Aparently the National Trust have called in Inspector Knacker of the Yard to find out who painted "GO PIRATES - COACH BARLOS WAS ERE" on the zig-zag road.
Yellow paint too. You think of everything
Me and Greenie drove up it on Sunday and I never even saw it .......
........................ must be an age thing
I'm sure whoever did it would have used a water based paint which will wash away very shortly, maybe, perhaps?
LOL!! Odd how they react to this small piece of artwork and ignore the millions cans worth of spray paint daubed on houses/walls/railway bridges by under age hoody wearing yobs!! Anyway it's about time Dorking was made interesting!
Vote BARLOS indeed.....
I think a key part of the problem is that it is a private road.
Sorry to sound all officious.... but people organising races there have quite a hard time getting permission, partly because it is a private road and the local residents aren't all the kind of people you would describe as being "cycle friendly"
I'm sure it is water based paint and will wash off given a little bit of time, meanwhile hot air will be vented at the top of the hill!
Please please think before doing anything that might upset local people anywhere... it would be a great shame if Pirates weren't welcome at races or if races got cancelled because of something that was supposed to be just a bit of fun.
Now go out and play nicely...........
as lindi says, it doesn't matter if it IS water based paint - the damage is done. the Daily Hatemail reading public are always quick to jump to the worst conclusions. and if it washes away a week later, they aren't going to revise their opinion and think 'aaaah, so they weren't cnuts after all!". they will assume, if anything, that the concil had to spend some of their hard earned taxes scrubbing it clean. why give them ammunition, or reason to think we are cnuts?
also why give the race organisers a hard time? a bunch of irrational complaints from the public or police that take a few hours to wrap up are a few hours of completely unneccesary, avoidable grief, caused by the selfish few.
what's wrong with chalk? ok it takes a bit longer to apply, but that's a chav reason not to use it.
With a bit of luck the local residents will only drive up and not notice it - I was on my bike and only saw it when I was almost over it because the letters aren't enormous. It only takes one though and it'll be all round the village...
I know that off-road running events there have to specify 'no spikes' because the NT are wary of the damage to paths they might cause, so they won't be too happy about grafitti, especially if they can link it to a specific club or event.
Is this for real?
I do hope whatever paint was used was environmentally friendly - I found a little live snake when I went up the zig zag on Saturday - I don't want to see him get hurt.
I'm a bit sad that it's come to this - and I don't mean the fact that I've made two serious opinion-type posts in 24 hours.
The best thing about being associated with the Pirates is that (most) people that come across us love us - not just the whole 'anyone can if they want to' ethos, but the fact that we lend our very colourful and vocal support to everyone, whatever the colour of their Lycra.
Why on earth spoil it with what is in effect nothing better than vandalism? Even if it does all wash away it's spoilt things for a while, both environmentally and in PR terms.
ps Vote Barlos!
I dont think any snakes were painted over. More likely to be run over.
But yeah - I think we should go for chalk in future. I know the roads get painted for Le Tour, but theres a bit more appreciation over there for cycling than there is here.
Bulk order of chubby chalk next time eh ?
that's kind of understandable too - if they are left unattended (so they become potential 'litter', and a potential hazard in strong wind). that's why we kept hold of the big banners at IMA, and had hand flags on sticks. and you'll notice that even the flags had a 'no littering' message on them.
it's not rocket science. leave the place as you found it, and don't create any potential hazards.
Yes - pease treat everywhere with respect
Candy - the banners were firmly in the ground - so much that the stakes were broken taking them down, and then they were left loose on the ground - so more of a hazard there !
I see your point though - but IMUK didnt seem to think things through.
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