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Re: Things that make you go oooh thread....

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Postby pje16 » July 13th, 2022, 12:53 pm

Snorvey wrote:
kiloran wrote:How many people can fit into a tuk-tuk?

27!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-62131725

kiloran


When I first read your post, I thought it was some kind of whacky world record attempt.

here IS the world record
29 in a mini
https://autojosh.com/photos-of-the-day- ... ld-record/
ouch
watch them squeeze in
https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessWorldR ... 907804364/

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Postby stevensfo » July 13th, 2022, 3:41 pm

kiloran wrote:How many people can fit into a tuk-tuk?

27!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-62131725

kiloran



We used and appreciated tuktuks during a visit to Cambodia. They are brilliant for getting around. There were four of us and they were comfortable.

But how powerful must the motorbike be to drag the weight of 27 people? :o

I had a sad little 50cc moped when I was a teenager and it barely coped with me!

Steve

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Postby DiamondEcho » July 18th, 2022, 10:38 pm

scotia wrote:My daughter, on a business trip to India, thought that a model tuk-tuk would be a nice present to bring back for her young son. But try as she might, she couldn't find one - lots of models of flashy American cars, but no tuk-tuks. Apparently no Indian boy would thank you for a model tuk-tuk. :)


My wife has one and it's on our bookshelves, along with a NYC yellow-cab, London taxi and so on and so on. She bought them all on postings to those respective countries. She says the '3-wheeler' (that's what a Thai tuk-tuk is called in India) was bought in c 1995 from a shop in an arts/crafts arcade in Delhi, and not in a touristy part of town. [Just my 2 Rupees].

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Postby mc2fool » July 18th, 2022, 11:10 pm

DiamondEcho wrote:She says the '3-wheeler' (that's what a Thai tuk-tuk is called in India) was bought in c 1995 from a shop in an arts/crafts arcade in Delhi, and not in a touristy part of town. [Just my 2 Rupees].

I've spent a fair amount of time in India and I don't think I've never heard them called 3-wheelers there. In India they're called auto-rickshaws and, in fact, most commonly called just "autos". The drivers are auto-wallahs.

Now in Sri Lanka I've heard them called 3-wheelers and trishaws, about equally commonly....

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Postby Lootman » July 18th, 2022, 11:26 pm

mc2fool wrote:
DiamondEcho wrote:She says the '3-wheeler' (that's what a Thai tuk-tuk is called in India) was bought in c 1995 from a shop in an arts/crafts arcade in Delhi, and not in a touristy part of town. [Just my 2 Rupees].

I've spent a fair amount of time in India and I don't think I've never heard them called 3-wheelers there. In India they're called auto-rickshaws and, in fact, most commonly called just "autos". The drivers are auto-wallahs.

Now in Sri Lanka I've heard them called 3-wheelers and trishaws, about equally commonly....

Like you I spent a lot of time there, albeit back in the 1980s.

The vehicles (let's just call them that) were particularly useful in Anuradhapura, one of the many former capitals of Sri Lanka, where the sites were particularly spread out. And it was hot as hell there - well worth the money.

And in Agra where the wallah nabbed us at the station (*) and barely left our side for 48 hours. He took us to the Taj Mahal for the 5 a.m. sunrise, then to Mohammed's Good Earth Dhaba for a 3-course breakfast served on a single gas ring.

It wasn't just their effort that was amazing. It was their patience and their willingness to wait for hours for you outside a restaurant. British and American workers expect tips for doing nothing. These guys I tipped well for doing everything.

(*) The train we took to Agra was a 48 hour trip from Kerala. It actually didn't stop at Agra but we were advised that it passed through it at a very low speed and we should just jump off with our bags. We did.

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Postby DiamondEcho » July 20th, 2022, 7:11 pm

mc2fool wrote:I've spent a fair amount of time in India and I don't think I've never heard them called 3-wheelers there. In India they're called auto-rickshaws and, in fact, most commonly called just "autos". The drivers are auto-wallahs. Now in Sri Lanka I've heard them called 3-wheelers and trishaws, about equally commonly....


You might enjoy this article: 'Delhi: Three-wheelers emerge as top EV choice' [Times of India] Read more at:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cit ... 130221.cms

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Postby mc2fool » July 20th, 2022, 7:45 pm

DiamondEcho wrote:
mc2fool wrote:I've spent a fair amount of time in India and I don't think I've never heard them called 3-wheelers there. In India they're called auto-rickshaws and, in fact, most commonly called just "autos". The drivers are auto-wallahs. Now in Sri Lanka I've heard them called 3-wheelers and trishaws, about equally commonly....

I asked her to read your reply, she said 'Well I lived there three years, and if that's what he thinks - phhh'. She's Asian BTW and just not into p'ing contests over details on web-fora :)

LOL! Well that beats my total of around a year, most of it doing rural development aid work, although I have also done the tourist trail with the huuuuge distances India requires, and, well, it's not what I think, it's my first hand experience. Maybe there are local or time differences; my visits were around the turn of the millennium.

Anyway, I was just FYIing, not p'ing or into any contest ... but it seems the Wikipedia author must have been to the same places as me:

"Auto rickshaws (often called "autos")..." "The drivers are known as the Autokaarar, auto-wallah or tuktuk-wallah." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw#India ;)

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Postby mc2fool » July 20th, 2022, 8:06 pm

DiamondEcho wrote:
mc2fool wrote:I've spent a fair amount of time in India and I don't think I've never heard them called 3-wheelers there. In India they're called auto-rickshaws and, in fact, most commonly called just "autos". The drivers are auto-wallahs. Now in Sri Lanka I've heard them called 3-wheelers and trishaws, about equally commonly....

You might enjoy this article: 'Delhi: Three-wheelers emerge as top EV choice' [Times of India] Read more at:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cit ... 130221.cms

Hmmm....you seem to have totally changed your reply while I was penning my response to your, as was, original reply!

Ok, so I'll see your Times of India and raise you Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=What+are+the+3+wheeled+vehicles+in+India+called%3F :D

Some sources are tourist-only as I've only ever heard auto-rickshaws in India called tuk-tuks by tourists! "What is a Tuk-Tuk? Also known as auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, or simply auto,...", yes, by the locals! https://www.agatetravel.com/tuk-tuk-in-india.html

Although it's apparently changing: "These trusty three wheelers have always been called auto rickshaws in India, as the natural replacement for the human drawn rickshaw, however these days more and more drivers have embraced the name “Tuk Tuk”, used throughout Southeast Asia and which is just the most onomatopoetic name. Either way, when you use the word “auto” or “rickshaw” or “tuk tuk”, everyone in India knows what you mean." https://incredibleindiatours.com/is-it-a-rickshaw-or-a-tuk-tuk/

Anyway, roll on .... :D

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Postby Snorvey » July 27th, 2022, 11:16 am

The EU have agreed a voluntary cut of 15% to gas consumption, basically to bail out Germany (and a few other nothern states). This may become a mandatory cut as winter approaches.

Germany were warned time and time again to reduce their reliance on Russki gas but they basically waved two fingers at those suggestions. In fact they went and built another Baltic pipeline for even more Russian gas.

And they're in the final throes of closing their last 3 nuclear reactors in the wake of Fukishima. They were warned against doing this too.

'We have agreements' they said. 'Russia needs our money' they said. 'They need us & we need them'. 'Its a partnership'.

Vlad now has their nuts in his hand and is starting to squeeze ever harder.



Now, there are a number of EU states who don't rely all that much (if at all) on Russian gas. Spain...Portugal.....Greece....Italy to name but a few. Their winters are shorter and normally secure the gas they need from African countries

So basically, Germany has a big problem of it's own making and it's asking other EU states to take a big bit of the sh*t sandwich with it. In a show of 'unity'
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But hang on. It wasn't so long ago when Germany was giving Spain....Portugal....Greece...Italy.... a right old bollocking for being to loose with the credit card - despite being warned by Germany et al.

Oh dear Germany!

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Postby kiloran » August 4th, 2022, 10:04 am

I looked out the window this morning, and saw, about half a mile away, a couple of guys on a cherry picker working on a mobile phone mast. Nothing odd there, but this was at the top of a 17 storey (200 feet?) block of flats. 200 feet up, and probably around 60-70 feet horizontally. I had no idea that cherry pickers could be so big. And it was a bit breezy. Those guys must be totally fearless. Or mad.
Image

--kiloran

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Postby kiloran » August 4th, 2022, 10:29 am

kiloran wrote:I looked out the window this morning, and saw, about half a mile away, a couple of guys on a cherry picker working on a mobile phone mast. Nothing odd there, but this was at the top of a 17 storey (200 feet?) block of flats. 200 feet up, and probably around 60-70 feet horizontally. I had no idea that cherry pickers could be so big. And it was a bit breezy. Those guys must be totally fearless. Or mad.

--kiloran

I just zoomed in on one of the photos I took and the guys were wearing hard hats, so they were well protected if they fell. Maybe not so mad or fearless after all

--kiloran

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Postby pje16 » August 4th, 2022, 10:35 am

kiloran wrote:I just zoomed in on one of the photos I took and the guys were wearing hard hats, so they were well protected if they fell. Maybe not so mad or fearless after all
--kiloran

Not entirely sure a fall from that height would be safe with just a hard hart
stunning photo by the way

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Postby UncleEbenezer » August 4th, 2022, 1:24 pm

pje16 wrote:
kiloran wrote:I just zoomed in on one of the photos I took and the guys were wearing hard hats, so they were well protected if they fell. Maybe not so mad or fearless after all
--kiloran

Not entirely sure a fall from that height would be safe with just a hard hart
stunning photo by the way

Did someone miss a winkie? ;)

Were they wearing parachutes?

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Postby vrdiver » August 4th, 2022, 10:15 pm

pje16 wrote:Not entirely sure a fall from that height would be safe with just a hard hart

If that was all they had, then I'd share your concern, but they've probably got steel toecap boots and high viz jackets as well.

VRD

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Postby pje16 » August 4th, 2022, 10:28 pm

How on earth do either of those prevent head injuries?

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Postby UncleEbenezer » August 4th, 2022, 10:49 pm

pje16 wrote:How on earth do either of those prevent head injuries?

The same way cycle helmets prevent leg injuries?

(according to the Washington study widely cited by helmet advocates)

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Postby servodude » August 4th, 2022, 10:57 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
pje16 wrote:How on earth do either of those prevent head injuries?

The same way cycle helmets prevent leg injuries?

(according to the Washington study widely cited by helmet advocates)


I normally ask people to substitute the term "polystyrene hat" for "cycle helmet" to see if it affects their perception.
And that's as someone who wears a polystyrene hat for hours every week.

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Postby jfgw » August 5th, 2022, 12:03 am

Oh, come on,

You all know that those hard hats are to protect the wearers against objects falling from above!


Julian F. G. W.

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Postby UncleEbenezer » August 5th, 2022, 9:52 am

jfgw wrote:Oh, come on,

You all know that those hard hats are to protect the wearers against objects falling from above!


Julian F. G. W.

But the main hazard - golf balls - come at you from more-or-less any angle other than directly overhead!

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Postby vrdiver » August 5th, 2022, 11:11 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
jfgw wrote:Oh, come on,

You all know that those hard hats are to protect the wearers against objects falling from above!


Julian F. G. W.

But the main hazard - golf balls - come at you from more-or-less any angle other than directly overhead!

I didn't realise we'd played golf together...


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