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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 10 July 2018, 10:50:38 »
Probably just an unstable approach for some reason. Better to go around and have another go.

Unless you're flying a glider. ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 10 July 2018, 08:50:56 »
If that is a newish drop link, beware that it might have failed quickly. I had a pattern pair that failed inside a year. Meyle HD ones currently fitted seem better.

Also worth checking the ARB bushes, although they rarely seem to fail.

Brake calliper can rattle if the slide pins have dried out.

Wishbone bush doesn't look too clever but I've never had one bad enough to rattle. If you put a new wishbone on that'll also eliminate the ball joint, of course.

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General Discussion Area / Re: World's gone mad part 763
« on: 10 July 2018, 08:33:12 »
If they can't queue for the phone without having a punch up, surely the solution is to take away the phone, not give them more. ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: strange 3.2 misfire
« on: 10 July 2018, 00:22:18 »
The fact that once it starts misfiring it only stops when you restart it means the ECU is shutting down a pot, which means there'll be an 030x code, and possibly more if it's injector or ignition wiring or a knock sensor.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Novichok claims first UK victim
« on: 10 July 2018, 00:12:15 »
Dangerous place this England. I have managed to avoid picking up any containers (makes supermarket ready meals tricky).

I am leaving just before Trump arrives. Good luck folks  ;D

Good point. Maybe they were practising for Trump? Grassy knolls are so 1963. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Novichok claims first UK victim
« on: 09 July 2018, 18:57:06 »
I suppose that, when someone is killed with a military nerve agent, it starts off as murder by default, until it can be shown that it was indeed the "left overs" from the Skripal poisoning. After all, it could have been deliberate. We don't know until it is proven beyond doubt that it wasn't. Maybe the Russians picked another victim at random to cause confusion? Maybe Porton Down leaked something? Who knows at this stage? :-\

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Omega General Help / Re: strange 3.2 misfire
« on: 09 July 2018, 12:36:15 »
If it's shutting down cylinders there will be codes stored.

I would read them using the pedal trick and take it from there.

My thoughts are a weak coil pack / plug that's causing a cylinder to miss under load, and then it gets disabled to save the cat.

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 08 July 2018, 22:29:52 »
We have over the years had relatives on extended stays with us in Spain. Some with EHIC and others not. Inevitably we have ended up in A and E , usually broken bones from falls.

*makes mental note never to stay at Chez Varche* ;) ;D

OK but they were either inebriated or just old and prone to falling. :y

I told you that beer fridge was too close to the pool.   ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 06 July 2018, 06:59:37 »
Pulled away from a junction and thought "oh, that bike's noisy".  :o

.. as he disappeared over the horizon and the noise remained, came to the realisation that it's me. :-[

Have to tow a tower to a radio contest tomorrow first thing.

Luckily I'd spotted a hint of a blow from the usual place in front of the back box but thought I'd get away with it for now, so had ordered a new system which arrived yesterday. What I didn't plan on is the pipe into one of the front boxes just dropping out! :o

So, I should be packing but instead I'm drilling out cat section bolts. >:(

Well, finally got the new exhaust on at 10PM last night. Even had to drill out the cat bolt that I'd replaced with a nut and bolt last time, which amused me greatly, It had welded itself into the hole with rust. >:(

New exhaust fits perfectly, so ETB/Eternal are clearly still churning out decent stuff.

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 06 July 2018, 06:49:31 »
My local hospital is the infamous Colchester General. It should be bulldozed with at least half the staff locked inside.
If Im ever in need of emergency care and am conscious, I will insist on being taken to Chelmsford.
Im so grateful for my private healthcare provided by my employer.

They patched me up OK then I fell off my bicycle in the early '90's. :y

It's possible I'd had one too many at the time. :-[

I also agree on health tourists, but in a country that voted not to have ID cards, I don't see how the NHS can turn people away as it has no means to prove entitlement or otherwise. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 05 July 2018, 18:21:09 »
Free only at the point of consumption, Baza: I have paid heavily all my working life and I am now seeing a little of my money back.

That's the whole point of a collective service. The lucky ones like you and I (touch wood) pay in more than they get out, in order to live in a society where those less fortunate get expensive treatment for some of the awful conditions they have to endure rather than getting told it's a "pre-existing condition" and therefore not insurable.

I agree that there is massive waste in the NHS, which nobody has the gonads to tackle, but I don't like the alternatives at all.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 05 July 2018, 18:15:59 »
Pulled away from a junction and thought "oh, that bike's noisy".  :o

.. as he disappeared over the horizon and the noise remained, came to the realisation that it's me. :-[

Have to tow a tower to a radio contest tomorrow first thing.

Luckily I'd spotted a hint of a blow from the usual place in front of the back box but thought I'd get away with it for now, so had ordered a new system which arrived yesterday. What I didn't plan on is the pipe into one of the front boxes just dropping out! :o

So, I should be packing but instead I'm drilling out cat section bolts. >:(

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I think it's there to deflect drips from the lock mechanism so you might find it seizes up. At least give it a good greasing on reassembly.

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 04 July 2018, 22:09:59 »
It would if people were educated to budget for it...  ::)

It's seriously expensive though and became more so after Obamacare came in.  ::)

2 examples that stick in my mind from my trips to the US are:


30 year old non smoking male with no pre-existing conditions - $400 a month

The young guy was an odd jobber, pools, maintenance anything he could find to make a buck, but as he was self employed had to buy his own insurance and told me that this was the cheapest most basic policy he could find.  $400 a month is a big chunk of his take home ((before tax!)  :o

Late 50's non smoking couple, again with no pre-existing conditions - $5000  a month.

The couple were very wealthy, ran their own company and this was the best all singing, all dancing policy.  I guess they could have been on the company's scheme, but chose to buy their own.  Which probably tells you something about the quality of workplace health insurance schemes in the US which most people rely on for their family's healthcare needs!  ::)

.. and, if you have a "pre-existing condition", you're shit out of luck. >:(

Insurance companies are satan's spawn itself. I sure as hell hope I never have to rely on one for my health.

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A Europe full of disparate countries, without the EU, is going backwards and WILL become a very real issue.  If the USA also go backwards, as eventually the fading 'empire' will, then heaven help anyone alive during those times.

.. as will a Europe full of Nationalist, protectionist governments born out of frustration with the EU "political project". The happy medium is somewhere in-between.

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