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 on: Today at 03:46:49 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Celestial
I think you've made an unnecessary mountain of a molehill with this moan grahame.

I agree completely. It's hardly an inconvenience to wait a couple of minutes.  And even with a consciencious guard trying to collect fares, the busier the train, the more likely he is to miss someone that looks down as he goes past to avoid paying.  And others may have bought a ticket for only the first part of the journey.

Of all the things we criticise the railway for, this seems to be one of the most minor complaints.

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 on: Today at 03:43:44 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by jamestheredengine
I just shake my head at the disruption these people are causing to people's lives. If they think for a minute they are furthering their cause by causing all this disruption they are very much mistaken.

I think the lack of caring about other people's lives derives from all to many of them being unempathetic failures in life. If only they had jobs to go to, or at least were actively looking for work.

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 on: Today at 03:23:01 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Bmblbzzz
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.

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 on: Today at 03:19:18 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Bmblbzzz
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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 on: Today at 03:14:16 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Bmblbzzz
A tall vertical ventilating pipe or tower is almost essential for a composting toilet for several reasons.

1) A steady supply of fresh air assists the composting.
2) Excess moisture evaporates
3) Foul air is removed to above head height.
4) Flies are killed. The waste tends to attract flies, these pests tend to go up the vent pipe attracted by the daylight at the top. Fine mesh covering the top of the vent prevents escape of the flies, which then die and fall into the waste.
For this to work, the interior of the toilet should be dark in order that the flies go towards the daylight at the top of the vent pipe.
The vent pipe should be black externally in order that daylight may slightly warm it and thereby encourage an UPWARD draught.
Useful knowledge after the applecalypso has sung, sorry I mean apocalypse has struck!

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 on: Today at 03:12:42 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Bmblbzzz
Story being reported on radio Bristol that a man has called in to say he'd received a call to say his fathers health and taken a turn for the worse and he should get there as soon as he could
He got delayed in the long jams on the M4 / M32 into Bristol this morning because of these idiots chained to a bath
Arrived at the hospital a few minutes after his father passed away !!
I just shake my head at the disruption these people are causing to people's lives. If they think for a minute they are furthering their cause by causing all this disruption they are very much mistaken. The police have taken a light touch approach so far much to mine and many others annoyance, but blocking the M32 crossed the line and the police finally took action:
https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2019/07/arrests-made-following-protest-activity-affecting-m32-in-bristol/
It seems like they moved their bath tub from the journalistic "the M32 we mean Newfoundland Way" to the actual M32 and at that point the arrests were made. The organisers reported at the weekend they had 300 people prepared to be arrested, so they would seem to have plenty in reserve. Though of course people saying they're prepared to be arrested for a cause might decide otherwise when it comes to it.

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 on: Today at 02:44:20 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by Phantom
The police have been taking their PC Brigade patter saying that they have to balance the right to protest against taking action as it may infringe their human rights.   They have a right to protest, agreed, but they are committing an offence by blocking roads which prevents the human rights of people to get about their daily lives.

This is the thing that really gets me, they had the pre-agreed closure of Bristol bridge which in itself is a ballache
But then they started wondering about the bear pit junction and then this morning just off of the end of the M32

Somebody should be saying you either stick to the pre-agreed area or we move the whole lot of you away

The sooner this nonsense ends this week the better

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 on: Today at 02:42:30 pm 
Started by Chris from Nailsea - Last post by ChrisB
For instance, the positioning of warning labels over HST windows was a lot clearer than on Gatwick Expres, for example

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 on: Today at 02:29:18 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by phile
The police have been taking their PC Brigade patter saying that they have to balance the right to protest against taking action as it may infringe their human rights.   They have a right to protest, agreed, but they are committing an offence by blocking roads which prevents the human rights of people to get about their daily lives.

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 on: Today at 02:23:33 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by broadgage
PMQs dominated by environmental questions today.  Would that have been the case if these demonstrations weren’t taking place?

Indeed, the prevalence of this sort of protest is  keeping climate change firmly in the public mind, and therefore politicians have to at least pretend to be interested.

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