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  1. I was wondering if anyone had ever thought about restoring/replacing the Mission 10b: Meridian Snake Project APE cache near Caterham, just inside the M25, south of London? I'm a bit of an icon hunter and the only two I haven't got yet are a CITO event and the Project APE icon. For those of you who have never heard of Project APE, there's info and a list of the caches here.
  2. By the look of some logbooks I crossed his path around North Wales this weekend. All the best with the march towards the 2000... how do you fit in things like sleep and work?
  3. This one needs to go back to the thread creator/troll who should provide a little more reasoning why it is so important for the UK to have a cache placing ban implemented. Saying that 'we have a small landmass' and 'the UK is too small' is not enough. Just a quick look at GeocacheUK's very useful maps for my region (Bristol) shows areas such as parts of Somerset, Devon, the Brecon Brecons and South-West Wales having a very low cache density. Also, consider what would become of the sport/game/hobby if such a ban was implemented. If you had found all of the caches in a 50 miles radius, what would happen to your interest in the sport/game/hobby if no more caches were placed? In my mind the 0.1 mile distance between caches also keeps a stop on cache density. To me this looks like lathama is simply frustrated that he/she cannot place caches locally as there are so many - but that is the nature of the beast. I would love to have more (traditional ) around where I live.
  4. The possibility of controversy, what else!
  5. Huga started MCL who started craigsbar who started the 2 wrinklies and me!. I started Johnny Cache.
  6. Interesting... it's busy down Imber way. 11 visitors since this thread was started . The rest of you... 7 days remaining, and then it's no more until the summer, or unless you're in the forces.
  7. Actually there is a more convenient source for criminals to get number plates, and it's not even online; on every Towns streets of our country there are cars parked up and most criminals just appear to trawl areas for details, that is one reason why there are identified hot spots for cloned car plates. Milton ... which is why blocking out a numberplate when advertising in Auto Trader would mean that you would have to take your numberplates off everytime you go shopping in Tesco's and leave your car outside - just for consistency, you see.
  8. It's not really that far... take the DART train to Bray, find the seafront and follow your GPS. Well worth it for historical reasons!
  9. was that you there with the video camera klaus23? No, I don't own one. Leather jacket and blue Rover Metro would have been me. I was there about 1pm.
  10. In a landmark achievement for Irish cachers, these two gentlemen made history today by becoming the first to reach 400 - and I believe Kili Or Bust found #300 (out of a total of 367) on the island of Ireland. Congrats to both of them... oddly enough, on the shortest day of the year!
  11. In Dublin, the most central cache is Stiffy By The Liffey, on O'Connell Street. From there you'll find several city centre caches, many of them in historic locations. Belfast's most central cache is Picture This. The city doesn't have as many central caches as Dublin (only two, in fact - both webcams), but there are a few in easy reach within 3-5 miles. If you get the chance, head for the northern (Antrim) coast, and check out caches like The Grey Man's Head. Finally some shameless cache promotion. One of my caches (now adopted by Hezekiah), All Along The Watchtowers is located in scenic South Armagh, less than 1km from the main Dublin-Belfast road. Have fun, and needless to say, enjoy the black stuff. As watering holes go, the Duke of York and the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast come recommended. (edited for link)
  12. Haven't been out that direction for a few weeks - but I'll keep my eyes open when I am.
  13. Haven't been out that direction for a few weeks - but I'll keep my eyes open when I am.
  14. Indeed. Everyone is too busy this week, we'll pick this up again in early January.
  15. I'm a step ahead - I've bought the map of Dartmoor, done the planning, made the arrangements and hope to do this one asap once the clocks go forward, probably in March sometime. At the moment the weather and daylight just aren't good enough. My gf's cousin and husband live near Oxford - I had read previously about its cache density and look forward to visiting there sometime. Although I have friends in Acton (London), I'm just not a big fan of urban micros and the like, and much more enjoy cycles or walks in the countryside - which is why the Kennet and Avon canal was so enjoyable for me.
  16. I spotted this on one of your cache pages - could you tell me if I am correct in thinking that # 1-14 are this subset? If so I'll try to pop over sometime this week.
  17. Apart from the Kennet and Avon canal series, which I've visited and completed over the past two Saturdays, and SP's Ridgeway Run, are there any other cache series in the south of England? (I'm in Bristol and don't want to drive all day, so that's excluding London, Kent, Norfolk etc.) Cheers Klaus23
  18. They were all cheap, and I sold them all at a profit - except the one I'm stuck with at the moment.
  19. I don't believe this for one minute. I've been using Supermarket fuel all the time since I've lived in England, this time around and my year long stint in 2002. During this/these times I've ran at least 5 or 6 different cars, and had no problems. It may help to regularly replace spark plugs, leads, fuel filters and most importantly, use an injector cleaner such as Redex every 6000 miles or so. In terms of what mechanics (and truck drivers) tell you, they are second only to taxi drivers and hairdressers.
  20. Apologies - Lactodorum is correct, of course. The cache should be re-enabled shortly. Edit: It's official - back up and running, see this log. Happy hunting.
  21. "Seven miles from any town, There stands Imber on the Down" Have a look at this map/satellite picture hybrid. To get to the Ghost Village virtual on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, you will need to walk through terrain dotted with tanks, unexploded shells and killer cows, avoiding plenty of soldiers with guns who are 'practicing'... ... or just wait until the roads are open, which they are currently until January 6th, pm, again during Easter and the summer sometime. This isn't a bit of cache promotion, it's not even mine, but just a heads-up that this cache is back in business with new co-ords and can be done in perfect safety with landowner permission (a scary landowner with plenty of weaponry at that). It's a very strange and surreal place, and well worth the visit. There's some pictures of Imber here (with slightly incorrect factual information), a pretty good Wikipedia article here, and a BBC article on the church (from the cache page) here. Enjoy!
  22. Although some of my comments below may be made in innocence, they are based on my rationale of the website's contents and on my own personal observations. - A Google of 'breakdown of petrol price per litre' returns a link to this document from 2003, when petrol cost an average of 76.3p per litre. The breakdown of this is 79% in Duty and VAT, 18.5% being the cost of the product, and 7% representing the gross profit margin of the retailer. Of those three elements, one (the Government's take) is not only outside the motorists, retailers and suppliers control, but also happens to be the largest. And who is to say it will not be increased again? - As this 79% cannot be altered short of a revolution, it suggests that the cost of the product or the retailers profit margin would need to be reduced in order for a saving to be gained by Pipeline card holders. As said above, petrol stations already make small profits on petrol sales, instead concentrating on pure retail, so them squeezing their margins on petrol sales seems unlikely. This leaves the hypothetical influence of this proposed motorists association agreeing to a 'new' retail price - which means that the oil companies would have to reduce their margins, that being 18.5% of the cost of a litre of fuel. This seems unrealistic to me. Why should they? Of course, if everyone in the country joined up, and exerted pressure, perhaps. But that seems like a pipe dream to me - pardon the pun. - This hypothetical situation also ignores the already healthy competition in fuel retail business, natural price fluctuation and the presence of the agreed retailer every time you want to fill up. In my area (South Bristol) there are two 'Jet' petrol stations, both selling at 87-88p per litre, a 'Shell' station at around the same price, or maybe 89p, and Sainsburys at 84p. The Tesco up the road is the same. Already there is a local saving of a potential 5p per litre just by shopping around, or by filling up 60 litres, a saving of £3. The scheme promises a further saving of 5p (if 10p can be the maximum) per litre, which sounds interesting and promising. But consider the argument of one major retailer, for example, ESSO, signing up to this. Where is your nearest ESSO garage? Do you know? If it is 10 miles away, is it worth the 30 minute drive and back to save £3? Will you always find an ESSO on long journeys when you need to fill up? In summary, there are more effective things to do. 1. Fill up by litres, not by monetary amount, thus noticing the difference in price. 2. Know the average price (and the cheapest station) in your area, and shop there. 3. Consider your driving style and use of speed. 4. What is your political party's policy on fuel tax? Do you know? Would voting for someone else make a difference? (I don't have a party preference in Britain, but consider that Gordon Brown has increased fuel tax since Labour came to power). 5. Finally, and more realistically - Does it really matter? Do you drive THAT much? If Beer went up 10p, would you boycott the local pub?
  23. Actually... is the second from right Harald Schmidt? Funny bloke, him.
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