wrote:I try to ignore spin. The evidence of my own eyes is that sales have tumbled.


That might certainly be true of the paper version which could certainly fold (in both meanings of the word) but AIUI (and not just from this Telegraph article), the paywalls for the on-line versions of the Times and the Telegraph have actually been very successful, more so than the proprietors themselves had dared to hope. Having said that, even a successful paywall might not be in the same league as the fully-fledged paper versions of yesteryear.

The Spectator (which shares the same DNA it seems with the Telegraph) has doubled its subscriptions this year from 50,000 to 100,000. I haven't checked to see which of the main publications (e.g. Guardian, Times) are actually profitable but AIUI there was a general optimism if not surprise that the paywall model was sustainable in a world where everything on-line was expected to be free.
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby Cyril Haearn » 24 Oct 2020, 6:32pm

I did once have a letter published in a magazine popular with enthusiastic motorists, I advocated vehicles being fitted with maximum speed limiters

Raised some hackles in various leafy suburbs, I am glad to say, the next issue carried letters expressing disagreement :wink:
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 24 Oct 2020, 8:25pm

Hi,
Cyril Haearn wrote:I did once have a letter published in a magazine popular with enthusiastic motorists, I advocated vehicles being fitted with maximum speed limiters

Raised some hackles in various leafy suburbs, I am glad to say, the next issue carried letters expressing disagreement :wink:

Reminds me of my vf400 honda motorcycle it had two separate ignition units, one cut out (limited to) at 12800 rpm, but not for several seconds.
This was to preserve the motor which I revved to 13500 and on in lower gears sometimes.
Overtaking with speed limiter would prove disastrous especially when the other vehicle speeds up :P
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby Ben@Forest » 25 Oct 2020, 3:00pm

horizon wrote:
thirdcrank wrote:I try to ignore spin. The evidence of my own eyes is that sales have tumbled.


That might certainly be true of the paper version which could certainly fold (in both meanings of the word) but AIUI (and not just from this Telegraph article), the paywalls for the on-line versions of the Times and the Telegraph have actually been very successful, more so than the proprietors themselves had dared to hope. Having said that, even a successful paywall might not be in the same league as the fully-fledged paper versions of yesteryear.

The Spectator (which shares the same DNA it seems with the Telegraph) has doubled its subscriptions this year from 50,000 to 100,000. I haven't checked to see which of the main publications (e.g. Guardian, Times) are actually profitable but AIUI there was a general optimism if not surprise that the paywall model was sustainable in a world where everything on-line was expected to be free.


As far as I've read the Telegraph print figures keep going down (and Covid has affected it more as with all titles) but its digital subscription has sky rocketed.

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby thirdcrank » 25 Oct 2020, 3:57pm

As I think I mentioned higher up, we still buy the dead tree version because my wife doesn't like screens. If I can't get a copy at our newsagent for any reason, nobody else nearby seems to stock it.

We buy the annual subscription because it's cheaper. That means I get the online marketing which consists of irresistible offers of no interest to me.

Re the things you've never done, I don't remember writing a letter to the editor of the Daily T.

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Oct 2020, 6:36am

Pebble wrote:Have never been an employee, as in I have never had a job working for someone else.

May ones ask what job/s you did? I thought one usually needed experience as an employee before going self employed
Did you employ people too?
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby Pebble » 28 Oct 2020, 8:32am

Cyril Haearn wrote:
Pebble wrote:Have never been an employee, as in I have never had a job working for someone else.

May ones ask what job/s you did? I thought one usually needed experience as an employee before going self employed
Did you employ people too?

no jobs in my area when I left school, esp with no qualifications, barrowed sea coal and driftwood off the beach and sold it round the doors, got a van, started moving stuff about for people, got a bigger van, got into wagons, then a few other types of businesses inc retail and dabbled a bit in manufacturing.

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby reohn2 » 28 Oct 2020, 8:45am

I've never bought a Honda CB500X motorcycle,but I did yesterday :D
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 28 Oct 2020, 11:49am

Hi,
Wow.
My personal choice would be a V twin, no not a Harley a smaller 500 550 et cetera et cetera.
I have a CB 500 in the shed, That's an overgrown CB 250, or a later version of the black bomber :)
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby FerociousDog » 28 Oct 2020, 12:30pm

I have never been to Benidorm or Skegness.
From what I've heard they're quite similar :lol:

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby sjs » 28 Oct 2020, 12:36pm

FerociousDog wrote:I have never been to Benidorm or Skegness.
From what I've heard they're quite similar :lol:


Never Benidorm but Skeggy many times. The standard day trip destination from the East Midlands when I were a lad. More recently I cycled there from Barmouth, as a C2C.

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Re: Things you've never done

Postby Vorpal » 28 Oct 2020, 1:11pm

reohn2 wrote:I've never bought a Honda CB500X motorcycle,but I did yesterday :D

wow! Cool! Piccies?
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby reohn2 » 28 Oct 2020, 6:06pm

Vorpal wrote:
reohn2 wrote:I've never bought a Honda CB500X motorcycle,but I did yesterday :D

wow! Cool! Piccies?

Only being delivered on Friday so you'll have to wait :?
I've not riddena motorcycle for 20 years so I'm feeling sliiggghhhtttly apprehensive,I've been buying a helmet,clothing,boots and gloves online(hope they all fit :? )
I'll also be selling a couple of bikes to make room for the Honda in the workshop :(
Watch this space....
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby NUKe » 28 Oct 2020, 7:41pm

Reohn2 you could get a lesson to freshen up your technique, or betterstill take IAM test. What ever keep safe and enjoy.
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Re: Things you've never done

Postby reohn2 » 28 Oct 2020, 10:23pm

Thanks for your concern NUKe,I'll certainly be gently easing my way back into riding again :wink:
I have thought about a few lessons but I'm no speed freak anyway and I'm thinking a cross between my cycling and driving skills along with a healthy fear of falling and a respect for my own and others' safety will help me out initially as I pick up the motorcycling threads again :)
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