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General Bike Related Banter / Re: relocating to George
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:29:19 pm »
The worst thing about George is that it took us so long to move here.

Weather is great ( 'Berg wind does get a bit hot on a few nights a year ). Safer than the rest of the country with young girls running alone in the forest ( that gives me the shakes but there has been no trouble other than a few mountain bikes being stolen. In town there are a few rough areas ).  We live 300m from the forest so there is unlimited walking.
Excellent government schools, and expensive private schools to order.
People are friendly and welcoming.
Top class airport.
Friendly and helpful SA Revenue Services regional office and Home Affairs.

The public dirt roads are great and very good riding from national roads to rough tracks. I have done no off road riding here so cannot comment, but I don't miss it since the dirt roads are so nice. I have been virtually unable to ride for several months but hope to get back to it soon.

No rental property so come down for a week and stay in a B&B - plenty of those out of season.
Several Vet practices and animal drug sales so that side may be a bit difficult to break into.
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For Mrs Zog

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The Fitness Board / Re: SA Parkrun
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:38:07 pm »
do you need to re register if you want to run in another country?

No, one registration world wide, for life.  Make sure that you have a few spare bar codes - travel around the world and then spill coffee over it = horror!!!
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So who is going to take pics of hot men for Ri and me? :pot:

You should do your own street photography. Plenty tuition available on the Internet and it is legal in USA.
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The Fitness Board / Re: Trail Running
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:52:33 am »
 Edit: A letter from my son. I am not able to get to Canada, nor can I do photography at this level!

Here are a couple films from the footage we shot at Survival Run:
Short film: https://youtu.be/b4wgUUPiZAI
Long film: https://youtu.be/o6GyR2IPyDc
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:30:04 am »
Pictures are at least up to your normal standard!

Thank you.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:27:43 am »
Sounds as if it was a true hiking epic!
We are looking forwards to seeing the photographs.

Many Forum members have had bad times so you will find that many can understand some of your troubles. I do not approve of drugs for damping down the effects , but discussing with friends and getting help as you need it will get you through better than if you try to bottle it up or get instant cure from an ampoule.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Safety
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:57:58 pm »
Interesting, but they must have had a grant they needed to spend. We all know bikes are more dangerous. Educate the rider and it will be safer.

Just look at the members of this List to see people who know the facts but ignore them or even deny them.
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General Bike Related Banter / Safety
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:09:08 pm »


Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcycle crashes are far costlier than car accidents, both in lives lost and in medical expenses, a new study shows.

Canadian researchers found that the death rate from motorcycle crashes was five times greater than from car crashes, and the rate of severe injury was 10 times greater. That came with a six times greater cost to the health care system.

Though the findings stem from an analysis of traffic accidents in the Canadian province of Ontario, the researchers said that similar patterns would likely be seen elsewhere.

One reason: Motorcycles are inherently more risky because motorcycles lack the protections that cars provide.

"It's clear that it's much more dangerous to ride a motorcycle than to ride in a car," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Pincus.

But the study isn't saying that motorcycles should be taken off the road.

"A lot of people enjoy riding motorcycles, so we're not saying the answer is to ban them from doing it," said Pincus, who's with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, in Toronto.

Riding simply should be made safer, he said.

Kara Macek, a spokesperson for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), agreed.

Universal helmet laws are one way, she said. In the United States, only about half of states require helmets for all motorcyclists, according to the GHSA.

"Just telling people to wear helmets is not enough," Macek said. "You really need the strength of the law behind it."

Alcohol is another issue. Of all U.S. motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2015, 27 percent were intoxicated, according to the GHSA.

Riders can take some straightforward steps to lower their risks: "Wear a helmet, obey speed limits and don't use alcohol," Macek said.

"But," she added, "that's not to say the technology -- the vehicle itself -- can't be improved."

Car safety has improved greatly over the years, Macek noted -- with seatbelts, airbags and greater structural integrity now giving passengers far more protection than decades ago.

The nature of riding a motorcycle, or a bike, means that people are more vulnerable in a collision, she said, but certain safety measures -- like anti-lock brake systems -- are possible.

Macek also agreed that the patterns found in this study would turn up elsewhere. In fact, according to the GHSA, U.S. data show that for every mile driven, motorcycles have a death rate that's 26 times higher than that of passenger vehicles.

The findings, published Nov. 20 in the journal CMAJ, were based on data from more than 300,000 Ontario adults who were hospitalized after a car or motorcycle accident from 2007 to 2013.

Overall, the researchers found, the death rate was nearly five times higher among motorcyclists: Each year, there were 14 deaths for every 100,000 registered motorcycles in the province, versus three deaths for every 100,000 registered cars.

Similarly, people in motorcycle accidents sustained 10 times as many severe injuries -- with a yearly rate of 125 per 100,000 motorcycles, versus 12 for every 100,000 cars.

As for related medical costs, motorcycle accidents resulted, on average, in almost double the cost that resulted from car accidents. Factoring in the rates of injury, the researchers estimated that each motorcycle registered in Ontario costs the health care system six times more than each registered car.

The human toll is the primary concern, according to Pincus. "Some of us who worked on this study have experience treating motorcycle accident patients, and we've seen some bad injuries," he said.

However, highlighting the health care costs, he noted, might offer some added motivation to improve motorcycle safety.

More information

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more on motorcycle safety.

SOURCES: Daniel Pincus, M.D., Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and orthopedic resident physician, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Kara Macek, senior director, communications and programs, Governors Highway Safety Association, Washington, D.C.; Nov. 20, 2017, CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), online
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: October 20, 2017, 06:40:16 pm »

Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:03:59 am »
Lily pollen
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I sent a PM a few days ago with the answer. I guess that Zog is too busy to make it.
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Strength to you and your family Gary.

The decision about the method of anaesthesia is not simple. There is a choice of general anaesthetic, spinal ( local anaesthetic injected close to the spinal cord ), epidural ( local anaesthetic injected just outside the coverings of the spinal cord ), and nerve block ( injection close to the big nerves carrying the sensation from the operation area ). There can also be a combination of two or more of these.
There is no clarity about which is safest when given to patients with various combinations of diseases and conditions.
The local anaesthetic techniques may be safer under some circumstances, but there is certainly better control of the patient's functions during general anaesthetic.
These very complex decisions are a large part of an Anaesthesiologist's skills.

There are patients who come to hospital with conditions that make them too sick not to operate, and then it may be better to get the treatment done as soon as possible.
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