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by Bruce
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Dalry bypass
Replies: 13
Views: 296

Re: Dalry bypass

The saltcoats-dalry road is actually closed for the next 5 days for repairs. Not sure where. They’re also supposed to be re-aligning the bit in the middle with the bad bends - about a mile of road. However, NAC are apparently pressing for the whole road to be upgraded to trunk status. http://www.ard...
by Bruce
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Dalry bypass
Replies: 13
Views: 296

Re: Dalry bypass

Map on page 2 of the link above. Red line is current road through dalry, yellow is new one.
by Bruce
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Dalry bypass
Replies: 13
Views: 296

Re: Dalry bypass

It starts about half way between Dalry and Beith, near The Den and “Graze” restaurant. The first bit is just a widening and straightening of the road. At Highfield (where the cycle path crosses the main road) there will be a junction, with the new road heading to the left. It runs round the east of ...
by Bruce
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Dalry bypass
Replies: 13
Views: 296

Dalry bypass

Footage showing the construction of the new Dalry bypass. Music’s a bit annoying...but you can turn that down!

by Bruce
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 470
Views: 45820

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

This morning was Saltcoats-Kilwinning-Torranyard-Cunninghamhead-Kilmaurs-Knockentiber-Springside-Dreghorn-Drybridge-Dundonald. Stopped at the castle visitor centre for a cup of coffee, then home via Dreghorn, Bourtreehill, Irvine and Dubbs Rd. The clock was showing 49.5km when I reached the end of m...
by Bruce
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Charity shops
Replies: 36
Views: 883

Re: Charity shops

If you are a landlord with an unoccupied property, and no prospect of letting imminently, it can make sense to let it a charity shop at a peppercorn rent. The charity will be eligible for rates relief; otherwise the landlord would have to pay rates at the full rate on the empty property.
by Bruce
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: A wee bit o' Burns
Replies: 72
Views: 1536

Re: A wee bit o' Burns

I’ve posted this one before - my pal Davy Lees, at Nova Scotia folk club in Bishopbriggs, a year ago.

by Bruce
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: My Photos
Topic: Canola at Ardrossan
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Canola at Ardrossan

Wikipedia says "In the 1970s, the Rapeseed Association of Canada chose the name "canola" to represent "Can" for Canada, and "ola" for oil. One dictionary purports that it stands for Can(ada) + o(il) + l(ow) + a(cid).” They changed the name partly because “rape oil” had unfortunate connotations. Also...
by Bruce
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: My Photos
Topic: Canola at Ardrossan
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Canola at Ardrossan

Canola is what we call rapeseed in the UK. And it is indeed part of the brassica (mustard/cabbage) family!
by Bruce
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 470
Views: 45820

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

I was in the same area. From Saltcoats I went thru Stevenston, then dubbs road to Kilwinning. Followed the main road into irvine, then Low Green, Harbour, Gailes and on to Barassie. Along the front at Troon, then back by roughly the same route.
by Bruce
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 470
Views: 45820

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

Here in the 3 towns, we’re close to a couple of the National Cycle Network routes. Route 73 starts in kilmarnock, running along an old railway line to Dreghorn, then follows cycle paths through Irvine, across the moor to Kilwinning. From there, you follow Dubbs Rd to Stevenston, through the quarry a...
by Bruce
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 470
Views: 45820

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

Aye, it was freezing this morning. I had the “winter boots” on for the first time this winter. First time I’ve been out since the start of december. I headed north from Saltcoats - got as far as the traffic lights at Ardrossan academy when I saw a guy fixing a puncture. Asked if he was OK - his pump...