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  1. What's the temperature of the Murray this time of year? And what's with all the steam!
  2. Do Snakes and Jelly Babies count? I think it's gelatin in them binding the sugar and artificial colour together A vegan told me years ago some gelatin is made from seaweed rather than boiled bones, but not sure how you can tell.
  3. So who's buying? Any other examples of listed sports events companies (or however they might be characterised)? French company which runs Tour of France and many other events is private - not that Ironman is anywhere near that.
  4. Young people consider phone use while driving normal, research shows https://www.theage.com.au/national/act/young-people-consider-phone-use-while-driving-normal-research-shows-20180823-p4zzbp.html
  5. I don't understand why people don't simply install hands-free, so at least they are (mostly) looking ahead. I ride past plenty on phones in my 2km commute to CBD MEL. I do feel sorry for people stuck in cars, facing an hour or so commute, stop-go, mostly stop. I can see why they start using phones - not condoning it though - then it just spreads to when they are actually moving.
  6. Yes, I've seen the same. Not sure about the male/female thing - (male) tradies are bad for being on the phone from what I've seen - but recently did have a young women almost stop in the middle of a side street just past an intersection to type a message, looking down trying to hide what she was doing. Got the guilts when I was about to take a photo of it whilst on my bike.
  7. Woman accused of sending text message seconds before fatal crash https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/woman-accused-of-sending-text-message-seconds-before-fatal-crash-20190501-p51ixp.html Pleading not guilty to dangerous driving causing death.
  8. To me, more count your fortune rather than rue your luck. Still the op and hope goes well. As you get older chances increase that things happen to others you know, and to you. Every ride and run (still not so sure about swim :)) becomes more precious.
  9. I reckon they are great. Part of their appeal for me is the context, the landscape - flat and isolated - providing a frame. And whilst not unique to Australia, the silos with their surrounds seem to capture something. Did a road trip (by car) to Mildura a couple of years ago and saw some of them (along with Lake Tyrrell) There was a movie years (possibly decades :)) ago made somewhere in Victoria's Mallee, in which silos, unpainted, featured.
  10. Tragic indeed. Seems the last couple of years have been increasing number of bad incidents. The Cycling Tips article mentions possibly front-on, driver stopped, middle of the day. We all know we take risks riding on road, and always tragic when the worst happens, but front-on.
  11. I thought it was great, although I missed the gala opening night. Small enough to feel communtyish(!), but big enough to interest and dwell, and opportunity to meet makers and other enthusiasts. Had talks this year which were also really interesting the couple I went to. Lots of gravel riding aspects. I didn't really find it Baumed, although Mr Baum did give a good talk on gravel bike geometry. I think there was a launch of Baum's new gravel bike Fri, maybe gave that feel. Not really much TT, except perhaps for a talk by Zipp’s former Technical Director and now owner of Silca Joshua Poertner (didn't go). Best bike show on, since the Bike Expo(?) at Melbourne Showgrounds stopped a few years back.
  12. Might be of interest, to the locals at least http://www.handmadebicycleshow.cc/show
  13. longshot

    Garmin 530/830

    Rumours of a new Wahoo Roam soon.
  14. Never heard that, but like it A climb of 30m!
  15. Check out Curve Cycling, Melbourne.
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