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2010\01\09@053638 by Picbits Sales

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From: "ivp" <spam_OUTjoecolquittTakeThisOuTspamclear.net.nz>
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Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 11:07 PM
Subject: Re: [EE] AC power through capacitors


> Nice hi-res picture of the UK under snow (3400 x 4400 3MB)
>
> http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/42000/42237/gbritain_tmo_2010007_lrg.jpg
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> A friend in Gosport (opposite Isle Of Wight) said half the
> neighbourhood's cars were buried in a drift in the car park
> and it took all morning to find individual cars and get them
> out. Much worse than any winter for a long long time
>

Our local Authority (Northamptonshire) have had things pretty much under
control when it comes to gritting and the likes. They had plenty of
grit/salt stockpiled and plenty more on order for this week. The roads have
been slippery but passable and my wife hasn't missed any work as the main
routes have been well gritted.

Unfortunately, all this forward planning and efficiency has been rewarded by
the news that the grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted to
other counties who have not been so dilligent. I was listening to this on
the news yesterday afternoon.

http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Council-will-have-to-ration.5968928.jp




2010\01\09@063018 by ivp

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> grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted

The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go

2010\01\09@082712 by Picbits Sales

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----- Original Message -----
From: "ivp" <joecolquittspamKILLspamclear.net.nz>
To: "Microcontroller discussion list - Public." <.....piclistKILLspamspam.....mit.edu>
Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [OT] AC power through capacitors


>> grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted
>
> The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
> but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
> interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
> anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
> of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go
>
> --

2010\01\09@101529 by Sean Breheny

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I have seen shoe chains (similar idea to tire chains - a set of
small-gauge chain with elastic parts which hooks around your shoe,
with the chain passing underneath for greater traction). From personal
experience, I can also say that some kinds of work boots (like the
kind which are often steel-toed) have pretty good traction on ice.

Sean


On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 6:29 AM, ivp <EraseMEjoecolquittspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTclear.net.nz> wrote:
>> grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted
>
> The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
> but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
> interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
> anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
> of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go
>
> -

2010\01\09@183212 by ivp

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> Someone has suggested using an old pair of sock **outside**
> your shoes (i.e.over the top of them),

If it was me, I'd be down in the shed with a bit of sheet steel and
a box of screws to make a pair of short-studded crampons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crampons

Mind you, pretty sure the council would get huffy about the damage
they might do. My old school had an ongoing ban on stiletto heels
since the 50s because of the damage they did to the linoleum and tiles.
Still pock-marked and scratched in my days there

2010\01\09@232207 by cdb

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:: My old school had an ongoing ban on stiletto heels
:: since the 50s because of the damage they did to the linoleum and
:: tiles.
:: Still pock-marked and scratched in my days there

You must have been gutted about the ban.

Jinx in high heels, or was that the  high jinks of Jinx?

And we only managed to blow up part of the boys toilet block.

Colin


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2010\01\10@042551 by ivp

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> :: My old school had an ongoing ban on stiletto heels
>
> You must have been gutted about the ban.

Was I ever. And they were regulation black lace-up too. I couldn't
even wear my Dorothy slippers instead

Sigh. Still, no one can stop you walking on tiptoe and pretending

<gruff manly voice> But seriously.........

2010\01\10@070733 by Chris McSweeny

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On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM, ivp <@spam@joecolquittKILLspamspamclear.net.nz> wrote:
>> grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted
>
> The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
> but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
> interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
> anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
> of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go

Orienteering shoes have metal studs on the bottom - designed to give
you grip on wet wood, which is what you often get underfoot in
forests. Work very nicely for running on ice. I've also got some metal
studded overshoes with rubber straps a bit like
www.climbers-shop.com/255899/products/Petzl_Spiky_Plus_Antislip_Sole.aspx
- they seem to be fairly widely used in towns in the Austrian Tyrol.
For snow though you don't need those though, ordinary off-road shoes
or walking boots with rubber studs give you plenty of grip by digging
into the snow.

The thing is, the pavements which haven't been cleared seem perfectly
fine in walking boots - it's only where people have cleared resulting
in patches of ice which seems to be a problem.

It is all rather pathetic how people in this country react to a little
bit of snow. To get to a doctor's appointment on Tuesday I went on all
the uncleared back roads to avoid the huge traffic queues of people
being pathetic on the main roads (which were clear enough to drive
relatively normally. That's in a normal 2WD car. Don't know why
everybody calls it "worst" either - IMHO it's the best winter I can
remember, today will be the 6th day in a row I get to go XC skiing,
and hoping to break my personal record of skiing 9 days in a row (that
was in Norway!)

Chris

2010\01\10@095502 by Forrest W Christian

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www.yaktrax.com/

I have a pair I use for when I feel like doing some outdoor adventuring
when there's packed snow on the trails - about 6 months of the year or
so.   Work great.

-forrest

On 1/9/2010 4:29 AM, ivp wrote:
>> grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted
>>      
> The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
> but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
> interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
> anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
> of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go
>
>    

2010\01\11@133441 by Herbert Graf

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On Sun, 2010-01-10 at 00:29 +1300, ivp wrote:
> > grit that was ordered for our County has been diverted
>
> The story on our news tonight was that the roads have been done
> but pavements haven't, meaning slippery times for pedestrians (cue
> interviews with broken leg owners). It got me wondering whether
> anyone sells spiked shoes. There's footwear for every other kind
> of weather, would surpise me if some enterpreneur hadn't had a go

Local grocery stores sells them here in Toronto, Canada...

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