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General Discussion Area / Re: Bloodhound, the end?
« on: Yesterday at 18:07:05 »
That was on the news before I went away. Are the beeb that far behind?

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Simples. Avoid London. Works for me.

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If the cambelt kit is suitable for a 3.2, I'll take it.  In fact, I might even collect and make you fit it :P ;D

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Omega wheels are chocolate, so check them for oval and buckle first.

But even that aside, they seem to need to be balance to within a couple of grams, particularly the 17s and larger. A lot of balancing machines out there can't do that resolution.  And most tyre fitters are knuckle draggers as well, so don't understand the basics, just "the machine says 30g there".

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: Yesterday at 17:50:41 »
Iím so glad I live nowhere near London ;).

Erm.. you live precisely in prime commuter district for London, last time I checked! ;D
Too far for me. Plus it smells. And after every visit to said shithole, I'm pulling enough coal from my nostrils to power Drax.


Oh shit, remind me where I've been all day. Just to enter 8 bloody IPs only 8 devices, grrrrrr.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 17:47:05 »

It's really hard for doctors and nurses to do that, and builders, waiters, waitresses, etc.. I'd wager more people are employed in "non-desk" jobs than are employed in desk jobs.

That said, even with desk jobs there has been a recent trend of ending home working as companies like HP and BT suddenly realised they were paying for very large offices that were almost always empty people to sit around in their pyjamas posting on car forums.. so instead of ditching the office, they told everyone to get their arses in to the office..

He types. From his desk. At home.  ;D

FTFY. :y

Well, I'm dressed... so you must be talking about TB ;D :D
I was in Londonium all day, so was most definitely dressed.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 17:45:46 »
What happened to that idea?

It's really hard for doctors and nurses to do that, and builders, waiters, waitresses, etc.. I'd wager more people are employed in "non-desk" jobs than are employed in desk jobs.

That said, even with desk jobs there has been a recent trend of ending home working as companies like HP and BT suddenly realised they were paying for very large offices that were almost always empty.. so instead of ditching the office, they told everyone to get their arses in to the office..

He types. From his desk. At home.  ;D
BT lacks enough office space.  I think the lack of home working is a company wide trust issue.  And probably some good evidence to suggest that's partly true...   ...I was trying to book a slot in some bint's calendar the other day, but it was chokka with hair appointments, coffee mornings and dog walking.

As always, those that take the piss ruin it for everyone.


Having also spent 10yrs at HP, that is a combination of American culture and trust.



I can do my job from anywhere. And indeed have done whilst supposedly holidaying abroad.  Though the technology department at BT thinks the world ends on the Eastern coast of the Orwell...

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General Discussion Area / Re: Mad cow disease....
« on: Yesterday at 17:38:52 »
Agreed.  Both selfishly for myself - can't beat a nice bit of cow - but also for the farming industry that has had a rough time, and has a load more shit to come  :'(


I can see the usual do-gooders and lentil munchers will see it as a reason to ban meat.

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General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: Yesterday at 17:33:38 »
Having just come back from the States, an F350 is a pickup, not the childrens toys being mentioned here ;D
Yeah, but other people need the other half of the road, so you can't have it all to yourself.
OK, I'll settle for a lesser F250. Or even the pokey F150.

Then I can still ram everyone out of my way.

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General Car Chat / Re: How stable is your Omega in the rain
« on: Yesterday at 17:31:58 »
Is there an OOF approved budget tyre?
Michelin PS4. About £100 per tyre (fitted price - be cheaper for you if your place can fit) in Elite sizes.  Downside, they give a bit of roadnoise.

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General Car Chat / Re: How stable is your Omega in the rain
« on: Yesterday at 17:28:16 »
Its poor quality tyres that cause acceptable dry weather grip but woeful wet weather. "Black and round" to get an MOT simply isn't good enough for our wet climate.

All the other suggestions, worth doing mind, would impact dry handling as well.



For the record, TBE is ultra stable in heavy rain, but not to the complete, utter, planted level of the Silver Bullet...   ...something I could never understand, and have spent much time and energy (well, chrisgixer's energy ::)) in trying to get TBE the same.

My idea of stable/planted is in a different league to tunnie's idea of planted on those Kumhos.  Although his choice of tyre is quite acceptable for his driving style - its a tyre that gives pretty reasonable wet/dry grip, but no feedback, which is ideal for him...  ...and dare I say you Webby.

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Jaaaag 3.0d
And a mighty fine tractor lump it is. In proper trim, not the gay 240bhp gutless option....

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General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: Yesterday at 17:17:11 »
Having just come back from the States, an F350 is a pickup, not the childrens toys being mentioned here ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 15:08:20 »
And as soon as I pressed Post, the driver came on apologising for our slow progress, but the train in front has a technical issue...

...and his words, "I obviously can't overtake"


He makes a very valid point about this outdated, inefficient, ineffective form of transport.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 15:06:39 »
So not 3.5 hours then TB ::) ;D ;D ;D ;)

5hrs stopping for a hot sit down meal, and taking a massive detour through the slow Lake District roads, I would estimate an easy 3.5hrs non stop, or without detour.

And that is on a Friday Afternoon.  i.e. the busiest time.

It would be 10hrs on a stupid train. 10hrs of standing. And 4-5 times the cost, even before we consider the massive rail subsidies.



As for the rubbish about trains and cars both being Victorian...

First railed transport is from ancient times.  Steam at turn of 19C, and mainstream pre Victorian.

First car, turn of 20C, mainstream during the reign of our current monarch.



Again, I'm typing this sat on a completely knackered train (One of Chiltern's clubmans) running on completely knackered tracks - so bad, I can barely type on this laptop.

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