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  1. Don't forget if you build a top heavy team your top two can each take 5 rides - 6 if tactical substitutions come into play, which one could argue is equally "unfair". The problem is that their number one is struggling for form; the way things are going he could find himself at reserve before long, and taking 7 rides.
  2. Davet

    Spectacle wearing

    The people you describe are long sighted and only require glasses for reading. This also occurs as we get older and our eyes become less able to accommodate short distance focusing. In these instances it may be convenient to peer over the glasses to, for instance look at someone when talking, rather than continually take them off and on. Bifocals and varifocals have been developed to meet this need.
  3. If congestion charge is simply to reduce congestion, why are electric / hybrid vehicles exempt? do they not add to congestion in any way?
  4. May be showing my ignorance here, but where is the hydrogen fuel coming from? As far as I'm aware, it can be produced by hydrolysis of water, requiring electrical energy or by reforming hydrocarbons with steam - a process used by the gas industry pre natural gas, but which produces copious quantities of carbon dioxide as a waste product. In other words, like electric vehicles a hydrogen powered car itself may appear to be "clean" but the pollution occurs somewhere else. Meanwhile, as our vain search for carbon neutral cars continues, aircraft continue to belch CO2 into the upper atmosphere where the greenhouse effect will be most pronounced.
  5. Davet

    Song Title Game

    Written and recorded by Jackie De Shannon, not Del Shannon.
  6. But would Chapman sell to anyone who wanted to drop down to Championship level?
  7. I can see where you're coming from, and I would have happily got behind the team Ged put together. However, after Buster cannibalised it to prop up his other clubs, I lost interest. It is clear that he has no ambition for the club other than to make up the numbers, and if he doesn't care, why should I?
  8. But it was the Bomber replacement that apparently led to the departure of Ged and Neil, since when things have gone down hill with the loss of T Balfe sponsorship and then Cook.
  9. Absolutely. Now we have a team which is not only under strength but which can't be brought up to strength.
  10. I would have settled for Ged, Neil and Championship personally. I haven't been this year, and with one racing line and a team 3 points below the limit I don't intend to.
  11. Davet

    ceiling collapse - advice please

    Insurance companies do talk to each other, I would be inclined to explain the situation to your mother in laws insurer and see what they say.
  12. Davet

    AGM November 2018

    But most of the tracks have been the same shape for years and there have been no complaints (or not many) until recently. If the modern bikes cannot be properly controlled on British tracks then surely it is the bikes which are not fit for purpose, not the tracks. This trend towards slicker and slicker tracks just to accommodate the lay downs is ruining the sport.
  13. Flappy, if you're reading this can you please re-title the thread (totally stupid or something similar) and start a new one for Panthers 2019. Thanks in advance.
  14. I don't understand how people can believe speedway was better in the past but also say you can't turn the clock back. Surely it's clear that, if you're going in the wrong direction the sensible thing to do is to turn back. Who mentioned rule changes? Technology has reduced the smell, but has also detracted from the overall experience.
  15. I take it, Orion that you don't regard yourself as an older fan, and consequently you don't realise how much better speedway was 30 or so years ago! Sure, the racing was probably no better than it is today, but the noise, the smell, the atmosphere and most of all the fun has largely been lost from the sport to its detriment. Speedway today takes itself far too seriously. If you have ever watched stock cars or bangers you would have to agree that the "racing" is nothing special. Difficult to tell who is winning, if you even care, but these events seem to attract far better crowds than speedway, simply because of the noise and the smell, etc. which speedway has systematically eradicated due to "technological improvement". I know that, unfortunately it would be difficult to reintroduce the noise and to a lesser extent the smell as this would upset the environmentalists, bit I can't help thinking that reverting to deep tracks so that rider ability was more important than horse power would be a step in the right direction. How you bring the fun back is another question altogether!

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