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Biker1
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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Feb 20 2018, 04:03 PM) *
Her biggest benefits are reliability and comfort; not been late once since using the car.

Yet!! laugh.gif
I dread setting out on a journey by car. The inevitable jam because some van has had a puncture, with no escape on motorway / dual carriageway!
You see all those brake lights in front of you, sigh, and have to accept the consequences. angry.gif
(Unless, of course, you are on a bike. Then 22,000 times more dangerous than the train! tongue.gif )
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Posted on: Feb 19 2018, 10:17 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 19 2018, 09:38 PM) *
22 October 201, in Liverpool. Passenger was killed when the guard gave the all clear to depart when the passenger was leaning on the train. Still a low casualty rate though.

It was 2012
She was intoxicated and technically not a passenger on a train.
Anyway my point remains.
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Posted on: Feb 19 2018, 06:44 PM


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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Feb 18 2018, 10:41 AM) *
GF still has no problem using car she's far less stressed too. She shares journey with a couple of friends so it even costs less. Might be worth thinking about because the trains aren't going to get any better.

It's 22 times safer by rail than by car.
UK railways are the safest in Europe if not the world.
5 people a day killed on roads, no rail passenger killed through fault of operator / NR since 2007.
Something perhaps to take into consideration?? unsure.gif
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Posted on: Feb 15 2018, 09:03 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 14 2018, 05:04 PM) *
When it comes to immigration, that necessarily comes at a personal level. I have absolutely no issue with anyone coming to this country,provided we have room.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 09:23 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 14 2018, 11:20 AM) *
Thanks. I haven’t heard glowing reports about 387s, I hope the 802s have a better rep. sad.gif

Here's an interesting blog of one person's opinion of them.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 09:05 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 04:12 PM) *
I'd humbly suggest the classic English response does fit here. France is a lovely country, just a shame about the French!

Bit racist there OTE!!
Bet you wouldn't say that about, say, the Pakistanis?? ohmy.gif
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 13 2018, 10:58 PM) *
What trains are we going to have on our line?

Inter City services to the West of England and also, apparently, Paddington to Bedwyn, Class 802 in either 5 or 10 car formation.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_802
First 802 services to W of E planned for mid summer.
Local services to Reading, and maybe London, class 387/1.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_387
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Posted on: Feb 12 2018, 08:56 AM


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I think it's probably the availability of the motor car that has caused the demographic and amenity changes in our villages, yes?
Take that away and the attraction of remote village life may be somewhat different!
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Posted on: Feb 9 2018, 06:02 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 8 2018, 11:31 PM) *
I’m on the HST, I like the HSTs.

Make the most of it! They'll be gone by this time next year! sad.gif
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Posted on: Feb 9 2018, 06:00 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 8 2018, 11:07 PM) *
My company is putting me up for 5 nights in a very nice hotel just down the road from my place of work. Be quite nice. I can have a lie in!!! They can stick the buses up there @ss.

Is that going to be for at least the other 8 other occurrences during this tear?
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Posted on: Feb 8 2018, 08:42 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 8 2018, 10:40 AM) *
I'm saying nothing!

Do you know if 'Thames Valley branch lines' includes Reading to Newbury? Wouldn't be surprised if some comic came up with the idea of stopping electrification at Woolhampton!

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No, it means.............
West Ealing - Greenford
Slough - Windsor
Maidenhead - Marlow
Twyford - Henley.
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Posted on: Feb 8 2018, 08:40 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 7 2018, 10:22 PM) *
You are quite wrong but hey you can think what you like. Its called a forum. And by the way you think I am horrible. Im fine with that. I think you are probably male, in your early 20s and still living with Mummy and Daddy. But then I'm probably wrong as well.����

Well, yes................you're both wrong!! wink.gif wink.gif
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Posted on: Feb 7 2018, 08:55 AM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Feb 7 2018, 02:09 AM) *
As leader of the opposition he is allocated a government funded car and driver. They fund it and I'm pretty sure they pick it.

Government hypocrisy knows no bounds.
After convincing us that diesel cars are the scourge of the earth they cancel electrification of............
Great western main line from Cardiff to Swansea.
Oxford to Didcot
Thames Valley branch lines
Midland Main Line from Bedford to Sheffield
Trans-Pennine route from Leeds to Manchester.
All in favour of using DIESEL instead! rolleyes.gif tongue.gif
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Posted on: Feb 3 2018, 08:37 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 2 2018, 05:24 PM) *
There isn't any edict in ANY religion calling for donkeys to be thrown from a roof. Purely 'Spanish practices'. We ought to be limiting immigration from Spain and imposing a boycott. Stop eating their vile out of season tomatoes or banking with averious outfits like Santandair.

Do you know what OTE you are right!!
I am currently with Santander and have been considering changing for some time.
Your comments have finally nudged me into taking action!!
TSB here I come!! smile.gif
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Posted on: Feb 2 2018, 09:39 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 1 2018, 10:58 PM) *
As requested



Thank you for your email to Richard with the Daily Mirror link.
He has asked me to respond to say that this is unacceptable and should not be happening. As part of the draft Animal Welfare Bill, published in December and due to be debated in Parliament this year, CCTV will become mandatory in all abattoirs to ensure animals are treated humanely at the end of their lives. This should make it easier for agencies like the Food Standards Authority to monitor all abattoirs and stamp out abuses such as this.
Thank you for getting in touch.

Yours sincerely

Catherine


Catherine Haig
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Member of Parliament for Newbury

May be a small step but at least it is a step in the right direction.

Says the man who supports hunting with hounds etc. angry.gif
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Posted on: Feb 1 2018, 09:48 AM


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QUOTE (gel @ Feb 1 2018, 10:51 AM) *
Big Problems Around The Corner:

Like many around West Berkshire I'm an Oil user for heating/hot water.

Alarmed to see in a trade magazine that the Government is intent on phasing out
"off grid" appliances (eg oil) by as early as 2022.
Perhaps cravenly following some EU edict?

Presumably initially would apply to New Builds not being signed off
under Building Regs. if the builder had installed an oil or Calor heating system.

But will they also extend to banning existing users having an oil boiler replaced?
Failure to comply with the new Regs. leads to unlimited fines apparently, as
will apply with the updated Part L Building Regs from April 2018 regards
fitting of any new boiler.

Article references DEVIZES; there 60% of the 25,000 dwellings are on oil; that
constituency is represented by Claire Perry, the Minister of State for Climate Change
& Industry.

Hopefully this'll get delayed ad infinitum, as getting all existing oil users to use
electricity makes no sense as we're on a wafer's edge regards supply already.

Surely LPG is "off grid" also?
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Posted on: Feb 1 2018, 09:43 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 1 2018, 09:49 AM) *
Just a quick question. Some of the ladies at my place of work dress very sexily. Should I tell them to tone it down a bit as they put me off my work sometimes?

Nah, tell em how cracking they look, tell em what you'd like to do with them and give em a quick squeeze of the @rse! laugh.gif

(OOer! Just noticed there is a moderator on at the moment. Now I'm for it!! ohmy.gif)
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Posted on: Jan 30 2018, 08:59 AM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Jan 29 2018, 07:30 PM) *
This thread is now over 5 years old without what I can see, a representative view from the faith.

We can only wait, so time will tell.

You will wait forever.
For them there is no argument.
Brainwashed from birth with no permitted counter view!
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Posted on: Jan 29 2018, 04:43 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 29 2018, 10:18 AM) *
Not so good when there are diversions.

Yes they are! They are ideal when there are diversions. tongue.gif

QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 29 2018, 02:46 PM) *
Ah, so it was all the drivers fault.

Correct!! rolleyes.gif

QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 29 2018, 02:31 PM) *
Perhaps one can perch it on their knees when driving.

No, that would be silly and dangerous. Perhaps just pull over and check if you need to?
QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 29 2018, 02:31 PM) *
Just make sure you have an up-to-date one. tongue.gif

Good idea to make sure they are not too out of date. They are not expensive. Satnavs go out of date too!
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Posted on: Jan 29 2018, 09:13 AM


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Now I may be being VERY old fashioned here but there are these old manuscripts that are surprisingly still readily available called MAPS!.
Not expensive and can be carried even in modern vehicles to supplement the obligatory satnav.

Give them a try!!!! tongue.gif
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Post removed due to fear of the rozzers turning up en mass and arresting me for an alleged "hate crime"! tongue.gif
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Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 05:50 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 24 2018, 10:35 PM) *
If you don't know for sure I guess plans are still being drawn up. I'm unconvinced that these "days" won't turn into weeks. It is an infrastructure project so if its on time and on budget.....it will be amazing.😂

laugh.gif Well the original plan was for electric trains to be running from Newbury from May last year so definitely not on time!!
I seem to remember the Great Western electrification budget was bust not far into the project!
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Posted on: Jan 24 2018, 08:52 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 24 2018, 08:46 PM) *
I am not worried about getting to work and back, it is that the information is poor. It doesn’t explain how it will work: a bus from Newbury to Reading direct, or a bus from Newbury to Didcot then change to a train to Reading. That isn’t clear in the link.

The answer is buses are going to run to either I believe.
There will also be a rail service from Theale with a bus to there.
Why the site says GrateleyI am not sure as I would have thought Whitchurch was nearer? Perhaps it is something to do with parking availability.
If I find out more I will let you know.
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Posted on: Jan 24 2018, 05:20 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 24 2018, 10:02 AM) *
Well I wish that could be conveyed better on that link. Yet another example of poor pubic ‘information’'

Well it quite clearly says "replacement buses".
I would imagine the detail will become clearer nearer the time?
That does not detract from the fact that getting weekday commuters etc. to9 Reading & London will be nothing sort of a nightmare.
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jan 24 2018, 03:00 AM) *
Can I get to work in Reading and back home again or not???

Yes.
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