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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Jonners on Today at 11:36:43 »
I am sticking with the Bkool software for now, got bored of Zwift very quickly, but will go back once new courses arrive.

Tonight, I will be doing Col du telegraph. Expecting a mild coronary by the end of it
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General Chat - English / Re: Brexit watch
« Last post by DavidL on Today at 07:04:46 »
Bruce Dickinson was interviewed on Newsnight last night - he's a Leaver. Good man. :)


"Run from the bills"
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Sepultura - Roots
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General Chat - English / Re: Brexit watch
« Last post by Nïckslïkk2112 on Yesterday at 21:49:14 »
Aye he sounds like a complete passenger. Nobody gives a tuppence 'apenny about the passenger. It's the Driver what's important. Bring on Boris in his Bus :)
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Other Bands / Re: Tragically Hip - bad news
« Last post by rascal houdi on Yesterday at 21:47:37 »

 :'(


Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away yesterday after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 53.

The announcement came on the band's website, noting that Downie passed away surrounded by his family. "Gord knew this day was coming," the note read. "His response was to spend this precious time as he always had--making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived."

Downie played his final show with Tragically Hip in August 2016 in Kingston at the K-Rock Centre. The show was simulcast across the internet.

For his part, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has expressed his Tragically Hip fandom in the past and attended the band's final show, tweeted: "There will never be another one like you, Gord. Rest in peace my friend."
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General Chat - English / Re: Brexit watch
« Last post by Nick on Yesterday at 20:41:43 »
The “Passenger” summed it all up more eloquently than I.

This is the end for brexit. The whole project is fatally wounded. It is all over bar the shouting and while there will be a lot of that it will not change anything.

May has shown she cannot negotiate any of the important details of brexit through Brussels. Now she has shown she cannot negotiate any of the important details of brexit through Westminster either. That's it, game over.

The reason is the most recent expression of the democratic will of the British people, the GE of June this year, which supersedes the referendum of 2016 and renders it obsolete. Nothing strange about that. Democracy is an endless process and democratic decisions are democratically reversed all the time.

May went to the country to get a mandate to negotiate brexit on a firm and authoritative foundation. We, the people of Britain, refused to give her one. That is why she cannot make any progress in either Westminster or in Brussels; because of a democratic expression of our will, which is both more recent than the referendum of 2016 and more authoritative, Britain being a country ruled not by plebiscite but by parliament.

Consider; if May had achieved the mandate she wanted and the expected 100+ majority, she could say to Labour "Shut up, you are destroyed". She could say to the various Tory tribes and factions "shut up, because none of you can muster enough votes to overturn my government". She could say to Brussels "now you have to negotiate with me because I have a firm mandate to negotiate with you".

But as it is, she is unable to say any of those things, because we, the British people, refused to give her the mandate to say any of them. That being so, it is quite literally impossible for her to negotiate brexit. It is not that May and her team are especially inept, though they are that as well. It is that they are attempting the impossible. So isn't it time for her to respect the democratic will of the British people and stop trying to do something which is quite patently impossible?

Most ordinary sensible people would go along with it. They are sick to death of this mess. They don't have to love the EU; just prefer it to a complex, damaging and unpredictable process that has no clear outcome. If they were told A50 was being withdrawn and brexit was being put back in the box, they'd most likely breathe a sigh of relief and turn to the sports page.

EU bureaucrats would breathe a sigh of relief too. They'd find some way of making the revocation of A50 work under EU law. Sure, the UK has been an irritant in the EU but we could be a much bigger irritant sitting off the EU's western seaboard with a failed economy. Besides, no bureaucrat likes change. Status quo ante would be their preference. Time to recognise reality, stop trying to do the impossible and put brexit back in the box.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Nick on Yesterday at 18:39:28 »
Amazing, cycling in the South Pacific from a room in the UK.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Slim on Yesterday at 18:23:15 »
Miserable weather but I've got the trainer, Boardman, laptop and WiFi router all set up nicely in the garage now so I delved back into the immersive 3D world of Zwift.

I selected a hilly route, although I didn't have a lot of choice. I've unlocked the Bike Radar kit, which is rather nice (just hit P and type BIKERADAR as the promo code - easy). I did 50 minutes and climbed down off the bike feeling sweaty and a bit knackered.



Even though the application can't actually vary the resistance (on my trainer) you definitely feel the climbing - because you slow down, and there's a motivation to put more power down to keep going. You still have to work harder to get up hills. It's surprising how immersive it is. Up in the mountains I felt glad to hit a snowy bit, because it seemed to cool me down.

Strava tells me I did 536kJ of total work (obviously an approximation). Unfortunately it seems there's no way to show this during the ride, which is a shame. I'll just have to aim for a set number of miles, or perhaps I'll try "workout" mode.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1236218333
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Gord Downie RIP.
What a frontman.
Gutted.
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General Chat - English / Re: Brexit watch
« Last post by DavidL on Yesterday at 14:48:55 »

let's hope they win the contract then as it's still out for tender
;D Boom, boom! I see what you did there - nice one!
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