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    avoiding amazon postal restrictions

    Depends on the software the sender uses to process orders. You've probably just got lucky because the one most commonly used simply won't print the postage/courier label if you put in a spurious post code. As couriers depend on post codes being correct you also run the risk that your parcel will be delayed or simply disappear into the bowels of some huge distribution hub.
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    More death and destruction

    The tone of your post Gizo implies you are not a racing fan. That's OK - it's not compulsory. I 'll expand on why I don't think a chicane before Stadium is a good idea. The approach to it from Great Meadow is very high speed. If you then have a group of bikes braking heavily into a chicane then you have created the potential for an accident to happen. Depending on how close to Stadium the chicane would be sited it's possible that riders could be accelerating all the way through the corner, creating further potential for an accident - still at fairly high speed. A few years back at Mallory Park (a short circuit in Leicestershire for non-race fans) a chicane (Edwina's) was inserted near the end of the back straight to try and slow riders down before the fast Esses. It has become a common place to have an accident. Front end tucks going in, high sides going out and the possibility of collisions and getting run over in the middle. A club championship that I follow for a national publication no longer uses it because the riders feel the original configuration is safer. As I said before, chicanes don't prevent accidents (they may even increase them) - you just have a different kind of accident.
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    More death and destruction

    You're right - it was Wooldridge. All I had to go on was memory so I'll concede that! McCauley definitely wrote something around that time that boiled my piss - I wish I could remember what it was...
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    More death and destruction

    Riders hate chicanes (same with racing drivers) - they bugger up your rhythm and you just wind up having a different kind of accident. Sorry - not buying into that one.
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    More death and destruction

    Smaller capacity bikes tend to have higher corner speed because you don't have the power and torque to gun it out of the bend. A superbike rider could in theory take it fairly easy through a bend and then use the power and torque to exit the corner fast. Smaller bikes are all about maintaining momentum. It was Ted McCauley who did the annual anti-TT thing by the way. Dilli, the Billown circuit has a fairly good safety record, considering the intensity of the racing and the fact that other than introduce better quality protection like Recticel (which they've done) there isn't much else you can do. 29 riders have been lost since the mid-50s. Agreed it would be better if the figure was zero but it probably stacks up well against other road circuits and even short circuits. A rider was lost at Brands Hatch this last weekend at a corner with a lot of run-off (Paddock Hill Bend) so sometimes even if you do as much as is feasibly possible it still ain't enough.
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    More death and destruction

    Trachsel crashed as he was passing the junction with Brunswick Rd. It was reckoned there was a problem with the front suspension. It didn't seem to be linked to the bump in the road that caused Mac Hobson's crash - just an awful coincidence that the accidents happened so close together in both time and distance.
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    Memorial Ride Out

    I've often wondered who it was that filmed Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder on the lunar module
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    William Dunlop...

    I've got bad news for you. Life has a 100% mortality rate. If you can't race bikes then something else may get you instead, like shoving chemicals up your beak or even just crossing the road.
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    TT2018 - entertainment, tents and that

    Unfortunately now the 'TT Menu' doesn't just mean a reduced range it means reduced quality and quantity. The only thing that increases is the amount of piss being taken. The Marine & Grosvenor weren't working to a reduced menu and they seemed to be doing just fine. I accept that they have more dining space though. All I want as a visitor is some honest grub, prepared with a bit of pride and not to pay through the nose for it. You can have a reduced menu by all means but at least make what's on it worth coming in for.
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    TT2018 - entertainment, tents and that

    The pubs would do better if they (in the main) weren't so obvious about taking the piss. I refer to that most appalling thing, the 'TT Menu'. One of the tied houses on the course (and I presume other H&B outlets) were trying to peddle such culinary luxuries as ham & chips (that's all - no veg or salad) for over a tenner. I drove past one of them regularly and it did seem noticeably quieter than previous years. I did like the food tent in Nobles Park and some vendors were doing noticeably better than others. Thai Thai and Taste Africa were doing tasty, satisfying food at realistic prices (£5 at the Thai stall and £6.50 up for the African guy). They weren't taking the mick and seemed to have a good steady flow of customers the four times I was there. On the other hand a few feet away you had the guys in the comedy sombreros selling chilli dogs for £6.50 (or not perhaps...). Why would I pay that for a snack when I can go ten feet and get a dinner for the same price? Same for the guy in the caravan peddling pulled pork rolls for £7. He'd shut up shop when I went in at 5pm on Senior day. Noa Bakehouse's stand seemed permanently shut... The pubs I went to that were doing well were the Marine in Peel (good portions of reasonable grub) and the Grosvenor at Andreas. The restaurant there was full early evening Thursday of race week - and not all visitors by the look of it. It's very simple - take this piss out of people on price and food quality and they won't come back. Heron & Brearley need to have a serious look at their TT business plan before next year.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Even the unshamedly pro-EU BBC stated (radio 4) that Airbus have a history of crying wolf. They threatened to leave if the UK didn't join the Euro. They also threatened to leave if the referendum result was for leave.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    On the subject of Airbus, apparently they met with government representatives on Thursday to discuss the possibility of receiving funding to open a new facility in the south of England. Brexit was not mentioned as being a problem according to an MP who was present.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    You know what's really worrying about that brief but dull-witted exchange? The girl who didn't know what Brexit was apparently has 3 A levels... They must be giving them away free with Cornflakes now. If true that is a dreadful indictment of the UK educational system.
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    TT 2018

    I topped up at Birkenhead on the way over and paid £1.29 / litre expecting it to be much higher on the rock. I get there and it's £1.29... and it still was throughout the fortnight in quite a few stations. Still £1.29 in Birkenhead on the way home last night.
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    Brexit Is Reversible...

    Interesting that you should choose the example of the Allegro as an example of what could be produced by British industry. It's probably worth pointing out that the UK car industry (epitomised by British Leyland) was totally hamstrung by the influence of extreme left union activists such as the wretched Derek Robinson - a man, who according to a BBC article at the time of his death, was responsible for the instigation of 523 strikes. Tell me how any industry is going to flourish under that kind of duress. I've often wondered what the industry might have been like (and indeed industry in general) if it had been wrecked by union political grandstanding. At least for those with long enough memories it should serve as a warning as to what could happen if the likes of Corbyn and McDonnell ever get into power. And as for mining, can you not conceive of a situation where Arthur Scargill has to shoulder at least some of the blame? The quote below is from Andrew Marr - presumably no introduction needed: "Many found Scargill inspiring; many others found him frankly scary. He had been a Communist and retained strong Marxist views and a penchant for denouncing anyone who disagreed with him as a traitor.... Scargill had indeed been elected by a vast margin and he set about turning the NUM's once moderate executive into a reliably militant group.... By adopting a position that no pits should be closed on economic grounds, even if the coal was exhausted – more investment would always find more coal, and from his point of view, the losses were irrelevant – he made sure confrontation would not be avoided. Exciting, witty Arthur Scargill brought coalmining to a close in Britain far faster than would have happened had the NUM been led by some prevaricating, dreary old-style union hack."
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