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by AndreR
Fri Mar 15, 2024 10:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

Just finished Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James, first read it 40 years ago and revisiting following emigration to the UK and living here for 30 odd years made it quite a different experience. Very funny and documents a time past when the world was a very different place. Would recommend :-bd
by AndreR
Mon Mar 04, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn
Replies: 101
Views: 2829

Re: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn

I'm afraid the plants and animals will have to go How do you see that working out for your children and grandchildren? I would point out that those plants and animals you are so quick to dismiss need exactly the same things your children and grandchildren will need. It is becoming increasingly obvi...
by AndreR
Mon Mar 04, 2024 9:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

About a quarter way through One Man goes Trekking (With she who must be obeyed) by Ketan Joshi. very entertaining and funny and interesting at the same time. Interesting as English is possibly not his first language and it hasn't been edited to clear up the odd word usage and sentence structure. Not...
by AndreR
Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: End of an era - perhaps. UPDATE
Replies: 88
Views: 5675

Re: End of an era - perhaps. UPDATE

Great news!! :-bd I'm sure that's a weight of your and Dee's minds!
by AndreR
Thu Feb 15, 2024 10:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

Having finished the very disappointing 'Goth - a history" I'm now on the interesting "The Silent Hills of Shropshire" by Malcolm Saville, it's definitely making me want to go and explore the Long Mynd much more! I hardly ever ride there. I don't live near the Long Mynd but have been ...
by AndreR
Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who'd have thunk it, an interesting article on Road.cc?
Replies: 65
Views: 1792

Re: Who'd have thunk it, an interesting article on Road.cc?

I often think there's a lot of confusion between 'saving the planet' and 'saving ourselves'. If we'd like to save ourselves or at least extend our potential time here, then yes, behaviour needs to change. Yet, if we'd like to save the planet, then eradicating the human race as quickly as possible w...
by AndreR
Thu Feb 08, 2024 10:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: NC500 in 1925
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: NC500 in 1925

Lovely that, really captures the feel of the landscape and the vibe of the trip. Thanks for sharing. :-bd
by AndreR
Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 11447
Views: 1922802

Re: The post man's been ...

...today and delivered 2 OS Maps centered on my address. :-bd Custom print in 1:25000 and 1:50000 with my Photos on the cover!! :cool: Going to make an effort to do more exploring locally this year.
by AndreR
Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1458
Views: 388209

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Good to see the youths taking an interest in this :wink: Never thought of it like that, only 1 in the crowd was around 20, Looks like our generation is a dieing breed. Too interested in their gaming now I guess. Reckon for a certain age group "being into bike packing" involves following s...
by AndreR
Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

gecko76 wrote: Tue Jan 30, 2024 7:59 pm Newby was there to climb Mir Samir (19880 feet) with his Diplomatic Service buddy Hugh Carless (who only died in 2011). On the way out they met with Wilfred Thesiger who declared them to be a couple of pansies for using sleeping mats.
:lol:
by AndreR
Tue Jan 30, 2024 1:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping Socks
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Sleeping Socks

I use Heat Holders to sleep in when its cold and really like them, but then I don't especially suffer with cold feet. I have a friend who uses them as well and does suffer from cold feet and now uses them on Duke of Edinburgh as well.
by AndreR
Mon Jan 29, 2024 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

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Stewart quotes from 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' by Eric Newby in that book, which I highly recommend - not just an insight in Afghanistan but also the world in the 1950's.

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Really enjoyed Eric Newby, The last Grain Race was my fave and really enjoyed A Short Walk too.
by AndreR
Thu Jan 25, 2024 3:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44448

Re: What are you reading now?

Just finished The Man in the Tent by Toni Beardsall, He was struggling mentally and in middle age decided to take up camping and that led walking and then moved into a tent full time and much of it wild camping. Quite light hearted and an interesting read. :smile:
by AndreR
Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Have tarps lost their popularity?
Replies: 36
Views: 1727

Re: Have tarps lost their popularity?

I've used a flat Tarp for years and no bivvie bag and did so when back packing before taking up bike packing some years ago. Love this setup for all of the reasons listed already, especially the feeling that you are in the landscape rather than isolated from it in a tent. Been out in all sorts of we...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 22, 2024 1:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?
Replies: 38
Views: 2396

Re: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?

Following on from my 1 minute trailer film earlier in this thread, I thought I'd best put a link up to the 6 minute version. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/PYnWcdtPIjY?si=Jo-OqpA-VhQkP8je Very pleased to have been invited to join in with the fun and have enjoyed the videos!! :grin: Cheers up a wet and win...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 22, 2024 8:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's your single best item you own for camping?
Replies: 29
Views: 1996

Re: What's your single best item you own for camping?

Swiss Army knife, bought in 1983 and been everywhere with me. Bit bigger than the normal pocket knife and lives in a pouch on my belt, it remembers the days when it was allowed on planes unchallenged! Blades are very worn and struggle to hold and edge now and it is nearly time to retire it and order...
by AndreR
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: OT: Large travel bag recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: OT: Large travel bag recommendation

Alpkit do a 100l (think there is a smaller version as well) duffel with a weatherproof zip and it comes with backpack straps attached but no wheels. Love it's size as everything goes in it and I can travel with just 1 bag. Had mine a few years now and its been bulletproof! :-bd
by AndreR
Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:33 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?
Replies: 38
Views: 2396

Re: Winter Event 2024: Power Seekers - Watt did you do?

Excellent summary there and thanks to John for inviting we to join his merry band! Had a brilliant time with some really lovely people! :-bd
by AndreR
Thu Dec 14, 2023 1:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 3971
Views: 499474

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Tomorrow will be a lot cheerier than it might have been. Emergency op to fix a torn retina yesterday, after a previous attempt with lasers two weeks ago. This time they used cryotherapy - freezing with liquid nitrogen. Scary stuff. Only a local anaesthetic. I don't think they actually pop your eyeb...
by AndreR
Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2023 Highlights
Replies: 13
Views: 7002

Re: 2023 Highlights

Enjoying reading these! Inspiration of the year (media/person/object etc)* This Forum, love seeing people doing all the fun, strange, crazy and brilliant things they do. Keeps me inspired to get out and do too. :-bd -Favourite ride/trail/trip if the year WRT, love this event and really wish I'd foun...
by AndreR
Wed Nov 29, 2023 9:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter Event entries now open.
Replies: 67
Views: 15319

Re: Winter Event entries now open.

Verena wrote: Wed Nov 29, 2023 7:01 am
AndreR wrote: Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:09 pm I'm in, at the deep end. Taking a running jump and it'll be fine they said :lol: . Now feeling "powerless, weak and scared inside!! :???:
It'll be fine, you'll have an (arctic??) blast!! :-bd
:-bd :lol:
by AndreR
Mon Nov 27, 2023 10:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stu's first Influencer role?
Replies: 6
Views: 3542

Re: Stu's first Influencer role?

That will finally lead to this! :lol:

https://youtu.be/e9OTZCRI2H8?feature=shared
by AndreR
Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter Event entries now open.
Replies: 67
Views: 15319

Re: Winter Event entries now open.

I'm in, at the deep end. Taking a running jump and it'll be fine they said :lol: . Now feeling "powerless, weak and scared inside!! :???:
by AndreR
Fri Nov 24, 2023 9:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 4931
Views: 1209875

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

samwise wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 7:40 pm Martin Lewis says it best...

"If you were going to buy it anyway, and it's half price, you've saved 50%. If you weren't going to buy it, but do it because its half price, it's cost you 100%"
:lol: :-bd
by AndreR
Fri Nov 10, 2023 5:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 3971
Views: 499474

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

...and I'm off to the O2 arena on Saturday night to see The Alabama 3 with my grown children and enjoy a belated birthday drink!! :grin: