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    Trivia: the railway's most bizarre box-ticking exercises

    By a box-ticking exercise, I mean something which has no or little purpose, or otherwise creates some kind of oddity, for the reason of fulfilling a formal requirement or following a policy. An example would be the addition of extra fold down seats in vestibules, which block the doors when...
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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    True, though there would be fewer bicycles in the vestibules if TOCs cared to provide sufficient accommodation for them elsewhere. For a while TPE had a unit running around with a bike symbol on the door that didn't correspond to a bike space, hopefully that kind of thing was also rectified...
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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    Never been entirely sure of the purpose of those, unless it's a box-ticking exercise to get the seat count to a certain level? They're awkward to sit in for all but those with the shortest of legs, with everyone else finding that passengers and their bags brush against their legs and feet. Not...
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    Companies you don't like to buy from, and why

    I find the opposite. I like using MacOS but whenever I use an iOS device it never fails to either frustrate or bewilder me... in contrast I am quite proficient in navigating my Android phone and usually find it easy to do want I want.
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    Settlement Association

    Kirkcaldy has a hospital operated by NHS Fife. NHS Fife operates some other hospitals, including Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.
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    Trivia: Smallest towns with more than one station

    Well, Heath Row, from which the airport derives its name, doesn't even have a population large enough to be classed as a village... so if we're looking for towns, then I don't think it counts. I can't even find a figure on its population.
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    Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

    Probably so. Of course, the TOPS system doesn't allow for that, so I imagine it'll be split across 2 subclasses
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    Companies you don't like to buy from, and why

    :D Never used Facebook myself. I find their business model to be rather repulsive. In what I would probably consider an act of minor hypocrisy, I do use Google's web services where no viable alternative exists (i.e. smartphones, video sharing, and various other things like that) but I generally...
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    Worst UK train?

    The 323s have important differences though. They are quiet, accelerate quickly, have fairly spacious seating by the standards of a BR commuter train, plug doors (so they don't slam when passed by an express), and are a comfortable ride, if a little bumpy. The 142s and 150s are none of these...
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    Worst UK train?

    Clearly you have very short legs then. I cannot fit my legs comfortably behind the seats of any 150 configuration for more than a few minutes, and I therefore have to sit in the bays. They really need ironing boards in my opinion. Would reclaim a bit of space and allow me to actually sit in any...
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    Settlement Association

    Streethouse, West Yorkshire, is another village that has a Working Mens Club.
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    UK face coverings discussion

    I agree about the one-sidedness, unfortunately. I will continue to wear a mask, as I don't find it all that unpleasant, and I'd still suggest that others should do so if they don't mind it, but honestly I'm sick to death of this government, and as such have progressively more sympathy for those...
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    UK face coverings discussion

    The fact that I've seen how intolerant people are to those with genuine exemptions not wearing them (and for the record - no, people don't always "look autistic", and yes, there are plenty of people who can ride a bike but not wear a mask). I assumed - perhaps naively - that in such difficult...
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    UK face coverings discussion

    I don't think there's a huge amount of point in me going through and responding individually to everyone who responded to my original post, namely @bramling, @yorkie, @DavidB and @43066, as they make fairly similar points. However, I do have some further comments to make: I am not really in...
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    UK face coverings discussion

    As I noted, that part was a defacto separate post, not specifically addressed at you (usually I'd put it separately but the forum software automerges these days anyway) That is correct. I get the impression that it's a majority of people that feel safer with mask-wearing, and that's why it...
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    Companies you don't like to buy from, and why

    Yes indeed. If you haven't already found it, the YouTube channel run by Louis Rossmann of Rossmann Repair Group might be of interest to you. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2mFZoRqjw_ELax4Yisf6w
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    UK face coverings discussion

    How do you want to prove that they are, or are not, effective? These bits, I do not agree with (except possibly the fines for non-compliance, but the way they're being used now is way out of proportion). It is horrible that people are being excluded from society because of this. However this...
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    Rate your local bus service/company!

    If you like... hopefully it comes along with a good rant for us all to read :D
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    UK face coverings discussion

    Several people seem to have misunderstood the spirit of my post in the same way. I am aware that proving a negative is futile; that is exactly my point. Several members on here have claimed that masks must surely not be effective at all because there is little evidence to the contrary. This is...

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