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Message 90245 - Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 11:40:55 UTC - in response to Message 90244.  

Cambridge to Chelmsford looks like about an hour and a half by express coach, changing at Stansted Airport. Depends on your personal taste how that sounds.

Cambridge to Oxford (for CPDN) will take about 10-20 years, until Chris Grayling reopens the railway line....
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Message 90246 - Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 11:56:59 UTC - in response to Message 90245.  

Ah, I didn't check my claim they were there. So thanks. 😊
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Message 90253 - Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 16:16:20 UTC - in response to Message 90245.  

Cambridge to Oxford (for CPDN) will take about 10-20 years, until Chris Grayling reopens the railway line....


Or about four hours on X5 Stagecoach bus (on a day when there are no delays.)
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Message 90316 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 9:18:54 UTC

Goes looking for a raincoat...

Sunday 3 Mar - Tuesday 12 Mar

Wet and windy weather will continue on Sunday with gales and blustery showers in the north. The heaviest rain will be in the northwest, though heavy blustery showers are also likely in Wales, as well as central and southern England. Longer dry and bright spells are likely in eastern Scotland and northeast England. Spells of wet and windy weather are likely to continue through next week, interspersed with some drier, brighter periods. Further strong winds and gales are likely in exposed areas, particularly in the northwest. Temperatures will be around normal for the start of spring, though they will be lower than the mild or warm weather that many of us have had recently. On high ground in the north, it may be cold enough for some snow to fall.
Wednesday 13 Mar - Wednesday 27 Mar

The extended outlook is most likely to begin with spells of cloud, rain and strong winds followed by showers and some drier, sunny interludes. The wettest, windiest weather is most likely in the north and west, with the best of drier, brighter weather in the south. This drier weather may extend to central areas at times, particularly later in the month. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate from day-to-day but overall could be slightly above-average. By late March confidence is low, but there remains a chance of a return to longer-lasting and more widespread drier and brighter spells.
The Dutchman brings wet and windy weather without beans.
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Message 90318 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 10:28:20 UTC - in response to Message 90317.  

What to believe, the Met Office or the BBC? :)
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Message 90319 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 10:47:10 UTC - in response to Message 90318.  

What to believe, the Met Office or the BBC? :)
That's the glory of the free market competition system. If you don't like one set of weather, you're free to choose a different one.

Mind you, the BBC did choose the cheapest option when it was forced to ditch the state-sponsored service and into the competitive market. Maybe you get what they pay for?
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Message 90320 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 11:35:01 UTC - in response to Message 90319.  
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My local weather agrees with the Met Office in that it's going to be wet and windy. So I believe the Met.
Then again, if your local micro-weather can differ from everything else, we'll go for that. I'll bring disposable rain coats anyway. Ain't got a coat, just vests and a sleeveless body warmer, so it's going to be interesting whatsoever. :)
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Message 90321 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 11:51:57 UTC - in response to Message 90320.  

If dry, we walk. If wet, we go by car :-)
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Message 90322 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 14:34:45 UTC - in response to Message 90321.  
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Deal! :-)

Meanwhilst, there's a chance my two week vacation becomes a three week one. I made one final bid to my friend Isa to celebrate her birthday in England and she wants to... but has to clear it with her mum, who has to bring the kids to school during that time. Yes, things between us have normalized that well. When it does happen, we'll continue on to the south,Devon/Cornwall area. She's also the walking type, so perhaps - weather permitting - Dartmoor. Then back I'll probably take the Chunnel. Never been in such a long claustrophobic environment before. :)

I can cancel my ferry crossing back to within 24 hours before it happens, without cost, while Isa can fly in relatively cheap. We'll figure it out. No hurry, I ain't there yet. :)
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Message 90323 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 14:36:04 UTC - in response to Message 90321.  

If dry, we walk. If wet, we go by car :-)

Sounds like one if by land, two is by sea ;)
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Message 90324 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 14:54:08 UTC - in response to Message 90322.  

Then back I'll probably take the Chunnel. Never been in such a long claustrophobic environment before. :)
You can always practice on the London Tube.

If you stay for three weeks, you'll be getting perilously close to Brexit! For some reason, Eurostar - that's the foot-passenger service, capital to capital, not your car shuttle - has been reporting a reduced timetable 'for operational reasons', for more than a week now. I wonder if they're preparing emergency doors for Brexit.

And if so, which side will the door-knob be on?
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Message 90325 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 14:57:10 UTC - in response to Message 90324.  

Perhaps by that time they'll open the middle tunnel for car traffic. More fun. :)
But you're all making it sound like Britain will end by the 29th of March. I doubt that, we'll just not hear from you again. Internet turned off, wall around the islands.
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Message 90328 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 16:04:58 UTC - in response to Message 90325.  

Echo of slow grinding sound as we drag our anchors across the bed of the Atlantic. Maybe heading off to rejoin our old tax havens in the Caribbean.
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Message 90329 - Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 16:47:20 UTC

What to believe, the Met Office or the BBC? :)


In 1974, first year of statistics at St. Andrews, we learned that the most accurate way of predicting the weather was to say that tomorrow's weather will be the same as today's.

While things have moved on a bit since then, it worked pretty well last summer!
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Message 90345 - Posted: 28 Feb 2019, 1:29:58 UTC - in response to Message 90329.  

What to believe, the Met Office or the BBC? :)


In 1974, first year of statistics at St. Andrews, we learned that the most accurate way of predicting the weather was to say that tomorrow's weather will be the same as today's.

While things have moved on a bit since then, it worked pretty well last summer!

IIRC that universal forecast is correct 70% of the time.
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Message 90355 - Posted: 28 Feb 2019, 21:13:42 UTC

Three more days. The packing list is final, I hope it all fits.
I hope Richard is modern and that he has a washing machine, not that I have to rinse my socks and underwear in a local stream. I don't mind air-drying them. :)
As it looks now, the bit of breeze will have passed by the time my ferry sets out to sea. But still, I think I'll just turn in early on the boat. Never been much of a socializer anyway.

Isa is still negotiating, I've told her the answer isn't needed before the 13th of March. Fingers crossed.
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Message 90357 - Posted: 28 Feb 2019, 22:29:10 UTC - in response to Message 90355.  

Well, we have a local stream, which powered the local economy for several centuries. But yes, I do have a washing machine - a washer-drier, even, so you don't have to expose your smalls to the neighbours. And until the modern economy finally collapses, I have an electricity supply to power it.
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Message 90359 - Posted: 1 Mar 2019, 9:52:11 UTC - in response to Message 90357.  

Perhaps the local stream is preferred :)
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Message 90360 - Posted: 1 Mar 2019, 13:24:18 UTC - in response to Message 90359.  

Just spent over an hour trying to copy music to the tablet, having to pull the cable from the computer every 5 files copied and reinserting it to be able to do things. In the end just removed the SD Card and put it in my phone, copied everything I wanted over in 3 minutes and put the card back in the tablet. It's going for repair when I return, because this is bull shit.
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