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Did you find any Omegas?

General Car Chat / Re: Two Mercs
« on: Yesterday at 21:47:44 »
Police using them as black marias then?  ;D

That has marked your card....

It would have been good to see other “ milestones” like quarter mile, mile and so on.

General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 21 September 2018, 19:56:24 »
how does a no deal and a hard border pan out? Is there a magic fix?

We still haven't had Gibraltar hit the fan yet. Sovereignty isn't going to be an issue but Spain just formulated their demands. Charging of VAT on things like fags to try and stem the huge fag smuggling racket. fair employment treatment for 12,000 workers who cross into Gib each day, Better governance of the 35,000 companies registered there (more than one per head of population!) None show stoppers but Spain has a veto over Gib on the final agreement. Methinks it is no deal.

General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 21 September 2018, 15:13:46 »
For those who want Mrs May to go, and those who want Brexit abandoned (against the wishes of the UK population) ... a simple question .....  :)

Do you honestly, and truly, really think the EU will simply allow us to revoke article 50 and carry on as if nothing had ever happened ??? If you do you live in a dream world ...

The EU will punish us as much as they can for even trying to leave, with "fees" to cover the expenses incurred, an a complete change of the way we are allowed to vote. They will rub their hands with glee and inflict as much harm on the economy as possible .. especially where they have changed rules already to restrict our access to things like banking, technology, etc ... to "rejoin" will cost ... big time .... they will ensure it .....

Agree wholeheartedly. With something like this we (Britain) have shown our hand. You cannot "unshow" it. I think one of the main terms for any rejoining deal would be taking the Euro. It has been spelt out often enough that new joining countries have to do that.

It will be interesting to see what if any alternative the EU offer. Probably Norway model

General Discussion Area / Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 21 September 2018, 13:33:45 »
Hasn't happened yet but after yesterdays goings on I suspect it is her resignation speech.

What next for Brexit?

 Exit with no deal which was probably realistically what both sides thought the outcome would be two years ago.


some sort of limbo, extended timescale to allow more useless negotiations until the vote somehow gets overturned.

General Car Chat / Re: New Nissan GT-R50 at Spa
« on: 20 September 2018, 23:44:03 »
710 bhp nice

Radiator grille like a fishes mouth and highlighted in brown in case you didnt notice it at first. Not so nice.

Nissan have a website where you can register your interest in being one of the fifty owners.

General Discussion Area / Re: Root and Branch rail review
« on: 20 September 2018, 19:30:40 »
How else could they ( we) keep our utilty prices down! ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Root and Branch rail review
« on: 20 September 2018, 18:02:13 »
I don't know about foreigners. My suspicion is they know as much about the UK as Brits know about any country that does not speak English.

As an expat, I try and keep tabs on things back in the homeland.

General Discussion Area / Root and Branch rail review
« on: 20 September 2018, 13:59:17 »
It is years since I last went on a UK train. I wanted to get from an airport to Scarborough last year but gave up.

I followed the intro of the new timetable debacle with interest.  It appears today that " No-one took charge during the timetable chaos that caused severe disruption on Britain's railways in May, a regulator has said."  surely that is Grayling's fault or his predecessor?  Someone must have given the go ahead within the industry. there must have been a project manager?

Anyway the government have announced a root and branch review of the fragmented rail industry. maybe Corbyn is right that it should be taken back into public ownership (slightly different , I suspect to renationalised). Without wishing to bring in the dreaded B word, one of the criticisms levelled by expats on the Uk is the parlous state of UK public services which , despite the country being mega rich, seem to be being run into the ground. Is this general lack of investment austerity or a deliberate policy to help cronies get richer at the expense of the populace?.

I dare say that if there is a root and branch review of the trains that they could do worse than to have some OOfers as their consultants. Lizzie and The Boy spring to mind but there are plenty of others! 

General Car Chat / Re: Reunited with old MV6
« on: 19 September 2018, 21:38:49 »
That is fantastic . Look forward to the photos.

General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 18 September 2018, 22:18:49 »

General Car Chat / Re: Modern DSG gearboxes
« on: 17 September 2018, 09:29:01 »
I will crawl out of the woodwork and own up to having one. 50 k miles on the clock when we bought it. Full service history and DSG oil and filter changed at 34k miles. That is an interval I intend to repeat.

I would echo the sentiments about driving. For example it feels "odd" when you floor the throttle. Better to feed it in. having said that violent anything isn't a good driving style. Overall I really rate it

regarding longevity, maybe I had just got worn down by spending a year looking for a second car and life is too short. If we need a new gearbox in 5 years time so be it. We needed a new gearbox on the 2.5 Omega -that was after it was about ten years old.

I wonder if there are any stats on failures per 1000?.

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