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    Exile on Drain Street

    I don't like living in the English countryside. You can't get a decent Latté, and it smells funny.
    Belting along the poo-strewn country lanes today, with a fine aerosol of cow-ordure spraying off my rear tyre, I cycled over one of those round Victorian drain covers the English haven't bothered to replace in 110 years. There was a sudden hiss, and progress came to a halt. A sliver of rusting metal had gone through both sides of the tyre. Tyre and choob ruined.

    RUINED!


    Net loss: £20.00.
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    I would bet living in the City would increase your overall cost more than £20.00 each month!

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    What the Victorians did for "Snafu21"! on ITV tonight!
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    Senior Member snafu21's Avatar
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    I may have to write Her Majesty a stiff note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    What the Victorians did for "Snafu21"! on ITV tonight!
    What did the Victorians ever do for us? I mean, apart from steam power, electricity, telegraph, indoor plumbing, accurate timekeeping, accurate mapping, the bicycle...
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    ... the colonisation of New Zealand, and the punitive sack of Benin...

    I quite like the Steampunk movement, a blend of Jules Verne ( as portayed by Hollywood) and er, something else.

    http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/steampunk/


    and of course, the 'Faun' folding bicycle of 1896.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrian View Post
    What did the Victorians ever do for us? I mean, apart from steam power, electricity, telegraph, indoor plumbing, accurate timekeeping, accurate mapping, the bicycle...
    Or the Romans,other than.............................................peace......................
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    Senior Member bhkyte's Avatar
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    The drain cover was less likely to damage your internal hub gear than a thingy at the back of the bike that changers gears,whats is it called again.
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    A Disraelia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Or the Romans,other than.............................................peace......................
    Oh, shut up about peace!!
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    Peace is much over-rated. People spend their money on iPhones, instead of transport infrastructure. Bring on plastic drain covers.
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    That's true enough. I see all kinds of cool gadgets on the Military channel. Where would we be now without our hostile endeavors?
    Now what the heck was this thread about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeKraft View Post
    Now what the heck was this thread about?
    Dangers of riding through poo ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    Peace is much over-rated. People spend their money on iPhones, instead of transport infrastructure. Bring on plastic drain covers.
    I spent four times as much on bicycles than I did on my iPhone, and according to www.ipayroadtax.com, I spent more than that on transport infrastructure. The difference is that I got to choose what bikes to buy, and what internet tablet, ebook reader, camera, satnav, oh yes, and phone to buy, but I had no say in the type of drain covers.
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    Drain covers are much over-rated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    Drain covers are much over-rated.
    But if they weren't there, you'd fall into the drain. In a similar vein, I don't mind the gap at all in tube stations. If it wasn't there, the trains would grind along the platform edge, and maybe get stuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    A Disraelia.
    Isn't that the term used for Benjamin Disraeli collectible figurines?

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    I love the way monty python relates to all things human and drain covers

    ...and I love chinese

    ....and I want to know why Sid wants to be a woman
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    Benjamin Disraeli collectible figurines are much over-rated.

    Eschew these fripperies. They have no place upon a bicycle.
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