The Phat Tog

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  1. The RSPB classifies Herring Gulls (no such thing as a 'seagull' BTW) as red status, meaning their numbers are in noticeable decline. Across the UK there are estimated to be approx. 140,000 breeding pairs. Not so many compared to the 66 million people...some of whom are far more of a menace. Most of us exploit animals in one way or another every day but the moment they dare to exploit us or move into 'our' environment people whine and bleat endlessly. Sad.
  2. Point being they either stay involved, in which case you've solved nothing or as you point out, move into other illegal enterprises. Perhaps therefore, it would be better if they were banged up?
  3. And what do you suppose the 'shady drug dealers' will do? Shrug their shoulders, say 'it was nice while it lasted' and then go get a job in a factory? Or do you think they might take another course of action?
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  5. Perhaps it might be pertinent to consider why people can't function socially without being full of chemicals?
  6. Dealer knew he was breaking the law, rolled the dice and lost. No sympathy.
  7. If an accident causes a red flag then whowever was involved in the incident doesn't tend to be included in the results.
  8. Prior to the evolution of the Classic TT I distinctly remember a well known member of the motor sport team stating that the MGP was increasing it's visitor numbers by approx. 10% per annum, so that 4000 would probably have been achieved without any govt interference at all...or without the expense. They could probably have spent a fraction of the budget on a bit of properly targeted advertising (which the MGP never got) and achieved the same or better.
  9. The 50mm is what's called a 'standard' lens as it gives a perspective similar to the eye. Lots of different versions over the years. Probably worth about £60, The Samyang 14mm is an ultra wide angle lens. The lower the number in mm the wider the angle of view. You can get them new for about £280. It's manual focus though - most lenses for EOS are autofocus - but as it's a lens typically used for scenery not action, that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
  10. Can you tell me what the lenses are (as much info as possible) please? Make, size etc. A thorough review can be found here: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-6d Some of the better online dealers would still sell it new for around a grand. A typical high street price might be around £1399, again for a new one. Used they seem to be around £900. This is for the body only and does not include a lens. There is a huge variety in lenses which can have a significant bearing on the overall value of the package.
  11. Comes from the peerless Viz Roger's Profanisaurus. From memory the definition is: "A romantic term for the female genitalia"
  12. Probably need a female cyclist to confirm this but I suspect it's some sort of protection for the clopper from those spindly saddles and rough roads
  13. Me too...I think!
  14. There was a link on this forum - quite possibly this thread - to an American article about the TT (I can't be bothered to look for it - sorry...) in which the proprietor of the Creg stated that the TT accounts for a third of his annual turnover. Taking him at his word on this, I wonder how many other businesses would take such a big hit if the TT was to disappear? I know that not everyone benefits but what if the TT was stopped and your favourite watering hole went under? Or that restaurant you like or that covenient little store nearby? Will the Steam Packet shrug their corporate shoulders over the significant loss of turnover and say 'it was nice while it lasted' or will they try to get that revenue back by charging more across the board? Of course, this is all conjecture but I guess you have to be careful what you wish for. As for the earlier reprehensible comment by Gee Cee (you know the one) I can only assume he/she must have interacted with a great many TT visitors to come to such a broad conclusion. Or perhaps not... Anyone has a right not to like the TT and I am genuinely grateful to those who don't, but accept that others do. I suspect that the real moaners on the subject just are bigotted towards motor cyclists. Yes, some of them are complete jerks, others are a bit 'blah' and some are fantastic people. A bit like any other social demographic I suppose.
  15. Quite... I doubt anyone will ever admit it but I wonder if they reserved most if not all of the prime slots on the boats for the weekend after racing finishes, making it well nigh impossible to get a decent sailing home. As far as I'm concerned it's an unecessary inconvenience. As far as home stay goes, could it not be left to the individual householder to sort things out with their insurers if they wish to do this? It's a layer of bureaucracy no-one needs. I'm sure there are other things the DED could be getting on with!