Common Sense, & The Lack Of.............

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Richard A Thackeray, 12 Aug 2019.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    When I used to visit Chivenor RMB I would drop in and see the 22SAR guys fairly regularly. They we're operating Sea Kings. The concensus of opinion there was that it cost roughly £3.00 per second to keep one in the air.
     
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  2. Mugshot

    Mugshot Cracking a solo.

    This wasn't what I was referring to above (I'll keep looking) but it's certainly an example.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/en...ance-too-expensive_n_5b3bda49e4b09e4a8b283583
     
  3. Salad Dodger

    Salad Dodger Veteran

    Location:
    Kent Coast
    Slightly off topic, but only slightly......

    The last time we visited France, we pulled into a clifftop car park. Free parking, no facilities as it was on the outskirts of nowhere. A footpath ran along the clifftop, and at either end of the car park where the footpath began was a sign, saying in French English and German:

    Keep to the path. Do not try to climb down the cliffs. If you fall, it is your fault.
     
  4. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Can the British tax payer,invoice the EU for saving the illegals now crossing the Channel in unsafe rubber boats.
     
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  5. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Right idea
    Wrong target

    Can the British (and French) tax payers invoice the people smugglers .........
     
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    Lilo family idiots ... :wacko: :banghead:

    Ha - tell us about it! :laugh:

    Just a couple of days ago I was riding along the A646 out of Todmorden towards Hebden Bridge. Oncoming traffic, stationary traffic about 50 metres in front of me, bollards in the centre of the road between me and the queue of traffic. I was coasting towards the queue and had taken a sensible position in the centre of my lane to stop any fool trying to overtake me, spotting the bollards at the last minute, and then swerving towards me. But then I heard a car racing up behind me and I just knew that the driver was about to go for the pointless overtake anyway. I stuck my right arm out with the palm of my hand facing back towards him and forced him to brake. I glanced over my shoulder and he was stuck there about 3 metres short of the bollards, looking totally confused!

    To help you visualise the scene ... oncoming traffic as in the picture, stationary vehicles my side (closer than the red vehicle), I am where the arrow in the circle is, and the bonnet of the would-be overtaker would be just in view straddling the cross-hatched area in the centre of the road.

    Idiot overtake.jpg
     
  7. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    @ColinJ like I say , drivers learn whats needed to , how to pass a test , and we can only hope that they then learn to drive...……….properly!!!

    as for the family in the op, ….nob eds,...... what chance does the child have with parents like that :wacko:
     
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  8. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Veteran

    Location:
    Ayrshire
    My favourite “H&S gone mad” story. It happened to a friend of a friend - which usually means the story is made up, but this one’s definitely true.

    He needed access to a construction site. He was wearing cargo shorts.
    He pulled on a hi-viz vest and a hard hat, and went to the gate.

    “You can’t come in dressed like that. Health & safety”.
    “Why not”
    "You’re wearing trainers. Can’t let anyone in unless they’re wearing boots with toecaps”.
    “Have you noticed that I’ve got 2 artificial legs?” He pointed down at the 2 metal rods poking out of his shorts, with trainers on the end.
    “Can’t you put boots on them?”
     
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  9. swansonj

    swansonj Guru

    SAR helicopters are paid professionals (Bristows under contract from the Coastguard).

    I don't know if it's still true, but it used to be the case that the incremental cost of a SAR helicopter rescue was close to zero. The crews had a monthly allocation of flying hours, and hours spent on a rescue simply meant correspondingly fewer training hours.
     
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  10. Houthakker

    Houthakker A Happy Wanderer

    Location:
    Lancashire coast
    the scariest part is that they are allowed to breed!!
     
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  11. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    Not if the lilo is deflated they won't
     
  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    I seem to remember a celebrity having his own helicopter donkeys years ago...decades ago even, and seem to remember the cost per hour flying was £400...decades ago remember.
     
  13. PaulB

    PaulB Legendary Member

    Location:
    Colne
    And they are entitled to the same number of votes as the rest of us!
     
  14. Hicky

    Hicky Veteran

    They don’t vote more often than not but bitch about whoever is the current enemy of the people as deemed by whatever they’re reading, normally what Karen said on facey
     
  15. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    Hmmm, the whole ethos of rescue services in this country is based on the ethics of volunteering in a kind of, there but for the grace of God go I, kind of way.

    Of course there's a cost but it's largely met from donations. I think what the public don't generally see though, is the level of organisation and expertise that rescue services have. I was lucky enough to be given a tour of a Snowdonia rescue centre, told of the equipment and training they have and do and the logistics of the rescue. For instance it takes around 30 people to bring a stretchered patient down a mountain. I was amusingly told that there's a bit of a race to get to the callout centre first, as the bags of equipment get heavier the later you get there, probably untrue but part of the ethos I imagine. Many of the volunteers will be highly experienced mountaineers, climbers and doctors and these people do it all voluntarily.
     
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