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Biker1
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 17 2017, 08:55 AM) *
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40676384

If this doesn't justify a rant I don't know what does .

I have spent most of my life ranting about people who gain fun and pleasure fron the suffering and killing of animals.
I give up!
Time for others to take over. sad.gif
(Or you can help by supporting LACS or PETA.)
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Biker1
Posted on: Aug 15 2017, 08:34 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 13 2017, 07:45 PM) *
I thought the idea of any forum was to share views on a particular subject ? We now seem to be more interested in a character assassination on the poster as opposed to indulging in a responsible debate . I am not suggesting we are going to see eye to eye on everything but shouldn't we agree to disagree and embrace the argument ? rolleyes.gif

Been fighting that battle on here for years SirW.
Good luck, although I have to admit things have improved on here from that aspect lately.
Perhaps due to the diminished number of contributors? unsure.gif
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Biker1
Posted on: Aug 11 2017, 06:13 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 10 2017, 06:50 PM) *
Every citizen thinks they are entitled to drive a car / heat their house / cook their food etc but what hope is there if efficiency is lost to an increasing population ?

Fixed that a bit but you have hit the nail cleanly on the head there Sir W!
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 04:59 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 07:22 AM) *
not running out in either of our lifetimes.

Hmmmm.....I'll pass that on to my grand daughter shall I?

QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 05:17 PM) *
They had the same attitude, which is why all the forests are gone along with the coal mines.

There's plenty of coal left in the coal mines. It's just that we're not allowed to burn it any more because we are considering future generations! tongue.gif
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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 05:06 AM


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Haven't talked Brexit on here for a while!
Here's a view that cracked me up!! laugh.gif laugh.gif
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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 04:51 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 8 2017, 08:56 PM) *
Good design is all. Now, imagine replacing all the failing slate roofs of (say) strings of Victorian housing and public buildings not with tiles and panels, but with panels alone. I suspect few of us would even notice.

Don't get me wrong. I not against generation from "renewable sources".
I am just pointing out that, in my opinion, there is a price to pay, lesser or greater, in some way for all our energy requirements.
Nothing comes for free! dry.gif
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Posted on: Aug 8 2017, 07:26 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 8 2017, 11:50 AM) *
I'm very much in favour of solar, I know that in this poxy climate it's not as effective as it could be but it still a largely unobtrusive means of generating power.

Right! wink.gif
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 01:49 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 7 2017, 09:54 AM) *
Everything we do has an environmental impact. If you want to reduce your environmental impact the biggest thing you can do is not have children.

Correct. Over population is the cause of most evil to the planet.
QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 7 2017, 09:54 AM) *
Tidal power is in its infancy, but France has a 240MW plant, Korea a 254MW one; the Swansea project is planned to be 320MW.

And I forgot to mention hydroelectric.

Interesting thanks.
I should imagine hydro- electric has the least environmental impact?
All you need is a bloody big dam!
Oh and a river.
Oh and a valley!
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 05:01 AM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 6 2017, 02:16 PM) *
Nuclear, wind, solar, tidal, what more do you want?

All of which have an environmental impact.
(Tidal? How many MW do we generate using that?) unsure.gif
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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 08:45 AM


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Is the electric car revolution as "eco friendly" as we are lead to believe.
Seems there is always an environmental / human cost no matter what form of energy we decide to use up!
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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 08:39 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Aug 5 2017, 11:41 AM) *
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west....

Same here!! sad.gif
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Posted on: Jul 27 2017, 06:55 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 27 2017, 07:17 PM) *
like putting an immersion heater in a steam engine and calling it an electric train.

That's an interesting idea OTE.
But ridiculous surely?
Unlikely anyone has thought of that before!
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Posted on: Jul 27 2017, 09:13 AM


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Interesting that the government who have just announced the banning of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 for environmental reasons is the same government that has recently announced major cutbacks in the railway electrification programme that will mean the continuing use of diesel power for some time to come! rolleyes.gif
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Posted on: Jul 26 2017, 07:36 AM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Jul 25 2017, 01:21 PM) *

We do "assemble" trains here, many of the the Hitachi IEP's for GWR and Virgin will be assembled in the north east.
Not quite the same though is it? rolleyes.gif

"Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Canadian firm Bombardier Inc. Bombardier Transportation is one of the world's largest companies in the rail vehicle and equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. The division is head-quartered in Berlin, Germany"

Hitachi claims their trains are "manufactured" here but the truth is it is effectively an assembly plant.

"The new manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham is being developed to support the DfT-led Intercity Express Programme and future Hitachi Rail projects. The decision to manufacture and assemble rolling stock at these premises is a fundamental building block in Hitachi Rail Europe’s strategy for growth."

Also the class 802 trains that will run services through here to Devon and Cornwall are being manufactured by Hitachi in Italy.

The trains will be maintained by Hitachi leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs at the depots that currently maintain the HST's.
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Posted on: Jul 25 2017, 08:14 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 24 2017, 08:20 PM) *
I must admit, I wholly agree with your comment about leaving the EU. Ironically, my only real doubt about leaving was our ability to stand on our own once we had left. Sadly, since then, from what I can deduce, it seems we really have lost the entrepreneurial and managerial skills to do this. Whilst educational failures and globalisation plays a part, we have simply let the high end strategic and design roles disappear to Europe. This is probably why children aren't encouraged to get their hands dirty - they'll never need to. The only jobs we'll have here are low grade service type tasks, where close supervision rather than good management is needed.

Maybe that's why most European countries still manufacture their own trains but we have to import ours from Japan!?
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Posted on: Jul 22 2017, 07:48 AM


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The government has now back-tracked (sorry about pun) on many major electrification schemes since first being planned 5 years ago.
For example, the line from Cardiff to Swansea previously announced will now not be electrified.
The answer?
Bi-mode trains!! biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jul 21 2017, 08:26 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 21 2017, 09:16 AM) *
A part of the problem is having 'dual fuel' trains.

Caused by us not being able to fully electrify or not being able to do it quickly enough!
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Posted on: Jul 21 2017, 06:44 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jul 20 2017, 10:22 PM) *
To other media outlets. Who will pay. And we end up with the dross. Still, off now for my three weeks in the Maldives. Have fun everyone, and play nice!

Yeah, have a good time while it lasts and sod the environment eh?? tongue.gif
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Posted on: Jul 20 2017, 08:40 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jul 19 2017, 05:33 PM) *
Worst kind of champagne socialist. Do as I say. Not as I do. Can't stand the buffoon.

Totally agree but wait!.................
CHRIS EVANS!!!! ohmy.gif
This loud mouthed, ignorant, spoilt **** replaced the late, great Terry Wogan on the R2 morning slot! angry.gif
Whatever his salary was he was worth a hundred of the ginger tosser!
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Posted on: Jul 17 2017, 11:04 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 16 2017, 10:32 AM) *
Biker1, have you seen the disaster documentary about the Ladbroke Grove accident? There was segment discussing the idea that the diesel tank was ignited by the live overhead electricity cables?

Oooeerr!
These things are an "accident waiting to happen" then? ohmy.gif
(God I hate that cliché.)
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Posted on: Jul 17 2017, 11:01 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jul 16 2017, 09:34 PM) *
Why is Dr Who a woman?

This is a disgrace. The BBC have really messed this up. It should have been a trans gender or ethnic minority. A white woman? Disgusting and not the way forward.

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Perhaps both.
Oh and you forgot the wheelchair! tongue.gif
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Posted on: Jul 15 2017, 04:22 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 15 2017, 01:30 PM) *
Let's just hope it's attractiveness to paying passengers is better than the recently completed 'upgraded' Reading Station.

Hmmmmm............
No buffet, smaller windows, a throbbing engine under each coach and many will run as 5 car sets coupled together.
Makes 10 I think!
Oh and they are no faster than the HST's but will have greater acceleration when under the wires which will go as far as Newbury.
This leaves a lot of diesel power onwards to Plymouth and Penzance!
Dirty diesels eh Andy? tongue.gif
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Posted on: Jul 15 2017, 04:19 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 15 2017, 08:59 AM) *
Impressive beast, but has the capacity increased,

Yes.
QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 15 2017, 08:59 AM) *
the punctuality improved

Probably not....we'll see!
QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 15 2017, 08:59 AM) *
and the ticket price reflective of operating costs as opposed to share holder's dividends ?

Unlikely.
If ticket prices reflected the true operating costs they would be higher as the TOC's receive substantial subsidies from the government.
A good percentage of the operating costs of the railway is with the infrastructure which is Network Rail.
Effectively nationalised!
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Posted on: Jul 15 2017, 07:29 AM


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For any one who hasn't seen one yet or who may be remotely interested here is yer new train coming to these parts!
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Posted on: Jul 13 2017, 03:37 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jul 12 2017, 10:31 PM) *
Don't use social media.

Like it!! laugh.gif
Bit like the old adage ...
"Doctor it hurts when I do this."
Doctor: "Well don't do it then!"
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