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General Discussion Area / HQ Trivia app
« on: Yesterday at 23:44:59 »
Anyone using this and if so have you won any money?

General Discussion Area / Mating old hi fi to Bluetooth speakers
« on: 20 April 2018, 23:02:27 »
I rediscovered a box of my old hi fi from twenty years ago. Tuner, cassette deck (twin of course), cd and separate amp. Haven't tried them because my speakers are in a bad way. The Kefs cones have rotted and the other pair weren't so good in their day and have decayed too.

Question is if I resurrect the HiFi is there a way to use it with wireless speaker(s).which I flippantly call bluetooth like I know about this stuff. There seem to be plenty available but I am guessing I would need a gizmo to transmit from the amp.


Very unlucky. I cannot imagine the horror of it for the woman and those seated nearby.

Just as well we don't know how we are going to die.

Out of interest where is the safest place to be on a plane if you have to travel? I always try for near the front. partly as it is less noisy and partly down to having better air than at the rear .

General Discussion Area / Syria Chemical weapons retaliation
« on: 11 April 2018, 08:15:46 »
What does the team think about any/the retaliation by the West against Syria for the probable use of chemical weapons.?

For my part it seems strange that after all this time and previous use of chemical weapons , the West is now baying for retaliation.

How bizarre would it be if the West does a military strike against Syria and weakens them and thus helps so called Satanic State. Mind you it would help the Kurds who Turkey (part of NATO).

General Car Chat / xenon lights
« on: 10 April 2018, 22:38:24 »
How high are they on your shopping list for another car or your existing car?



Just something else to go wrong after a few years?

Must have - to blind other road users?

Fashion statement?

Bi xenon? (i.e. main and dipped) good idea?

No point as once you reach a certain age you never go out in the dark as your eyesight "isn't as good as it used to be"

General Car Chat / Alfa romeo Guilietta hire car
« on: 09 April 2018, 13:42:01 »
Got one of these on hire as a run around while our car is being fixed.

First impressions are a mixed bag.  I can't get proper comfy in the cabin. Leg room? Seat position? Wheel position?. Just doesn't seem right. Might be alright for sub six footers. As a result the forward vision is reduced as I found myself peering under the roofline. Alright for folk who only look 15 yards or less in front. Likewise the sidevision is not so great as the side pillar is in the way.

However in hooligan mode it handles very well and soaks up the bumps well. It is a diesel maybe the 1.6 but with one up it went well enough. I bet the higher powered ones are a real hoot! Well equipped too with Cruise control and a bunch of other essentials. :y

General Car Chat / Total 4x4 electrics failure. Help pls
« on: 08 April 2018, 09:49:20 »
Have had the weekend from hell culminating on just getting home last night.

First sign of trouble was the headlights went dim. Wipers stopped working, electric windows didnt work. Dash lights went and also the headlights with about nine miles to go. Did the last five using a smart phone light and peering out of door. I am thinking alternator. With about five miles to go it stalled (diesel) . Nothing at all when tried starter but did jump syart in reverse. Nearer home the engine started to falter presumably as the battery went flat.

Any ideas please?  I can get the battery on charge and thankfully breakdown cover includes home recovery but i would like to investigate first. Skip next background para  if notinterested in  run up to weekend from hell!

Friday the 94 year old MIL had a funny turn so off to local hospital. Predicatably they kept her in and then on Saturday morning transferred her to Granada main hospital at 9 a.m. spent the rest of the day on a trolley being analysed, scanned, x rayed. Long periods of not really knowing what was going on or what next. Hard to get anything to eat in case you missed the tannoy call to take her to next place or consultant. Then the cafe closed at six. At eight she went into observation where they decide at 11 p.m. ish whether to keep in or not. So huge crowd of patients family gather outside observations wards. In our case a doctor very patiently ( despite clearly being over worked) explained she could go home but with a regime we have to follow. One issue was low blood sodium levels. For us there were pluses and minuses with her discharge. So about 1.30 a.m. we shovelled MIL into thecar and went in search of a 24 hour chemist for a long list of new prescriptions. Failed to find anywhere open so left it till Sunday to find somewhere.. got home at 4 a.m.  the saying character forming springs to mind. 

General Discussion Area / Sugar Tax
« on: 06 April 2018, 08:47:41 »
Comes into effect today.

Are you going to cut down on your Ribena?

Are you one of the Irn Bru fans stockpiling the amber nectar in your loft? Are the joists strong enough!  ;D

Do you mind sugar (natural ingredient) being replaced by unnatural sweeteners with their side effects?

General Car Chat / Deutsch fur paddel shift?
« on: 24 March 2018, 23:00:18 »
Anyone know the German for paddle gear change please?

The levers you change up and down gears near steering wheel.

Is it lenknocken?

General Discussion Area / Argh it is all going wrong
« on: 08 March 2018, 13:46:55 »
4x4 wipers were slow to start these last few days but dont work today. We have more rain forecast till at least Sunday. . Had one inch in last 12 hours.

Computer monitor doesnt switch on or off. Easy fix, buy a new one when wipers work

Bought some wood from local carpenter. Provided measurements and the dillon misread one so it is 10 cm short. It only took hime two amd a half weeks to do what he said wouldtake a week. So now cant get on with project. Cant drive off to get it sorted as no wipers. Did I mention it is raining.

Just waiting for something else

General Discussion Area / British motorbikes bbc4 9.00pm
« on: 04 March 2018, 16:51:30 »
should be worth a watch. 

General Car Chat / New iJag
« on: 03 March 2018, 16:29:25 »

Once the charging availability and the price has come down about 40k , I would have one. I would change my user Id to iVarche ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Dropped laptop -toast?
« on: 02 March 2018, 07:20:06 »
Dropped laptop.

Press switch on side and lights come on on the keyboard for about four seconds before fading away.

Tried the following in various combinations.

Remove battery, no mains power, hold on button for 30 seconds for reset.

Hold on button during connection to mains.

Remove hdd and reseat

Remove memory and reseat

Twice on this much repeated process of start button reset, we got a loud beep

I am now thinking that there isnt much else to try other than CMOS - the small circular battery.

Any further things to look for before i declare it toast buy another laptop and an external hdd usb carrier if data not backed up.........?

Ps first time i have ever been inside a laptop. Clever use of space. I can see why i like desktops the size of a container ship. ;D


General Discussion Area / Oh great - Putinís weapons
« on: 01 March 2018, 22:04:27 »
So Putin has nuclear tipped long range torpedoes and intercontinental low flying cruise missiles.


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