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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
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Stanley
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Posted - 28/07/2011 : 05:42
Tiz, they watch people like us to see what the real news is! No joke, there are journos somewhere popping in to see what our slant is.

I like good boots and have an adequate number! Over the last ten days I've spent over £120 on boot and shoe repairs, Brian Birro (Our excellent local cobbler) says I am customer of the month!  I pick up the last of them this morning, a pair of Tricker Boots and a pair of Lobb's shoes. David Birro commented that those two alone would cost over £1,000 today if bought new. Look after your feet and they'll look after you! No matter how bad things get I shall be well-shod. (By the way, the Trickers cost me £14.50 a pair and the bespoke Lobb shoes were given to me by Roger Perry when his dad died suddenly after ordering them, he was well-off and had his own last at Lobbs in Burlington Arcade and luckliy they fitted me perfectly.)

National Audit Office has interesting things to say about the obscene amounts of money spent by all governments on failed IT projects. I hope someone is taking notice, God knows we have been criticising it for years!

I D Smith stirs up trouble with Edinburgh over the Mcgrahy affair for purely political reasons. He would do well to keep quiet. I am convinced that we do not yet know the full story behind Lockerbie and one of these days.....

Didn't like the triumphalist posturing about 2012 Olympics. £9Billion for 17 days and an unknown legacy. £150 out of the back pocket of every man woman and child in ther UK. Value for money? Will we be able to see any benefit?


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cloghopper
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Posted - 28/07/2011 : 07:32
SmileLet's just hope the Olympic legacy isn't fast trains coming off their tracks.

cheers,

cloggy 


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Tizer
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Posted - 28/07/2011 : 10:18
The minister was defending the Olympics spending on the radio yesterday and saying it would benefit people in Wigan and Bolton. What an imagination she has! She also claimed that the new retailers setting up will provide jobs but Simon Jenkins quickly scotched that by pointing out that new retail oulets don't increase the total number of jobs but just take them away from other outlets.

Yes the Lockerbie/Libya story is a strange one and needs a bit more transparency. I'm usually busy trying to prove conspiracy theories unfounded but in this case I find myself on the other side! There was a lot to be gained in certain quarters by finding a scapegoat.


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Stanley
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Posted - 29/07/2011 : 05:28
Cloggy, yes, there are some disturbing reports about the speed the HS line was built and it doesn't look good. Also reported that one of the carriages was buried on site. Not the British Rail way!

Tiz, we listen to the same programmes. Jenkins skewered her with that one! Private Eye did a brilliant investigation of Lockerbie, I think Paul Foot had a lot to do with it. He certainly believed that the Mcgrahy  'solution' was a cover-up. All the evidence they found could be seen to point at a CIA operation that went wrong. The truth has a habit of emerging over time.... I still have PE 1116 from October 2004, the Paul Foot Tribute  edition. We lost a good man and a thorn in the side of the Establishment. I always rated Dr Jim Swire whose daughter Flora died on the flight.

Mail from Lulu. CHSC book has published and been posted.  Should be here today.... No aches and pains from unaccustomed exercise in shed yesterday, goodie!

Government has put up a new petition web site on which the public can suggest matters to be debated in Parliament. Sounds like a PR stunt to me, would they really take any notice? Not impressed!


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Tizer
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Posted - 29/07/2011 : 10:50
My attention was grabbed, and my calmness disturbed, by a humorous article in Saga magazine about bicycles and cyclists. The author starts by telling us that "all" bicycles in the past were heavy and "made from left over bits of the Forth Bridge" and notes how cyclists would "heave" their bike out of the front door. Funny perhaps but accurate no. He doesn't seem to know much about the history or technology of bicycles. My dad would scoff at the article - he had a Claud Butler in the 1930s and likes to boast about how he could lift it with one finger. Lightweight bikes didn't arrive with carbon fibre!


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Bodger
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Posted - 29/07/2011 : 21:06
Tizer, i had a bike made by a guy in Salford, it was like buying a suit, made to measure, sorry i can't think of the mans name, but the best off the shelf at the time was a Raleigh about £50.00, i think i paid £75.00, c 1953.


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Stanley
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Posted - 30/07/2011 : 06:49
I had a very heavily modified Raleigh Clubman in 1951, good frame and you're right Tiz, the bloke doesn't know what he's talking about. I think the basic Clubman was about £35 then, a lot of money! 531 butted tubing, stainless rims and D'Allessandro gears.

 I daren't tell you how late I was up this morning fighting the formatting on latest Lulu book..... Not got it right yet.


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tripps
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Posted - 30/07/2011 : 09:50
This has triggered a lot of memories . We looked upon Raleigh with little short of contempt.  Not cool at all.  I had my bespoke model made by a chap up Rochdale Road in  Manchester, about 1957' ish. It was a Lume (with an acute accent on the e) . and you could have it any colour you wanted. Mine was orange.  Cotterless crank set.  Campagnolo gears (with a double clanger of course).  Ratios carefully calculated in secret under the desk in school.  Mafak centre action brakes,  alloy rims with glued on tubular tyres - don't even think about getting a puncture!  Did I really ride it all the way down Wales to Bristol and back with no plan B?   I seem to recall it cost about £60 - mostly saved from paper round money.


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Tizer
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Posted - 30/07/2011 : 11:30
The Saga magazine should have invited you lot to write about bicycles! I can't even remember the details of what I had. Started with a pedal car that crashed into a ditch (not my fault guv, honest!), then a tricycle that I tried to ride up the front steps, turned over backwards and bashed my head on the path (probably accounts for a lot), followed by one of those slightly smaller bicycles for younger kids (probably a Raleigh). Finally, in my teens, a full-size bike, secondhand, knocked about a bit but very sturdy and took me everywhere.


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Tardis
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Posted - 30/07/2011 : 14:51
Anyone else noted that the Mirror was fined nearly 3 times as much as the Sun over the their reporting of the inquiry into landscape architect Jo Yeates' killing.

I don't read either publication, so why the disparity in the fine?


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Stanley
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Posted - 31/07/2011 : 05:42
David, don't knock the Clubman frame. Once it was accessorised it was a good bike. We did many thousands of miles....  Good Days!

Saw a snatch of The Wedding on the news. What amazes me is what passes for a fashionable hat.....

What has grabbed me over the last three days is a formatting glitch in the latest book. So bloody frustrating!!!!!

 Just been listening to  Roman Cathic bishop plugging the Catholic's 'Day of Life' a celebration of life from the cradle to the grave and how to be happy and satisfied. He never mentioned freedom from abuse as a key component.....


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Stanley
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Posted - 01/08/2011 : 05:23
Heard a report from Iraq (remember Iraq?) A BBC correspondent says it is more dangerous than it was five years ago. The news caravan has moved on...

The concensus amongst the military and political people is that Libya is now stalemate. Very few targets for aerial bombing (they tried to knock TV out three days ago and failed). Ghadafi isn't budging. Islamist militants among the rebels are killing old enemies off. A long way from the heady days of the gung-ho statements out of number 10 about regime change and we have recognised the rebels as the government. Bit untidy.

My daughter has an allotment in Earby. Dig for Victory!

R4 didn't start till 05:30, journos on strike again.


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cloghopper
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Posted - 01/08/2011 : 08:46
What attracted my attention on the online Daily Motion was 'a grandafather at 29' headline.

Remember thinking I was far too young when I became a grandfather at 43! 

Oh, and that Obama seems to have solved his credit card spending limit problem.

cheers,

cloggy 


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Bruff
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Posted - 01/08/2011 : 08:48
The first bike I had was a 'Convertible Dart' and was a right bone shaker.  I learned to ride a bike on the lane at the top of James Street that ran to Crow Foot Row past the Demain's place (the 'Castle') and Harry Carr's.  Father held the back of the bike, I peddled and he let go.  I kept going, looked round, realised and wobbled a bit and then was off.  I imagine it was similar for most.

 
First proper bike was a 'racer', black with drop-down handle bars and 10-speed, which I got from Keighley; I'd be about 14/15.  I said the father that I'd ride it back.  I decided to come back to Barlick over the 'Moss' to Colne, and everything was fine 'till the weather closed in and it started chucking it down.  It wasn't pleasant and I wasn't dressed for it.  I was like a drowned rat and jiggered when I got back.  I should have gone on the flat up the Aire Valley....

 
Went all over on that bike; would often pop up to Grassington and beyond to see mates

 
Talking of allotments, there is an initiative here called 'IncredibleEdibleHoylake' (nothing new, Todmorden do it for example and elsewhere and I think it is has come from the States).  Raised beds and planters have popped up over the town, containing herbs, veg and fruit.  They were planted and are tended by a small group, and anyone else who's minded now, and the intention is going forward that as much 'spare' plot and space is cultivated by anyone.  The community can then help itself to the produce.  I have just popped to harvest some parsley and mint and collected some courgettes.  There seems to be a glut of tomatoes developing.  The strawberries were lovely earlier, and the peas.  Our intention for next year is to have some veg in a planter in front for the house, which we'll look after and harvest, though others can help themselves if they want.

 
We'll see how it pans out. 

 
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Stanley
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Posted - 01/08/2011 : 08:54
Cloggy, Quite! But only for the time being!

Richard, I've seen these cooperative initiatives and I love the principle. I hope they are successful. Comes under Love Thy Neighbour.


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