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Message 109113 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 10:56:39 UTC - in response to Message 109103.  

Think you got it weird? Try this what happened to a friend of mine: https://wsvn.com/news/help-me-howard/packages-didnt-get-shipped-out/
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Message 109115 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 11:39:11 UTC - in response to Message 109114.  

Funny that you know without a doubt what happened there, when Dan can't even get an answer out of FedEx what happened. "We're not at liberty to say, sir" is his answer.
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Message 109117 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 14:29:07 UTC - in response to Message 109113.  

Not as weird as that.
After ordering, the 3 in 1 said arriving tomorrow by 10pm the other on Monday, no time given. Yesterday evening, it was as posted.
Logged into A/c after reading your post & link, now estimated delivery for all 4 items 13:15 - 15:15.
Nope, not here yet.
Get this though. Checking on "all updates" I rofpmsl.
8/7/22 17:13 arrived at Amazon facility - Milton Keynes, Bucks.
20:54 departed facility.
23:45 arrived Amazon facility - Brandon, Leics.
9/7/22
01:14 departed facility.
03:51 arrived Amazon facility - Peterborough, Cambs.
12:18 out for delivery.
Just rechecked , now showing original times as posted.
Here's the catch - Milton Keynes to Brandon has to go past Peterborough on its way. :-(
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Message 109120 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 15:40:06 UTC - in response to Message 109117.  

Here's the catch - Milton Keynes to Brandon has to go past Peterborough on its way. :-(
Probably a detour due to roadworks. ;-)
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Message 109122 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 15:52:07 UTC - in response to Message 109120.  
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No, 2 main routes.
1: Depot on A421, out gate, stay on A421, left onto A6 all the way to Thrapston, bear right at junction onto A605 all the way into P'boro.
2: Stay on A421 all the way to A1, turn onto A1 then all the way to P'boro.
No I didn't use google maps or my map books, did that run for many a year.
No roadworks to interfere with either way.
Edited. Either I need a new keyboard or new glasses. :-(
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Message 109125 - Posted: 9 Jul 2022, 18:39:56 UTC

Sat Nav is for those too lazy &/or unable to plan a route &/or read a map.
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Message 109132 - Posted: 10 Jul 2022, 6:50:37 UTC

I plan my route using a map but do use a satnav to tell me if there are major problems on the route I have chosen. In Cambridge, there is a guided busway with concrete tracks to bus runs in using guide wheels to keep the bus going in the right direction. Several drivers each year follow the instructions from their satnav onto it and then get stuck damaging their vehicles in the car traps. These car traps are clearly signposted as is the fact that the track is for buses only.

Satnav's aren't the problem but rather people who accept their authority unquestioningly. I did an experiment about a year ago and put google maps into cycling mode. Then it tried to send me down the busway. Whether it is because so many people cycle here that so many do this I have no idea.
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Message 109134 - Posted: 10 Jul 2022, 12:50:21 UTC - in response to Message 109133.  
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Cycles are allowed on bus lanes.
Alongside, the busway there is what was originally designated a service track but which has now been made a cycle path.
Edit:With the buses doing up to 60mph on the busway cycling on the track is probably not a good idea though I used to do it regularly before the buses started running on it as the access track alongside hadn't been tarmacked then.
What if your route is a few hundred miles, surely you can't remember all that? You'd have to either stop and check the map or look at it while driving.


I stick changes to road numbers etc. onto the steering wheel along with distances. Even when the route is several hundred miles e.g. Cambridge to Dundee, I have done that one enough in the past four years with both parents and a brother dying to know that route well enough not to need a satnav or map these days unless there is an accident I need to avoid. I would normally do the trip by train though.

Let's replace the satnav with your wife. She's reading the map. Would you question her? She has the map after all, you're busy concentrating on driving.


Absolutely! Even when she knows the way she often gets left and right mixed up!

There should not be bus only routes. Our left wing obsession with public transport is ridiculous. How many times have you seen congested car lanes and an empty bus lane? What a waste of road space.


At peak times, if all those using the buses into Cambridge jumped into cars congestion would be a a lot worse! Though I still maintain that instead of the guided buses, they should have put a railway back in. And it is more about common sense than left or right wing. There are lots of reasons why more money should go into public transport than into relieving costs for motorists.
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Message 109136 - Posted: 10 Jul 2022, 14:59:12 UTC

I want to know what these "guided" buses are, how does that work?


Quite simple - On the bus there's a set of horizontal guide wheels that are attached to the bus steering linkage and they push the bus's front wheels in the required direction. On the guided busway the kerbs are a bit taller than normal, and a bit further apart than the outside of the bus's tyres. Simple really
But sensible??????
Expensive - You bet, every bus that uses the busway has to be modified, plus they require additional maintenance (some/much of this is due to the forces on the steering equipment by the guide wheels).
Reliable - ish, but if a bus fails in the wrong place those behind can't just take avoiding action as they would on a normal road.
Cost effective? Well a few other places have looked at the Cambridge experiment and have gone with other solutions (normal buses, trams, light rail, or not bothered)
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Message 109138 - Posted: 10 Jul 2022, 15:20:54 UTC

What if your route is a few hundred miles, surely you can't remember all that?

Are you judging other peoples abilities from your own performance.

I've driven on my own, when I was in the Army and as a NATO civilian, thousands of miles over a period of a few days, with only glances at the map, when stopped for fuel etc.after planning the route before starting and not go lost and completed the journey in the estimated time frame. The longest was from Piraeus to Bradford, it should have been from Ancona but the ferry hit the side of the Corinth Canal and opened up the side and we got returned to Piraeus and dumped on the dock. With the option of waiting 3 days for next ferry or dive across Greece and Yugoslavia as it was then, both countries I had never visited before. I was to Best man at a wedding in Bradford and got there the day before the wedding, no problem.

So driving without sat nav for thousand of miles is not a problem.

And if you want passenger to read a map, may I recommend my ex, she gets lost once she is out of sight of her house with or without maps or sat nav. With a sat nav she once took 42 miles in hour and a half,to drive the 8 miles to her Mothers, according to my youngest. She was going to phone him when she got there apparently and he got worried and phoned his Gran to find out what was happening.
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Message 109139 - Posted: 10 Jul 2022, 15:25:02 UTC

No. https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/guided-bus-derails-in-cambridge-24-02-2016/
Every one of the incidents with buses coming off the tracks have been found to be due to excessive speed entering the track. Whether pressure to keep to timetables was a factor in all or any of these incidents I have no idea but many on unsocial media have suggested it is.
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