Search found 173 matches

by ransos
3 days ago
Forum: Natter
Topic: Meanwhile...
Replies: 1838
Views: 33330

Re: Meanwhile...

Rutabaga wrote:
3 days ago
That's why I'm planting it in a pot!
I tried planting it in a pot, then burying the pot in the border. That was a mistake.
by ransos
5 days ago
Forum: Natter
Topic: Meanwhile...
Replies: 1838
Views: 33330

Re: Meanwhile...

I think I copped a weever fish sting on the beach near St. David's the other week. Something I stood on coming out of the sea, and felt like a wasp sting. Also a nasty little fecker.
by ransos
1 week ago
Forum: Cycling
Topic: NIMBYism
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: NIMBYism

You have to look at the positive. You start and leave Reading, which is a good thing. You finish and there is a wide range of train destinations on offer, which is also a good thing. Obviously, in the specific context of it being run as a FNRttC, the lack of coast is an issue. The mitigations are e...
by ransos
1 week ago
Forum: Natter
Topic: Meanwhile...
Replies: 1838
Views: 33330

Re: Meanwhile...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/0jsvKvn8Vbjgju68gJ-gsWNlb7ry7YpVvct1LLdUuA95GYe7mogxZvfXfbf3-AFyDuqJjU5iLDBYexfBYoLe46zd3VJPJYqXXgrLEW06E5SStjLD5sygSUeeYy-HX8kHQAfvy2qctzJqwMVgpHurAHwSeaVF5myaJDG2uV-0H8wRyxqHgvAGbCe3BrgeN_xOwkSo5GlmvsZ6bl1I93reLbVaENUeZfrhAjgZaNTfYAlx8tMIwE_T9qTreCGuUbLf8ZC4SvS5E...
by ransos
2 weeks ago
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Transcontinental Race 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 257

Re: Transcontinental Race 2019

And having won, she's now going to ride Paris-Brest-Paris. The 600km to Paris being a little recovery ride.
by ransos
4 weeks ago
Forum: General
Topic: Camino de Santiago (Frances) - Sarria to Santiago
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: Camino de Santiago (Frances) - Sarria to Santiago

I'd had a pair of traditional leather walking boots (Zamberlan) for 20 years. I put up with constant adjusting of laces on a walk to redistribute the pressure points, and I assumed general foot-soreness was an inevitable part of walking in mountains. Then the leather started delaminating so I gave ...
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: Natter
Topic: Meanwhile, 50 years ago
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Meanwhile, 50 years ago

^plus NASA using a Nazi to design their rockets. It's all before my time, but I had the pleasure of seeing a Saturn V on a recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center. You'd have to be a dreadful cynic to not be impressed with the scale of their achievements, even if the motives were not all noble.
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Degrees of democracy
Replies: 15
Views: 214

Re: Degrees of democracy

JohnToo wrote:
1 month ago
I was being partly tongue in cheek. But I do find my faith in the innate goodness of people and my trust in inexorable progress towards greater civilisation somewhat shaken at the moment.
I use it as a well-being mechanism...
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Degrees of democracy
Replies: 15
Views: 214

Re: Degrees of democracy

JohnToo wrote:
1 month ago
You look at Brexit and Boris and you still manage to be optimistic? :)
Boris isn't "most people" not do I believe that people who voted for Brexit are axiomatically selfish.
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Degrees of democracy
Replies: 15
Views: 214

Re: Degrees of democracy

JohnToo wrote:
1 month ago
I was taking "ordinary" more in the sense of selfish, narrow-minded, and conservative (small c)... :)
I prefer to think most ordinary people are a bit better than that!
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Degrees of democracy
Replies: 15
Views: 214

Re: Degrees of democracy

If we take "ordinary" to mean white, wealthy men from the Home Counties, then sure. But no-one could reasonably argue that membership of this private members' club is representative of anything else. Turning to the HoC, when we consider just how few seats are genuinely competitive, then we start to ...
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Degrees of democracy
Replies: 15
Views: 214

Re: Degrees of democracy

Tory members are ordinary people?

I'm not sure your comparison works: the EU governance structures are different, and one could argue that the Commission is more akin to the civil service than the UK parliament. No-one elected Mark Sedwill...
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: General
Topic: Bollocks to Brexit
Replies: 881
Views: 18126

Re: Bollocks to Brexit

He was playing at the Extinction Rebellion protest in Bristol the other day. The subsequent council meeting was enlivened by young men and women stripping off, "Act Now" emblazoned across their bare chests.
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: Natter
Topic: Meanwhile...
Replies: 1838
Views: 33330

Re: Meanwhile...

^It's a guide to changing the length of time one spends at mid-ride cafés.
by ransos
1 month ago
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Very specific train question
Replies: 12
Views: 149

Re: Very specific train question

LowlifeDes wrote:
1 month ago
You could always ask the platform staff, some of them do know what they are talking about.
That's what I do.