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  1. Essan

    Trivia: Closest stations to each other as the crow flies

    The 2 Kidderminster stations (Network Rail and Severn Valley Railway) are adjacent to each other, but totally separate.
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    Camping near mountains, in England, in July

    That and the fact that you have to wear a mask for the whole journey. I would normally be planning a few trips to Scotland this year. But I don't drive. So for me it's just not an option, regardless of price. A journey to the Highlands by train, for me, can take up to 11 hours (including...
  3. Essan

    Trivia: Closest stations to each other as the crow flies

    Aye. Something I hadn't noticed - though to be fair I have only used the low level platforms once, about 30 years ago!
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    Camping near mountains, in England, in July

    Genuine Wild camping - by hillwalkers and backpackers, setting up late,leaving early, and leaving no trace - is usually tolerated above the "field line", especially in places like the Lake District and Snowdonia - though the only place in England and Wales you have a legal right to wild camp is...
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    Trivia: Closest stations to each other as the crow flies

    There is no direct connection. You have to leave Queen St station (high level) and go onto the street to then enter Queen St Low Level. Edit: no, tell a lie, according to wikipedia: "They are connected by staircases at either end of the low-level platforms, and by lifts accessible from...
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    Landslide on the Fort William -> Mallaig line

    The midges love it :lol:
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    Landslide on the Fort William -> Mallaig line

    A bit more info here which explains it https://westhighlandretreat.co.uk/about-us-1
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    Landslide on the Fort William -> Mallaig line

    Thanks for that. I had seen something about Kirsty's Kids but never put 2 and 2 together .... The Bryden's moved in there just after I left LA in 1999
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    Landslide on the Fort William -> Mallaig line

    Anyone know exactly where this occurred? Looking at the pictures in this report it looks to be at the back of Craiglea, near Arieniskill, by the west end of Loch Eilt (about a mile and a half east of Lochailort)...
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    Send with a Cheque...

    I haven't owned a cheque book since the 1990s ....
  11. Essan

    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    What we consider wild camping, yes. The problems arise with roadside camping (which is technically also wild camping because you are not on a recognised site). People doing that often do have open fires and BBQs which have been known to cause wildfires. There are also some Bear Grylls types who...
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    I quite agree! Was just pointing out that the amended legislation now specifically makes it illegal (with exceptions) I have never really bothered to look at exact legislation before. I now wonder whether any MPs have ......
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    Yes, that might be a permitted circumstance - however the tone of the comment implied to me that that was not the reason, and it would have been better to clarify if it was the case. Anyway, point stands. It wasn't previously set out in law, but is now.
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    Under current English law (effective 1st June), it is illegal to stay overnight in a place other than your home (except under certain permitted circumstances) (previously this was specified in guidance only)
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    How essential to life is a smart phone in the 21st century?

    My Nokia cost me about £80 I spend maybe £20-30 a year on it (pay as you go). It's mainly used for internet access when away from home.
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    Incorrectly Translated Station Names

    Fort William is known (and shown on the station name) as An Gearasdan - The Garrison. Ironically, the gaelic being derived from the English word! The direct gaelic translation would be Dun Uilleam.
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    Incorrectly Translated Station Names

    Yes, originally Ystrad Clud, part of Hen Ogledd, the "old north" which at one time extended from Cumbria north to Pen Lummon, the beacon hill, now known as Ben Lomond. Brythonic languages (old Welsh or Pictish) were originally spoken across all of what is now Scotland. Gaelic is as much an...
  18. Essan

    Sunny weather during lockdown - more than just a coincidence?

    Yes, just coincidence (and March overall was drier and sunnier than average for most of the country). The reduction in aircraft contrails may impact on diurnal range (cooler at night, warmer by day) though not so as anyone would notice - and probably only then on days when contrails persist...
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    Coronavirus: Is this the end of physical cash? Will we go completely electronic?

    Personal, not business account :D Yes, there is a small risk of fraud but to be honest, I only get a handful of cheques a year and I can usually tell if someone is dodgy. Last time I had a problem was over 15 years ago (and that was with a cheque guarantee card - a stolen one)
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    Coronavirus: Is this the end of physical cash? Will we go completely electronic?

    I continue to take cheques simply because it annoys the banks who'd rather be rid of them :D However, almost all transaction in my shop (antiques) are cash. As a consequence of which, I also use mostly cash when making purchases in shops (as I always have plenty on me!) though I am slowly...

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