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  1. You can book through a travel agent, though I wouldn't recommend it if you are on a budget. Sometimes you can find a deal often it's a lot more expensive. I've done Alpe d'Huez, booking my own accommodation direct, then taking my own gear in the car. Bought the lift pass in resort. The things you need to think about about are 1. What resort do you want to go to - cost, family friendly, night life, good ski school, easy runs, hard runs etc? 2. How will you get there - flights and transfers or drive. 3. Do you need to hire equipment? 4. Do you need a ski school? 5. How much is the lift pass? Quite honestly I wouldn't ski in France by choice. The resorts and skiing aren't that great value. Lots of people go just to be seen there. In Europe I'd go to Austria, Italy, Bulgaria or Andorra. The cheapest way I've found is flights to Thessoloniki and bus transfer to Bansko. Alternatively if you have the money to spend on Val d'Isere you'll likely find much better value resorts and higher quality skiing spending a week in North America. Ski magazines and websites often have advice for resort choice. Most resorts have their own tourist websites which list accommodation, ski schools, equipment hire, lift passes etc.
  2. A while back they said they were having trouble attracting chefs to keep the place running. Apparently Brexit Britain was not a place they wanted to come to and were preferring Germany instead.
  3. Mine clearly was, it's just that you seem not to have taken the points onboard. What that proposition in practice means is scrapping VED. It's blatant cakeism. Why 'shift' VED to fuel? How about putting VED on income tax, or insurance premium tax, or whatever? It's a tax designed to raise revenue to pay for public services.
  4. I think there's a fundamental flaw in the inherent assumptions at play in this discussion in as much as people seem to think that VED and fuel duty are somehow designed to pay for roads, they aren't. As the house of commons transport committee puts it As with all taxes, the best way to prevent avoidance is to spread the costs in multiple ways. VED is higher on big cars mostly because drivers of big cars can afford to pay a bit more tax. Roads are largely paid for, not from general taxation, but from council tax. Indeed the costs of motoring, roads, pollution, injuries and related issues result in a subsidy from tax payers to motorists. Reflecting these costs in fuel duty alone would be over 15p/km or a pump price, based on average mpg of over £2.70 per litre. All that said, I'd like to see VED or some other tax include some element of vehicle weight and therefore road damage caused.
  5. I saw what I thought was a golden labrador this morning running along the A57 towards Hollow Meadows, near the Mortimer Rd junction. There didn't appear to be any owners around so I circled back when it was safe to turn around, to look for it. Unfortunately I couldn't find it. Thought I'd post it here in case anyone knows of a lost dog fitting the description.
  6. The lack of devolved funding and the failure to succeed in CCAG funding could easily fall as further valid criticism of SCC and the political administration. Yes GM has flagship schemes, but the amount of new infrastructure is irrelevant to the basic design of what is already in place. My borough has consulted cyclists in a cycling forum for over 20 years. As such, much infra is already in place at a reasonable standard, CCAG and mayoral funds are being used to fill missing links and resurface paths. But the ambition, the desire to build good, usable infrastructure has been there for ages. Yes people still complain and compromises crop up but the cycling officers generally succeed in getting designs implemented. Perhaps that's why they get funding where Sheffield fails. The standard of current infrastructure in Sheffield has nothing to do with what funding they get now, or in future, it's a reflection on design practice and historic long term planning, for which fair criticism can be made of those who designed and built it.
  7. Having spent some time with officers and planners on the other side of the pennines, looking with enthusiasm at the ways to implement equivalent standards to the London cycle design standards, I feel criticism of Sheffield's efforts justified.
  8. The forestry commission planted a number of, often non-native, fast growing woodlands to replenish our tree stock which had been decimated during both world wars. Now that these trees are mature, and our national wood stock is fairly secure, they are being logged, partly because coniferous woodlands have pretty poor biodiversity. The replacement trees are slower growing native deciduous woodlands which offer much better habitats for wildlife.
  9. The direct trains from Sheffield to the airport are operated by transpennine express. The trains on the route are relatively new Siemens trains, the ones I have been on have been recently refurbished too. On a number of other routes to the airport there are even newer trains being introduced this year.
  10. Clubs are not entitled to close roads, without authority, at random. Local authorities will grant the right to close the roads at the club's request, or they, or police, in fact stipulate it as a condition of an event licence. Other events such as road running or cycling events may also similarly close roads. The local authority has the power to close roads for events using either section 21 of the town police clauses act 1847, most commonly, or a temporary traffic regulation order under section 16A of the road traffic act. In either of these cases, the closure can be enforced by cones and signage. Contravention of a road closure, in the first case is an offence under section 36 of the road traffic act 1988. That is a failure to comply with traffic signs (offence TS50, which is three points and a £100 fine). It is an offence in itself to contravene a road traffic regulation order with a vehicle under sec 16C of that act. In this case, the offence is a moving traffic offence under Traffic Management Act 2004. The traffic management act 2004 also gives the local authority the power to designate individuals as "traffic officers" to direct traffic. This is in effect anyone who is working for whoever the local authority designates an authorised person. Ie a steward at a club could be a traffic officer at the say so of the club should the local authority designate someone at the club an authorised person for the event.
  11. Well he apologised when told to, he spent a day or so doubling down on his comment trying to defend it.
  12. Brexit will result in such mass unemployment that they'll make full monty 2. In the new version, Carlisle's grand-kid will be injecting crack in an abandoned supertram shed. The universities and hospitals, will no longer be the city's biggest employers. The universities having suffered massive loss in student numbers after a scandal of locals being recorded mugging foreign students for food. The NHS will be in the process if being privatised and sold. The hallamshire will be closed down due to high maintenence costs, but the council will inexplicably buy it to save it from demolition, only to leave it derelict.
  13. Manchester believed they had a better case last time around and that they have one now. Tram-train through Cheadle is in the latest multi-modal plan.
  14. I'd probably still go Pott Shrigley and then join the MARR at Woodford. It'll be easier once they complete the Poynton Relief road, which given they've completed the compulsory purchase of the land, I would think would be built before improvements to other routes (ie the Mottram bypass - for which exploratory work has begun; or the A6-M60 link - for which there is no funding allocated and quite a lot of opposition).
  15. Knowledge is more freely avavailable than ever before with more and more educated people, both globally and in the UK. The idea that knowledge and particularly that of climate change is hidden from people is absurd and insidious. These notions, that remove the responsibility from individuals serve only to perpetuate the inaction of society; making it someone else's problem.
  16. Given the rate of species loss, it might already be too late for us. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn
  17. It often happens during hot spells, IIRC there was a thread on here about it some time ago. Basically the source of water changes from reservoirs to stored ground water aquifers, which pick up minerals from the rocks.
  18. IIRC they were some of, if not the, first roads Amey resurfaced.
  19. Parkrun is on for Saturday so the fence should be gone before then.
  20. Police in Manchester will enforce zig-zags with video or still from a mobile phone with submission via email.
  21. From the plans it looks like card factory will go, along with all the places opposite up as far as home bargains. Can't see the plans being much of an improvement to the shopping experience if I'm honest. It'll be like a dingy tube station entrance on Bradfield road, complete with folding metal gates.
  22. The drawing of the front elevation clearly shows the building extending all the way from the Shakey to the bank. There's no room for parking at the front.
  23. The fact remains that drivers shouldn't be there. The conflict between pedestrians and drivers occurs due to a design fault which doesn't consider the way in which people actually behave. In any case a car waiting at the crossing won't be traveling fast enough to cause serious accidents.
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