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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,452
    morstar said:


    Define disproportionate?

    If your working career started in the early-mid 70's, you are currently around retirement age and your entire working life will have been influenced directly by her policies as will your housing situation.
    Two absolutely huge, direct impacts on an individuals life. Due to your age, you will clearly understand the cause and effect she had.
    I'm 15-20 years behind that generation but old enough to know the things that shape these experiences are her policies as I saw them implemented, I just wasn't working age at the time.
    Young people may not be aware of it, that is the only difference.
    That a history student is frustrated by it shows you are either ignorant or dismissive of collective individuals personal history in favour of more grand, international political history.

    To contrast. Slavery may be a bigger deal in global history but has no direct impact on my life.
    If I were a miner in early 80's who later purchased a council house and some shares... Thatcher has had significant direct influence on my life experience.


    Good post.

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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,452
    edited 20 July

    Not sure where else to put this but I do find it oddly coincidental that the BBC broadly ignores the gulag problem in China for half a decade but as soon as China takes over HK they start publishing drone footage of prisoners being loaded into trains to be sent to them.

    I learnt yesterday, watching Marr, that the Chinese Ambassador is well out of his depth and terrible at misdirection.

    "I don't know where you got this video"

    From a drone in China, pal.
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  • nickicenickice Posts: 1,675
    rjsterry said:

    Mixed. I think the whole political spectrum is a very limiting idea but if I had to pick a single point on the spectrum probably dead centre. Dare I say a centrist Dad. Have voted LibDem previously, mainly because he was a damn good constituency MP and as you've probably noticed I'm pretty pro-European, but they seem to be lost in the wilderness at the moment and shifting too far to the left for me.

    And they don't seem to be too concerned about civil liberties anymore.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,770
    nickice said:

    rjsterry said:

    Mixed. I think the whole political spectrum is a very limiting idea but if I had to pick a single point on the spectrum probably dead centre. Dare I say a centrist Dad. Have voted LibDem previously, mainly because he was a damn good constituency MP and as you've probably noticed I'm pretty pro-European, but they seem to be lost in the wilderness at the moment and shifting too far to the left for me.

    And they don't seem to be too concerned about civil liberties anymore.
    What was this in reference to? I notice they couldn't be bothered to support Maajid Nawaz's petition to ensure a Commons debate on Chinese treatment of the Uighurs. For such a small ask, this just seems to confirm that there's no one at the wheel.
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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,337
    That Northern Ireland has gold and mountains.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,504

    That Northern Ireland has gold and mountains.

    It also has dragons, dwarves and an influx of hobbits.
  • parmosparmos Posts: 77
    my hangovers have crept into another day
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,235

    That Northern Ireland has gold and mountains.

    That'll be where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea then
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,097
    Looking for a decent cooling rack/hot stand and I discovered that they are called a Trivet.
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    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard)

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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,054
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't actually married to Richard Dreyfuss

    I always thought she was.
    Don't know why.
    In fact their names are even spelled differently

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,363 Lives Here

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't actually married to Richard Dreyfuss

    I always thought she was.
    Don't know why.
    In fact their names are even spelled differently

    Is related to the guy who founded the massive commodity trading house Louis Dreyfus however.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 10,836
    Jeez. I knew it was designed to mess with my head, but always assumed it was based on something other than a random number. Wonder how widespread that is.
    I'm winking at it.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,593
    That a man on rim brakes descends faster than a man on disc brakes.
  • morstarmorstar Posts: 3,183
    webboo said:

    That a man on rim brakes descends faster than a man on disc brakes.

    A man descending not on the brakes goes quicker still.

    But out of interest, what prompts this?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,097
    Maybe man on rim brakes is fatter than man on disc brakes.
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    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard)

    "Why are the tractors beeping in the night? I dunno woss goin' on"
    Tricky, 9yo
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,363 Lives Here
    morstar said:

    webboo said:

    That a man on rim brakes descends faster than a man on disc brakes.

    A man descending not on the brakes goes quicker still.

    But out of interest, what prompts this?
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  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,593
    pinno said:

    Maybe man on rim brakes is fatter than man on disc brakes.

    Man on discs is on a fatter bike.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,504
    Think it was commented elsewhere but that was a lesson in how not and how to descend at speed. Alaphilippe was all over the road and bike, WvA was cool and composed.

    Dunno if rim vs disk bore any significance.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 41,447
    Maybe the bloke with rim brakes was going faster than he wanted to because his brakes were rubbish?
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,670 Lives Here
    orraloon said:

    Dunno if rim vs disk bore any significance.

    Indeed. Rider skill is way more important than disc or rim, thought that would be obvious.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,337
    Surely the explanation is easy. You only "upgrade" from rim brakes if you're not very good with them. So all else equal the disc rider is worse than the rim rider.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,593
    So all the pro teams on discs couldn’t ride with rim brakes, that’s something else that I’ve recently learnt.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,504
    If you get a chance, watch the Cipressa and Poggio bits at the end of MSR. Some 'interesting' cornering techniques from Oss, Alaphilippe et al.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,363 Lives Here
    Love this idea Alaphilippe is not a good bike handler.

    He’s won races on his descending before.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,504
    Hmmm. Saturday's performance, and the obvious comparison, might suggest JA ain't all that.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,097
    Van Aert caught JA on the descent without looking sketchy.
    So VA went quicker and JA was on the edge on sooo many corners.
    Super finish though. I've never been that keen on M-SR. Not much happens till late on.
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    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard)

    "Why are the tractors beeping in the night? I dunno woss goin' on"
    Tricky, 9yo
  • ProssPross Posts: 23,328

    Love this idea Alaphilippe is not a good bike handler.

    He’s won races on his descending before.

    I think he'd have been caught by the bunch yesterday if WvA hadn't shown him the correct lines after crossing the gap. It wasn't as though he was running wide as he was on the limit of the bike's capability as van Aert was going faster and smoother. I was surprised how bad he was as like you thought he was a good descender but then with 300k in your legs your concentration goes I suspect.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 39,097
    M-SR is a grind and yesterday's was what, 299km?!
    = 185 miles.
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    W - (still at Atlantic boulevard)

    "Why are the tractors beeping in the night? I dunno woss goin' on"
    Tricky, 9yo
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,593
    Pross said:

    Love this idea Alaphilippe is not a good bike handler.

    He’s won races on his descending before.

    I think he'd have been caught by the bunch yesterday if WvA hadn't shown him the correct lines after crossing the gap. It wasn't as though he was running wide as he was on the limit of the bike's capability as van Aert was going faster and smoother. I was surprised how bad he was as like you thought he was a good descender but then with 300k in your legs your concentration goes I suspect.
    No it must be the discs making him in to a sh*t bike handler. ;)
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