Calling all bikers. We have been contacted by the family of a young lad called Sam, aged 20, who very sadly lost his life recently in a motorbike accident. They want to get as many bikers as possible to ride from the family home near Aldershot to the crematorium. So if you can spare an hour or so on wed 11th the address is Lower Weybourne Lane, Farnham GU9 9HL. If you can share this post I am sure many will respond and your efforts will be really appreciated by his family. You will need to be there at 11.30am Thank you.
I saw this recently on Social Media, and thought I would share it – with a view not to provide my opinion of it (too many opinions on the internet!).
A German’s View on Islam – worth reading. This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late.
Now Islamic prayers have been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?) The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.
And we are silent…….
We’ve had a good winter season this year, like every other year you’ve been kind to me by moving over and I’ve always said thank you (unless it’s raining and I need to focus). I never screamed passed you, frightening you in the process and more often than not, you checked your mirror. I thank you for both not hurting me and avoided us both being involved in a lengthy insurance claim where the only winners were the legal people. Sure we’ve had our moments when you pulled out in front of me, likewise I made the odd mistake too – we’re all only human and life has it’s distractions. If I ever saw a ‘Think Bike’ sticker in your back window, I’ve always given you a nod or just a thumbs up…even when that sticker was located in such a way that your rear visibility was hugely restricted. I do thank you for that odd time when I broke down, and without knowing me at all, you asked if I was OK and needed help. 99.7% of you are great, and we’re getting on nicely.
I’m writing to ask a small favour and I hope you’ll oblige. I have some colleagues called ‘Fair Weather Riders’ which will be arriving in their droves to our roads around about now. If you can, please take into account they’ve not been riding since last year and might be a bit rusty. They’ve been sitting in a safe car for the winter, probably behind you in yet another traffic jam, but now they’re out and making up for it. They will likely be in groups at the weekend and perhaps a warm evening during the week, roaring passed you as loud as they can. They’ll overtake where it’s best not too, and ride so close to the back of your car, they may as well attach a tow rope to save fuel. They’re going to push in between you and the driver in front, or run wide on corners they didn’t quite read correctly. They need their concentration so much that they’ll forget to thank you for moving over or for any kind gesture you might make.
Despite their initial failings, please be patient for the next few months and be assured they’ll only be around until September, October at the latest. I’ll be around too, I’ll be blending in with my colleagues but I’ll always be here.
All the best,
Random thought time, about the universe and dark matter.
I’m explaining this in several ways, so be patient – this is all a complete theory of mine which I just wanted to write down so that it could be proved wrong(!).
What if the black holes that have been proven to exist, relate to the big bang theory? Perhaps instead of unimaginable heat producing the big bang and then followed by inflation, it was the resulting energy of whatever might be on the other side of black holes, becoming inside out. Is there a small chance that time/mass in the universe expands to as far as it can go, but that the inevitable demise of large masses which go onto form black holes, are the return to another area that a universe can exist. May be think of two potential universes, both in each end of the bulge of an egg timer. Instead of the sand moving slowly from one end to the other, perhaps the pinch point (the narrowest section) is what we perceive as the big bang. So instead of the sand slowly moving through it, it explodes through and thereby creates ‘a’ universe. Black holes could be parts of a universe returning to the other potential universe via the same narrowing, only they are prevented from doing so because of forces on the other side, an anti-universe power. Perhaps the void which could have a universe is the complete opposite of ours and has dots of ‘exit holes’ of the black holes, in which an environment with no gravity, perhaps not even time exists, has small dots of gravity/time – the reverse of our current perceived universe in which we have time/mass.
Perhaps even dark matter doesn’t exist in this universe, and exists in ‘the other’ universe which could be overlaid over our own, so while it doesn’t exist to us and cannot be detected, it is present but in a secondary time
Tidied up thoughts:
So by this theory, our current universe is stable, but has time/space being sucked through black holes towards a singularity. They cannot push passed the singularity (where another time exists) as the forces of even combined black holes isn’t enough to get through (due to the anti-universe on the other side pushing against them). As time continues forward in our universe, an increasing number of blackholes exist, gradually they all completely absorb the mass/time of our universe. When this occurs, the strength of time and gravity is too much at the point of the singularity and this creates an explosion of time/mass which then creates another universe.
It could be that universes have always occurred, but they simply expand, contract (via black holes) and turn inside out to form another. Like a balloon being blown up, but then having the air sucked out to the point where the balloon becomes inside out and then re-blown up.
Also, I wonder if an expansion of time can cause energy in the form of heat? That might also be the source of the strength of the big bang. Strange that the universe seems to be the same temperature throughout, but that also (I believe), each galaxy has a black hole at it’s centre.
I only think of this as I’m watching another ‘bloated with filler’ BBC programme about the Big Bang Theory and ‘Dark Flow’. I do wish there were two versions of these kind of programmes, one to get the young or those that are normally comfortable with Eastenders, and another compacted version with only fact or the latest theory…probably only consisting of 5 minutes of real content. I’m getting really bored watching repeated video edits of say, a professor walking slowly, or some weird camera lense being used on someone far more intelligent than most viewers (myself included of course).
I don’t know about you, but an awful lot of apps these days, seem to be focused on wasting the users time, instead of saving it. Well I met someone recently who I can only text, and wondered if there was an easier way to do it. I found some software that I could install, but it didn’t work properly – quite frankly I’m glad it didn’t, because then I found Mightytext. This web interface allows you to text with ease and with the huge keyboard you no doubt already own! Most importantly, it connects to your mobile phones tarriff, so if you pre-pay for your text messages, they are used whenever you use a computer/tablet to send messages. This is a great time saver, I’m fairly quick at texting, but now phones only have touchscreen keyboards, I find I struggle a bit! The web interface is user friendly, completely straight forward and even the stupidest of us could use it. I’m actually going to recommend it to a few of older friends, who find small phones fiddly, this in turn disconnects them from society a bit, so it’s a good thing! There are two version of Mightytext, free and pro. Free is actually good for the majority of people, but Pro has a good few extra features which in fairness may be business related. With the Pro version you can: Create templates Schedule messages Block numbers Sync’ pictures (sort of like a backup) There are lots of other advantages, and the pro version is just under a two pounds (£2) a month. So there we go, officially my favourite app of 2014…unless one comes out that can read my mind and then send it as a text 😉
It’s intrinsic in us all that we are closest to subjects that we can relate to the most, tragic but it’s true. After my motorcycle accident in which I nearly lost my leg, and very nearly my life, I’m more conscious of good causes that help the alternative outcome of my life. It took 25 hours of surgery, 2 years of physio’ and hydrotherapy and 18 months on crutches, but eventually I got back in the saddle. That first 100 yards back on two wheels, at that moment, made me genuinely feel like the happiest man alive. Of course the bike broke down a few days later, but that’s besides the point. It also can’t be underestimated how important it is to have supportive friends, family and a perfect girlfriend, they’re impact on rehabilitation can not be measured.
So of course when I noticed The Bike Experience on Twitter, I didn’t hesitate to send them a token donation. They seem like a fantastic organisation and I wish them continued success in helping disabled riders get back in the saddle. It’s a truly honourable cause, where money raised goes directly towards getting people riding again, doing what they love and leaving the past in the past.
If you know of someone that could do with their help, and no doubt their commitment and motivation, do remember them. Of course I hope anyone riding a bike never needs them, but at least if they do, The Bike Experience are ready to help and do their utmost to get some bugs in your teeth again.
So as I said at the beginning, if you know a biker, whether or not they’re disabled, do make a little donation (just £1). Of course if you’re more of a car driver and despite that make a donation, I take my hat/helmet off to you sir/madame as you’ve gone against human nature. To make a quick and convenient donation of £1, Just send a text to 70070 with the words, “TBEX13 £1“.
Keep the rubber side down everyone.
The Bike Experience is a registered charity, number 1145547
The Bike Experience is a registered charity, number 1145547
Re-posted from Fastlane Motorcycles news feed:
We have had a request from a customer, who last week had his garage broken in to and his bikes stolen, the others are not as important but without his race bike, he is now unable to take part in the No Limits racing or afford to replace. As it was a race bike, there was no insurance in force so a total loss.
If anybody has any information to help recover the bike, please get in touch.
Contact details can be found here, at No Limits Track Days.
- Maxton GP10 Rear shock, only ten sold
- KTech Font fork internals
- 16.5″ PVM Wheels with Galfer Wavy Discs, Gold Talon sprocket and Gold Renthal chain.
- Underslung rear Brake caliper with Brembo caliper. Reservoir removed and Green tube fitted.
- R & G Engine casings covers
- Woodcraft Engine crash bobins
- Renthal Clipons
- Brembo Master cylinder RCS with flip up lever.
- Braided lines
- Pazzo stubby levers
- GPR Steering Damper Black
- HM Quickshifter
- Lightech Rear sets
- Power commander
- Full Akrapovic Race exhaust carbon can, slight crack in carbon hanger.
- Diamond pro quick release fuel cap.
I’m all in favour of Birmingham to have greater access to the jewel of income that is London, but is it me that thinks this investment is only going to be utilised by those least in need? I could be wrong, but most jobs carried out by the 70 million or so occupants of the United Kingdom are fairly basic, or work ‘by hand’. So your average teenager is not likely to take the train to London only to work at MacDonalds, and even if you were able to get an office job, it will have to be very well paid in order to make enough money after travel expenses.
So hold on, keep open minded, the greater access to the capital could allow Northern/Midlands business owners to have more convenient and all important meetings, thus providing more work to employees. That’s a pretty desperate attempt to justify such an enormous cost to the TAX paying residents, perhaps put to better use elsewhere. May be it should be spent overhauling the Midlands, improving security and making Birmingham a more appealing place to live or work. More education to reduce accidental pregnancies (to protect unemployed numbers), better facilities to keep teenagers occupied and out of trouble and I’m guessing the £40 billion could go towards ‘prettying’ the place up a little. Who knows though, perhaps the average weather is just never going to make the place appealing, I’ve only been there a few times so I’m hardly in a position to perceive what’s best for the area.
Any massive investment by the TAX payer should naturally see some return, and after 4 previously failed attempts to have the HS2 project put in place, there must be some doubt by those that make decisions on behalf of us all. Wider roads make sense (not to say I’m in favour), because more drivers can populate the road, leading to more road TAX and less time spent on the road and more time spent in offices making money for everyone.
I think the most important aspect of life is to minimise commute time and increase quality time with the people closest to you, if you have them. Of course a high speed line will do this, but it will only benefit those who have made it enough, and if they have, surely they’d just move closer to their daily pot of money?
It’s been around for many years now, but it’s quite a good idea – the idea is www.freecycle.org, the website is clunky to operate, but what do you expect when no one is making money! Anyway, there are Freecycle groups all through the UK (and possibly the world), for instance there are groups in Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells.
You can use this site if you want to get rid of something quick, like some furniture, but anything really – I’ve seen jam jars and cutlery on there, which is perfect for new home owners on a budget. I’ve known friends to almost completely furnish their new home with Freecycle, because their ideal house was out of the budget, but they just had too!
The other side of this website coin is to find something you want, and there are so many random items, it’s recommended to visit the site, before you go on other websites such as ebay, amazon and your normal ‘go to’ websites.
And in case you don’t understand, ALL items listed on Freecycle is FREE, there are no costs other than the fuel to collect something. So why not save some landfill content, do someone a favour, or get something that you want but can’t normally afford.
Riding North bound through the beauty that is Crowborough in East Sussex (see ‘Irony‘), I was riding at around 30mph…it was a 30 zone after all and I was feeling angelic. Suddenly, a solid fist sized object struck the front of my crash helmet and with an open visor, it would have hit me in the face if it weren’t for the shades I was wearing. My first thought turned to anger and then the assumption that children were having a retarded moment and had thrown a lump of mud at a motorcyclist. I turned around as soon as it was safe to, went back to the scene of the crime and saw no children, and no one just ‘hanging around’ with dried mud in their hands. Bizarre. Then I spotted something on the road…ummm, a brownish coloured dead bird about the size of a fist, then noticed the power lines directly above it. I was lead to the assumption that the bird fell off the over head lines (probably received a TAX demand), then ricocheted off the windscreen of an oncoming car, and consequently hit me.
In quite a few years on two wheels, I have to say that was a first!