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  1. JPG wrote: Thommo- sorry for snipping most of your post, but it is seriously fucking scary when you find out that your dad has had a Motorcycle accident. My Dad had one 3 years ago this July. JPG, I'm sorry to hear about your old man, and sorry if what I said brought back any bad memories. What you say about your dad, him being a good, nay excellentdriver, but still at the mercy of the vagaries inherent to road travel, is one of my points. The van driver could have made the same mistake with a car, but still your dad was badly injured because of his choice of a bike, whereas he'd have been fine in a car. I'm obviously glad he's (relatively) unscathed, as any decent person should be. I contemplatedgetting a bike for work commuting reasons a while ago,I live in East London/Essex border, and it would've been a simple 30 minute ride, but speaking to other riders at work, about things they'd seen and experienced, every single one told me of at least 3 separate incidents where no-one was at fault, but they would have been so much worse off than the other vehicle, usually a car. So, I decided against it. Ikept imagining howmy kids would feel if anything happened to me, and just how unbelievably selfish of me that would have been, just to ease a commute slightly. And, if anyone would liketo translate that as a lack of balls, fill your boots. Not overreacting, harping on, or whatever, just still slightly bemused about the need to equate the one to the other. Also, I'm quite enjoyingthe seizing upon the suggestion of the capacity/ability to have a drink as the root of all catastrophe, as if it's an epidemic where every person, especially myself, cannot get into a car without a half gallon super slurpee and thenassign their duty neuronto that with the exclusion of everything else. I havereally not tried to be confrontational at any point in this thread, even the lawnmower vs berlingo face off couldn't care less thing was tongue in cheek - sometimes deadpan delivery is the greatest victimof written communication, and sorry if I offended anyone. Never my intention. Anyway, that's me for this thread.
  2. legzr1 wrote: legzr1, Well, you addressed me directly, so it's good manners to reply. And thought and effort into a well worded reply just shows some respect. I didn't really understand the need to accuse me, or indeed anyone who doesn't ride a bikeof lacking balls, of somehow being less of a man. I haven't accused bike riders of being over testoteroned neanderthals, or overcompensating for some other shortfall. And I'm not doing that now by implication either, I just don't think that your standpoint (no bike = coward) is particularly valid. I'm not dismissing bikes, a mate of mine here at work races them, I've been to watch him regularly, and I have nothing but respect for him and the others, and the skill and bravery they show. However, I saw him have a spill at Brands Hatch about 6 weeks ago coming out of Clearways - a bloke directly in front of him had a spill, Pete had absolutely nowhere to go, he hit the bloke's bike and went sailing over the top - and it was fucking horrible. The lack of practicality is just another issue I have that means they're not for me. Having a car does not equate tobeing in the thrall offlat pack furniture. I'm pretty sure that everyone has the radio on in their car when driving about, and as for drinking tea, or water, or whatever, well, that's something for the motorway, not the urban environment - it is for me anyway. And I maintain that neither one compromises me, or anyone else,looking at the road. If that's the case, the Government should pass laws banning radios and cup holders in cars. I just can't really see a groundswell to get behind that particular bit of legislation. And again, neither one is an indicator of my driving "skills". Why you feel the need to place that word in inverted commas as another needle is beyond me. You mention your child as some sort of emotive totem, but have you ever considered what it would do to your child when those nice men at Traffic Division turn up and tell him/her that you've been injured/paralysed/killed on a wet road in an accident where a car driver would have just walked away unharmed? And before you say "I'm good enough not to have a spill like that" whyassume a car driver would not be equally as competent? So, anyway -there you go.
  3. legzr1 wrote: No, I don't ride. And it's not about anything deep down, or having balls, or not,or anything else. Although 10/10 for a cack handed attempt at some amateur psychological goading of the ego,though. One day, that'll work. You stick at it. Really, well done. The only other thing I'd say isregarding listening to cricket and/or drinking tea, or indeed any other beverage. I may be some sort of an unnatural freak, but neither thing requires me to take my eyes off the road. And, just for the record, so you're not labouring under the misapprehension any longer, my initial "couldn't care less" was actually aimed at Rudolphs impending Berlingo/lawnmower face off.
  4. legzr1 wrote: Hmm, nothingmore imposingthan someone saying "The End", is there? But anyway. Ideally I'd like to stay dry, transport a family, notsmell like an Orang-Outan's posing pouch due to sweaty leathers, carry more than 2 boxes of matches in luggage, not have toproffer a limb onto the onrushing ground merely to turn a corner, not get hyopthermia or trench foot because of prevailing weather conditions, listen to Test Match special, not have to wear something the size of the elephant man's yarmulke to stop my head from bein busted open like a ripe melon, be able to drink a cup of nourishing tea, and arrive at my destination serene and undisturbed. But ifI wantedto donate my retinas, kidneys and kneecaps dueto a recent, traumatic death merelybecause I thoughtI could see a gap, after briefly attaining a deluded feeling of invincibility and thinking I was Steve McQueen, then yes, I'd buy a bike. If I wanted thrills that required dexterity, braveryand co-ordination to prevent painful death,I could just as easily take up a pasttime frotting hooded cobras while wearing a mongoose head made out of papier mache.
  5. I've given this some consideration, been on my calculator, and to three decimal places of accuracy, I've worked out that, scientifically, it's impossible for me to care less.
  6. thommo

    white stripes

    I am rightly reproached.
  7. Alex_A wrote: I wasn't posting the pictures to say the graphics above are realistic (Apart from the photos, of course. They're going to be fairly realistic, I reckon), it's just easier to show what the gamesare about, what sort of cars/tracks involved etc. The main thing is that the game play on both the "legends" games is brilliant. Really difficult, but really good.
  8. thommo

    white stripes

    Don't get me wrong, Ants, I'm not knocking them, or the production. I reckon it sounds any damn good. I've got it on vinyl too (the one white/one red record one), and it kicks posterior. "Hardest Button To Button" takes the roof off the dump.
  9. You know what doctors call motocycle riders? Donors.
  10. thommo

    white stripes

    Elephant was made in Toerag studios, next door to Hackney Marshes. Well Hollywood.
  11. thrunobulax wrote: Is that the Bailey that did "walkin on the chinese wall" Len ? Wasn't that some souly bloke? Yep, just dug it out, its phillip Bailey, I think being a singer in Earth, Wind & Fire automatically qualifies you to be classed as "some souly bloke".
  12. Injector wrote: If you're prepared to put up with an even older game, there is somethingthat little bitbetter still - said by many to be the best racing experience of any genre on pc ever. Grand Prix Legends A thousand times YES! GPL is utterly fantastic. (although, perhapsoddly, Ireckon the 1965 mod is even better).
  13. Spendor s3e, although they might not blow your socks off on first impression, I reckon they're class.