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General Discussion Area / Defence cuts warning
« on: Yesterday at 17:42:39 »
Calling Rods2.......

Sadly I think he is right calling for a reversal of the defence cuts. We have seen their impressive weaponry used in the Syria conflict.

When the USA is involved in teaching N. Korea a lesson and distracted they won’t want to be helping NATO repulse a Russian incursion into Estonia or other Baltic State.

Quite where the money would come from would be the issue. What do you think?

General Discussion Area / UKIP
« on: Yesterday at 13:33:54 »
Don't really see their point post referendum.

At the rate they are going through party leaders, someone on the forum could easily be party leader by the time 2018 is out. Might even be me , Lizzie or even Ron. ;D

General Discussion Area / False incoming missile alert for Hawaii
« on: 13 January 2018, 20:32:16 »
Took 18 minutes to correct

“ this is not a drill “

Ye gods.......


I haven't had a lot of luck in the past with either stirrup pump or cigarette lighter powered electric pumps.

Is this just a more expensive similar?

Went out for a nostalgic drive with my dad, in the area I was brought up in, today. Horrible weather.

I have always been interested in a story my dad told us about the Bravender family whose home was a mile away from where I was born. No trace of there having ever been a simple home there now apart from a flattish area. Here is the newspaper article.

 The article mentions the heroic efforts of those involved in recovering the bodies. The way the parishes were laid out was a long and narrow form paying scant regard to the geography. There wasn't even a road to the former house from Brompton until many years later.

I remember snow in the sixties like the photo of 1947. In Scarborough there would be none only 15 miles or less away due to the "warming effect" of the sea.

Anyway , just thought some might be interested.

General Car Chat / Focus dash light question.
« on: 09 January 2018, 21:09:44 »
I am in sunny Scarborough again and have a ford focus hire car. Six gears and not devils ⛽️. Keyless , auto lights.

Anyway , a dash schematic has me and others scratching their heads. When you start it up there is “fire” coming out of the back of the car on the dash schematic. It goes after maybe half an hour.

Is this just something to say the engine isnt at peak efficiency i.e. not fully hot? Onlyother thought is rear fog light?

No manual. Anyone know? 

General Discussion Area / Justice is an ass, John Worboys
« on: 05 January 2018, 13:19:36 »

So John Worboys is being released. Apologies made for not telling some of his victims.

Lets just examine the facts. He was a serial sex attacker  believed to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women. Found guilty in 2009 of 19 offences and sentenced to ten years. Not long enough.  Why weren't the other instances investigated? You only get parole if you are a reformed character,  that is some reforming he has undergone. :o

maybe the judge should watch Happy Valley.

General Discussion Area / Delivery package charges
« on: 05 January 2018, 10:55:23 »
We are just going through a process of getting quotes to deliver an item back to the UK.(They sent the wrong one...)

So go on the website and fill in dimensions, weight is 43kg. price is £103 plus Vat.

then the options

get a signature. £1.0
guaranteed delivery £9.0   say what?  :o :o Is that opposed to might deliver or might not?

Whatever happened to old fashioned delivery that just ........err delivered.

General Car Chat / which three year old auto boxes are the best.
« on: 03 January 2018, 10:37:46 »
On the reliability thread there are some comments about powershift (Ford) , DSG  (VW platform vehicles).

We still haven't found a suitable secondhand car (Golf estate size) and will start looking again once the market starts up post Xmas break.

We had a Golf dsg hire car. I thought it was brilliant apart from it being a 1.6. Loaded up on big hills it struggled. I liked the steering wheel paddles though mostly used D or sport mode.

What is vauxhalls offering like? We won't be touching any car without full service history including filter and gearbox oil changes.

I am always mindful of the AR25 /AR 35 scenario with the 2.5 BMW diesel in Omegas for example. We are looking at the more powerful diesel engines (150 in VAG, 163 in Opel)

General Discussion Area / Storms and snow
« on: 27 December 2017, 08:22:27 »
Anyone caught up in or had any damage?

I really feel for anyone caught up in the stoppage on M1 south jct19 or indeed any of theknock on from jctns being closed. I bet m69 fosse park Leicester jct 21 is a nightmare.

General Discussion Area / Online purchase delivery problems
« on: 23 December 2017, 08:26:25 »
Predictably we use this for xmas gifts because of prohibitive international post costs.

This year it hasnt been a desperately successful experience. Spent a lot of time yesterday on phone , mostly in queues. Some packages end up at a local centre where they can be collected on production of a utility bill and a photo id . How does that work for housebound pensioners........

Anyone else had trouble this year?

General Discussion Area / Catalonia has voted
« on: 21 December 2017, 22:32:58 »
Early suggestion is for more confrontation between Spain and Catalonia.  Separists look to have won the most seats.

I wonder what will happen to the last government who are mostly in exile. They still broke the law!

General Discussion Area / Brexit snakes and ladders
« on: 15 December 2017, 18:13:25 »
So the good news. Stage one has been agreed.

Not so good. No negotiation on trade deals till March . Another 60 or 90 days wasted. Not good for businesses. Was it Donald Tusk that said the clock is ticking. . ......

Not so good . no fine  detail for expats living in other countries despite stage one being so called agreed.

General Discussion Area / so the children can build snowmans
« on: 12 December 2017, 18:20:07 »
six o'clock BBC news.

Interview with a mother talking about the school being closed." so the children can build Snowmans"!

I can see the problem. Get those schools reopened quickly. 

I do not remember schools being closed when we were children. In fact as a countryside dweller our journey was often tough. I remember one occasion walking 2.5 miles through drifting snow, catching the service bus and then walking the 30 minutes to school from the depot. An eagle eyed teacher spotted me arriving at about ten a.m. and I had to report to the head for a caning for being late. ( It was raining at the school ) 

General Discussion Area / Christmas present ideas
« on: 09 December 2017, 11:46:08 »
Well it is that time of year again. What to get?

Well the Dyson V6 animal gtx elite st has started to show its age. Had the head off the other day and removed half of Spain from inside. Needed a T8 ? Torx to get at the workings. How many people have one of those.....

Anyway Mrs V says she will never have another Dyson, so that rules out the V12 Absolute Gti. So it will soon be added to the pile of nearly working vacuum cleaners we have that for some obscure reason, only known to men , I am hoarding.

mmm the Philips PowerPro Ultimate FC9920/69 CDX in black with silver chrome looks good, mind you so does a large box of Thorntons (Continental of course). You can't eat a vacuum cleaner.

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