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Food & Drink / Re: Stroopwafels
« Last post by hellymedic on Today at 12:59:52 pm »
I believe Sainsbury's House of Toothy ComestiblesTM is offering Daelman's products on Special Offer until 10 October.
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Camping It Up / Re: Motorhomes. Am I too you young?
« Last post by MalRees on Today at 12:59:15 pm »
Picked up our van on Friday......  :) Two nights out and we are having a great time.
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I thought the practice of booking a seat for cellos and double basses was more to prevent damage in cargo handling.
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Retailers / Re: Beware Acycles
« Last post by Paul H on Today at 12:44:43 pm »
I'm still waiting on a refund for a bar bag returned at the beginning of August, they're not replying to emails. 
When I bought it I had no idea I was dealing with a company not in the UK and the cost of returns would be higher.
Buying from them was simple enough and bag arrived before expected.  But for the above reasons I won't be using them again.
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Tomorrow nights gig is Zoe Keating, she’s just tweeted that BA have lost her cello between Düsseldorf & London  :facepalm:


Yay. Cello found & on its way to Heathrow. :thumbsup:


Where it appears they’ve lost it again.... :facepalm:


Julian Lloyd Weber used to book a seat for his, now you know why....
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On The Road / Re: Uber loses London licence
« Last post by Cudzoziemiec on Today at 12:43:14 pm »
As for safety checks on drivers and such, the last time I used a taxi, which was last summer, it was a local company I'd used before and the driver they sent was in his own car, no taxi plates, no meter.
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On The Road / Re: Uber loses London licence
« Last post by Cudzoziemiec on Today at 12:39:46 pm »
I hope this link is good beyond the paywall.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/when-the-penny-drops-on-bodega-it-will-too-late-to-save-local-shops-2rxnmt58k?shareToken=8d2c9b60d55c5d57fccf801295e87184
The link works but I'm struggling to see the connection with Uber other than their Silicon Valley origins. Are you considering 'local taxis' to be a local service? Uber are disrupting employment practices, in as far as I can see a way already done by many other 'non employers', but the link with the service as experienced by the passenger is not clear.
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On The Road / Re: What changes would you make to cycling law?
« Last post by Cudzoziemiec on Today at 12:37:34 pm »
On my York shared use track the signs make it very clear that the onus is on cyclists to avoid pedestrians. It seems to work and I take it that is the general rule - without doing any research.

That is the big issue - pedestrians have the right to be anywhere on the highway. A cyclist should not shimmy around a pedestrian in their way, just as a driver should not blast their horn expecting pedestrians to leap out of the road. Unfortunately the principle that you should take care not step out immediately in front of a vehicle where they might not have seen you or not have enough time to stop, has been warped into the idea that you have to keep the hell out of the way of anyone in a vehicle and vehicles should never have to slow down except for other vehicles.

A recent chat on the cycle channel at work revealed that most people there believed that jaywalking is illegal, crossing against the red man or away from the crossing is illegal, and pedestrians who do those things should expect to get run over.

As I said above, I think our culture is to blame. Other countries, even where they do have laws about keeping off the road, have a culture where people don't feel the entitlement to plough through just because they happen to be in a vehicle and will give way out of politeness, just as you do when not in a vehicle.
Some other countries. Many if not most, worldwide, have more vehicle-is-power=right attitude than UK. Their laws might not say so but their practice does.
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Audax / Re: Wyle and Ebble valley 2017
« Last post by postie on Today at 12:37:04 pm »
34 rides sent on there way this morning,  over a third didnt start which is disappointing, especially as the weather is so nice.
May go back to postal entries only as that seems to cut down the dns rate !!! I guess all to easy to press a button on a computer and six pounds is no a lot these days to waist.
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Retailers / Re: Beware Acycles
« Last post by itsbruce on Today at 12:34:21 pm »
"What really matters is how a retailer deals with problems.  The fact that there are rarely problems doesn't tell us much at all.  Shipping a box is one thing, taking responsibility to actually refund when it doesn't arrive is another."

This.  So much this.  Should be a sticky post all of its own at the top of the Retailers section.
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