crazy-legs

  • What a good job that Harry and Meghan are occupying all the papers at the moment so that no-one has to read or understand the shit that’s about to hit the fan here.

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    TFL absorbs almost as much public money in in a year as Edinburghs trams cost in total – and that is ignoring capital expenditure – thats just the subsidy.

    Considering that Edinburgh Trams is a model in piss-poor infrastructure planning and delivery, I’m not sure that talking about their costs is a reasonable comparison.

    If anything it’s a mor…[Read more]

  • My neighbour and I have a sort of rota of feeding. They do the seed one (although I had to wash it out the other day…) and I do the fat balls and coconut halves.

    Got loads on the feeders at the moment. Long-tailed tits are back in force, I love them. All the usual great, blue and coal tits. Nuthatches. Robins, sparrows, chaffinches and (very…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic Splitting the bill in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    There was a restaurant in Edinburgh famous for this – work do – everyone kicked in and just over £50 short. The other manager and I were scratching our heads and digging into our wallets – then checked the bill again and sure enough they had charged 2 x £27.50 instead of 2 X £2.75. They just shrugged when we pointed it out and updated the bill. I…

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  • crazy-legs replied to the topic Do you carry a pump? in the forum Bike Forum 1 day ago

    I never use CO2. It’s one extra thing to carry on top of a pump so why not just use the pump?!
    Other than saving a few seconds which frankly, in the overall timespan of fixing a puncture, is negligible.

    I’ve done numerous ride leading/guiding things and every single time there’ll be someone standing by the side of the road asking for help because…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    Yeah how is Johnson the ‘king o the north’ going to spin canceling the northern extension to hs2 ?

    He’ll promise to fund Transpennine Route Upgrade and/or Northern Powerhouse Rail and a few more vague soundbites about “unlocking the potential of the North”. Rather ignoring the fact that NPR kind of depends quite heavily on some aspects of HS2…[Read more]

  • So if a bus is going down that lane, they can just cut across that too?

    There was a crash outside my office caused by exactly that. Three lanes of traffic. Bus lane, middle lane to go straight on, right lane to go off to the right.

    However there’s also a small road off to the left and a guy driving up the middle lane overtook a bus in the bus…[Read more]

  • We have a ‘cycle lane’ (pavement with a line down the middle) nearby, that runs along a busy single carriageway B road, though a highly populated area with shops and a school on it and side road junctions every 100m or so. With the number of pedestrians wandering across it combined with having to slow or stop at every side junction it is pra…

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  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    Spend the £106bn on replacing the aged rolling stock and replace the crumbling infrastructure, the electrify the East Coast Mainline (which the conservative government cancelled… but you knew that didn’t you)

    Thanks to the franchising system, that’s not really in the Government’s hands to fix. They can sort parts of it (like electrification whic…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    Never mind the £ cost, the environmental cost is huge

    What’s the environmental cost of NOT doing it? More driving, more flying (so more roads, bigger airports)… I’m fairly close to some aspects of HS2 but that’s getting beyond my area of knowledge. Ultimately, whatever is built is going to have an environmenatal cost to it somewhere so it’s…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    Why don’t all of the things mentioned affect train lines in France, Germany or America?

    Because they have far far more space to work with and lower population so it’s easy to just bang a straight line through everything. UK geology is more variable too.

    American trains are dreadful, there’s no HS. Most people just fly.

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    Thats quite a large amount of money considering driverless cars could make trains pretty much obsolete in 20 years time

    They won’t.
    EVs and autonomous cars is a distraction technique to avoid talking about the desperate need to get people out of cars and cars out of cities.

    Same with drones, hovertaxis, etc. Literally pie in the sky stuff.

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    No cos that’d be twice the cost minimum. Fitting everything through Birmingham but at 2.5x the speed anything can go at currently solves both problems. You only need one line and one lot of land to buy. The journey times are still quicker than anything currently.

    And even if you did build a new HS ECML, it’d only be 10 mins quicker than just…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    How much has the latest review added to the costs ?

    Surprisingly, virtually nothing. Couple of hundred thousand at most.
    However, the costs of potential redesign, revision of contracts, possible re-procurement, re-tasking, the cost of the delay (so if the forecast economic benefits were due to be accessible by 2027 and now it’s going to be…[Read more]

  • About £70 from empty in my diesel Vectra. That’ll do nearly 700 miles on a tank of driven reasonably carefully though.

    There was a massive queue at my local petrol station a while ago cos some guy has filled his Winnebago which was £300+ and unsurprisingly, the garage (and/or his credit card) weren’t having any of it.

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic HS2 spiralling costs in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    It’s far more complicated than that.

    Partly it’s Government procurement – it’s actually quite easy to build an embankment and cutting, it’s been done for centuries. But Government have asked for all sorts of guarantees like it mustn’t move more than 30mm in 25 years. So that means huge extra building costs, it also means that you have to insure…[Read more]

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic strathpuffer 2020 in the forum Bike Forum 4 days ago

    HUb gears? *ducks and covers*

    I read it as freehub. The splined thingy that the cassette fits onto. I’ve had one go before. Bearings seize up or the pawls snap and you can freewheel both ways but go absolutely nowhere!

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic strathpuffer 2020 in the forum Bike Forum 5 days ago

    Anyone know the teamnames of the other STWers? Be nice to follow them.

    Richpips and his son Tom (Minipips) are riding as a Pair in Team Sonder Bikes. Both SS. Rich messaged last night to say they were taking a short break due to the mud but checking now it looks like they’re both still going.

  • crazy-legs replied to the topic WW3 in the forum Chat Forum 6 days ago

    Ww3 when it happens will start out of a group of poor angry hungry people who pull down the rich, just like Germany in the 30s or the rise of isil. The next person to rise to prominence like al-baghdadi in the middle east might decide taking a proper pop at Israel is worth the risk, and then we’re all screwed because the one thing you can be s…

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