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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit
« on: 20 March 2019, 12:49:58 »
Brexiteers are between a rock and a hard place.

They could be forced to decide between a TM brino or 'no deal'.........if so they will vote for Brino. :-X

an extension could well end in a second referendum, or an even softer Brino, or deciding we remain in the EU. ::)

I think we are f*cked. :-X
We are not necessarily f*cked, but both of the main political parties certainly could end up that way. A huge political vacuum will have to be filled after this is all done and dusted and, if I ever bother to vote again, it will be for the extreme right wing party that I hope emerges from the ashes.


Is this wise?.......... ::) ::)

Whatever could go wrong there? ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: A special kind of dumb..
« on: 19 March 2019, 15:29:01 »
It goes through my mind every time I'm beside a lorry - to be honest, I try not to hang around on their off-side for any length of time, unless I'm totally trapped by traffic, because I don't want to end up like that Scirocco (or a colleagues wife who had the same thing happen in an Astra)!

Yep, me too, and doubly so in the Westfield. I tend to just sit in the outside lane at whatever speed that dictates. :-X

I can imagine! I should imagine I'll feel the same in the plastic fantastic when it's finished; there's no crash protection in a kit car!

The ranger gives you a better appreciation of trucker's blind spots though.  I had a fiesta that was trying that old trick to 'push-in' to a queue of traffic.  It pulled alongside level with the front of the ranger on the nearside.  Had I been in any other car I would have seen it and the indicator but as it was I just saw the roof of said rude driver and was oblivious to the indicator.  Rude driver obviously assumed that I had seen it and moved closer (oblivious to my knowledge) almost causing a low speed prang.  When I saw that rude driver was too close they got a blast of the 150db horn and they promptly did a Foxtrot Oscar.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley Council.......phone.
« on: 19 March 2019, 13:51:26 »
You rang?  ;D ;D

Love Paris, personally, and the food..

Paris would be nice, if it weren't for the Parisians.  I felt very little love living there for 5 years, once the Parisians knew I was English they would often turn their backs or all of a sudden be needed elsewhere/product not available/etc.  In the rest of France it is a very different picture and most Froggies have quite an affinity for the English and British (some even know the difference between the two).

If you want a culinary experience like no other then I suggest you head to Lyon and eat in a 'bouchon' resturant.  These are certified as serving authentic Lyonais food which can be quite..... interesting  ::).  Poulet au vinaigre, however, is easier to stomache and is something everyone should try once in their life. :P

French beef should be at most medium-rare, personally I prefer blue with a big dollop of Dijon mustard or bernaise sauce.  nom nom.....

Try Montreal if you really want miserable French speakers. :-X

From experience, I find if you conflate anything French with the Quebecois they get very aggressive.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley Council.......phone.
« on: 19 March 2019, 13:35:48 »
You rang?  ;D ;D

Love Paris, personally, and the food..

Paris would be nice, if it weren't for the Parisians.  I felt very little love living there for 5 years, once the Parisians knew I was English they would often turn their backs or all of a sudden be needed elsewhere/product not available/etc.  In the rest of France it is a very different picture and most Froggies have quite an affinity for the English and British (some even know the difference between the two).

If you want a culinary experience like no other then I suggest you head to Lyon and eat in a 'bouchon' resturant.  These are certified as serving authentic Lyonais food which can be quite..... interesting  ::).  Poulet au vinaigre, however, is easier to stomache and is something everyone should try once in their life. :P

French beef should be at most medium-rare, personally I prefer blue with a big dollop of Dijon mustard or bernaise sauce.  nom nom.....

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General Discussion Area / Re: I am not a robot
« on: 19 March 2019, 13:29:34 »
These mechanism were quite simple to begin with but as they could be broken with a little bit of computing power hackers now sell tools to bypass them on a unit basis.  In essence they have become a commodity whereby the cost per broken captcha is worth X units of computing power @ Y USD.  Thus they increase the complexity and change the scoring to try and make it cost-ineffective to break and affect the hackers business plan.

The user is caught in the middle.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Insane price
« on: 19 March 2019, 13:26:00 »
Speckled Jim's can be quite tasty when cooked right.  Not sure it is worth a milleon squids though, I would just dispatch a couple from the garden.

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General Discussion Area / Re: A special kind of dumb..
« on: 19 March 2019, 13:21:38 »
Careless driving, the lorry driver? Reckless, in my book.

That usually is dependant on whether you are a cyclist or not.  Cyclist dead = dangerous driving conviction, anyone else = careless.

A crass generalisation, I know, but you very very rarely see anyone done for careless driving for killing a cyclist yet in the very rare occasion when the scenario is reversed people start talking about manslaughter charges.  Sometimes mankind beguiles me but not in a good way.

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General Discussion Area / Re: 111
« on: 15 March 2019, 09:26:44 »
Great news! :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: cat5 or cat6 external ethernet
« on: 14 March 2019, 09:49:46 »
not worth doing cat6 unless you have the right equipment for the terminations.  If you are inclined to replace it then consider a UV stable shielded cat5 otherwise if it is working then why play with it?

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General Car Chat / Re: Insurance renewal for wifes Subaru.
« on: 13 March 2019, 08:59:31 »
Just wait until it gets nicked.  They are using low loaders these days. >:(

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General Car Chat / Re: The new milk float...
« on: 13 March 2019, 08:58:20 »
Looks very nice Jimmy, I hope you enjoy it!  I certainly enjoyed the Leaf I had a few years ago.  Strange that the new one has no steering wheel rake adjustment as the one I had did.  That said it is a minor niggle I had with the Ranger too, maybe there is something else going on which is making it unattractive for manufacturers to include it :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Earnie...
« on: 12 March 2019, 07:00:20 »
The i-pace would work for you all year round so long as the right foot wasn't too heavy.

True .. but 64k pays for a lot of petrol to put in the BMW .. or a nice Ranger Raptor and 20k of Diesel :)

How's the Ranger, btw?

Great!  Funnily enough, fewer idiots now try and cut me up and the light bar does a handy job of both turn night into day and serving as a communication device  ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Earnie...
« on: 11 March 2019, 11:24:19 »
The i-pace would work for you all year round so long as the right foot wasn't too heavy.

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General Car Chat / Re: Earnie...
« on: 11 March 2019, 11:04:34 »
Easily catered for when planning your journey though.

Depends - I would very much begrudge a stop for 30 minutes, half way home, if it were my commute..

How far is your commute? :o

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General Car Chat / Re: Earnie...
« on: 11 March 2019, 10:56:18 »
I did see a chart of winter ranges a couple of months a go with typically 20-50% range reduction due to heating & lights & lithium batteries having reduced cold weather capacity. Something to bare in mind if you get a milk float.

Easily catered for when planning your journey though.  I took the older leaf on trips to Sheffield and Tenby without running out of juice by pre-planning my stops and charge points.  It had a claimed range of 128 miles, I mananged 102 at best, used 80 for planning purposes.  The i-pace would be a significant difference though and it is a dream to drive.

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