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Old 02 September 2002, 06:50   #11
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Wow Brian - I'm pleased not to have crewed with you !

It has taken me many years to perfect the technique of thinking about nothing other than the bare essentials when at sea, indeed nothing could be further from my mind than motorways
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Old 02 September 2002, 11:17   #12
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Now would this be Allen The Fred Flintstone of Peel, sometimes seen breaking stones in a quarry? or perhaps......
Allen The Navigator, the only man who drives in a dead straight line from the Isle of Man to France and swerves round Lands End AND the Lizard and goes into Fowey? or perhaps.....
Allen The Engineer, who drives up to you when you are in a boat being propelled by a 2-stroke, outboard, petrol engine and asks you if you have any spare Yanmar diesel engine fan belts on you?
Obviously not...
It must be Allen Fat Chance.
Fat Chance of him getting a job as a navigator or engineer on my boat !!!
Cummon clever Dick, whats the answer to the motorway question then? Better hurry now, I sense BGLS (Brtains Greatest Living Sibster) is preparing a learned tome on this selfsame subject as we speak.
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Old 02 September 2002, 12:08   #13
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No Brian you've got the wrong Allen - I'm the one who went the scenic way to France, but having now been to Fowey will not bother again, and I am the one who asked you did you know where the belt (power steering) might be available somewhere close on the south coast. I am also the Allen that gave up calling 'Cyanide' on the VHF that day, AND above all else I am the Allen that has managed to get 650 hours (and still counting) out of a Bravo 3 gearbox

Despite not having motorways on the Isle of Man, I do know the answer, but I can't resist waiting for Keith's reply .......
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Brian,

Only just discovered this thread and had to larf.

I know you don't need to work financially. but GET A JOB - even if it's only a part time lollipop man or a bit of basket weaving, just something to stop you chuntering away maniacally.

I'm sure your missus would be delighted to pack you up some marmite sandwiches and hold the front door open for you.

As for anybody who has known you for so long thinking you are "quite bright", I think there are 2 factors at play here.
1. Delusion on your part.
2. Confusion on hers. It must be all those moths fluttering in your beard.

All the Best,


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P.S. You never answered my question ! Did you really eat that enormous pile of chips in the Channel Islands.
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Old 03 September 2002, 03:23   #16
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I want to calculate how busy a motorway is from a fixed point, this is usually measured in number of vehicles per hour passing said point
Your problem here is that you are looking at the wrong measurement.

There are two different criteria. 1. Vehicles per hour - volume of traffic - , 2. Average speed of vehicles - rate of traffic flow.

As you are talking about CONGESTION then it is actualy the latter criteria that applies. If you are on a motorway and are doing 70 mph, but the motorway is full of vehicles, no problem as the flow of traffic is unhindered. If you are crawling (the average speed is low) and stop start and the motorway is full because the flow of traffic is held up, then you have congestion.

Both amount of vehicles per hour past a given point and average speed of vehicles past a given point are measured.

Both can then used to calculate an overall view of traffic usage.

For example 1 vehicle per hour @ average 10 mph = some idiot on the motorway who has fallen asleep! 100 vehicles per hour @ average 10 mph = traffic congestion.

This is further complicated by the fact that the number of vehicles over a given area of motorway is calculated at different points. This shows how many vehicles are going into the system. This can be compared with the number of vehicles leaving that stretch of motorway. It is then possible to calculate the number and rate of vehicles leaving the area. This will show if vehicles are being detained in the area and therefore there is traffic congestion.

Well Brian, there you have it.

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Old 03 September 2002, 05:34   #17
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And you are the Allen who is my best mate

Alan, you say the nicest things - I'll cook you your favourite meal when you get home tonight
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Ooooh, this is getting cosy, shall I invite the Village People?
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I thought they were already here ....
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I knew I had got it wrong!
You must be the Allen then that owns that beautiful Scorpion cruiser that is both a joy to behold and darts through the seas with the greatest of ease, and when alongside in harbour it's skipper is immediately surrounded by a throng of admiring, swooning women and teeth-grindingly envious men.
That Allen?
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