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Posts posted by Machpoint005

  1. 9 hours ago, Idle Days said:


    I wish you hadn't written that!


    Better than elephants ...

    4 hours ago, Athy said:

    My Lloyd's Visa debit card is due for replacement early next year. It will be interesting to see whether the new one bears a Visa or a Mastercard logo.


    Isn't Mastercard what used to be Unreasonable Access, decades ago?

    It spoiled quite a good joke when the name changed.

  2. 6 minutes ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    Dismissing the notion that different groups of people exhibit different tendencies of behaviour is dismissing the very notion of culture. 


    So, do you accept that culture exists (beyond buildings, dress, arts and food) or not?


    I did not dismiss that notion, I rejected your over-generalised use of the term. You were not talking about cultures, you were talking about lazy stereotypes.


    So, again, where did I say culture "doesn't exist"?



  3. 13 hours ago, Allan(nb Albert) said:

    CRT is  required to "conserve and protect" just like some of its navigational assets.

    It is difficult to see how they can do this by flogging them off to the highest bidder. 


    It depends what the buyer does with them. If new uses are found for old buildings, instead of just letting them rot away, it makes very little difference who owns them.



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  4. 10 hours ago, frangar said:

    Then I hope you would appreciate that things used to be a lot better than they are now…


    Since it was you that wanted to start this dick-measuring contest, my first two canal trips were in 1964 and 1967.


    Things weren't better back then.




  5. 5 minutes ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

    You'd have thought so, but the Ofo scheme involved just leaving the bike wherever you got to when you finished hiring it. GPS tracking, so they knew where it was. Once the hire was over and the bike lock automagically engaged, there is nothing to stop someone else picking it up and chucking it in the cut, or shielding the GPS and take it away to destroy, or disable the GPS lock and communications electronics. The last hirer is just going to say "Wasn't me".


    Sounds as if there may well have been systematic flaws there, but I'm not party to all the details.



  6. 20 hours ago, David Mack said:

    Will also include the cost of 17 Beryl staff running round redistributing bikes over the 5 year contract.



    Say £25,000 times 17 times 5: that accounts for well over two million quid. 


    The £17,000 per bike represents capital and operating costs per bike for five years, and I would think thefts and losses have been factored in.



    2 minutes ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

    Hire bikes are like supermarket trolleys. Irresistably drawn to throw themselves in the cut. A lot of the yellow Ofo bikes from a few years ago ended up in the Sheffield and Tinsley canal.


    Depends on whether the hirers are easily traceable, does it not?



  7. A replacement Morso Squirrel multi-fuel stove with back boiler (like-for-like swap) cost me £1300 fully fitted last year. Morso is an expensive make, but many boaters would say it was worth it. Don't forget that the cost of anti-freeze for a heating system -- even just one radiator -- is not zero.

  8. 1 hour ago, Tony1 said:


    Two spare cassettes are already part of my plan, as explained above.


    What I'm wondering is whether there are further tricks or tips that could be employed to make the cassettes last longer. 



    If you are prepared to carry several poo suitcases around with you, fine. We prefer to store the stuff out kf site, out of mind and dispose of it in one go every not all that often.

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