Author Topic: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.  (Read 765583 times)

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11825 on: February 14, 2020, 01:47:37 pm »
They're just ever-so-carefully avoiding assumptions.  Even during their appeals for witnesses back in the 1950s the Beeb would speak of "a car that mounted the pavement" rather than someone driving onto it.

Except they don't do so elsewhere, it's mostly only motorised vehicles that are granted their own agency. Knives don't rampage. It's still a reasonable assumption that cars are driven by someone.
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« Reply #11826 on: February 14, 2020, 01:50:14 pm »
True, but there are instances of drivers being incapacitated for one reason or another, making their subsequent actions involuntary. Despite what the courts might decide, I'm unconvinced of accidental stabbings.
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T42

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11827 on: February 14, 2020, 02:12:39 pm »
They're just ever-so-carefully avoiding assumptions.  Even during their appeals for witnesses back in the 1950s the Beeb would speak of "a car that mounted the pavement" rather than someone driving onto it.

Except they don't do so elsewhere, it's mostly only motorised vehicles that are granted their own agency. Knives don't rampage. It's still a reasonable assumption that cars are driven by someone.

Trains, planes... I dare say that in the 19th century the broadsheets might mention people being mown down by the London-Manchester coach.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11828 on: February 14, 2020, 03:43:08 pm »
They're just ever-so-carefully avoiding assumptions.  Even during their appeals for witnesses back in the 1950s the Beeb would speak of "a car that mounted the pavement" rather than someone driving onto it.

Except they don't do so elsewhere, it's mostly only motorised vehicles that are granted their own agency. Knives don't rampage. It's still a reasonable assumption that cars are driven by someone.

Trains, planes... I dare say that in the 19th century the broadsheets might mention people being mown down by the London-Manchester coach.

 You could blame not only the coach but also the horse


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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11829 on: February 14, 2020, 04:11:52 pm »
I don't think we're in danger of Skynet becoming slef-aware anytime soon, my expenses app just interpreted a receipt from BA as being from Ui Yuul Neyhills for £10.

Makes it look like I'm going to see a spoon-bending medium on company time
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11830 on: February 14, 2020, 04:35:21 pm »
True, but there are instances of drivers being incapacitated for one reason or another, making their subsequent actions involuntary. Despite what the courts might decide, I'm unconvinced of accidental stabbings.

They're still driving though. Saying someone drove a car into a house, doesn't imply intent, just that they were driving at the time. It's a mere statement of action. The one thing we do know is that a car didn't drive itself into the house, which this ongoing torture of language implies.

In a recent sad case near me, a car not only ran over and killed someone but then the car also left the scene.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11831 on: February 15, 2020, 08:37:04 am »
True, but there are instances of drivers being incapacitated for one reason or another, making their subsequent actions involuntary. Despite what the courts might decide, I'm unconvinced of accidental stabbings.

They're still driving though. Saying someone drove a car into a house, doesn't imply intent, just that they were driving at the time. It's a mere statement of action. The one thing we do know is that a car didn't drive itself into the house, which this ongoing torture of language implies.

In a recent sad case near me, a car not only ran over and killed someone but then the car also left the scene.
Yes, the car leaves the scene then the poor motorist is prosecuted for being taken away and helpless to stop it.
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« Reply #11832 on: February 15, 2020, 09:11:02 am »
That journal article looks like it could be intersting, yes, I don't mind reviewing it. [Opens PDF] Oh no, what have I done? Goodbye morning...

I am increasingly just saying no to reviewing. If it is interesting it will appear and if not I have not wasted my life.
Also why are reviewers not paid when the journals make a profit?

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11833 on: February 19, 2020, 02:53:12 pm »
My journey from Cardiff to north Wales yesterday took 7 hours. This is only a grumble not a rant because I travelled (home, so I did sort of need to) knowing there was serious disruption on the north-south Wales line (i.e. the line was completely closed, being underwater). However, a detour via Birmingham should have only added 45 minutes* making it a 5 hour journey rather than 4 and a bit. Unfortunately the Cardiff-Birmingham train getting stuck in Gloucester for 30 minutes meant that I missed a fairly critical connection. Fortunately, a couple of coincidentally slightly delayed alternative trains and 3 separate station sprints to make connections meant I got home at midnight (7 hours) rather than 1.30am.

My secondary grumble is that I meant to buy food for the train, but the queue was too long, so I left it, believing that I'd have time to grab something in Birmingham. I didn't, and none of the trains (or the bus replacement) had food. Also, are the station staff in Birmingham specially trained to be unhelpful?


* It says something about the shitness of the Welsh line when a detour of that size only adds 45 mins

Basil

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11834 on: February 19, 2020, 04:16:22 pm »
It's a well known grumble that, even when all lines are open, a train trip between north and South Wales involves travelling via England.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11835 on: February 19, 2020, 04:27:40 pm »
Also, are the station staff in Birmingham specially trained to be unhelpful?

I think the dieseasel fumes in Mordor Central rot their branez.  Suspect they also stunt their growth, as the platform staff required to let you into the bike space on a Pendolino are always shorter than the rest of the crowd.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

woollypigs

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11836 on: February 22, 2020, 11:55:31 am »
damn you death! why did you take the little very quiet deaf old lady next door, been bliss for the last 7 years, not word, sound or bang in that time. The new neighbors have decided to do up the house themselves ... so no more sleep ins on the weekend for a while, why didn't they get builders who only work mon-fri, I sooooo hope they don't have screaming kids or have a barking dog ...
#bollockstobrexit

hellymedic

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11837 on: February 22, 2020, 02:12:32 pm »
Builders doing next door's extension work Mon-Sat 08.00 - 18.00.
They've lived there since before I moved here 20 years ago.

On the other side, building is erratic but often takes place at weekends.

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« Reply #11838 on: February 23, 2020, 12:35:14 pm »
Our neighbour had someone over to repair his bike. This didn't seem to be too involved - done on their drive with a multitool as far as I could see. The grumble - bike repair guy parked on our drive, without so much as a knock to ask until 20 minutes later, when I did some passagg putting stuff on the drive to do the cleaning in the hall.

Basil

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11839 on: February 24, 2020, 08:31:44 pm »
Bloody hell.  Reading is a very noisy place.   :(
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11840 on: February 25, 2020, 11:13:21 am »
Like my Brompton. After last week's soaking, she now has an agonised squeak. Poor thing. I took the expedient of squirting oil on the chain, but it's still there.

Of course, it only squeaks when I'm riding it, the moment I get off and push it it goes away, which makes diagnosis fraught. I think it comes from the back end, as foul noises often do. Does seem to need me peddling and is related to speed. Faster is more squeaks. More of a plasticy squeal than a throaty metallic grind, if you ask me. Wheels spin freely and soundlessly, the brake blocks are keeping a sensible distance.

I may have to go and buy more oil and commence a tribological battle of wits.
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fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11841 on: February 25, 2020, 11:22:38 am »
Could be related to the rear section pivot? This would likely only squeak under load and in relation to you movement which would make the squeak more frequent when pedalling faster as your cadence is quicker.
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11842 on: February 25, 2020, 11:47:39 am »
It may be, like I say, it does sound non-metallic, but I generally don't know what I'm talking about. Squeaks shall meet oil and a mighty battle will commence. And it's quite embarrassingly loud, as I discovered on the hill to the station this morning. I felt like apologizing for the evident abuse I was subjecting her to.

It did start last week, on my last commute home of the week, which has been wet, wet, and more wet. I thought given a weekend in the garage that it might fix itself.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11843 on: February 25, 2020, 11:51:41 am »
Typically the shaft/ bolt through the suspension block itself.
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« Reply #11844 on: February 25, 2020, 01:01:43 pm »
..answer phones messages permanently on 'sorry but we're experiencing higher than normal call volumes'...  ::-)
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« Reply #11845 on: February 25, 2020, 02:04:24 pm »
Typically the shaft/ bolt through the suspension block itself.

...was what I was thinking, having developed just such a squeak in similar circumstances, and rectified it with a smear of grease.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11846 on: February 25, 2020, 09:21:56 pm »
Hmm. Definitely coming out of the suspension thing as she squeaked when I bounced up and down on her. Oil didn't cure her. So I got a fat person to sit on her, so I could fudge some grease into the middle of the thingummy. You're just asking me to do this because I'm fat, he says. Yes, says I, I am. Podge has its uses.

Let's see if she's quieter tomorrow. Or the indignities will continue.
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« Reply #11847 on: February 25, 2020, 09:49:22 pm »
Why is everything on Amazon suddenly “unisex”? As in, unisex bike rack. Unisex garden compost.

Wankers.


Kim

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11848 on: February 25, 2020, 10:05:02 pm »
Why is everything on Amazon suddenly “unisex”? As in, unisex bike rack. Unisex garden compost.

Unisex SEO.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #11849 on: February 25, 2020, 10:14:27 pm »
Why is everything on Amazon suddenly “unisex”? As in, unisex bike rack. Unisex garden compost.

Wankers.
I'll have to get me some of that compost. I can then advise Mrs Fuzzy that she is qualified to lug it round the garden as well.
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