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    Hmm....

    I think as a country we're much better off that gay people can openly be themselves and not feel forced into sham marriages just because they're forced into a heterosexual norm. I really don't mind that they want to love one another and don't see it in any way as a type of 'cultural abandonment' or whatever term is popular on a particular day. I might be a little worried about the societal regression you get when all this marvellous 'diversity' actually means the indigenous folk having to adapt to others who are different than them, but where the other cultures make no attempt to be diverse back.
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    Bobby Madley behaving badly...?

    I had a girlfriend years ago that I was a bit suspicious of. Pretty sure I caught her up to something with the family yappy dog (oral, as above) when we had it over for a few days. Never actually got proof though. Then there are the spinsters I know that have big old dogs (Alsatians, Retrievers). Never a bitch. I suppose I shouldn't get suspicious, but I've got to fantasise about something... [The lesbians I know also have male dogs, but I rather think that's more about having the poor things on a leash.]
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    Bobby Madley behaving badly...?

    I have a feeling that <that sort of thing> is more common than is usually accepted. [never felt the need myself, but takes all sorts]
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    Wheels coming off HE bubble

    White middle class males doubly so. Seems that there is a deep institutional sexism and racism at play.
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    Trivial Things that annoy you

    I think that one is Jimmy Saville's fault.
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    Trivial Things that annoy you

    Ah, fine with that. But the 'trivial thing that annoys me intensely' is when they ask me questions. It is a fast food joint. There is absolutely never any confusion as to what the offering is. So, when they ask me 'if I'd like to go large' or 'have fries with that', I'll presume that it has only occurred because they want more money from me. So, any questions from the staff in a fast food joint comes with slow deliberation as to what they mean and why I'd want it. Followed eventually by me saying 'no -- I think I'll go for what I originally asked for, thanks'. As for your Newry place -- if I was there I'd give them 30 seconds -- and if they couldn't sort my order out without checking if I'd actually want a milkshake, I'd go elsewhere.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    Not too disastrous a choice for first big bike. I'd just worry that you'd drop it (if you learn to drop a smaller trash bike a few times then you'll know more about not dropping a nice new heavy bike). [I approve of the intensive course approach -- I think that it gives the skills without mucking about on a 125 for months without the skills. Just that after the intensive course you should think that you've got 6 months of gaining real-world skills. I'd suggest that it would be better to do this on something you care less about. Trouble is, you've got 3 bikes in 12 months. I suppose that if you get second-hand it needn't actually be expensive -- might be slightly cash +ve if you buy and sell wisely]
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    Ah. The last sentence is the most important. He's clearly wealthy enough to have bought a cheap 125 for a month or so while he got a full license.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    Why wouldn't he just go on a 48 hour (or whatever) intensive course and get his full license? Normal people have got an excuse, but a guy like that riding on L is just crazy.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    300mph! sounds a bit dangerous for a beginner. Attack lasers would be handy for road-rage, though.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    But the amazing this is everything is better now -- better suspension, better rubber, better brakes. Oh, and better engines which IMO is the root cause of the problem.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    That sounds about right. Stupid thing is, bikes are marketed at the young, whereas the people most likely to do well on a bike are the well settled middle aged -- but they need cars. [And nothing is worse than the born-again crisis, which is just about dreams over talent. All would be fine if they'd only get a slow bike with good brakes...] Twas always thus.
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    Nothing cooler than 80's. [at the moment. I don't get it, as at the time there wasn't anything cooler than 60's. But everyone gets a turn to be cool]
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    I think that looks cool enough. I prefer the Mongrel look myself, but the Baja has got a certain style. Frankly, I'd pass the test and then get a 250*. CBT is fine, but get trained properly asap. 250cc - 400cc is a perfect size of bike, IMO -- I really don't know where the fetish for large capacity bikes has come from. [* I know this is contentious -- and 250 is for many neither one nor other. but 125 really is a little too limiting, and you need a little while to get a grip on things before going 400+. But personally I really like the 250 size of bike (and scooter -- 200cc Vespa is great fun)]
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    Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions

    Oh, and about the 'risks of riding'. Think about how you drive. Are you bored of driving, just a way of getting around? Or do you react to the traffic -- do you feel the need to get ahead of that lorry at the lights? Get cross at that stupid guy in the van? Need to work around that guy that is just so slow around each roundabout? The more emotionally reactive you are when driving the less suited you'll be to a motorcycle, particularly a higher power one. The deal with a high-powered bike is to know that you could burn everyone off at the lights, but never ever actually do so (happy to just be able to, if you wanted). Riding is about being hyper-aware to the risks, and to always have a cool head. Never ever get the red-mist. If you're a 'red mist' driver stick with the car. If you find yourself drifting off when driving then start trying to be hyper-aware when driving (car); if you can't increase your awareness in a car then don't think that two wheels will make the awareness suddenly appear. [I have a suspicion that mild autism spectrum is an advantage -- part of the problem is the hyper-awareness that can't be turned off. But you can't have the temper that so often comes with it.]