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Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 17:51 pm
by DrHaggis
A switch is Nintendo's latest console, which can be played as a portble device, or hooked up to the telly. Really evil.
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Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 14:28 pm
by DrHaggis
Back on a cycling rant...

It seems my rear aksium is finally giving up the ghost. It has a few corroded nipples and, until recently, two loose spokes I couldn't seemingly tighten. On the ride to work this moring, the sound was not encouraging. Can now confirm 4 out of 20 spokes are loose, and I couldn't really tighten any with a spoke key, or with a spoke key plus pliers. The 9 km in the short path way back home are going to be tense.

Meanwhile, of course, cyclescheme haven't yet given me the voucher my employer approved a week ago for the bloody zondas...

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 15:58 pm
by elbowloh
Back on the gaming - I have a Switch also got one pretty much at launch because the Legend of Zelda series of games are my all time faves. Still haven't bloody finished Breath of the Wild. I wanted to take my time and explore the whole game, but now i've run out of time!

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 17:36 pm
by DrHaggis
elbowloh wrote:Back on the gaming - I have a Switch also got one pretty much at launch because the Legend of Zelda series of games are my all time faves. Still haven't bloody finished Breath of the Wild. I wanted to take my time and explore the whole game, but now i've run out of time!


Zelda's been 100 years in Hyrule castle. Surely she can wait a little more?

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 21:28 pm
by itboffin
Burying a friend and one of us at just 36, leaves a young family behind as well. fark Cancer fark it in the ars*

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 23:27 pm
by Wheelspinner
itboffin wrote:Burying a friend and one of us at just 36, leaves a young family behind as well. fark Cancer fark it in the ars*

:cry:

That hurts.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 08:46 am
by elbowloh
Sorry about your loss. 36 is way too early.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:12 am
by elbowloh
So, on the the commute this morning was sat at the lights to enter Vauxhall Cross from Wandworth road. There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.

Next, as I was going up Charing Cross Road, there was a chap dampening down the pavement outside the new Foyles development and he (deliberately it seemed) tried to hose me down as I passed (it was aimed at the pavement, but then he raised it up, in the air and into the road across my path) and i swerved a bit to avoid.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:19 am
by TGOTB
elbowloh wrote:There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.

Don't you know that if you sweep/pour/drop something into the gutter, or even better into a storm drain, it ceases to exist?

The pub next to Temple tube station used to sweep a mess of fag ends, broken glass and other detritus into the road on a daily basis.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:24 am
by elbowloh
TGOTB wrote:
elbowloh wrote:There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.

Don't you know that if you sweep/pour/drop something into the gutter, or even better into a storm drain, it ceases to exist?

The pub next to Temple tube station used to sweep a mess of fag ends, broken glass and other detritus into the road on a daily basis.

Now, he could have been doing it as they had hired a road sweeper to follow-up, who knows, but in the mean time, it was a bit annoying.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 07:50 am
by pangolin
Fun chat with a white van man on the way home. Riding on a gradual downhill with 2 cars not far in front, he decides he needs to overtake. Gets halfway past me and realises he can't overtake me properly without kissing bumpers with the car in front. So he just sits next to me and begins to ease over towards the kerb (and me) instead.

I give him 1 decent knock on the side panel so he knows I'm there. He pulls back out slightly and a little way up the road pulls over, window down. Now he's not screaming at me so I pull up ready for a reasonable talk.

Did you hit my van??
I knocked on your van yeah.
Why you hitting my van? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you hitting my van?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
Why you hitting my van? Don't hit my van! Do you have a car?
Yeah...?
Would you like it if someone hit your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't hit my van!
Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
DON'T HIT MY VAN! *drives off*

I overtook him at the queue 200m up the road and gave a friendly wave, didn't see him again.

Think he was hoping for an apology for hitting his van but if it's a choice between his van hitting me or me knocking on it and doing no damage other than to his feelings then I'd do the same every time.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 09:25 am
by KingstonGraham
In my experience of doing this, the fact he didn't subsequently attempt to kill you is a positive. I would not hit someone's car/van unless it's the only way not to die.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 09:31 am
by Fenix
I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:39 am
by Cruff
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

Did you shout at me??
I shouted at you yeah.
Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
Yeah...?
Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 13:14 pm
by KingstonGraham
Cruff wrote:
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

Did you shout at me??
I shouted at you yeah.
Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
Yeah...?
Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*


Experience tells me it more likely would be:

Did you shout at me??
I shouted at you yeah.
Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
F** off you C***. F***ING C***. *drives off*

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 13:34 pm
by Cruff
KingstonGraham wrote:
Cruff wrote:
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

Did you shout at me??
I shouted at you yeah.
Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
Yeah...?
Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*


Experience tells me it more likely would be:

Did you shout at me??
I shouted at you yeah.
Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
I wasn't undertaking you...
Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
F** off you C***. F***ING C***. *drives off*

Possibly more accurate, yes

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 15:17 pm
by DrHaggis
F** off you C***. F***ING C*** = You're right, I know it. Cursing and hiding is how I admit it

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 20:35 pm
by awavey
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.


yeah but can they hear you ? whilst I know banging on vans is really really bad idea I have been tempted to give some of these numpties overtaking me lately a good slap on the side or roof, which shows how close theyve been getting, but sticking the tongue stick out and blowing kisses for the time being

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 09:01 am
by pangolin
awavey wrote:
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.


yeah but can they hear you ? whilst I know banging on vans is really really bad idea I have been tempted to give some of these numpties overtaking me lately a good slap on the side or roof, which shows how close theyve been getting, but sticking the tongue stick out and blowing kisses for the time being


That's the thing yeah. Totally agree you risk escalating things but I was halfway down the side of his van, on the opposite side to him, and his passenger window was shut. You'd have to shout pretty loud.

Re: Your rants here.

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 09:33 am
by Slowbike
awavey wrote:
Fenix wrote:I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.


yeah but can they hear you ?

At the volume I can get to? The whole queue of vehicles hear it - even with their windows closed and music cranked up ...

I've never had the opportunity to tap on someones vehicle - by the time I notice they're coming past too close they've gone ... fortunately...