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Re: Public bicycle pump

24 September 2014 - 6:11pm
Excellent idea. Haven't come across one on my travels yet, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

24 September 2014 - 5:34pm
Bloomin cyclists, they're all the same, driving around in cars with their bikes on the back obscuring their number-plates, shooting at people, writing illegal prescriptions for painkillers....

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 5:18pm
Postboxer wrote:But are they ripping you off, compared to the 50p cup? I don't drink coffee but my wife does, at huge cost. The 50p could cover the milk and hot water and surroundings of the first cup, so what extras are there for the £1.30? I'll accept that the sofas are probably nicer, and some of it probably pays for an accountant and a lawyer.
Friendly efficient staff,taxes(if you drink coffee at Costa),premises,newpapers,ambience,etc,etc.
BTW on a cold day you can take as long as you like to sup it too.
I was in business for nearly 30 years,I'd give a customer a price and they'de take it or leave it.
In all that time I only ever had someone insult me once,on meeting him he opened the conversation with ''hello,now I don't want to be ripped off by you''.I told him we couldn't do business,not because of the fact I would rip him off but because he thought I would.
Displayed behind every counter there's a price list,the customer has a choice,they can take it or leave it!

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 5:06pm
al_yrpal wrote:My wife and I have a very effective answer to the great £2+ coffee rip off........

We carry one of those pack flat silicone cups around when we are likely to have to reluctantly go in a Starbucks, Costa or any other 'rip off' coffee merchants. We just buy the smallest Americano and delight in pouring half of it into our cup which we produce at the milk adding place. It gets used for tea in pots if that's outrageously expensive too. The huge American style strong coffees these places serve are more than enough for the two of us.

The silicone cup came in a nice little plastic case that fits easily into my wife's handbag. We have been known to pop into Gregs or any decent British baker to equip ourselves with reasonably priced buns too.

Most Starbucks and Costas do have very comfy seats to enjoy a half sized coffee and imported bun though. Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations.

Al
It must be a bit of a begger when you have to take your wife with you for a cup of coffee,then you don't feel you've been ripped off

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 3:45pm
But are they ripping you off, compared to the 50p cup? I don't drink coffee but my wife does, at huge cost. The 50p could cover the milk and hot water and surroundings of the first cup, so what extras are there for the £1.30? I'll accept that the sofas are probably nicer, and some of it probably pays for an accountant and a lawyer.

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 3:27pm
You won't get a decent cup of coffee wherever for less than £1.80 it's that simple.
If you wish to drink instant that's your business,personally I'd rather not.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

24 September 2014 - 3:10pm
axel_knutt wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYm9vCPLoG4

And after all that, the sentence,

http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/ ... e-sentence

6 Months disqualification!

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 2:03pm
My wife and I have a very effective answer to the great £2+ coffee rip off........

We carry one of those pack flat silicone cups around when we are likely to have to reluctantly go in a Starbucks, Costa or any other 'rip off' coffee merchants. We just buy the smallest Americano and delight in pouring half of it into our cup which we produce at the milk adding place. It gets used for tea in pots if that's outrageously expensive too. The huge American style strong coffees these places serve are more than enough for the two of us.

The silicone cup came in a nice little plastic case that fits easily into my wife's handbag. We have been known to pop into Gregs or any decent British baker to equip ourselves with reasonably priced buns too.

Most Starbucks and Costas do have very comfy seats to enjoy a half sized coffee and imported bun though. Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations.

Al

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 1:16pm
Misread that as adnams ale. For a brief moment..........

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 1:11pm
Try Adam's Ale, you get nearly a hundred gallons for £2.20.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

24 September 2014 - 11:20am
It does show what I always think when it comes to a lot of motorist v cyclist debates. It is not so much one party determined not to like the other, but more how society is a lot of the times now where people believe they are entitled to everything and will make a big fuss if they don't get their way - be it a parking space or to owning a certain bit of the road. ie, I pay "road tax" so that cyclist shouldn't be there - or I know I'm holding traffic up for miles but I will stay in primary position and aim never to let anyone pass.

Society has no tolerance and too much of an "entitled to" mentality

Re: Cafe & coffee

24 September 2014 - 11:09am
It's funny because a cup of coffee served in a thermal polystyrene cup was 50p in most cafes, often made with all (or at least a lot of) milk. Then all of a sudden "designer" coffee turned up (of which I am a great fan) and the cup because £2 plus. I just reckon that at the meeting of one of these designer coffee outlets to decide the price of a cup of tall skinny wet latte with a shot someone suggested £2 a cup, everyone else laughed and said "the public won't go for that" in reply the person who suggested the incredible price says "lets just give it a whirl see if we can charge them, see if the soft cushions and free wifi distracts them" the rest is history so we are stuck with it if you ask me. Got to rush I'm off for a coffee

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

24 September 2014 - 11:02am
I stopped at a service station on the way to Devizes once it was a life saver, had a bottle of water and a bag of crisps as I had exhausted my personal supply of energy gels for the day. I would rather stop at a village store, tea room or such like but these are not always easy to find.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

24 September 2014 - 10:10am
TonyR wrote:Yes, the most unlikely characters can get involved...

http://youtu.be/mQo2pLA6AQs

If the van had pulled in behind the mini bus I wouldn't be laughing so hard.

Re: Police Thugs

24 September 2014 - 9:17am
I've been stopped in a car - because I overtook a pair of very slow moving lorries (well, pretty slow) by putting one set of wheels onto a chevroned area as two roads merged into a slip road (to complete the manoeuvre before the slip road started to merge with the dual carriageway).
I could see that the road approaching from the right was clear apart from a distant car - which I was easily well ahead of.

They then pulled me for crossing solid white lines, which I was pretty sure I hadn't done (not that I bothered arguing the point at the time) and sure enough when I checked on Google maps that evening I was correct - they were broken lines on my side of the hatching (solid on theirs) and I confirmed it again the next day on the road.

Also been pulled for excess speed twice, although one of those was in the US, when my 42mph in a 30 zone is, IMHO, partly mitigated by the following:
Speed limit signs are presented twice - once at the change, once 400 yards later. That suffices for hundreds of miles at a time.
I had stopped late at night in a motel *in* the town, then continued in the morning along the main road:
Houses set back from the footpath, with another 2-3m of grass to the kerb. Then a parking lane (empty) before two lanes for traffic, then the centre line and the whole lot mirrored again.
It was basically twice as wide as many UK dual carriageway A roads with a 70 limit - I hadn't seen a speed limit sign for ~10 hours (8 of which I had been asleep). The officer was very polite and wrote me a ticket for a "lesser" infraction (actually I've no idea if it ever got paid, I think their banking system rejected my cheque)

Re: Police Thugs

24 September 2014 - 9:07am
Hi,
And these normal peple are paid hansomly by us too by the hard working private sector.
Your story could be me as I have ben stopped on motorcycles for just driving down the road, but never ina car 30 years and never on a cycle 47 years.

So maybe maybe we should recruite officers that are chosen by the public with a track record that meet our expectations of what a police officer should be and have the power to remove the bad apples instead of them receiving protection......................

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

24 September 2014 - 8:54am
Nice bystanders.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

24 September 2014 - 8:10am
I've been using the beta iOS app (v3.0 beta 6 now) which has been getting updates every so often. I haven't tried to use it now we're on iOS 8 (and I'll be able to test it on one of the larger iPhones soon).

It would be nice if the beta testing can finish soon so they can update the official app.

The app is very handy to use since it does the photo and geolocation in one go. It takes me a couple of minutes to do when I'm at the pothole, as opposed to having to remember to do it later.

I've always had success with reports being fixed by my local authority, too.

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