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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Now I've been to rural France and the shops all close at 10am...
    Not generally true; more like closing at 12 noon, for a LONG lunch/siesta (after having opened at 8am), and so often won't surface again until 3pm, then they'll close at 6pm. If you can earn enough money during that time, to pay your bills and live comfortably, then why not?

    ...and I don't know what they all do after that but whatever it is they aren't doing it on the streets as it's like a ghost town. So maybe they are finding 'time to live' but if so they do it in private.
    Enjoying a few glasses of vin rouge? Eating a nice meal? Making love? Who knows... Thing is, *whatever* it is, to THEM it's more important and worthwhile, for their overall well-being, than working! I admire them greatly for it, and indeed have emulated that lifestyle approach myself, as I've worked hard/smart enough in my younger years, now to be able to adopt it successfully.

    It's one of the reasons why I'm genuinely happy, and wake up with a smile on my face every morning, looking forward to the day ahead, instead of dreading it, as unfortunately is the case for lots of folks these days... Stress is today's biggest killer, and that's a fact! Life's too short to spend it being unhappy, so if that describes *you*, then my advice is to do something about it while you can.

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    Can anyone explain to me why the tax classification for a motorcycle is 'bicycle' but it requires insurance, tax and MOT whereas a bicycle does not..?

    As far as I am concerned bicycle riders should be forced to have insurance especially public liability insurance as should mobility scooters.
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    Public liability insurance is a type of business insurance, say if you have visitors to your premises or carry out work on client sites. It can cover legal expenses or compensation claims if clients, suppliers, or members of the public suffer personal injury or property damage because of your business.

    If cyclists had to have compulsory insurance I would assume that this would work in the same way as car insurance and protect both parties. If the accident that resulted in your injury was the fault of the cyclist then your claim will be against their insurer.

    I can see no reason why this should not be brought in and would work both ways to protect all road users. Perhaps cycles should also be registered and have a number plate for identification.
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    Strange you should say that about public liability insurance. Photographers are required to have public liability if they use a tripod in a public place but very few actually do. If they cause personal injury to a member of the public through the use of their equipment when in a public place they could be sued massively if found to be liable for those injuries. I have heard that the same is true for mobility scooters and the public. If you discount the Harley then I don't ride a mobility scooter and I never use a tripod in a busy public place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    It's mainly a culture thing. We (although I don't count myself in this, nor I suspect most folks here, but Brits in general) have become conditioned to working all the hours under the sun, to fund a lifestyle we can ill afford. We're obsessed with 'stuff', and so earning enough money to pay for it all has become the primary focus, thus encroaching on our free time and ability to LIVE.

    My experience of how folks live abroad, in the countries I've mentioned, is that they tend to lead a more frugal existence, with less focus on having 'stuff', and where TIME (to spend doing what *you* want) is ultimately more important than money - and so if you have less 'stuff', you don't have to work such long hours to pay for it, thereby reducing stress and achieving a healthier work/life balance.

    Try telling a Frenchman, for example, that he or she can't have (at the very minimum) a one-hour lunch break, in order to relax and enjoy a proper cooked hot meal, and that instead they'll have to eat a microwaved pie, or some such, at their desk, whist carrying on working, and they'll tell you where to go in no uncertain terms!!

    Yet we put up with it here and don't dare say 'boo to a coo', continually accepting being put upon by our employers, to the extent that they put upon us more and more (because they know that they'll get away with it), and so control our lives, not just in work, but also (supposedly) out of it, by expecting us to be contactable virtually 24/7, at the beck and call of an email or text message....

    It's a vicious circle that has put so many people in a lifestyle trap (made them become a slave to the 'rat race') that's very difficult to escape.

    However, from what I've seen abroad, in the countries I've mentioned, they seem to manage the pressures of modern living rather better than we do, and have held onto the things that ultimately matter most and make life precious: having TIME to ENJOY LIFE (spending more of it with their loved ones, than working their fingers to the bone - for *what* exactly in the end?) and simply continually running around like a headless chicken.

    They don't seem to care about 'keeping up with the Joneses', or are as obsessed with lifestyle trends, as we are, and aren't so materialistically-driven, nor generally, do they give a bugger what others think of them, as they tend to have the self-confidence to adopt more of a 'fuck you' approach.

    After all, in terms of working like a dog to earn lots of money, what good will it do, if you've got NO TIME to enjoy it...? Life's too short to ultimately waste it neglecting the people who matter to you most. None of us know how long we've got on this earth, so why not ensure that when you do depart, you've got as little regrets as possible?

    If you're a parent, what would you like your kids one day to put on your gravestone: 'We loved you dad, but never really knew you, because you were always working', or 'We loved you dad and will treasure all the wonderful memories we made spending time together while you were here'?

    The 'headless chickens' of today would do well to think about that, and make the appropriate changes to their 'busy lifestyles', before it's all too late....

    Marco.
    Fancy having a go at this, Piggurs - or indeed if anyone else has a view on it?

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    Mexico work the most, followed closely by Costa Rica, South Korea, Greece and Chile. Brits average 32hrs a week. Germans work the least ....

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/m...longest-hours/
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    Cheers for that... What about in Western Europe, though? I'd be interested to see the figures for that, and how Brits compare, in that respect, with the other countries in that part of the (developed, more affluent) world.

    And the Germans will probably just utilise their working time more efficiently

    Certainly fits though, with what I've seen when I'm over there... They work, but still seem to find time to relax and enjoy themselves socialising with their families, and so the focus isn't simply on Work, Eat, Sleep/Repeat, as so often seems to be the case here.

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    Which nationalities work the longest hours?
    Mexico - 2255 hours per year
    Costa Rica - 2212
    South Korea - 2069
    Greece - 2035
    Chile - 1974
    Russia - 1974
    Poland - 1928
    Latvia - 1910
    Israel - 1889
    Lithuania - 1885
    Iceland - 1879
    Estonia - 1855
    Portugal - 1842
    Turkey - 1832
    Ireland - 1820
    US - 1783
    Czech Republic - 1770
    Hungary - 1761
    New Zealand - 1757
    Slovakia - 1740
    Italy - 1730
    Japan - 1713
    Canada - 1703
    Spain - 1695
    Slovenia - 1682
    UK - 1676
    Australia - 1669
    Finland - 1653
    Sweden - 1621
    Austria - 1601
    Switzerland - 1590
    Belgium - 1551
    Luxembourg - 1512
    France - 1472
    Netherlands - 1430
    Norway - 1421
    Denmark - 1410
    Germany - 1363

    So the Italians actually work more hours than the British, sort of blows your theory there Marco?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    I never use a tripod in a busy public place.
    Maybe I should attach one to the side of the bike, like those pathetic plastic wands you used to see with a red reflector on.
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    Lol - if you trust the figures, Martin!

    It certainly doesn't reflect what I've witnessed whenever I've been there [our village in Tuscany, for example, is dead between the hours of 2-4pm, as every bugger is snoozing after lunch], although I'm used to life in rural and/or town areas, not cities, which I suspect the figures were calculated from.

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