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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 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 Discussion Area / Singapore F1 may contain spoilers
« on: 15 September 2018, 14:10:37 »
What a relief that CH 4 is carrying highlights on all races next year plus Silverstone will be live.  :y

It will be interesting to see where Bottas qualifies. Not a great fan of street circuits but hats off to Singapore holding a floodlit race to fit in with European viewers.

General Car Chat / Torrid Tyre Time plus tyre rotation
« on: 14 September 2018, 23:10:32 »
The front tyres on our new but secondhand car  had five to ten k miles left on them. During the periodic service I asked them to put it upon a ramp. Had a good look around underneath and was pleased with how it looks BUT spotted a two inch crack on the inner edge of front tyre tread. Didnt like the look of it and went to Euromaster over the road. Only open for another hour and Iam an hour anda half from home. They agreed crack not good and caused by none rotation of tyres front to rear.  That is a new one on me . I have usually rotated tyres myself purely because all the cars Ihave had seem to wear front tyres more. Weight, steering, tracking, wishbones.

Anyway google results suggest rotating maybe every six thousand miles! Anyone on here do that? Anyone heard of tyres developing a rotational direction  crack from not  rotating wheels?

So I came away with two new Pirelli zero nero hero 2000 gti rs 94 tyres for 200 euros. Quite happy as should last me 50 k miles. WRONG. Punctured sidewall today on a rock. Thank god  for compulsary recovery (no spare wheel and the glue kit would have hada job with a hole a golf ball would pass through)  Third time in three months. Firstwas alternator failure on othercar, then battery failed (warranty thank god) . Driver has become a good friend!

So another 100 euros gone.
Might get a spacesaver spare wheel and kit off ebay.

General Discussion Area / John Lewis ad
« on: 10 September 2018, 21:38:26 »
Isnt it just so good.?

General Discussion Area / The House of the Rising Sun
« on: 09 September 2018, 18:45:26 »
Bit of trivia.

The House of the Rising Sun was a great song by the Animals. It was recorded in one take and was unusual in that it lasted four and a half minutes. Of that time most were about two minutes apparently. I would have thought three.

Anyway when was that time i.e. when was it released? My guess was 1968 . You can listen to it and get the actual year here. I bet BigRon gets it spot on!

General Discussion Area / router reinstalling advice pls
« on: 08 September 2018, 11:21:45 »
My linksys e1200 works  fine but was setup on a now defunct PC and I need to make some changes like adding another PC.

My plan is to press the factory reset button on the router and then proceed as a new install via my new windows PC using their setup software.

This seems a great plan but will I encounter issues with routerís network name (SSID) and password ? Or do those also go when you press the factory reset button?

Meetings, gatherings, parties etc / Andalucian driving holiday
« on: 05 September 2018, 17:09:23 »
been thinking of something along these lines for quite a while for anyone who just likes driving on scenic roads. So thought I would float the idea.

So this is the outline. Our place isn't big enough , rooms wise so would have to be hotel based in our nearest town called Loja, Granada province about an hour from Malaga airport, thirty mins from Granada airport . Somewhere like the Hotel Manzanil or Hotel Almazara would be better near Rio Frio. Fly in to Malaga and have a suitable hire car (or drive down in own car?).

Each day a different circular route via scenic routes - all tarmacced. Stops for coffee, points of interest and a midday meal e.g. menu of the day. Maybe five or six hours driving each day (some of which would be A92 motorway)

Here is a typical day. Start Loja , head to Granada outskirts and up to the highest point you can drive to above the ski Station in the Sierra Nevada mountains. (about 2,700 metres), then back down to Padul and pick up very rural route for the huge drop down to the coast at Almunecar. From there it is the coast road to Velez Malaga before heading inland through the Axarquia, Zafaraya and Alahama de Granada and back to hotel for evening.  At a guess about 200 miles.

It wouldn't be driving in convoy or racing. Might need something like a whatsup group (whatever that is), perhaps own portable sat nav though postcodes are useless here.  the route above only has five key junctions.

Anyway that is an outline. Might be a non starter interest wise. Might be too many! Fire away with any questions/thoughts as it is just an idea.

General Discussion Area / How old when 1st disgruntled?
« on: 01 September 2018, 15:06:26 »
I think it is fair to say that I am "disgruntled" like many other forum members.

When did you first become disgruntled and why?

For me the first time was when a class mate at school got end of year report for English which read " Quite good progress but he is getting fat". He didn't really look fat compared to modern day kids. I remember feeling quite outraged that a teacher could put something like that on a school report. Others felt the same and we had a protest which resulted in the report being changed and next term the English teacher was several days late for start of new year. He had gone orf in his campervan.

It wasn't until my thirties otherwise when I started to spot the irritating things in life. Been all downhill since then ::) ::)

General Discussion Area / Monza F1, may contain spoilers
« on: 01 September 2018, 12:16:13 »
Anyone see the Marcus Ericsson crash yesterday? DRS failed to close!

I am thinking Ferarri 1,2 with Hamilton third. Be nice to see Raikkonen show his usual late season, contract signing turn of speed and beat Vettel.

I shall have to wait to watch the quali highlights. No access to pay to view even if I wanted.

General Discussion Area / Scallop wars
« on: 29 August 2018, 18:15:44 »
lucky no one was injured or worse.

I can understand the Frenchies being upset at our guys hoovering up the scallops before they are allowed to fish them.

I blame it on a lack of common rules. Someone ought to be ashamed

General Discussion Area / Huge Russian military exercisei
« on: 28 August 2018, 14:01:16 »

That will cost a pretty penny rouble.

I think it is high time the EU courted Russia as a replacement for the Britis cash cow post Brexit. That would ensure world peace.

General Discussion Area / Spa F1 might contain spoilers!
« on: 25 August 2018, 16:57:34 »
That will do. Some form upset. New Ferarri engines seem powerful.

I am hoping for a damp race. Bottas 5th? HamiltonandVettel to tangle on the corner at the end of the long straight?

Retro style appeal to you. Here is the perfect electric car. Nice colour too. :y

While you are there you could also buy a combat robot.

PS  No doubt Rods2 will be at the front of the queue

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