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  1. Odd one this...


    I recently was FTF on a very well hidden cache, which was then unknowingly concreted in place by the local coucil! I kid you not...


    Cache was taken off line for a few weeks, and has since been reactiviated, in a slightly different place, but in the same area. Method of hiding this one is crucial to its difficulty level - and this remains the same.


    Upshot of all this: I was the only person to find the cache as the hider intended it, and I now have little idea of where it is. If I was to try to find the cache, it would pretty much be as if I had never found it before. I think I will go and check it out, if only for curiosity's sake, but I won't be logging it again.

  2. Hi Folks,


    My wife and I (that still sounds strange :P ) are off to NI for the long weekend coming up, and are after recommendations for a.) some great caches in stunning locations and b.) some good campsites/grounds. Any thoughts?!


    We may toddle into ROI too, depending on time, so opinions here would be muchly appreciated as well.


    To give you an idea, we arrive in on the boat to Belfast on Saturday AM, and head out on Tuesday PM - with car, so nice n' mobile. We were planning to head to the North coast (and maybe NW too), as we're told it's rather beautiful...


    Thanks in advance!!

  3. ...had a hard enough time convincing my girlfriend (now wife!) to let me get my Suunto Vector!! Don't think she'll let me upgrade for, oh another 20 years or so!!


    I have however had a wee play with one of these, and can exclusively report that it is very very cool :huh:



    I do not need one, I do not need one, I do not need one, I do not.....

  4. Good... but pity about the Google ads.  There was one on there just now for books from the American Bar Association!!  We get them on our local birding web site - stacks of ads which have nothing to do with the subject matter.

    <completely OT> Just D/L Firefox - It's adblock feature works fantastically well on websites that you visit frequently <back on topic> Great links page!!

  5. Interesting that no-one (not even Eckington's list) has mentioned "Cash" and "Cache"...


    ...which is not only another example, but also brings the thread back onto the topic of Geocaching, with a sickening thud. :)



    Nope - not all people say these the same...


    On a recent poll in the NZ geocaching forums, approximately 3/4 of people pronounced geocaching as "geokayshing". A similar poll on the Australian forums came up with 2/3's...


    Ain't we a strange bunch downunder?!

  6. There, place, as in "over there"

    Their, posession, as in "their car"

    They're, contraction, short for "They Are"



    but Why ????


    If things sound the same they should be writ the same...anything else is just pretensious and elitest nonsense.



    I DO hope you're taking the piss? Please tell me that writing English correctly is not 'nonsense'.

    Nope not extracting the urine - if someone could explain to me the logic of having 3 words that sound the same spelt differently then I might change my opinion. Otherwise I can see no reason for it.


    And don't say "its right" - its only right because someone made it up, it can be unmade just as easily. And don't say "its what the dictionary says" as the dictionary is just another book, if you follow that logic Mein Kampf, The Bible and The Lord of the Rings are all guides to how to live your life :ph34r:



    The logic is that they mean completely different things. 'Their' and 'There' are as dissimilar as 'chalk' and 'small windowless building' in meaning. It's just an inconvenience that they sound the same in English. As was demonstrated in an earlier post, the human mind is extremely good at picking up what was meant in written language, however this is not an excuse to use any old word so long as it bounds light, oops, sounds right.


    I accept that some people do not know which word to use when, and that some simply do not care. My argument it that most of the time (not all, granted) it's a simple distinction to make, and a moment's thought to figure which it should be.


    (edit) please add "with a little knowledge" after the word "make" in the above sentence :ph34r:

  7. My Pet Peeve, is people who think its easy to spell or understand the difference between their,there and they're - for some of us it is virtuall impossible to tell the difference. Also if they sound the same, why the blinkey flip have people decided to spell them differently? Its- just so they can smugly sit there and say "you've spelt that wrong".



    There, place, as in "over there"

    Their, posession, as in "their car"

    They're, contraction, short for "They Are"



  8. Positive steps forward.


    Is there a way that UK cachers can be notified of this change via their accounts, as obviously the people who frequent this place are only a small proportion of the total number of cachers...


    Well done chaps - the effort is appreciated. :laughing:

  9. Good idea in principle, but altitudes from GPSr's are notoriously innaccurate (seldom to within 30m). Add to this, if you are under heavy tree cover, it's going to be even worse! Adding altitude information may cause more problems than it solves...

  10. As our pastime gets more mainstream, then we will have to be more mainstream about the way we consider other peoples property and asking permission to place caches on it.

    Probably the most succinct and accurate statement I've heard about Geocaching for a while. And perhaps the heart of the problem also - anyone who has been Geocaching more than (say) 12 months or so probably still thinks of it as a slightly underground hobby, perhaps where we can place caches anywhere with no problems, as it's just a bit of fun. As it has become more mainstream, this is (unfortunately, I add) no longer appropriate, even if only through sheer weight of numbers (caches and cachers).


    It, in my opinion, requires a shift in our way of thinking. This is now starting to happen, as is demonstrated by GAGB's (and lots of other's) inroads towards permission. While perhaps hard to swallow, it has become essential that our own guidelines are adhered to, so that geocaching will actually still be around in years to come.


    As Geocaching enters its adolescent years, these growing pains are only going to become more prolific, but with common sense, good guidance, and perhaps a little luck, it will come through relatively unscathed.

  11. As I newby, I wonder how do you tell which ones have a good walk attached to them or a just nearby the co-ordinated given on the website?

    Best way is to have a look at a map (see the Firefox - OS maps thread a few days ago)

  12. And so soon after the 'adders' thread too. Break out all those bad puns again!!


    Hmmn, does this look like the councils are starting to talk to each other, or has all the recent publicity prompted them to do a quick search?


    <broken record impression>...and why don't the caches in question have permission? Was the "permission obtained" box checked on submission? I suspect it was...</broken record impression>...

  13. er, no offence but any chance i could have my thread back on topic please?


    i'm asking about maps not travel bugs.



    ;) Welcome to the madhouse, ClanWhippy!!


    These 'diversions' happen periodically - don't worry about them too much - the thread almost always ends up back on topic (?eventually?)


    Liken it to a conversation down at the pub - usually entertaining, sometimes useful, occasionally totally 'out there'.



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