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About softy

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  • Birthday 13/01/1963

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    Broulee and New Delhi

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  1. softy

    Mobile plans - which one?

    But if you live out of the cities, and can only get 1 bar of 3 or 4G, what good is 5G.
  2. softy

    2018 Goals-what are they ?

    Achieving the budget goal is out the window. Not the same kind of pain as riding hills but will be worth it in the end. Scaffold down, tiling and interior Barestone panels underway.
  3. softy

    Mobile plans - which one?

    On the Far South Coast of NSW I was on Vodafone, and could get reception in Bodalla if I stood on one leg by the by the lemon tree. In Broulee, Vodafone gets no reception so I've gone to Telstra. Even then, inside the house, you're lucky to get 1 bar. You often see people outside on their phones. Coverage in Australia is pathetic. I can't be a passenger in a car and make a call on the drive from Broulee to Batemans Bay because of the continuous drop outs. What chance do regional users have, when you can't even get a decent signal 20 minutes from the capital of Australia.
  4. softy

    Mobile plans - which one?

    They are big boys in Australia but hardly big. Consider there are around 230 million Vodafone subscribers and about the same for Airtel here in India. With that economy of scale ( around 10 times the population of Australia each ), no wonder I can get it so cheap. It's never going to happen in Australia.
  5. softy

    Let's talk Hematocrit Levels

    I'm 55 and my last test was 0.45 ( assume that's 45% ). The reference listed was 0.39 - 0.54 Heamoglobin was149 g/L. The reference listed was 130 - 180
  6. softy

    Mobile plans - which one?

    Just received a notification from Vodafone here in India. My 90 day subscription needs renewal - cough up the princely sum of 509 rupees ( $10 AUD ), and we'll continue giving you 1.4gb data per day, free local and STD calls and SMS for the next 90 days. That's the advantage of living with over 1 billion people I suppose.
  7. softy

    Lances Tour Podcast.

    Yep..there's ads, but I still like to listen to it. Just go and make a coffee or tea or hang out some washing while the advertorials are on. Otherwise, you can always fast forward it. I watch on Youtube.
  8. softy

    Top money earners mid year.

    Pretty piss poor overall, when you think of time, effort and travel to compete. Under 30k for 6 months work if you're 10th. Gotta love the sport to keep going, otherwise you'd be better off on the tools.
  9. softy

    Froomey banned from tour (and then not banned)

    What a joke. He was guilty of being over the prescribed limit but gets away with it. I'm sure Tour organisers could see how much cash they'd lose if he didn't appear, so all is peachy now. A decision in a day, but nothing in the preceding 10 months. Of course I'll still watch it.
  10. softy

    Plastic bag ban.....

    I still remember drinking real malted milkshakes using paper straws with coloured swirl pattern. Bring em back!
  11. softy

    Sunglasses and Watches

    The Oakley Jawbones I still use are nearly 8 years old and hardly have a mark. The rubber nose piece on one side had broken away due to sun cream. Other than that, have been great. I've just ordered a new pair using my Etihad miles. Yes, good glasses are expensive, but if you look after them $280 / 8 = $ 35 per year. I used to use BBB's and they worked well on both the bike and to run in.
  12. softy

    Plastic bag ban.....

    The ban has kicked in here in India but not very effective. The problem, like the rest of the world, is how do you take back / collect all the bags that are out there already. Another thing that puzzles me is the straw thing. Maybe I'm an odd one out but, I can't even remember the last time I used a straw?
  13. softy

    Wearing cycling gloves

    FM...agreed about the internet diagnosis. I've had 2 biopsies so far and been lucky. Had minor stuff burnt off my hands, head and ears - all places I never put sunburn cream as a kid. Growing up surfing, spearing and swimming down the coast has done the damage. I've yet to find a skin cancer specialist here in India, so I can only do it when I'm home. It's money well spent, as my Medicare card was pulled over a year ago.
  14. softy

    Wearing cycling gloves

    It would be interesting to see any pics of the offending cut out cancers, pre removal. I keep an eye on mine and always have a check when I'm home, but it would good to see what others have had removed, so we can identify as early as possible.
  15. softy

    Ironman IVs

    First thought the topic was 'Ironman Fours', as in roman numerals .....read on to realise it was I Vees...I must be living in a box.