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1  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Re: Great Western Powerhouse - waiting to happen? on: Yesterday at 07:00:46 pm
Without large empty areas, wherever you put borders will produce unfortunate divisions. Perhaps the most sensible thing would be to use travel-to-work areas, but bearing in mind those reflect what is, not what will be in a few years, let alone what could be if things were altered.
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: Yesterday at 04:44:36 pm
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*It's important to be mindful that beer is so much more than just another breakfast drink.

Made from grains and flowers. It's practically muesli.
If beer is the "breakfast of champions" then muesli is the "beer of runners-up".
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Railfuture meetings, etc, - Severnside area - autumn 2019 on: Yesterday at 04:27:24 pm
Well it's not often you get to say "interesting" and "Stonehouse" in the same sentence! (I grew up midway between Stonehouse and Stroud so might be biased... )
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 09:10:51 am
Quote from: bradshaw
The K and A lends itself to railway linked walks. Train to Trowbridge, walk to Devizes, bus to Bath.
Train to Pewsey, walk to Devizes and bus to Bath.
Pewsey to Bedwyn is another
Nice level walking with plenty to see.

Unfortunately I didn't spot this thread before someone else came up with the right answer, so I'll go off on a tangent and respond to this instead  Grin

I have cycled the complete length of the K&A towpath from Bath to Reading, and walked a fair bit of it as well. Going east it is reasonably well-surfaced from Widcombe locks at Bath to the eastern outskirts of Devizes (although even on that section there is a dodgy length around Seend). From Theale into Reading it is also reasonably well surfaced, although part of the "towpath" is nowhere near the canal as it passes by the M4 Reading Services. There is a bit of private land there that causes the diversion.

Between Devizes and Theale it is generally only surfaced at the locks and wharves, and the rest of it is grass. Or mud... You can have excellent walks along it as long as there has not been any substantial rain lately, which tends to preclude the winter months because it won't dry out much even if it hasn't rained for a week.

One particularly lousy section is between Froxfield and Hungerford, where it essentially runs along the edge of a field. This field usually contains cattle and, when they want a drink, you can guess where they go to get the water from. Heavy buggers, cows...

There is also a tunnel at Burbage and the towpath leaves the canal for a bit and starts again on the other side.

In case anyone is interested, here s the the view that Streetview gives of that bit of railway at Avoncliff: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.3391305,-2.283005,3a,53.4y,244.92h,86.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3RFZGUu3H-tFey_KUmYMuw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656


I'm impressed that you've cycled the whole length. I've cycled it from Bath to Devizes and also odd bits around Hungerford, but those were so bumpy and muddy it put me off trying the rest. West of Devizes it's great. Slow progress but speed is not what canals are about, either on the water or the tow path. I love seeing the herons which stand impassively as you pass a couple of feet from them!
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: July 18, 2019, 06:18:11 pm
Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
It's a nice garden but I wasn't that impressed by the cheese and stuff sandwich I had there last Sunday. Probably should have gone to the pub instead!
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: July 18, 2019, 05:06:10 pm
You're on the canal towpath. Maybe Dundas aqueduct, maybe a different one.
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 18, 2019, 11:59:22 am
Some aggro last night, apparently.
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Mr Salt continued: "I tried to do it nicely and it didn't work. So when I went back to collect Lynne after her shift, I ripped down the banner and moved the signs."

He laughed as he recalled: "They were shouting, 'Call the police, call the police.' I told them it wasn't a legal road closure.

"I will repeat it the next time I drive Lynne to work. I am quite willing to get arrested. I am open about it."
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/extinction-rebellion-bristol-protest-traffic-3104325

He's wrong in fact: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/current-roadworks-and-road-closures

The question of access for the disabled has perhaps not been thought through (though if she can't work a quarter of a mile, I'm surprised she can manage a cleaning job).
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 18, 2019, 11:06:08 am
What's the induction hob like to cook on? Don't you need special pots and pans, or am I thinking of some other sort?

It won't work with any pots to which a magnet will not stuck, so copper and aluminium and some steels are out, but they are hardly special these days. I was a devotee of gas before, but find induction just as easy to use, and a darn sight easier to keep clean.
Thanks. No plans to change our gas hob in the foreseeable but nothing lasts for ever!
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 18, 2019, 10:06:24 am
What's the induction hob like to cook on? Don't you need special pots and pans, or am I thinking of some other sort?
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Simon Brown, rail enthusiast, died on Gatwick Express train, 7 Aug 2016 on: July 18, 2019, 09:30:32 am
Taking responsibility applies to all. Those who lean out of windows or open doors on moving vehicles need to take responsibility for their actions. Those who make it possible for idiots, the uninformed, small children, etc to do so, also need to take responsibility for their act of making it possible.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 18, 2019, 09:22:34 am
My father-in-law had three phase (actually I think it was two-phase) by the simple means of asking the guys connecting his newly built house to provide it. But it was only in the shed where he did welding not in the house itself, and he was an electrician and knew what he was doing.

Moving back to gas heating etc, whatever happens in new build houses is rather peripheral as they're a very small part of the UK housing stock.
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 17, 2019, 09:22:11 pm
Meanwhile, on the topic of flights, I've just heard someone praising the taking of a 13-hour flight to Dubai for a day trip as "normal".

"Yeah, its normal. And I really everybody says that to me, its too far. Its not. I just think you get on a plane, do a night flight, you get a 13-hour flight, youll end up sleeping on the plane hopefully for six or seven hours. And then you get to Dubai, you can spend a day there, get back on a plane, youre in England. It isnt as bad as people think it is."
By "not as bad as people think it is" he's referring to comfort issues.
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: July 17, 2019, 09:19:46 pm
That same government has announced an end to the building of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, an end to gas boilers and cookers in new homes,
Just to address these two points: the first one is not quite accurate. What they've announced is an end to the registration of purely petrol or diesel cars after 2040. Hybrids, which might only have enough batter power for 30 miles then revert to petrol, will still be allowed. (In practice I think it's likely that technological developments will make petrol and diesel unattractive by about 2030 if not earlier, so it's a bit of an empty law.)

And the end of gas boilers and cookers in new homes I hadn't heard of. When did/does that come in?
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Free train tickets to university open day on: July 17, 2019, 03:23:01 pm
Bear in mind that whereas in my and probably your day it was normal for prospective students to attend open days, interviews, etc, on their own, it's now standard for parents to accompany them. The reasons for and other effects of this trend are not for this thread but clearly there's an impact on travel cost.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 17, 2019, 03:19:18 pm
With railcards, the TM's response should (presumably) be along the lines that the TM doesn't need to check the passenger's disability/age/etc, just to see their railcard. Aren't they given training in asking this sort of thing?
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