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Out and About / Re: Photo of the day!
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:44:42 PM »
Lovely. Thanks, Aline. Only 209 days to go!!!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:32:23 PM »
Rilo - I'm completely neutral about this. Just pointing out that when George said it was rubbish that quads can be dangerous, they are internationally thought to be dangerous. Not all ATVs are legal to drive on roads in the UK, for safety reasons.


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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:11:39 PM »
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Ten years ago, 1,200 patients were admitted to hospital in the UK after quad bike accidents. By 2002 - the last year for which data is available - the figure was more than 4,200.
Guardian

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Every summer thousands of quad bikes are rented to young people who have never driven one of the infernal machines before and who have never driven in Greece before. These horrible machines are very unstable, have no safety belt and the roads round Zante are nothing short of a nightmare. Every summer HUNDREDS of young people have accidents. If you extrapolate across all of the resorts in Spain and Greece, the numbers jump to THOUSANDS. The casualty rate for people who rent quad bikes is a simply astonishing 25%. That is ONE IN FOUR! One in every four people who rent a quad bike will have an accident and hurt themselves. Also, if you have an accident, you will usually incur damage to the bike, which you will receive a hefty bill for. They have your passport and you will basically be extorted out of several hundred euro, it’s a well known racket. This money would be far better spent on something enjoyable like a nice cold beer or a Woo Woo on the beach.
nakedzante.com

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A quad bike accident in Taupō on Saturday night left one person dead and another with moderate injuries, bringing the number of deaths from quad bikes this year to 14, a record for a single year.

The former director of Lincoln University's Telford campus, Charley Lamb, said the deaths were occurring as a result of crush injuries, which research showed roll bars would prevent.

"Very few bikes have roll over protection, which of course they should do. Whether people want to debate that and argue that, they can. But they used to do the same about safety frames on tractors and they did the same about seatbelts in cars."

"There's no doubt that roll over protection on quads will stop crush injuries and stop deaths. It won't stop injuries."
Radio Newzealand

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:22:12 PM »
Yes - that is indeed a problem.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:46:58 PM »
Here's what ABTA has to say:
https://abta.com/about-us/press/holidaymakers-putting-themselves-at-risk-by-hiring-quad-bikes

I have never ridden a scooter or motorbike - seen too many tourists who've removed a lot of skin when falling off. I did hire a quad in Agios Stefanos this year, but hated it and gave it back after three days. I didn't feel at all in control of it. I've owned and driven some very powerful sports cars in my time, I've driven thousands of miles over very dangerous African roads, but the quad was the only vehicle that's ever scared me.

That's the root of the concern: people who would never hire a scooter feel safe on a quad because it has four wheels. It's not as safe as one assumes, particularly (I read) when cornering or accelerating hard. Apart from the fact that the automatic gearbox was "snatchy" and prone to jerks when starting off, I found the steering remarkably un-positive and inclined to veer at the slightest pothole. You are an experienced quad-rider - I'm not, and I'm probably more typical.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:52:52 AM »
The accident rates for quad-bikes are appalling, so it's possible to have some sympathy. For once, this is not a money-making event.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Is it really you?
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:27:19 PM »
Thanks! I'm in better shape than a seventy-five-year-old fossil deserves.

I'd settle for 3 hours on a TUI flight from Doncaster to Corfu with Stephen Hawking.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Is it really you?
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:02:52 PM »
In my long career as a screenwriter I've dwelt with and flown with a lot of well-known actors. On average they are not very interesting unless people like me write the dialogue for them. They also value the few hours on a plane when they don't have to act their public persona.

We writers, of course, are endlessly fascinated with people, and will get your life story out of you before you've reached cruising altitude. And tell you nice gossipy things.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:55:56 PM »
Yep - Just ask to join. Before prepared for lots of photos of food.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:14:24 PM »
I had a stroke. Fortunately got to A&E in time, and been out of hospital for a week today. But not allowed to fly for a month, alas.

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:03:11 PM »
Quite right. Wish we could make use of it, but had to cancel our departure this Friday. Boo!

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:33:12 AM »
Whoops - slight decimal problem!

Pound went up a bit after hints from the BoE that interest rates may rises. TravelFX 1.1103

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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:12:30 AM »
The pound went up about 1 cent against the euro. Fantastic news. If I buy £3,000's worth I get a "free" Mythos!

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Out and About / Re: Walk to Arillas and Sidari
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:03:15 PM »
Yes - but not the best way in the dark!

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Out and About / Re: Walk to Arillas and Sidari
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:19:28 AM »
Sidari is maybe too far. But Arillas is just over the headland and well-lit on the road.

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