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JWestland

Member since Jan 2013 • Last active Jun 2019

Over the water in Norn Ire, serious cycle commuter, and a bit of a bike geek.

Also draw, studying for IT/Maths degree on OU and I keep chickens.

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    I'd rather see road safety as a right, in that sense I have to agree making it pay for itself is not a good way of thinking about it. (and it will cause complaints from "us poor motorists" yeah as if you don't have a speedometer and pair of eyes and a driving license, but ok...")

    I do wonder if it can pay for itself it is possible to actually get more of it because the argument against everything lately seems to be "but it cost money and we have none..."

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    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/201­9/jun/17/painted-bike-lanes-waste-money-­cycling-commissioners

    This seems to suggest enforcement can pay for itself.

    In Belfast, there is barely any road police. They put up some speed checking wires in some locations (which is going to confirm that, yes, there indeed everybody is doing 40 not 30).

    I see the occasional person being stopped (not paying VED/not insured I suspect based on my stereotypes of local drivers) but people being snatched off the road for driving like ejits or speeding in town is very rare.

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    The Irish Border wasn't too impressed either

    https://twitter.com/BorderIrish/status/1­140330003877511168

    What is the craic with the bin? Stewart genuinely talked about... a bin?

    Meanwhile a mate of mine's partner got very heavily handed searched by UK border police after he was pulled out of a queue in Lanyon Place (aka Central station) to board the train to Dublin.

    [passport checks on trains/buses are normal and allowed, being pulled out of a queue and strip searched just like that...not normal, allowed I don't know...]

    Good start to the "take back control" if all the new border staff are getting on like that hoping it was just an isolate incident.

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    On that note, up yours home office

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.­uk/news/amp/uk-northern-ireland-48640758­

    A Vietnamese man has become the first person in Northern Ireland to be cleared of criminal charges after putting forward a defence of human trafficking.

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    Cool that may work, tx!

    Kids just about fitting on 29ers is definitely on trend in Belfast too.

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    After I tell him to consider cycle training ;)

    It started recently, he's been growing a lot and I think it is just too much of a drop now. His mates are all on MTBs so something with big tyres may suit him better than a road/track bike.

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    Yep that will work too.

    I just cannot be bothered atm to build a bike up (things to do...) and getting parts means £ or spending a lot of time searching for cheap stuff.

    Halfords here we come... ? :)

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    With SF not taking their seats and the DUP happy to cosy up to the Tories, I just can't wait.

    The DUP might lose 1-2 seats, but i doubt they'll be completely gone.

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    There is some chat on Slugger O'Toole, a local site, that BoJo may try to force through the "backstop" for Northern Ireland by a snap GE and then a referendum on the backstop only and for NI only.

    As he doesn't really believe in Brexit, but just wants it to happen some way. I still am not sure how that will play out in reality though... and even if it works, is it possible constitionally?

    All this cos Cameron (who started the Hostile Environment, though May really went for it when she implemented what he wanted) didn't have the guts to see off UKIP or let them have a few seats.

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    Their road one is really good indeed and so are the higher end models.

    But mini Westland complains about the wrists (he's on a Hoy track bike atm with riser bars) so we decided to get him a mtb/hybrid.

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