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    BigMouth got a reaction from misty25 in Boy Racers   
    Things were different back in my day. I remember bostiking synthetic brown fur to the dashboard of my Plymouth Cricket (Hillman Avenger Estate built in the US). It must have looked like I had been in a terrible collision with a large fairground gonk.
     
    The height of flash in my car was fitting a centre console. Somewhere to keep the pack Woodbines and a Ronson lighter, brown if I remember. Everything seemed to be brown or beige in them days.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from lilackirsty in Cyclists   
    I drive a car at least twice a week, usually more.
     
    There is a reflector on the front and back of my bike as well as one on each wheel, but I stand by the fact that you will see the lights a long way before you see any reflectors. And yes, mine are the flashing variety. You would be surprised at the number of drivers who have overtaken the car that is coming towards me. A couple of times I have had to take avoiding action and get onto the verge. This is why my lights are on day and night now.
     
    If your windscreen wipers are going like billy-o and you still can't see through the rain on your screen then you are driving too fast for the road conditions or your wipers are faulty or you have defective vision. The flashing lights on a bike are no brighter that a brake light. I have bought some glasses that help with night driving recently and they make a huge difference.
     
    I have had close squeaks with cyclists. In every case they have had no lights on and in the dark.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from unlinkedstudent in Boy Racers   
    Things were different back in my day. I remember bostiking synthetic brown fur to the dashboard of my Plymouth Cricket (Hillman Avenger Estate built in the US). It must have looked like I had been in a terrible collision with a large fairground gonk.
     
    The height of flash in my car was fitting a centre console. Somewhere to keep the pack Woodbines and a Ronson lighter, brown if I remember. Everything seemed to be brown or beige in them days.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from lilackirsty in Cyclists   
    I ride a bike and always have my lights on. I never wear reflective clothing or a helmet. Cycling is much more likely to do you good than harm through improved health. Do you remember that time that there was a sniper on the roof of the Gilbert Bain and we all had to go around with bulletproof jackets every time we walked around Lerwick? No I didn't think so. It would be silly wouldn't it? We would just tackle the problem; the sniper. Any driver who can't see a cyclist with their lights on needs a trip to Specsavers, conveniently located in the street with excellent prices and service. Any cyclist who rides around without lights on needs a swift talking to by Plod, much the same as the string of drivers I see in their cars with only their sidelights on at night.
     
    My lights are bright and flash and with the visibilty available on roads out of the town people should be able to spot me from way back, giving them time to slow down in the face of oncoming traffic and pass me at a reasonable pace when there is gap in the traffic. I still have cars pass me so close that I could buff their paintwork as they pass. I keep a list of their registration numbers though.
     
    Most drivers I am glad to say give me plenty of room and I really appreciate the effort that you are making. For those that insist on tooting their horn when close to me, please refrain, stop your car and explain what you think I am doing wrong.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from CHUCK NORR1S in Cyclists   
    There were also fewer roads!
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    BigMouth got a reaction from CHUCK NORR1S in Cyclists   
    I ride a bike and always have my lights on. I never wear reflective clothing or a helmet. Cycling is much more likely to do you good than harm through improved health. Do you remember that time that there was a sniper on the roof of the Gilbert Bain and we all had to go around with bulletproof jackets every time we walked around Lerwick? No I didn't think so. It would be silly wouldn't it? We would just tackle the problem; the sniper. Any driver who can't see a cyclist with their lights on needs a trip to Specsavers, conveniently located in the street with excellent prices and service. Any cyclist who rides around without lights on needs a swift talking to by Plod, much the same as the string of drivers I see in their cars with only their sidelights on at night.
     
    My lights are bright and flash and with the visibilty available on roads out of the town people should be able to spot me from way back, giving them time to slow down in the face of oncoming traffic and pass me at a reasonable pace when there is gap in the traffic. I still have cars pass me so close that I could buff their paintwork as they pass. I keep a list of their registration numbers though.
     
    Most drivers I am glad to say give me plenty of room and I really appreciate the effort that you are making. For those that insist on tooting their horn when close to me, please refrain, stop your car and explain what you think I am doing wrong.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Carlos in Cyclists   
    I ride a bike and always have my lights on. I never wear reflective clothing or a helmet. Cycling is much more likely to do you good than harm through improved health. Do you remember that time that there was a sniper on the roof of the Gilbert Bain and we all had to go around with bulletproof jackets every time we walked around Lerwick? No I didn't think so. It would be silly wouldn't it? We would just tackle the problem; the sniper. Any driver who can't see a cyclist with their lights on needs a trip to Specsavers, conveniently located in the street with excellent prices and service. Any cyclist who rides around without lights on needs a swift talking to by Plod, much the same as the string of drivers I see in their cars with only their sidelights on at night.
     
    My lights are bright and flash and with the visibilty available on roads out of the town people should be able to spot me from way back, giving them time to slow down in the face of oncoming traffic and pass me at a reasonable pace when there is gap in the traffic. I still have cars pass me so close that I could buff their paintwork as they pass. I keep a list of their registration numbers though.
     
    Most drivers I am glad to say give me plenty of room and I really appreciate the effort that you are making. For those that insist on tooting their horn when close to me, please refrain, stop your car and explain what you think I am doing wrong.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Scorrie in Viking Bus Station   
    I think that someone put a fiddle and accordion band in there. That would encourage people to find somewhere else to wait very quickly!
     
    Who was it who said that a gentleman is a man who can play an accordion, but doesn't?
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    BigMouth reacted to Frances144 in Police   
    That, alone, is surely worthy of the front page of The Shetland Times!
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    BigMouth reacted to Seaflech in Gollywogs - is this guy for real?.   
    Sounds like a bit of a turban myth to me......
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    BigMouth reacted to fusion in Viking Bus Station   
    I think your maybe right, they have shed a tone of people at the edges of the council, but even with less staf to manage the white hoose is still full of people managing people that are not there anymore, ie salleries and personel? how many jobs have gone from there? middle managers are craping the barrels to find savings and cuts that we the customers will feel by the loss of services, however if the guys above them relised it might be the top managers that need to go.
     
    On subject if the viking was made into a coffee shop and waiting room then it might be a good going business, its on an excelent locating for passing trade that might welcome a cup of tea while waiting for a bus.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Siccar in Viking Bus Station   
    Perhaps the good folk of Scalloway stop littering their streets?
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