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Gift Shop / Offered: 2 squash rackets, Easton
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:00:26 AM »
2 squash rackets with cases

Gift Shop / Offered: Office Chair, Easton
« on: September 08, 2016, 10:36:21 AM »
Office chair, fairly decent condition, just giving away as I've got a new one.
Comment here or call 0117 2307670.

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Gift Shop / Offered: 2 seater sofa, BS5 but can deliver
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:05:29 PM »
2 seater sofa. The fabric is a bit stained but it's pretty comfortable and would be fine with a throw over it.

General Discussion / Scary proposed laws
« on: March 29, 2014, 04:28:43 PM »
I've been having a look through what bills have been proposed in parliament and there are some real clangers, and a couple of names that keep coming up as sponsors of some of the worst:
Capital Punishment Bill - Philip Hollobone (withdrawn)
National Service Bill - Philip Hollobone (2nd reading 16th May)
BBC Privatisation Bill - Peter Bone (withdrawn)
Margaret Thatcher Day Bill - Peter Bone (2nd reading TBA)
Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) Bill - Peter Bone (withdrawn)
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Abolition) Bill - Peter Bone (withdrawn)
Electoral Register (Access to Public Services) Bill 2013-14 - Siobhain McDonagh (2nd reading 13th June)
European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Bill - Philip Hollobone
Withdrawal from the European Union Bill - Christopher Chope
Wind Farm Subsidies (Abolition) Bill - Peter Bone
Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights and Removal of Alleged Terrorists Bill - Peter Bone (withdrawn)

Bristol Chat / Bristol Science Cafe: Why bother with fracking?
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:22:06 PM »
Science Cafe
Monday March 31st
7.45 for 8pm
Tobacco Factory
Why Bother With Fracking?
Professor Chris Rhodes

Our speaker this evening is environmental and energy expert, Professor Chris Rhodes. Professor Rhodes will give an overall view of the peak oil problem and the lack of any technological fix to the consequent liquid fuels crisis.

After discussing resource supply problems in general, he will move onto the media hype over fracking etc. compared to true levels of gas and oil that might be exhumed, and then to the shortages of metals such as rare elements for electric cars and wind turbines. He will conclude that, as a result, technology isn’t going to be our salvation and so we need to adapt our behaviour, leading to thinking locally and Transition Towns as the final optimistic solution.

Professor Rhodes has a very informative website at

No booking required. Cost: donation to cover expenses

General Discussion / Tory Bingo Calls
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:20:28 AM »
Following the Tory Bingo ad, people have been posting comedy bingo calls on twitter. Here's a list of some of the best ones I've seen, add yours below.

Unlike ordinary bingo when you win you have to shout "Mansion!"

MPs priority, number 1

Number 2, food bank queue.

A donation? for me? Number 3!

Number 4, demonise the poor

Number 7, Thatcher's not in heaven

Number 8, country estate

Tow Murdoch's line, Number 9

The house always wins, Number 10

Number 13, Bankers Dream

Clegg's eleven

21, arms dealing son.

Leaving the EU....22

Work for free, 23

Tax offshore, 24

Sell public services to my mate - 28

All the sevens.... reversing Bevan

Closing your A&E...33

My blood is blue...42

Healthcare for the few, 32

Take from the poor, 34

Give to the rich, 36

38, No welfare state

3 and 9...Grant Shapps resign

Two fat Pickles...88

Bankers get off scot-free! Seventy-three!

General Discussion / inane petition
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:36:23 PM »
I just got an email from asking me to sign this petition about painting a postbox gold for Lizzy Yarnold who won a gold medal in Sochi. I replied asking them if they could please restrict their emails to petitions about things that actually matter.

Here's the exchange of emails:

I was dismayed this morning to receive an email from you asking me to sign a petition to paint a postbox gold for someone who won a medal at the olympics. Is this really worth sending an email out about? Presumably a decision was made by your team that this was important enough to send out an email to members.

I'd appreciate it if you could stick to sending emails about stuff that actually matters. Of all the things wrong with the world, this isn't even on the scale. does great work in promoting causes fighting injustice that has real significant effects on people's lives, so please don't put people off by bothering them with such insignificant things.

Dear Robin,

Thank you for contacting the Help Center and for taking the time to share your thoughts on this. We really appreciate it. Occasionally, when a promising campaign starts to gain momentum, we will offer additional support to the petition creator to help move it forward. In this case, we helped the campaign in question by sending out an action alert to all users who may be interested in this based on previous petitions that they have signed.

If the action alert is not relevant to your interests, we definitely would like to hear about it. We also track any unsubscribes that may occur after an action alert is sent in order to help gauge its effectiveness and relevancy. These are both the best ways to let us know if we’re not directing you to campaigns that you might find personally relevant. Your feedback helps us improve the platform in the future.

Thank you for your helpful feedback. We always appreciate it!

Cycling / Wanted: Cargo Trailer
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:07:49 PM »
I'm looking for a second hand cargo trailer. I'll be using it for daily trips around Bristol carrying gardening tools so it needs to be something fairly sturdy.

If anyone has one they are looking to sell please reply to this post or PM me. Thanks.

Shop Local / Shop Local Saturday timing for 2014
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:27:24 PM »
In the run up to Shop Local Saturday 7th Dec we noticed that most towns had their Christmas lights switch on before then, some as early as the first week in November. So it got us thinking that maybe for next year it would be a good idea to have it a bit earlier and suggest that lights switch ons could coincide with it by being held the Friday before.

Would this be a good idea, or should we stick with the first weekend of Dec? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Shop Local / Welcome to the Shop Local forum
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:30:40 PM »
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Cycling / "Cycling Swap with Me" in Bath hailed a success
« on: October 27, 2013, 09:16:39 AM »
From the First Bus website:

A Cycling Swap with Me event held by First in Bath to promote road safety with local cyclists and the company's bus drivers has been hailed as a big success.

Held on Saturday 5 October at the Odd Down Cycle Circuit off Chelwood Drive in Bath, the purpose of the event was to help cyclists and bus drivers to understand the safety concerns that each can have when sharing the roads.

The Cycling Swap with Me event was well attended by cyclists from Bath and the nearby areas as well as First bus drivers and staff. Also at the event was the Mayor of Bath, Malcom Lees, Odd Down councillor, Nigel Roberts, members of the Sulis Scorpions, a local young persons' cycling club who train regularly at the site, and representatives from Cycling Instructor who helped to run the activities.

For the exercises cyclists got to sit in the bus driver's seat and bus drivers were able to cycle past a stationary bus. Participants were also able to talk to each other about their experiences, share ideas and discuss the things they had learned about the best practises for safer journeys.

First also plans to roll out a number of other Cycling Swap Me events across the region in the future, which it is hoped will mean that many more bus drivers and local cyclists will be able to benefit from the invaluable insights that the 'Swap with Me' exercise can offer.

Aileen Brown, Membership Secretary for Bath Cycling Club, says, "Everyone involved felt that the event was very beneficial. Parents and children had the opportunity to learn how to overtake a stationary bus without disappearing from the driver's view and about the wider turning circle of larger vehicles as well as hazards, such as bus passengers emerging from in front of buses. It's only by giving both cyclists and drivers the opportunity to see the view from the other person's perspective that we learn to share the roads in safety."

"We hope to continue our road safety work with First and a number of projects are currently in the pipeline. This includes working with First and cyclists all over BANES to identify perceived accident spots so that a map can be drawn up for bus drivers to use as part of their continuing driver awareness training."

Natacha Tagholm, Regional Customer Services Manager, says, "The Cycling Swap with Me event was a big success and we have plans to run a number of similar events in the future. We were really pleased to see the amount of people who came along and, as one of the region's biggest transport providers, it was great to be able to connect with so many keen cyclists in this way. In particular we would like to thank the hard work of independent cycling trainer, Marc Taylor, and Paul Lowe from Cycling Instructor who did a fantastic job running the training events."

Cyclists who would like to register their interest in attending future sessions, should email their name and contact details to

Cycling / Cycle Caravan
« on: October 26, 2013, 12:53:19 PM »
Spotted this amusing bike trailer outside Roll for The Soul

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Permaculture / Edible City The Movie
« on: June 15, 2013, 11:46:00 PM »
Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that's taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that's making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

Watch it on Vimeo:

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