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Old 13th Apr 2018, 08:54
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But then I would have to try and find another one to match
Bit late in Life now, but whenever I find something I like, I go back and buy another two or three whilst the going is good, 'cos when the original wears out the Fashion Police have decreed that that particular design / item will never see light of day ever again. Barstewards.

with a green suit
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GREEN suit ??? D'y'mind. Tho' must admit I had one once, an early nylon, or terylene or whatever the early crease proof stuff was called, could leave it in the bottom of my suitcase for days until I got to the other side of the World, then take it out and wear it without a crease ( 'cos I worried about creases in those days, even carried a travel iron, but not now, who cares ? ) Sadly, when it eventually wore out I couldn't replace it "as is". About that time I developed my buy a wardrobe full of them philosophy. Saves having to make decisions. No need to try and impress anyone now, so why worry? I have a lot of sympathy for the Mao Tse Tung decree that everyone wore something that looked like black pyjamas. Or so it seemed at the time

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Old 13th Apr 2018, 12:06
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ExSp, beige is the modern green, however in my yoof we wore various shades of blue every day so green was the only realise alternative. I say shades of blue as Air Force contracts tended to be good to one company, trousers to amother, and shirts and woolly pulleys to the cheapest bidder.

Mind you, SWMBO, is also of a mind that I should buy two off overlooking that I would not want to wear one uniform. The spare stays in the wardrobe where it magically shrinks.

OTOH I found a very comfortable pair of shoe s, now on 4th pair.
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 13:53
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Grump:
The overuse of some words in such a manner that their true meaning has been changed.

e.g. 'incredible': On TV there was an archaeological program investigating the Roman empire around 50AD. There are writings by local historians of the time. Now they had found "incredible evidence that confirmed the writings of those historians."

So unbelievable evidence confirmed the truth. That seems a contradiction to me.

e.g. Fantastic: as in something associated with fantasy. And that means not absolute reality. So the footballers who score fantastic goals are perhaps in another dimension.

And there are so many others where the vocabulary has been abused.
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Old 20th Apr 2018, 14:11
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Quite agree Rat.

'Unique' is a particular bug bear, especially the tautologically 'totally unique' claptrap we're subject to on a daily basis, when 'unusual' is what they should be aiming for.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 09:20
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I've said it before but I'll say it again, there is a circle of hell reserved for people with small cars who park right at the front of the space. Normal Saturday mornings being dragged around shops are exasperated further by spotting what you think is an empty space to find a Fiat shoebox or a Ford dinkytoy parked between two vehicles the size of buses.

Of course you can't see it as you approach, in fact in one dimly lit basement car park I had started the turn in before I noticed this dark coloured shape hiding in the corner.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 09:33
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Why do some motorway drivers overtake at 1mph or less faster than the preceding vehicle, then almost immediately cut back in front of it, almost scraping paint, then go no faster? They put themselves in the position of being closely tailgated but seem totally unaware of the fact.

Also those third lane motorway drivers who seem blissfully happy to pull alongside in lane three then drive for prolonged periods three abreast, even in in narrow lanes, such as through roadworks, when there is no need whatsoever....it leaves no room for any of the three drivers to manoeuvre laterally.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 09:36
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Originally Posted by Ogre View Post
I've said it before but I'll say it again, there is a circle of hell reserved for people with small cars who park right at the front of the space. Normal Saturday mornings being dragged around shops are exasperated further by spotting what you think is an empty space to find a Fiat shoebox or a Ford dinkytoy parked between two vehicles the size of buses.

Of course you can't see it as you approach, in fact in one dimly lit basement car park I had started the turn in before I noticed this dark coloured shape hiding in the corner.
If you plan to reverse in this doesn't happen because you go past the space first, allowing you to look into it..... Reversing in also puts you in a better situation when you come to leave - you won't have to reverse out into passing traffic!
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 09:59
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On the 3 lane motorways, when there is a well indicated lane closure ahead with a "get in lane" warning. Those socially agreeable of us do so, but those of a more arrogant, haughty, plain rude persuasion decide they do not need to queue and filter. They drive at high speed to the last possible yard of open lane and then force their way in and so cause a tail back. Instead of filtering one & one at some reasonable speed, they force cars to come to a standstill. I wish there was a 'do not cross' line on the closed lane and a camera that would ping these irritants. And usually they are in some large fancy expensive car one would suppose is driven by a well salaried and therefore intelligent Neanderthal, not a real one.
So, following the example set by lorries on the 2 lane roads, I once tried to block off the outside lane and crawl at the same speed as the inside lane, thereby trying to create some semblance of calm from chaos. This numpty then tried, and succeeded, to one take me on the grass between the tarmac and the central barrier. They were totally oblivious to anyone else. Not only that, but the numpty on the inside lane moved up and blocked off my space. A real dummy.
Road rage generating? You bet. I wish I had a water pistol with white wash in it. But considering how many speed cameras there are for safety reasons, why not put cameras in these places where blatant anti-social driving behaviour is causing unnecessary delays.
Many years ago, 70's, on the M6, Lancashire, there were road works in force for years. They set up a gantry filter system that started a couple of miles before the roadworks. Strong instructions about 'Get in Lane NOW!' etc. You filtered well in advance at 50mph and there were no delays. It worked. I've never seen it used since. Now it is a free-for-all and chaos.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:12
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I liked the sign on the road to work where it reduced from two lanes to one. 'Please merge in turn' it said and if the outside lane had fewer cars queuing than the inner it made sense to join it. Even so you still found the odd self-righteous wazzok who wouldn't allow anyone into their sacred lane.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:16
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The "creeping" overtake seems a standard manoeuvre on the Continent.
You can travel for miles with not a car in sight behind or in front, yet when there is, it's almost a given that some spark will come swooping up behind then overtake millimetre by millimetre, often in the second lane when there are 3 available and refuse to consider moving over until you start to force your way into their lane. I blame it on cruise control and being set on different cars to what the speedo indicates is the speed limit, but there is some variance.
Therefore I try and gauge what the approaching driver intends and either knock a km or two off my cruising speed or up it so I can overtake either after or before depending on circumstances.
And, often, it's a tailgate for miles and then pull out and creep past, then immediately swing in, almost deliberately to try and force you to brake.
But the joy of open roads for 100's of kms at 130 kph makes the irritation much less....

Then back to the UK and stop start on any motorway or dual carriageway makes even a 100 mile journey more taxing than a day on the Continent of 1,000 km or so.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:22
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I liked the sign on the road to work where it reduced from two lanes to one. 'Please merge in turn' it said and if the outside lane had fewer cars queuing than the inner it made sense to join it. Even so you still found the odd self-righteous wazzok who wouldn't allow anyone into their sacred lane.
I can't remember where I saw it, (Canada? USA?) but the sign read "Merge like a zipper" and had a picture that looked like a half open zip, to try and persuade traffic to merge in turn from left and right wherever there was a lane reduction.

Not sure it would stop the prats that drive at high speed right to the lane closure then try and force their way in, though.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:32
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And aren’t they mostly huge 4x4s?
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:33
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Merge like a zipper
I've seen it in New Zealand. A good illustration methinks. Smart people those Kiwis
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 10:40
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"Merge like a zipper"

In Netherlands it is called 'ritsen' (zippering) and is part of the culture, even at roundabouts and many other scenarios. It works if used correctly, but sadly, on the motorways there are now too many arrogant numpties who screw it up for everyone else when there is a lane closure.
I agree about the cruise control overtake. Agh! especially if it started on the flat and then continues into a gentle incline. On a 2 lane road will they budge? Nope. My speedo says 120kph and that's the limit. I have my rights and am being legally correct. Except they also have a TomTom staring at them showing their true speed is 115kph. Duh!
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 11:39
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True, but the only time I've seen it the sign has read "Merge Like A Zip", not zipper.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 12:11
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I used to regularly use a road which was dual carriageway for a few miles, then became single. There was sign advising in busy times to merge in turn like a zipper.

This was regularly ignored and people would queue in the one inner lane in busy times and try and block anyone trying to use the empty outer lane that was trying to obey the merge in turn sign.

Never figured out what the hell these idiots were thinking
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 12:55
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This was regularly ignored and people would queue in the one inner lane in busy times and try and block anyone trying to use the empty outer lane that was trying to obey the merge in turn sign.

The zipper merging technique is to encourage a moving flow. If used sensibly and early enough it works. For it to work it also needs a long enough stretch of road, after the merging, before the next bottle neck. If all these thing occur there is no reason, other than daft human nature, for the flow to standstill.
Once the inner lane is stationary, as in queuing, there is no chance to 'merge'. That is a moving process. Anyone overshooting is then queue jumping.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 13:53
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The zip merge is great in theory but why do the 'holier than thou' mob do it a couple of miles before the point of closure?
Use both lanes up to that point and then 'zip'. Most efficient use of the available road and causes least tailbacks.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 16:38
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The zip merge is great in theory but why do the 'holier than thou' mob do it a couple of miles before the point of closure?
Use both lanes up to that point and then 'zip'. Most efficient use of the available road and causes least tailbacks.


Which is why, in the places where it is permanent, there is a sign saying 'zip from here'. The problem arrises when the numpties, after zipping do not accelerate and cause a tail back in the queuing lane that becomes stationary. The 'I know my rights' brigade still go hurtling to the zip sign, passed all the stationary traffic, and then expect to force their way in.

The other problem is where the lane closure is caused by roadworks and there is no 'zip from here' sign. In that case arrogance takes over from common sense and they hurtle up the last meter of tarmac and once again expect to be let in. What does work in some countries, where there are sufficient overhead gantries, is the down-route closed lane is labelled with an arrow indicating zip, about 1km in advance. Then it changes to a red cross 500 before the bottle neck indicating that lane is now closed and tread there at your peril. It seems to be respected and thus works. Zipping at the last second doesn't work if drivers do not accelerate.

Put a drone up and video the chaos and have a national well constructed TV advertising campaign. The savings made would make the cost of such a campaign seem less than peanuts.
Better advance flow managemnt and perhaps cameras and better advertising of the penalties of 'driving without due care and attention' = anti-social behaviour might work.
And please don't the SA's say there is no such offence. You know what I mean. The time wasted/lost in unnecessary traffic jams is ridiculous.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 18:54
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RAT5,

The most recent advice from the motoring associations is actually to maintain your lane then merge in turn in congested road conditions and not to change lanes unnecessarily. Rule 134 of the Highway Code, btw..

The problem with everyone diving into lane one too early is that it extends back the queue of traffic. This can affect slip roads and even cause traffic to back up onto other roads that really should not need to be held up.

I've seen these tailbacks happen for miles, where outer lanes have no traffic in them, which could take half or one third of the waiting traffic.

Having said that, I tend not to overtake a long line of stationary traffic because of the anger it causes in other drivers, such as yourself. In UK people seem to think that no one should gain even a single car length of an advantage. I've even seen car drivers deliberately block motorcyclists from getting past them, stupidity at its best. The British mentality that we must queue....we must all queue!
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