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Old 15th Jan 2019, 19:50
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
Showing your age ... no modern yoof would dream of doing other than putting on one sock from one pair and the other sock from the other pair.
I often inadvertently do that; I usually get dressed in the dark for early work starts. Waking a certain person at 0430 is tantamount to suicide.

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Old 15th Jan 2019, 19:55
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A friend of mine who was a F/O with a certain UK airline that became taken over/absorbed into a certain Dutch airline, wore a green sock on his left foot and a red sock on his right,He was [email protected] by his captain,though subsequently became a captain himself.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 20:04
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Originally Posted by spekesoftly View Post
Then there are those of us of a certain age who mistakenly put on mis-matching socks with annoying regularity
I was wearing mis-matching trainers while out walking the other day; both white and muddy and fortunately sufficiently similar in design as to not cause an awkward gait!
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 20:35
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I'm surprised people have different colour socks to be honest.... all my socks are black... so mix-n-match doesn't apply... all cotton so any two will do... I have even worn Mrs Flash's socks once or twice (size 6... stretched to my size 10).

I was wearing mis-matching trainers while out walking the other day
Now that is a tad more worrying
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 20:47
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Have found over the last several years some people have a tendency to walk directly into your path on a collision course, even when there is enough space to go around. Where i live i was walking down a small path when approaching me was 3 people from a distance in line abreast with no intention of moving, i did not move onto the road as there was traffic, they carried on without moving to one side, this put my back up so i carried on walking to the nearside of the path, then they had to move which did not please them. Was told i was lucky, the same in town as well with people one a one way course with no intention of deviating. I believe in good manners but some out there don't know the meaning.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 21:17
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What puts my back up,when walking on a footpath,is cyclists who expect you to give way.FFS,the clue is in the name - it's a FOOTPATH !
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 21:34
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
What puts my back up,when walking on a footpath,is cyclists who expect you to give way.FFS,the clue is in the name - it's a FOOTPATH !
Depends. If it's a signed shared use path and the pedestrians walking four abreast have strung themselves out across it so that there's no way past then a single ding on the bell is the polite way round here to say "you may not have noticed, but there's a cyclist coming up behind you".

On the other hand if the shared use path is only wide enough for one pushchair and there's someone with a pushchair on it I'll cycle off the path onto the grass to go round them. (The correct process, if the council is awake and has a few grand, is that after enough people have done this the path is widened to include the resulting sea of mud.)
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 21:49
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But she can't stand for a bus journey of any length, so these three people were doing the right thing - just because someone leaps onto a bus carrying their mobility aid that doesn't mean they don't need a seat.
Exactly. As it says, not all disabilities are visible or obvious. I have difficulty standing up and cannot stand still for as much as a minute; I can walk for an hour. If I sit I cannot sit upright.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 21:50
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A long time ago I was working for the refuse section of a district council, clearing rubbish from an underpass. A couple of youngish kids, about ten years old, came through on their bikes and my colleague stopped them, pointed to the 'no cycling' sign and said "What does that mean?" One of them looked bewildered and just saud "Bikes?"
Looking at the sign, he had a point.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 22:01
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GTW, if it's a shared path,yes,I agree with you,but I'm referring to footpaths only,and these days most cycles don't seem to have a bell fitted.When 'I were a lad',I think it was a mandatory requirement for a bell or suitable warning device to be fitted to a cycle'Don't know if that is still the case,but when I walk down the steep and narrow footpath to the town,my first indication of a cyclist is often the 'whoosh' as it goes past my ear.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 22:22
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
GTW, if it's a shared path,yes,I agree with you,but I'm referring to footpaths only,and these days most cycles don't seem to have a bell fitted.When 'I were a lad',I think it was a mandatory requirement for a bell or suitable warning device to be fitted to a cycle'Don't know if that is still the case,but when I walk down the steep and narrow footpath to the town,my first indication of a cyclist is often the 'whoosh' as it goes past my ear.
Agree that people shouldn't cycle on paths not so designated, or if they do should keep out of the way of pedestrians. I don't very often, and when I do I'm always very careful to keep out of the way of pedestrians.

On the second point, there is a school of thought that a cyclist can meet the specified requirement to carry an audible means of warning of approach by shouting "audible means of warning of approach!" instead of ringing a bell. Personally I have a bell, and I have one that sounds like a bicycle bell, rather than the various other noises available, because people are familiar with it - you hear a bicycle bell and you expect to find a bicycle, but if you hear some other noise you don't necessarily know what made it or whether you should bother to take any notice of it.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 22:45
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
I think it was a mandatory requirement for a bell or suitable warning device to be fitted to a cycle. Don't know if that is still the case
In the UK, new cycles must be sold fitted with a bell. There is, however, no law against actually riding one without a bell.

I live surrounded by shared paths, so I have one on my bike, and use it.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 03:37
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Most of the walkers I catch up to on the local shared cycling / walking path have their ear buds firmly installed, and are totally engrossed in their own world. Sometimes they don't even hear the bell until I am quite close, and them they get one heck of a fright when they look back discover me (some people do that even when I'm not on the bike - but I digress). Rear view mirrors for anyone wearing ear buds is one solution.

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Old 16th Jan 2019, 06:55
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
GTW, if it's a shared path,yes,I agree with you,but I'm referring to footpaths only,and these days most cycles don't seem to have a bell fitted.When 'I were a lad',I think it was a mandatory requirement for a bell or suitable warning device to be fitted to a cycle'Don't know if that is still the case,but when I walk down the steep and narrow footpath to the town,my first indication of a cyclist is often the 'whoosh' as it goes past my ear.

I yell "TRACK" fairly loudly and that often works on shared paths.
Someday I'll give someone a heart attack, judging by the look on their faces...
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 07:13
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We live on a busy main road, which can get rather scary for a cyclist in the rush hour, but the pavement is wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians to coexist. One day my wife was cycling down the footpath to get to the proper cycle path she used to get to work, when she was told to get onto the road - by a man putting his child into his car, which he had parked fully on the footpath...
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 08:15
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
A friend of mine who was a F/O with a certain UK airline that became taken over/absorbed into a certain Dutch airline, wore a green sock on his left foot and a red sock on his right,He was [email protected] by his captain,though subsequently became a captain himself.
Not surprised he got bollocked; they were the wrong way round...
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 08:27
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Not surprised he got bollocked; they were the wrong way round...
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 09:43
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I used to write 'Left' on my right hand flying glove and 'Right' on my left hand flying glove.

It stopped them getting nicked!
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 11:53
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Exactly. As it says, not all disabilities are visible or obvious.
I'm well aware of that, I thanked them amid shared laughter and it was good to see such politeness. I ran to catch a bus a couple of years ago and happened to board just behind an old mate who was wielding a crutch with his leg in a cast. We said hello and a couple immediately stood to let Ken sit and insisted I sat too so we could chat which was most kind particularly as we were a bit younger than they. Equally I will give up a seat for the elderly, infirm and those with very small children or clearly with child ("you sayin' I'm fat?").
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 12:59
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Originally Posted by ex82watcher View Post
A friend of mine who was a F/O with a certain UK airline that became taken over/absorbed into a certain Dutch airline, wore a green sock on his left foot and a red sock on his right,He was [email protected] by his captain,though subsequently became a captain himself.
He deserved to be [email protected], for wearing them on the wrong feet (he should have worn the other pair then he'd have been OK).
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