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1  General / The Forum / Re: Bristol to Brixton - Bike Ride on: July 23, 2014, 10:38:39
Fair play.....

120 miles on a fixie....that would be some ride with gears.

Best route is probably following this, you don't want to just go down the A4 all the way, it would be horrible - http://www.action.org.uk/action_100_bristol_london

I have no idea what gear you would need to get over all the hills between here and Chippenham but not spin out on the run into London - I am not sure one exists..

Good luck!
2  General / The Forum / Re: Vapers (E-cig users) on: July 21, 2014, 10:33:46
This thread is ridiculous.
3  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: July 16, 2014, 09:57:12
I did a sportive on Sunday with some people I used to work with, should have been 78 miles but we got lost and it ended up being 98.6 miles  Smashed

Fastest I have ever ridden that sort of distance as well, averaged over 18 mph, although there were 3 of us in a group most the way so we were sharing the wind.

I have done more miles already in July than I managed in the whole of June - hope the weather stays nice.
4  General / The Forum / Re: The Jesus Christ at Brasil thread on: July 08, 2014, 21:53:51
5  General / The Forum / Re: Sunday Roast with outside space for kids to play on: July 03, 2014, 19:10:17
The Thunderbolt does a great roast (good veggie / vegan options too) and has an outside bit for kids.

It does an amazing roast, prob best I have had anywhere in Bristol, but it is not going to be running over the Summer.

https://www.facebook.com/juneskitchenthunderbolt

Is the Thunderbolt a good/nice pub then? As that will almost be my local in a few weeks. Looks pretty run down but heard it has good music on.

The Thunderbolt is really a music venue more than a pub, usually on a weekend it is a charge on the door. They do have a pop up restaurant Sunday Roast thing on Sundays though - that is the June's kitchen thing I linked above - it is amazing, but they are having the Summer off. Get stuck in when it comes back though, the Chef used to be at Cafe Maitreya, the food is amazing, and they totally transform the pub for the roasts. In general have good bands on all the time though, plus later on when bands have finished you can usually rock up and get in free. The landlord is sound, it is a cool place.

Not sure where you will be living, but pretty sure the best pub close to you will be the Oxford. Its a proper pub, but also has very good live music and its always free, seen loads of wicked bands in there totally randomly. The landlord is sound as well, its an all round good place to go.

Star and Dove is good too, but a little more wanky, still good for drinks though, the food is a bit too pretentious for me. They have good beers though, and it is generally quite a nice place to kill a few hours.

Paintworks is ok, but is essentially some sort of creche with some beer pumps. The average age on a Saturday is about 8. Its nice in the week, and the Pizzas are ok if a little not for poors..

The Shakespeare used to be my favourite pub, but last time I went in there it was awful. Loads of sweaty men playing poker with 600dB 90s trance on the stereo. I have not been back.

The New Found Out is best avoided.

The pub at the end of my road is The George - they have a meat rafflle, that is all you need to know. I do go in here to watch football sometimes but cosmopolitan it is not.

NB - I drank 4 pints of Thatchers earlier today so all above opinions should be filtered through that nugget of information



6  General / The Forum / Re: Sunday Roast with outside space for kids to play on: July 03, 2014, 10:21:19
The Thunderbolt does a great roast (good veggie / vegan options too) and has an outside bit for kids.

It does an amazing roast, prob best I have had anywhere in Bristol, but it is not going to be running over the Summer.

https://www.facebook.com/juneskitchenthunderbolt
7  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: July 03, 2014, 08:37:58
Strava is cool though

Join the Hijack group:

http://app.strava.com/clubs/hijack-bristol

There are 6 people, even more than on here  Laugh
8  General / The Forum / Re: coffee on: July 02, 2014, 18:14:45
Does that mean the grain is finer?.

Basically yes.You cant use coarse ground coffee in an espresso machine. You can use espresso ground coffee in a cafetiere but it give you the issue you describe

I used to grind my own coffee, you could choose the grind then, but cant be bothered at the moment. Quite a nice little ritual to go through every morning though.

If I didnt have an espresso machine I would use my mocha pot -



Millions time better than a cafitiere and only about 10.

I also have an aeropress which is wicked for camping and for bonus points looks like an Austin power style penis pump



I like coffee.
9  General / The Forum / Re: coffee on: July 02, 2014, 14:28:04
At work I drink this -

It is lush but massively expensive.



At home I drink -

But I put it in Illy tin so nobody knows I am a poor  Bad Teeth


NB - both are for espresso machines
10  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: July 01, 2014, 12:35:46
My total for June 2014 -  333.5mi, 20h 57m, 13,294ft climbing

A bit crap, managed 491 miles last June, but had over a week off with a spannered leg so not too bad.

Managed 625 miles last July, gonna need to seriously up my game to get near that, need to keep the sunshine going!
11  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 27, 2014, 17:50:30
Oh dear....although apparently Ed Sheeran was playing so maybe a blessing in disguise.





PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARTTTYYYYYYYYYY!

12  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 27, 2014, 17:12:18
Any minute now..........




edit - WTF is going in with the girl in the checked shirt bottom right?? Shapeshifting lizard crew!
13  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 27, 2014, 10:00:47
And so it begins.....

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Posted Today, 09:13 AM
Rain was meant to hold off till 11 but been raining now for an hour

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Posted Today, 09:50 AM
Hammering it down now 
14  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 16:25:05
This light sprinkle just softening people up for the 50 year storm tomorrow.....






Glastonbury and Wimbledon could be a washout as Britain braced for three weeks' rain in one weekend


Wild weather is expected to batter parts of Britain this weekend, with flood warnings issued for Friday and Saturday.

Thunderstorms, hail and lightening are expected across the south of England, turning Glastonbury into a mud-bath and serving up a Wimbledon washout for tennis fans.

Weathermen say heavy downpours are expected to start in the early hours of Friday.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Showers will become heavy and thundery across southwestern parts of England and Wales early on Friday, moving northeast to affect other areas south of The Wash to North Wales during the day.

"Some reduction in activity is expected overnight, before further slow moving heavy and thundery downpours develop during Saturday, easing from the north later.

"The public should be aware that the resulting downpours may lead to localised flooding and potential disruption to transport and outdoor events."

It is only four months since devastating floods hit parts of England. Worst affected were homes along the River Thames and the Somerset levels, where many are still clearing up from the shocking of the winter weather.


15  General / The Forum / Re: The laugh at Liverpool thread on: June 26, 2014, 15:57:01
Luis Suarez to miss nine Premier League matches and three Champions League games.


http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/26/world-cup-luis-suarez-ban-biting-uruguay

For Barcelona....
16  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 15:43:08
I am reliably informed it is chucking it down  Two Thumbs

Live misery feed here - https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=glastonbury%20rain&src=typd
17  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 15:58:58


The Met Office are warning that Glastonbury Festival could be hit by thundery showers this weekend.

The original sunny forecast has gradually worsened over the last few days with many predicting 2014 will be a mudbath.

Now the Met Office have come up with an even grimmer forecast for the weekend with unsettled weather dominating.

Wednesday should be relatively fine as tens of thousands arrive at the Festival site in Pilton to pitch their tents.

However as we progress towards the end of the week and into the weekend the risk of showers, some of them heavy, increases.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Bob Wilderspin said: "Thursday night into Friday morning could see some heavy downpours for Somerset and there is the potential for slow moving thundery showers to affect Glastonbury Festival both Saturday and Sunday."

This dude knows.....'quite torrential'

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/6UyDT98lSTw" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/6UyDT98lSTw</a>
18  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 13:23:28
I would only ever go Glastonbury if I had a camper van and showers.

Dont worry about showers........

On Friday, the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse, with temperatures dipping to a maximum of 18C with some persistent rain falling for most of the day until late evening. Saturday looks very similar and even cooler, with showers for most of the day, and more rain is expected on Sunday.

 Tomato Slayer!
19  General / The Forum / Re: Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 11:49:41
I'd like to think it will be pleasingly sprinkled upon to counter the heat.

I like to think it will be a proper deluge on the Friday turning the whole site into a swamp.

If I had the money to go to Glastonbury I'd probably go to Tuscany for a week

Classic middle aged Hijack  Laughing
20  General / The Forum / Glastonbury Schadenfreude Thread 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 10:55:24
This has to be done, but I don't even know why any more....



Looking good this year, it is definitely going to rain - http://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/Glastonbury~2648559/long.html



21  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: June 23, 2014, 11:19:35
Anyone put some good miles in this weekend?

I managed Bristol to Exeter and it was amazing. Saw a deer, a donkey, rabbits, alpacas and lots of other animals. Roads were really good as well until we reached Honition and then it was like cycling on a pneumatic drill.

I saw that ride on strava, fair play that was a good effort!

I had a weekend off as had visitors Sad

My leg is still not quite right but have still managed ~250 miles over last couple of weeks, loving the sunshine.

I now have a pretty text book comedy cyclists tan....



22  General / The Forum / Re: Anyone going to Glastonbury who wants to play some tunes in a small tent? on: June 20, 2014, 13:00:18
every time i see this thread i'm reminded of that one where someone told someone else they couldn't even run a tent

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to run a tent  Slayer
23  General / The Forum / Re: Totterdown music festival on: June 16, 2014, 14:50:22
I was here on Saturday, was excellent fun  Two Thumbs
24  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: June 05, 2014, 21:07:35
Anyone see this site for creating profiles of your rides from Strava?

Very cool. Here is my most exciting one....



25  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: June 04, 2014, 17:07:21
I am injured, leg is fooked, cant cycle at mo  Embarrassed

Last decent hilly ride I did was - http://app.strava.com/activities/142728777

Up Burrington and Cheddar Gorge, both long climbs rather than too steep so not too harrowing, I am not good when it gets too steep (eg Deer leap, ugh)

Hopefully back at it next week.

26  General / The Forum / Re: Lunch ideas on: June 03, 2014, 12:28:09
I am ignoring the healthy bit....

+

Alternatively.....

+

Both cost about 75p, take about 2 min to cook, and are proper nice (and spicy as fook).
27  General / The Forum / 24hrs without a single post....... on: June 02, 2014, 15:50:44
Inspired me to update the charts.....

28  General / The Forum / Re: FAO: Love Saves the Day on: May 31, 2014, 10:52:00
Classic Wold  Laugh

29  General / The Forum / Re: Eating out in Bath on: May 30, 2014, 15:01:34
My girlfriend is the vegan; she likes to keep me on my toes and make my life difficult by having morals and stuff. 

I didn't realise that only vegans could have morals.  Bad Teeth

It's about all they can have.
30  General / The Forum / Re: Eating out in Bath on: May 28, 2014, 21:12:27

Nepalese might be ok, this place is pretty good and not too dear - http://www.yakyetiyak.co.uk/


It is some years back, but I found that Nepalese place to be one of the worst meals I have ever had.. utter bobbins.

Perhaps an Indian place might give more options for all?

I have been twice,  last time was last Summer, was pretty good both times but maybe I got lucky/was so drunk I thought it was good. TripAdvisor seems to think it's ok anyway. To be honest it was pretty much the only thing I could think my of that would be vegan friendly.  Surely most Indian dishes are riddled with ghee? Thai has fish sauce in everything even if they say they don't. Middle Eastern maybe? Hummus, falafel etc must be safe. I am glad I don't know any vegans....

31  General / The Forum / Re: Eating out in Bath on: May 28, 2014, 16:51:03
I need a reasonable, not that pricey place to go out for food and a few drinks in central Bath.  This is complicated by my girlfriend being a vegan (the remaining three are not).  Anyone got any decent suggestions?

I eat out in Bath quite a bit with work, lots of nice places, not so many cheaper vegan friendly ones though.

Obvious veggie/vegan one is Demuths (which is now called Acorn for some reason). It is not at all cheap though and serves no meat whatsoever so 3 of you will be taking one for the team.

What cuisine is vegan friendly anyway? I struggle enough going out with a vegetarian....

Nepalese might be ok, this place is pretty good and not too dear - http://www.yakyetiyak.co.uk/

Nicest place I have been recently was http://www.thecircuscafeandrestaurant.co.uk/. Properly nice, but go when someone else is paying (and has no vegan food at all)





32  General / The Forum / Re: World Cup Fantasy Football on: May 27, 2014, 15:23:47
I dont think the squads have been confirmed by all countries yet.

I am going to organise a league at work but will have no chance convincing anyone to pay (telegraph is 2 - not for poors)

Anyone seen any free ones?

33  General / The Forum / Re: This is a good quiz/web app to see which parties align to your views. on: May 21, 2014, 16:22:05
I tied Green and Labour - I am a massive socialist hippie Smiley

To be fair I have voted for the first 3 on the list at some point and never any of the others so it is actually not a bad effort.

Parties you side with...

88% Green
on healthcare, domestic policy, environmental, transportation, foreign policy, social, and education issues.
88% Labour
on domestic policy, foreign policy, education, social, and healthcare issues.
86% Liberal Democrats
on healthcare, domestic policy, social, foreign policy, economic, and immigration issues.
82% Scottish Nationals
on environmental, social, education, immigration, domestic policy, and foreign policy issues
79% Plaid Cymru
on immigration, domestic policy, transportation, foreign policy, and education issues.
58% UK Independence
on economic and domestic policy issues.
54% Conservatives
on economic and social issues
51% British Nationals
on domestic policy, education, and economic issues.
34  General / The Forum / Re: Squash Appreciation Thread on: May 20, 2014, 17:28:49
Ribena. Drink of the gods.

...Ribena was originally manufactured by the Bristol-based food and drink company HW Carter as a blackcurrant squash

Ribena all the way - it's not for poors.
35  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: May 20, 2014, 00:00:29

36  General / The Forum / Re: You'll get lost in this. on: May 09, 2014, 20:30:27
Whitney Music Box by Jim Bumgardner is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
37  General / The Forum / Re: Event coverage this weekend - target your market directly! on: April 23, 2014, 12:31:20
Can someone ban this spam lord, they are fucking annoying. Their last thread is only a few posts down....

38  General / The Forum / Re: need some photography help (bristol locations) on: April 22, 2014, 11:00:44
Massive tunnel on the cycle path by Staple Hill

39  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: April 21, 2014, 12:01:45
I have spent most this weekend in a dark filthy loft Sad

Managed one ride, back from Glastonbury over the mendips -  this climb is a killer:

http://app.strava.com/segments/644948

1.5miles average 8%, with bits over 20%. I got up it but had to stop and hyperventilate for a bit (for shame)

Did same climb last year and made it up without stopping so need to sort myself out....
40  General / The Forum / Re: anyone reaching Secret Garden Party this year? on: April 07, 2014, 13:52:10
fuck it off and go to shambala...
Shambala has just become Bristol in a field.

Bristol meaning Werburghs? Bedmo? Clifton?

White people from Montpellier/Werburghs/Easton in a field
41  General / The Forum / Re: anyone reaching Secret Garden Party this year? on: April 03, 2014, 23:53:00
cuntish festival full of cunts

Laugh

Best review of anything I have read for a while.
42  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: April 03, 2014, 10:42:09
I've signed up for the Somerset Gran Fondo (120 miles, 2200m of climbing) in May

That looks good, although there is no way I have 120 miles in me at the moment (or ever) !

Might enter and have a go at the Medio Fondo 84 miler, be something to go at.

Not sure I like the look of Crowcombe climb though.....

http://app.strava.com/segments/4028258


43  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: April 02, 2014, 16:38:03
So, I'm trying to plan my route from Bristol (BS6) to Marlborough (SN8). I know that the cycle path goes pretty much all the way, but I am worried that my road bike is totally unsuitable for the cycle path

Should I just go down the A4? Bit scared of that road if I'm honest!

How would you guys tackle it?

Cheers for helping out
D


Not been as far as Marlborough, but I would go Bristol to Bath on the cycle track, through the two tunnels along to Midford, then onto the tow path to Bradford on Avon. That's most the journey without a road, and I have done that bit of tow path on a road bike (with 25c tyres) and it was ok. Dunno what its like the other side of BOA though....


44  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 31, 2014, 12:15:10
It was the LVIS Audax

Gutted I didnt do this, was perfect weather.

Just starting plotting a 100mile route to make up for my laziness. 

Only time I have managed 100 was here - http://app.strava.com/activities/75602160

Fun route with some good climbs - burrington combe, cheddar gorge, deer leap etc
45  General / The Forum / Re: The Hijack Quick Post definitions on: March 31, 2014, 12:02:12
#9 is for poors
46  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 31, 2014, 10:17:48
Some impressive miles put in this weekend by people off here, especially Ronnie (115miles!!!)

Sterling work all round.

I was away all weekend so managed exactly 0. Need to oull my finger out, should be a bit easier now clocks have changed.
47  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 26, 2014, 12:25:45
You can fit compact bars with shorter reach as well - this can make a big difference, bringing in the levers in closer without changing stem



Not sure what you have on there now though so may not be relevant.

Anyway, sign up to Strava and join the Hijack group. There is more people on there than actual Hijack these days (5 I think!)
48  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 24, 2014, 16:49:56
I am 5' 10" and it is a 58. I know I have to get used to leaning forward but it feels a bit of a stretch to the brakes/gears. Might try a shorter stem. Could just be my (soon to be gone) gut getting in the way!

That does sound like a big frame for your height but you may be able to make it work, depends on how you are proportioned.

Try a shorter stem, although you prob dont want to go shorter than 90mm really. Go to a proper bike shop and they should let you try a few different ones for size.

Its always going to be more stretched out than a mountain bike, but if you can't get comfy after you have been riding for a few weeks it may be that the frame is just too big.

There is a rule of thumb that, when riding on the hoods, look down and the handlebars should be inline with the the front axle. Doubt it works for everyone but probably a good starting point, my bike is pretty much like this and I have been comfy up to 100 mile rides.
49  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions v Cash ISA on: March 21, 2014, 15:20:54
So once I have my house sorted it might be a idea to put my money into ISA's instead of a pension?


Here are some completely made up numbers (mainly to make the maths easy, also ignores lots of things like NI etc) -

Monthly wage = 2000
Tax band = 25%

No Pension:
Your take home pay is 1500.
You put 200 of this a month in an ISA
You have 1300 left a month left

Pension: (employer matches to 5%)
10% of your gross pay goes into pension  - 200 a month, same as above
Your take home pay is (2000 * 0.95)*0.75 = 1425



So you save the same amount each month but have 125 more a month to spend on ketamine and 'Free' Mega Raves at Motion.

Of course it is not quite this simple but you get the idea - you will be throwing money away if you don't take advantage of the employer contribution and the tax relief. It gets a bit more complicated if you have a mortgage - I expect some complicated maths could explain that the best thing to do is pay the mortgage down ASAP and not worry about saving, but I may be wrong.

50  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions v Cash ISA on: March 20, 2014, 13:55:47
Not sure I really understand.

If your money is already in a pension you cant get it out to put it in an ISA, its stuck in the pension until the government decide you can have it.  You could go to some super dull cash/bond fund which will be the same as cash I guess, but you cant get it out.

If it is new money then presumably your employer will be making contributions - this would have to be into a pension.

If your employer is not making contributions (self employed?) I would not bother with a pension at all unless you are earning well into higher rate tax, I would bung it all in ISAs.

The government can change the pension rules whenever they feel like it (they just did) and having all of your future money subject to the whim of self serving politicians is not good. That said, it is still worth doing as you get tax relief and an employer contribution (I get matched up to 5%). If you dont get any of this I just wouldnt bother.





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