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Old 22nd Sep 2021, 15:00
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There is a growing suspicion that the crowds of protesters contained a significant proportion of rent-a-crowd professional protesters.
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Old 22nd Sep 2021, 15:19
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Grand daughter's covid jab was delayed by anti-vax protesters, in Aberdeen.
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Old 22nd Sep 2021, 15:25
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'Twas almost ever thus Bluey... It's why I would never attend a mass demo of the sort which regularly plague London and elsewhere. Who's doing the renting, eh?

I did present myself at a small gathering to heap abuse on the heads of our local council leaders and planning department a couple of years ago. The rent-a-mob element was more of a grab-a-mob - a friend of mine happened to be walking past, said "hello Treadders, wot's happening?" and was instantly co-opted into the local rag's photo before he could say cheese. Rather un-gruntled to discover we were challenging his own treasured political principles...
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Old 22nd Sep 2021, 21:44
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There is a growing suspicion that the crowds of protesters contained a significant proportion of rent-a-crowd professional protesters.
Really? Who's paying them? Let's say 500 additions from an "Evil Organisation", for a day .. 8 hours at minimum Australian wage of $20.33 per hour is $82,000 a day that some evil group is funelling out ...

Obviolusly it's REAL people, with REAL concerns ...
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 00:23
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Who's paying them?
The government, via the dole.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 01:18
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Obviolusly it's REAL people, with REAL concerns ...
Well I'd like to think so Checkers ... after all we have always been free to make our protests in public here. In this case, it was supposed to be for construction workers protesting about the vaccine mandates (the no jab, no job thing and the construction industry being closed down for two weeks) and it was a relatively small group of people intending to register their objections outside the CFMEU ( Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union) but the waters were muddied by anti-vax, anti-lockdown and what was described as "far-right" agitators fronting up after being "called in" via social media. Much criminal behaviour and sheer thuggery resulted. The phrase "rent-a-crowd" wasn't intended to suggest they were actually paid but rather that there was a large percentage of people there, intent on criminal action, who had no connection at all with the construction industry.

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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 08:42
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23rd September is Restless Legs Awareness Day, apparently.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 09:15
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23rd September is Restless Legs Awareness Day, apparently.
And there was me thinking I just felt like a walk.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 09:48
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With nearly 7 miles walking under my belt this morning (and a little activity above the belt too), believe you me my legs aren't restless right now. In fact quite the opposite. Which is a bugger as there are several miles more to go...
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 10:13
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Biggest timing error of my life last Monday, went for what I fondly imagined would be a wee walk on Rannoch Moor.
It took me seven and a half hours.
So then (yes, after the event) I calculated what it should have taken:- 7 hours 40 minutes.
Great stuff, hindsight.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 11:24
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My only experience of Rannoch Moor is on the train - what a super journey. Heavy snow on the journey to Fort William which made me wonder if the trip back the following day - or even the following week! - would be possible. It was. Disappointed though that the first syllable of Tyndrum is pronounced like the Geordie river rather than the metal formerly mined in Cornwall...
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 11:31
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Yes, I asked a born Gaelic speaker once, and she gave me a withering look, "You know it's really Tigh na Druim, the Home on the Ridge, so what's the problem?"
I've probably got the spelling wrong, but Tigh is pronounced Tie, and Druim is sort of pronounced Drim.
So there you go
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 11:46
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My first train trip across Rannoch Moor was more years ago than I can remember. I persuaded FType to drop me at Bridge of Orchy and collect me at Fort William. In those days Bridge of Orchy was pretty quiet, most activity was at the two Tyndrum stations, but it was a shorter/cheaper trip from BoO. At the station, we surprised four British Rail staff enjoying a cup of tea around a coal fire in the booking hall. The Station Master was delighted to see us, and proudly announced to his team, "We've got a customer!". They were all galvanised into action. The booking clerk sold me a one way ticket to Fort William, the signalman walked over the line to his signal box, and set the post station signal to red. The fourth member (a linesman??) walked up and down the line. The stationmaster shouted to the signalman also to put the signal before the station to Stop, then explained to me that the station was at the bottom of a long climb, and train drivers liked to take a good run at the incline. However, he was worried that the driver might ignore all the signals, so he then instructed the signalman to set the points into a dead end siding, just in case. The lines man checked that the points were AOK. The station master certainly didn't want his sole customer left standing! Then we heard the train approaching, blasting its horn at the red signal. The stationmaster insisted that the signal remain at red until the train had come to a complete stop. Then he permitted the points to be reset, and the pre-station signal turned to green. An indignant train pulled in to the station, I boarded, and the stationmaster instructed the post station signal be set to green.

Wow!
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 12:04
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Fantastic! Did the bit down to Oban as well - Loch Awe, another wonderful name! - and wish now I had taken the line up to Mallaig. Have to do it again, eh?

Reminds me of one of Doug Bianchi's fantastic Pilot articles from the 1970s which began something like "Me and the boys were drinking tea in the hangar, wondering what a customer looked like"...

Thoroughly recommend The West Highland Line as a trip everybody should do - Corrour is Britain's highest and most remote station as I recall. All thoroughly beautiful. Only eagle I have ever seen in Britain hunting somewhere between Tyndrum Lower and Loch Awe...
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 12:22
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70th Birthday Party was at Corrour, which was then a restaurant and B&B, 75th was on top of Ben Nevis (via Carn Mor Dearg Arete), 80th was on Ice Wall at Kinlochleven.
Last Rannoch Moor rail trip, with about 50 others to celebrate a "Last Munro" was free for all of us - the Bridge of Orchy station is now un-manned, and the on train ticket sales are impossible because there is no internet signal in the middle of the moor. Yes, really!
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 12:52
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23rd September is Restless Legs Awareness Day, apparently.
I'm always aware of mine. I don't need a special day to remind me.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 13:14
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I was going to harvest grapes.
Cricket has distracted me: as would a steam locomotive at the head of rail carriages..
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 15:58
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Cricket authorities have decided in the interests of inclusivity to rename the "Batsman" the "Batter".

Batter is what I use to make our Yorkshire puddings. The chippy also coats their fish in it.

Since women and men do not (yet) play cricket together, what's wrong with Batsman and Batswoman as applicable - and while we're at it, the Third Man and Third Woman?
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 21:20
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Fill of heating oil this afternoon was twice per litre vs 18 months ago.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 21:27
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Anyone seen TTN lately? Hope he's OK.
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