* Posts by Santa from Exeter

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Happy

Interesting

"using the pillow concept in Veggie to grow healthy plants that can provide crew with food and recreation"

I didn't realise they were growing Weed as well!

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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TL;DR

Rich twat is rich twat threatening parents of minor

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: And how is this surprising

Alliances change indeed.

It wasn't really until the World Wars that the French were the Allies and the Germans were the Enemies.

Historically, the English have fought with the Germans (and their predecessors) *against* the French rather than vice versa, and have had a pop at the French on our own as well.

Except, of course, if You're Scots, in which case the French are the 'Auld Allies'

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Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

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FAIL

Anyone else see the gaping hole?

They are assuming that any device reported stolen contained sensitive data and was unencrypted.

It's all just marketing.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Shielding

So, organic material works better than non-organic.

Maybe Bob Shaw had the right idea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_and_Overland#The_Wooden_Spaceships

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Awesome aircraft

I remember seeing a display by the Red Arrows with my partner (a Dead Sparrows afficionado).

As the display ended her comment was 'That's wierd, that's not how they usually end'.

Shortly afterwards they returned with the Vulcan in formation!

The noise accross the bay as she stood on her tail, went to full power and climbed near-vertically hit you in the chest with a sudden whoomph!!! and the alow motion aerobatics were a delight.

I'll definitely be making time to go to one of this years displays.

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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Mushroom

Re: Polygraphs

But a stick *is* an IED detector, reliable as well.

Just keep on prodding the ground where there are likely to be IED's and you'll find one.

Surviving the result, that's the trick ----->

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Anonymous benefactor to match today's Quid-A-Day donations

Santa from Exeter

Bugger!

Just got a mate to donate and he sent it to my personal page. Will this count oh Mysterious Benefactor?

It's the £30 one, so it will make a difference!

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Re: 'two eggs/four slices of bread'

Actually (as anyone oop North will know) one slice of bread folded around the contents is a butty.

Usually deployed as either Chip Butties or Jam Butties

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Go

Re: Non-cooking bacon?

I believe that it refers to the fact that it comes in chunks, rather than slices. That does, however, make it perfect for adding to my Pease Pudding lunch for the week!

All systems go (although I have made a couple of tweaks since e-mailing Lester my list).

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Challenge kicks off early for starvation veteran

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Thumb Down

Re: Welcome back, Toby

Yes, you get a prize.

Here is your 'Most Annoying Thread Hijack of the Week' award; in the 'Political Pointlessness' category.

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El Reg reforms the Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Re: Easy

I suspect that is just the 'posh' apple juice with bits. The 'from concentrate' cheap juice worked fine when I did it. Luckily, the last couple of years I have had access to free windfall apples to make the real thing.

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Pint

Re: Easy

Recipe for 5 gallons of 'Mock Hock'

5L clear apple juice

50g dried Elderflowers

5Kg white sugar

1 sachet wine yeast

Water

Pour apple juice into 5 gallon wine fermenter.

Add sugar

Add 2 kettles boiling water and dissolve sugar

Top up to 5 gallons with cold water

Add wine yeast and stir

Suspend small muslin bag containing elderflowers in top of liquid

Screw lid on and ferment under airlock until bubbles are < 1/minute

Rack off sediment.

Fine if needed

Filter/Polish if wanted

Bottle

Drinkable straight away, tastes better after about a month, keeps for 18 months without deteriorating in taste.

Makes about 30 bottles.

And yes, I brew beer as well :-) --->

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Santa from Exeter

Re: Easy

No problem,

I've still got dome blackberries in the freezer waiting to be fermented :-)

I'm up for this, but it'll be a bugger cooking 'real' food for the Missus on the Friday :-(

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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Happy

Re: a fictional fatty?

It ain't ture!!!!!!! ( or true even)

{(-:)>

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

Santa from Exeter

Oy, don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

'medieval England had the joy of pease pudding (essentially, porridge made from dried peas)'

There's actually a lot more to pease pudding than just the peas!

I plan to use it as a part of my 'quid a day' food when I manage to join the posse

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Alien

Re: Clangers

Nope, their dustbin lids weren't shiny.

It's the Iron Chicken

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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FAIL

Re: VoteForPolicies.Org.Uk

What a load of tosh that site is.

They lump a load of policies together and ask you to decide if you'd consider voting for them or not.

"Cut the number of MPs and make constituencies more equally sized to give everyone’s vote a more equal weight." does not go with "Maintain the First-Past-The-Post voting system that makes it easy to kick out unpopular politicians, and delivers stable government."

If they really want it to be representative, they should split them all up.

Incidentally, first past the post doesn't make it easy to kick anyone out, due to voter apathy and voting for parties, rather than policies/personalities

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

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Re: "rented by Apple"

Nah, they can give it back when they prang it

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Biplanes

JLV

' obsolete biplanes going into WW2'

I give you the Fairey Swordfish

http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=571

and the Gloster Gladiator

http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=624

Interestingly, both often carrier launched :-)

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

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Devil

Tesco vs the others

I find Tesco here far better than Sainsbury, also quite a bit cheaper. The staff in Tesco are friendly, and the customers don't give me snotty looks for my dress code not matching theirs :-) Also a lot easier since they re-introduced the 'scan as you shop' phasers.

I now refuse to shop in Sainsbo's anyway after the way they treated my daughter in their employ.

Lidl is okay, but there are always too few tills open for the queues.

Aldi isn't realistically any cheaper, and a right pain to get to with a *small* car park.

Morrison's is out of my way, and no cheaper than Tesco.

I have refused to shop in Asda since the chicken I had cooked leaked water out of the breast when I carved it (seriously, if it's that underweight it needs a litre of pumping up - put it back!)

The only thing I would consider buying in Waitrose is EPC horseradish since Tesco stopped stocking it.

Horses for courses

Icon *almost* looks like a shopping bag.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: The dental student fiasco...

"goddamned / allahdamned / yahwehdamned"

Same thing, they're all the same God after all

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Looper

Plus 1 for Looper.

I particularly liked the dissapearing limbs and appearing scar message, they showed that the writers had actually thought about the ramifications of time travel.

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UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

Santa from Exeter

Re: European law?

No, the French have been making the laws to suit them, and the Germans then ignore them

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Foxconn exec on iPhone 6: You're BENDING it WRONG

Santa from Exeter

Re: Ill give this my best shot...AC

You spelled it wrong, at some point, people, spoons and *coke* were involved in the design

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

Santa from Exeter

What's in a name

My handle on here is how I am known to a large section of the people I know, even my other half refers to me as Santa.

Facebook, however, forced me to use a different 'real' name.

It's still not the one I use at work/to the Poliss, but everyone who needs to know about it does.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Prejudice and reasonable people

John 110

"The idea of gaining independence and having to make our way by ourselves, knowing that our Southern neighbours are just waiting for a misstep"

I call prejudice myself there. If Scotland decide to go it alone; I, for one, won't be waiting with 'bated breath' for them to fail. I think there are pros and cons for both sides of the border in both scenarios.

I know a number of 'perfectly reasonable people' who just happen to be Scots. Some of them are eligble to vote in the referendum and some are not (by virtue of the fact of living in England, despite still being recognisably Scots and identifying themselves as Scottish, *not* English).

I have yet to hear one of them express a single positive opinion of, or thought for Salmond and his crew; and to a man/woman they are all opposed to this rhetoric fuelled, ill thought attempt to split from the <rhetoric> Big Bad English </rhetoric> although they might be of a different opinion if it wasn't being done in such a manner.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: Beer AND Flesh?

You won't find it in the 'spoons, but check out Friar Tuck.

Besides, this is in Durrington, not Amesbury so maybe the Stonehenge Inn?

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Pint

Beer!

*** Quite like the Grozet myself but I was a little disconcerted when the Roisin turned my pee pink!

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Local Confusion

The letter from my City Council didn't make it clear whether they were honouring my previous opt-out or not.

Simply solved 'though, I just went on the Gov website and registered to vote online, choosing the 'bugger off admen' box

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Facepalm

Users

We have an internal award of NOTW - Numpty of the week, awarded at our Monday Team meeting for such occurences as using rm -rf (unset variable)/*

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Happy

Systems

I used to play Runequest for 'serious' roleplaying and Tunnels and Trolls for 'back from the pub and skin up' fun. I still fondly remember my T&T character going around with his testicles in his pouch looking for someone to sew them back on (he'd missed spotting the broken chair when jumping into the pit full of Troll shit)

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

Santa from Exeter

Re: kids sizes

"Thirdly, The phone would have to be fairly sturdy and waterproof, or is that just my kids?"

I think you'll find most kids are sturdy and waterproof :-)

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: As far as I am concerned

The key phrase there is 'in public'. Presumably, the Graduation Ceremony wasn't held on the local street, therefore the photographer should have at least obtained a Model Release form.

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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Re: Power corrupts

I think you'll find that in negotiations there is no 'victim'. Hachette are hardly small fry being tromped over by the big boy here despite their claims. They are using the press to try and sway opinion in their favour, and it looks like the 'Amazon haters' are doing some of the work for them

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot becoming mere pimple

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Re: I heard...

Just hope the puss doesn't come in our direction, that's gonna be a massive mirror splodge!

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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FAIL

Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

Epic Fail, falling for the politico's bullshit -

'Not a fan of UKIP at all, but if it breaks this cycle of toff's...'

' common man who drinks pints and sounds like they do'

I suggest you check out Farage's background if you really believe the crap that he touts.

Educated at Dulwich College and an ex commodities trader is hardly 'the common man'.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: Using basic building blocks you could create anything...

@Joefish

Back in my day the Millenuim Falcon wasn't around when I was 12, and I didn't have a handy TARDIS to travel to now to buy the overpriced crappy licenced tat.

I was perfectly happy with 'basic' Lego bricks until progressing on to Meccano at around age 12.

I then had endless fun building 'unrealistic' vehicles and (once I had my pride and joy - a Mammod static engine) ferris wheels and all sorts that included sharp edged Meccano fron the 30's bought in jumble sales.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Questions, questions

Of course it was a non secular cause. It's all about marriage, which is as non secular at its core as you can get!

How do you know he does not, now, agree with the culture at Mozilla? Have you actually asked him or are you simply assuming that he hasn't changed his views in 6 years?

Along those lines, how do you know that his funding of the cause was specifically about denying anyone 'fundememntal rights' (how is marriage a fundemental right anyway?) given that Gay marriage is not unanimously supported by the Gay community anyway?

I'm not a Militant anything personally, I just have something of a problem with anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, declaring random things to be 'fundemental rights', usually when they want these things for themselves and believe that they can't get them.

This sounds a little attacking, but it's certainly not meant in that vein, just a little too rushed at lunchtime at work to carefully reword it :-)

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Re: Remember it's a low probability event *until* it's actually happening

'Planning how to segment power grids' Not a good idea.

In the event of one of these hitting, and the warning system is now in place, unlike in 2012, then the UK with its national grid will actually fare better than the US with its regionalised grid. On a large grid, you turn everything on to spread the load, on a regionalised grid you have to turn everything off.

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Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack

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FAIL

Security primer needed?

"The organisation – whose tagline is Hackers are here. Where are you? – asks members to submit sensitive data such as passport details as part of its registration process"

By e-mail? How secure - not!

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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FAIL

Site fails

What annoys me the most is when a site won't let me use a more secure password.

In particular, a certain bank which will only accept alphanumeric characters in your password!

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Santa from Exeter

Re: Parental involvement

What you seem to have missed is that this is *not* really about parental responsibility. This is about a group of loud-mouthed 'we know best' rabble rousers. If it was about parental responsibility the parents would have been asked if they thought this was a good idea; with a clear explanation of exactly what was being proposed and what this entailed

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Santa from Exeter
Childcatcher

Re: I agree with BT's statement 100%

Sorry, but I had to downvote your post.

Stop shouting at me! I am a parent and I did 'Take some fucking responsibility' with my daughter. Not by installing filters or blocks, or constantly monitoring her; but by being open, honest and frank about any and every subject, including sex.

As a result, I had no worries when, at 14, she was using the 'pute in the back room when I was watching telly in the front room; nor when she was in her room with her own laptop on 'tinternet at the age of 16.

I realise that some people like to pidgeon hole, but for bogs sake don't fall into the gubbmints trap of thinking that all parents are either 'moral upstanding upper middle church goers who support this' or 'low life mouth breathers with no parenting skills whose kiddies need protecting'.

Icon because I did 'think of the child'

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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FAIL

NatWest FAIL

My partner has been very inconvenienced by this but, as she wasn't left financially out of pocket, will pobably not get a bean. She works away from home and, as of last night, she was still unable to withdraw any money from her NatWest account. This didn't mean that she starved, as a work colleague loaned her some cash but she is still unsure if she will be able to pay her hotel bill and had a sleepless night because of it. Thanks a bunch RBS you useless bunch of overpaid 'Bankers'

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Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars

Santa from Exeter

Re: US$74 Million

Ah, but the Jubal soup tastes like long pork

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

Santa from Exeter
Headmaster

Re: there's a quote about motes and beams .. If only I could remember ,,,

'I look forward to the (correct) use of "thee", "thy", "thine", "thou" and so on, along with archaic subjunctive forms.'

I would include in this the correct use of the 'your' archaic form, just for completeness of course :-)

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

Santa from Exeter

Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

"How much in the world of medicine has its roots in military R&D do you think?"

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_McIndoe

Pretty useful hey?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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@ AC Re: As a motorcyclist

As a chavved-up Nova/BMW owner (brain donor) I have the right to overtake on blind bends and hills and on single lane roads with oncoming traffic. Those solid white lines in the middle of a road do not apply to me and safe distances on motorways are only there for me to use as a guide when I squeeze between two cars moving at 70mph on a congested motorway. My tyres must wear faster than everyone elses, otherwise it shows I haven't been spinning the wheels enough and when I start off from lights I must accelerate so fast that I have to fight to keep the back end under control. Under no circumstances must I accept any blame for any accident, it is always the other drivers fault. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians are a target, and shouldn't be on *my* road anyway.

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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Happy

Re: Bah!

Shouldn't that be a fluury of 2 stroke Kawasaki glory?

http://thekneeslider.com/kawasaki-kh750-2-stroke-triple-cafe-racer/

My mate had one of these with a quick twist throttle and you could stand it on it's back wheel at 70! (not a cafe racer obviously)

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