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Re: Name the landmark

26 January 2015 - 11:17pm
gaz wrote:That would be Jacob's Post.
Well identified.

Symbolises a bit of our local history, marking the spot where one Jacob Harris aka Jacob Hirsch, was hanged in chains on a gibbet on the edge of Ditchling Common following the 'orrible murder of the landlord of the nearby Royal Oak Inn, along with his wife and maid - back in 1734.

The location is very close to the route often taken by London to Brighton cyclists, if you take the B2112 south from Wivelsfield, past the (now derelict) Royal Oak on a sharp RH bend, the Post is a few yards further south, on the west side of the road. It's hard to spot from the road, especially in summer, but if you go along a service road that leads to a row of cottages behind the trees, the Post is on a path just to the north of them. We live in the area, and we too had a hard job finding it at first! I believe it has been moved from its original location which appears to have been in a field. Also, the post itself and the iron cockerel (rooster!) are modern replicas, the original is kept in a museum.

The plaque next to the post (different wording to Gaz's link) appears to cast doubt on Jacob's guilt. He apparently was on the run following some more minor misdeed elsewhere, and was eventually brought to heels halfway up a chimney some distance away, in West Hoathly. He was Jewish, and it is suggested that he was merely the unfortunate victim of anti-semitic hysteria fanned up following the murder of a popular innkeeper of the district, and was in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'. Whatever, he met his fate at Horsham Gaol and was then hung up in chains as a gruesome 'example' to all...

Incidentally, if you Google 'Jacobs Post' most of the hits will refer to a modern pub in Burgess Hill which is named after this person.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 11:10pm
bogmyrtle wrote:I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind

Of course, but that assumes those are the only two things you'd ever want something to do

It certainly alerts pedestrians to your presence when on shared paths, or perhaps when they're about to step off the pavement without looking over their shoulder. For this reason I can see it being of some use to some people.

As for drivers… it's rather less of a sure thing. The two potential scenarios are: when you're both approaching a junction from perpendicular directions, and when someone's about to left-hook you by looking to where they're turning rather than in their mirror or over their shoulder. I'm heavily sceptical in the first scenario and frankly still pretty sceptical in the second. But if you have the cash and you don't mind staring at a green bicycle symbol while you ride, then—well, it's hard to criticise people for wanting to clutch at straws, really. I didn't feel it did anything for me. But who knows: if it does prevent that one left-hook, maybe it's worth the money.

Re: Name the landmark

26 January 2015 - 10:52pm
I wonder if anyone has ridden past this one...

Re: Name the landmark

26 January 2015 - 10:23pm
That would be Jacob's Post.

Simple to google once you know it's a rooster rather than a cockerel .

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 10:14pm
Postboxer wrote:How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?




Those lines look a bit close to me. They may actually encourage close passes.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 9:35pm
How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 7:37pm
I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind in fact it could be distracting to drivers approaching from behind. I won't be buying one.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 7:01pm
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A month or so back I saw one of these in action, twice. Both times I was cycling towards the rider with their blaze "bike signal".

The first time was in a poorly lit area with a reasonably smooth surface. The green bike symbol was clear and sharp edged. I saw the rider's ordinary lights first.

The second time was in a poorly lit area with a much rougher surface. The green bike symbol lacked clarity. I still saw the rider's ordinary lights first.

I'll carry on running 35-120 lux of Dutch engineered front lighting that complies to German standards, suits me.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

26 January 2015 - 7:00pm
Perhaps I am wishing for too much to say that I hope Farage and Co are unmasked as the UK Ignorance Party.........

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

26 January 2015 - 6:48pm
The path through Shorne Country Park would involve some mud .

The repairs are to remedy substantial faults with the path's foundations.

Be extremely careful if you are using the closed path after dark.

I'm informed that the diversion signage is marked "pedestrians" with no mention of cyclists, not even of them dismounting to follow the same route. I'm also informed that the kissing gate at the entrance to the Country Park has been left in place when it's removal was promised . A further exchange of e-mails has begun.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 6:12pm
mjr wrote:To me, it could also imply that Ms Brooke sometimes has lorries pull up alongside her at junctions where the lorries are unsafe by design (uncorrected blind spots) and operated by drivers who don't take that into account in busy cities. What would you do? Leap off and pull your bike off the carriageway whenever a lorry pulls up nearby? That would make crossing London rather slow and tedious except for a few routes with protected cycleways, plus if you don't notice the lorry...
That may be so - and touches on the tragic case discussed in another thread - but I interpret Ms Brooke's use of the words "lorry in front of her" as implying that at the start of the encounter she was behind the lorry. Happily, she is still around to describe the incident. The victim at Hackney, sadly, isn't.

Re: Name the landmark

26 January 2015 - 6:02pm
Si wrote:Here's an easy one for you to name.....
A bit too easy, methinks, seeing as the name of the landmark is visible in the photo. Suggest you get down to a bit of blurring!

How about my contribution then, folks (a few posts back)? It's been languishing there so long, the rooster is losing its feathers....

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

26 January 2015 - 5:05pm
It doesnt only apply to motorcyclists or kids though does it? According to some its all motorists, all 4WD drivers, Southerners, and so on. I make it a rule to always assume the best about people. This morning I got acosted by a beggar so I asked him "tell me your story" and he did, and it was pretty awful, I think it was genuine because of the detail. Other times I would have walked past without even acknowledging him because I live in a place where there is no real unemployment and plenty of unskilled jobs. But this time it touched me. Some Goths I know are the nicest gentlest people imaginable, just different. Its all too easy to run people down without knowing them

Al

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

26 January 2015 - 4:49pm
Some children, like some adults, are arses. the only difference being that with the children you generally have the ability if you put in the time and effort to stop them being like that before they get set in their ways.

Re: Name the landmark

26 January 2015 - 4:38pm
Here's an easy one for you to name.....

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

26 January 2015 - 3:59pm
TonyR wrote:reohn2 wrote:But as Boney says,why central government isn't tackling the problem is a mystery,and especially even from their cynical POV in an election year too!
It goes to show(to me at least) how careless and stupid this motley crew of sickly human beings are that run the show.

Its been known about for years and no major party has done or proposed to do anything about it. And it took 5 years after Boris was nearly wiped out by one before he did anything about it - and I suspect its more Andrew Gilligan than Boris that's responsible for the change.
http://youtu.be/nyO4Y210eFo

Oh! without doubt,I wasn't exempting other politrickal parties.
Party seems a good word for a collection of politrickians,if you're a politrickian that is,as they seem to have a beano at our expense.
I have other words,mostly banned from this forum,to describe the current crop of politrickians.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

26 January 2015 - 3:19pm
Postboxer wrote:Part of me thinks all prospective candidates should have to sit an extensive exam, including all sorts of general knowledge, subjects, puzzles etc. then all the results published in full, so we can see how smart they really are and compare them against each other.
Combined with a psychometric section?

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 2:53pm
Happens every month or so that someone comes out with some genius device to solve bicycle safety. This doesn't work either.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

26 January 2015 - 2:51pm
Well, ten out of ten for the review! Not sure yet about the light...

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