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Old 05-25-10, 07:39 AM   #1
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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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I may have to write Her Majesty a stiff note.
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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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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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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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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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Now what the heck was this thread about?
Dangers of riding through poo ..
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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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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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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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