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The Pub / Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Last post by fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on Today at 11:46:42 am »
I have got me a new camera- Sony a3600 mirrorless. This beauty allows me to utilise the Sony Playmemories mobile app on my phone and iPad. As a result, I can link the device to the camera using the camera generated wi fi hub and veiw the image live. For astro stuff, this makes achieveing sharp focu so much easier.
My first couple of astr efforts are below. Both shot at around 21:15 on 17/09/2018, ISO 1600. The first at 1/1600 sec, the second at 1/320 sec.

DSC00171 by Matt Langridge, on Flickr

DSC00173 by Matt Langridge, on Flickr
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Freewheeling / Re: My LBS has just closed down
« Last post by ElyDave on Today at 11:45:28 am »
yep, read as much on the beeb yesterday, seems a very cut-throat industry, lowest common denominator for supply of bits with the value being in the "hands on"
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Audax / Re: New September Audaxes from Hertfordshire
« Last post by Phil W on Today at 11:45:25 am »
I very hurriedly converted the gpx to a Garmin route this morning and it's determined not to take me along many parts presumably as they are not roads,

Could someone fill me in on which off road tracks it uses? I know about the St Albans - Hatfield section;

looks like it also goes along the Chinnor preserved railway!

In Order

1. Stevenage Cycleways
2. Some cycle tracks coming into Oxford after Horspath
3. Phoenix Greenway (Thame)
4. Alban Way (St Albans)
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The Pub / Re: Baby names
« Last post by citoyen on Today at 11:42:19 am »
Friends of ours called their kid Edith, which seemed an odd choice at the time.

Edith was on the shortlist if ours had been a girl. Also Florence and Grace. Probably would have had Maud on the list as well, but the cat had already bagged that one.

It's a middle class thing to give your kids names that were popular among the Edwardian working classes - hence the current preponderance of Jacks, Alfies, Stans etc. When we called our boy Wilfred, he was the only one we knew of, but we've met quite a few more since - usually a few years younger. 6music DJ Shaun Keaveny called his boy Wilfred too, but we were the original trend setters.

When I was at school, I was usually one of five or more Davids in the class. Now, David seems barely any more popular than Nigel. Give it 100 years and both David and Nigel will be back at the top of the list.

My nephew is an Oliver. Nice kid but I wouldn't be too surprised if he turned out to be a Tory.
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Audax / Re: Blackpool-Glasgow-Blackpool 22nd Sept 2017
« Last post by Fuzz Kit on Today at 11:41:56 am »
Howdo folks

Looking forward to the ride, first 600km Audax, should be fun!

I've created a gpx route from the cue sheet provided by Andy, but from reading the above posts, consensus seems to be that Fifeing Eejit's route looks like the one to be on, so I've downloaded that too.

Hope the rain stays away, looks touch and go for tonight, but not too bad thereafter.
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The Pub / Re: I’m getting excited.
« Last post by ian on Today at 11:41:56 am »
I do sort of want an Apple Watch but I can't, tbh, think of a reason why. I like the idea of changing the face but I have to admit that such a feature would likely keep me entertained for about two minutes.
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Audax / Re: New September Audaxes from Hertfordshire
« Last post by Martin on Today at 11:41:29 am »
I very hurriedly converted the gpx to a Garmin route this morning and it's determined not to take me along many parts presumably as they are not roads,

Could someone fill me in on which off road tracks it uses? I know about the St Albans - Hatfield section;

looks like it also goes along the Chinnor preserved railway!
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Rides and Touring / Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Last post by Oscar's dad on Today at 11:41:04 am »
Well done BFC  :thumbsup:

Where else shall we send him?  He could be our Mystery Shopper who we send on ahead to check an unfamiliar pub is worthy of a MEMWNS visit.  Did we ever get to The Endeavour?  I've always wanted to go since ted mentioned it a while back.  We drove past last night and from what I could see through the windows it looked OK.
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The Pub / Re: Baby names
« Last post by ian on Today at 11:37:22 am »
Actually, I don't mind my name, but I'm biased. Olivers are just annoyingly middle-class. Best ignored. They're the sort of people who join the Young Conservatives.

The rest seem to be either Jack or Alfie, which as names go, seem to be a passport to a Young Offenders' Institution.

I think I've mentioned before that somewhere in South London there's a kid called Awesome. I'm not sure when that seemed like a good idea.
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Rides and Touring / Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Last post by BFC on Today at 11:35:43 am »
We've never done that other pub up the road from Chequers yet?

I've updated next week's pub. I'll fire up the pseudo random compass based pub location generator later this week and populate the calendar with locations.

Don't think so and thank you  :-*
That other pub is the Cricketers, opposite the old village school and the alpacas. I have not tried it, could always proceed to the Chequers if it turns out to be unworthy of our custom.
In the spirit of self sacrifice I paused at the Cricketers on my homeward commute last night.
Nice very clean pub with two bars, pool table in one. I was the only customer - landlord very pleasant and rather chatty. In the landlords words its a lager pub.
Real ale option is Ghost Ship (£3.60) which was in good condition, plus a couple of bottled ales. Merlot is available. I only tried the Ghost Ship before resuming my homeward journey.
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