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by Bruce
Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Viking Festival
Replies: 10
Views: 191

Re: Viking Festival

I didn't know that irn bru macaroon bars and clootie dumplings were of Viking origin....
by Bruce
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

That’s the place - it’s in the Dirrans Pavilion, behind the houses and beside the football park - I believe it was once the head injuries clinic. It’s a charity that collects donated bikes, police lost property etc, does them up and sells them at bargain prices. My daughter took a notion to try cycl...
by Bruce
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

If you're unsure of the safety or condition of your bike, take it along to "On yer bike" in Kilwinning and ask them to do a safety check. Very helpful and obliging people, good workshop, charity pricing, and some excellent second hand bikes for sale at budget prices.
by Bruce
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Any folkies out there?? this could be the gig of the year...
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Any folkies out there?? this could be the gig of the year...

I know there are a few aficionados of scottish/folk/trad/celtic/whatever music out there, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to plug a gig. OK, it’s not local - it’s in Glasgow - but it’s going to be a good one. I’m involved with a community radio station - Celtic Music Radio - which promotes tra...
by Bruce
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: My Photos
Topic: Walk from Irvine to Stevenston via Bogside and the Ardeer Peninsula
Replies: 19
Views: 613

Re: Walk from Irvine to Stevenston via Bogside and the Ardeer Peninsula

Fascinating - I’ve never been down that way. Must try that walk sometime. It’s a shame that the whole ardeer peninsula is pretty much inaccessible. I’d love to see Sustrans or someone like that opening up some paths in that area, giving a path from Stevenston to Irvine on that side of the railway li...
by Bruce
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Local Current Affairs
Topic: Free concert
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Free concert

Apparently headline band are The Skids

Also playing: Foggy City Orphan, Losing Ground, The Colin Kennedy Band, Simon Brett Band, JJ Gilmour & Band, Adam Holmes & The Embers.
by Bruce
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

Froome: born in Kenya, bought up there and in South Africa. Initially represented Kenya, switched to represent Britain less than 10 years ago.
by Bruce
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

I saw that photo earlier. Gross....
by Bruce
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Air raid siren testing in Ardrossan in the 1970's
Replies: 20
Views: 1568

Re: Air raid siren testing in Ardrossan in the 1970's

In Dalry, the siren was in the tower above the town hall in Aitken St. It was controlled from the fire station in James St, and was used to summon the volunteer/retained fire brigade. This was of course in the 70s, maybe into the 80s, and was before mobile phones and pagers - in fact before many peo...
by Bruce
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

Just thinking - by “hybrid”, do you mean a conventional hybrid-style one, or an electric one? Maybe we’ve been answering the wrong question!
by Bruce
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

Also, maybe have a chat with “On Yer Bike” at the Dirrans pavilion in Kilwinning. It’s a charity that does up old bikes and sells them on at very reasonable prices. Good workshop, and a cafe too. Opening hours can be a bit random... I think they also have a shop front in Ayr. If nothing else, it wou...
by Bruce
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Threetowners cycling thread
Replies: 430
Views: 34754

Re: Threetowners cycling thread

If you’re buying a bike costing more than 300 pounds from Halfords, it’s worthwhile joining British Cycling - cost £30, but you get a 10% discount on anything from Halfords (not just bike) Also worth trying a proper local bike shop. I got mine from Billy Bilsland cycles in the Saltmarket in Glasgow ...