Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



I am not GO SKIPPY!!!!

For those of you who get confused, and think I am Go Skippy Car (and or) Van Insurance, I am not, I am not eCar Car insurance either… From: heselden <[email protected]> Subject: postal address Message Body: could you please supply me… Continue Reading →

Dear TOCs Airports are not something you want to be like…

Seth wrote this post on his blog: “Eleven things organisations can learn from airports” its a list of 11 things that Airports do wrong, and I feel that it all too often applies to the UK rail network 1. No one is in… Continue Reading →

Taking the Piss

At Manchester Piccadilly Station they have Toilets for the travailing public to use while they are on the station, This is not unushal; however since Manchester Piccadilly is a “Principle Station”, it is operated by Network Rail; and Network Rail have a policy… Continue Reading →

Pulling a trailer

I have been looking at a small motorcycle trailer for a while, and now b0atg1rl and I own Puff, I can now look more at getting a small motorcycle trailer; I am after a trailer that has three channels for… Continue Reading →

Springer for sale

UPDATE! nbArianrhod is also listed on Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd), b0atg1rl and I will be down at her, as we have a couple of viewings, If you want to have a look, or want further details, please contact her. ‘nbArianrhod’… Continue Reading →

Car Insurance

One of the amusing requirements of driving a car in the UK is car insurance, it is primary use is to provide financial protection against physical damage and/or bodily injury resulting from traffic collisions and against liability that could also arise therefrom. For… Continue Reading →

Boat Hunting

B0atg1rl and I went boat hunting for a craft to call our own, this outing started with a virtual perambulation of the normal haunts, and then a trip to North Wales; while poking around Chirk Marina we came across a boat that looks like… Continue Reading →

The Steph is dead

Not only is Steph dead; but she is in little bits all over ebay, Random Zero is selling her off on my behalf to raise money so that GLaDOS (Suzuki Maurauder GZ 125) can live, if you want parts for… Continue Reading →

Share the Space, Drop the Pace

After abandoning “The Two Ting’s” Campaign, and removing the Tow-path Cycling Permit, British Waterways, (Canal and Rivers Trust) in partnership with TfL, have had a cunning idea to make cycling and walking on the London Cycle paths to coexist in a more peaceful manor. Given that the canal towpaths… Continue Reading →

Ignition Switch

After outsmarting the Bacon Sandwich, I recovered Steph to RandomZero’s last week to fix the Ignition Switch, I purchased a cheap replacement from Maplins which should be able to make and break onto load at ~30A @ 12V (won’t be… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 5: Why Automatic Ticket Gates FAIL

One of those things that TOC’s seem to be fond of installing at Stations is ATGs (Automatic Ticket Gate see RIS-7701-INS – Rail Industry Standard for Automatic Ticket Gates at Stations). Obstensivly they claim that these are installed for revenue protection… Continue Reading →

I Outsmarted a Bacon Sandwich!

Last night I rescued Steph from Bristol; she had been stolen by some one who could have been out witted by a bacon sandwich; and really a over cooked one at that. Despite having a full toolkit; the instructions for her… Continue Reading →

Steph has been found :)

This morning I got a call from some one at Avon & Somerset Police, they were phoning me to let me know that they had found my motorcycle. It turns out that some one who I had previously refereed to… Continue Reading →

Some Muppit Stole Steph

UPDATE: She has been Found. While I was at work today, some un kind person stole Steph (S85STF) from Gloucester Street, on the corner with Fishponds road. Talking to people in the area we think she was taken between 10:00… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 4: Bustitution

Bustitution Etymology Blend of bus and substitution Pronunciation (UK) IPA: /ˈbʌst.ɪ.tjuː.ʃən/, SAMPA: /”bVst.I.tju:[email protected]/ Noun bustitution (plural bustitutions) (rail transport) The temporary or permanent substitution of a rail (train, tram, etc) service with a bus service. Usage notes Bustitution can refer to… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 3: Public Investment v Wasteful Subsidy

In 2011 passengers contributed about £6.5bn and taxpayers £4bn a year to the running of the railways (ref). Now I will be the first to admit I don’t like how the Rail Network is set up at current [1, and 2]. However… Continue Reading →

Train and Cost – Part 2

I found this chart online at The Public Transport Marketing Blog’s Post, on the make up of the cost of a ticket (its originally here): I don’t know how accurate these numbers are; as despite the numbers being listed as… Continue Reading →

Train and Cost

Tomorrow I start a new job in Staverton (near Staverton Airport) its a small village between Cheltenham and Gloucester Swindon to Staverton by Car takes 56 minutes and is 37.1 miles (according to google) and according to This journey would… Continue Reading →

Long Live the Pony

With its MOT due, and Tax getting close to running out; the Pony was sent to car heaven, or hell; or better yet being a Pagan’s car reincarnation 😛 by my cheapest estimates the car would have needed £600+ of… Continue Reading →

Social and Anti-Social Transport

Last night I went to see Andi, Maddy, and Storm, for our semi regulare dose of two hot men, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. This was not really that well planed (Maddy and I aranged it on Wednesday). The… Continue Reading →

Free Wi-Fi?

About twice a week I catch the Oxford Tube to London, in general they are very comfortable; and clean, one of the nice things that they advertise is wireless internet, which would but or three things, One: You have to… Continue Reading →

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