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General Discussion Area / A sign of the times - I do hope so.
« on: 07 January 2018, 23:01:05 »
A couple of news stories caught my eye this weekend, it is somewhat apposite that in the same week as a tanker begins burning/discharging over 130,000 tonnes of oil into the sea off the chinese coast, the dutch announce plans for the world's biggest off-shore wind farm, along with an entire man-made island to support it!

Given that the cost of off-shore wind electric has now dropped below the projected cost of Hinkley point C (which will doubtless be far less than the final cost). Hopefully the dutch project will mark something of a step change and we can move more quickly away from digging things up and burning them as a way to get around and stay warm.  ::)

Seeing as everyone loves to bang on about how renewables only work when subsidised, the below article is worth a read, if only because it sets out in black and white the subsidy paid to Off-shore wind vs Nuclear.

Its also worth noting that no mention has been made of the clearup costs when we finally shut Hinkley, which given that sellafield's costs are currently running at £70bn and still rising every year, will doubtless make offshore wind, solar, (or harvesting the power of unicorn tears) look like a bargain  ::)

PS. The xmas smileys have finally gone  :(

General Discussion Area / Bloody trick or treaters
« on: 28 October 2017, 18:35:32 »
Still three days away from this stupid poxy American non-holiday and the little b@stards are already on the streets.

Sod off!  >:(

General Car Chat / 3.2 MV6 in interesting colour
« on: 26 October 2017, 16:32:59 »
As usual, not my car, nor anyone I know and probably bobbins in every way, but may be of interest to some.

Also not a colour I've ever seen before. I like it  8)

General Discussion Area / 10p/litre offer back at tesco
« on: 21 October 2017, 14:57:26 »
As above, 10p/litre of fuel vouchers are back if you spend £60 in tesco.

Handy as I can use about 1/week.  :y

General Car Chat / Undertray repair
« on: 15 October 2017, 14:58:03 »
First service on the D5 completed over the weekend - total doddle but discovered something to be repaired next time I'm under it (in about 2 1/2 months time  ::)).

The undertray has two "lobes" at the back, each with a retaining bolt through it. One lobe has broken off leaving a 1" disc of plastic with a hole for the bolt through it. Any ideas on the best material to use to re-attach the piece? I'd thought about araldite, but think this might lack the necessary flex.

Maybe plastic weld it back together? Watched a YouTube vid on that once, looked reasonably straightforward.

General Discussion Area / FAO Tunnie
« on: 04 October 2017, 17:56:46 »
Your inbox is full.

And I've re-written war and peace for you.  ::)

General Discussion Area / Bombardier vs Boeing
« on: 27 September 2017, 17:09:48 »
A fairly one-sided decision, given the amount of backhanders state aid Boeing has received. Bodes well for a balanced future trade deal with the US once we have Taken Back Control (TM).  ::)

General Discussion Area / Business Strategy
« on: 21 September 2017, 15:56:33 »
This has been doing the rounds on work email, made me chuckle....

Dead Horse Strategy
The tribal wisdom of Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern education and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  • Buying a stronger whip
  • Changing riders
  • Threatening the horse with termination
  • Appointing a committee to study the horse
  • Arranging a visit to other countries to see how others ride a dead horse
  • Lowering the standard so that dead horses can be included
  • Re-classifying the dead horse as “living impaired”
  • Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
  • Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed
  • Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance
  • Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders improve the dead horse’s performance
  • Declaring that, as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and, therefore, contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses
  • Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses
  • Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

General Car Chat / How much would you pay for the "right" omega
« on: 25 August 2017, 11:14:58 »
Driving to work today, I had plenty of time to muse and one thing I got to thinking about is  the cost of omegas in the uk.

On autotrader ATM there is a mint-looking 3.2 elite with less than 50k on it and the dealer wants £3250 for it. My first response was "fu£kin how much?!" But then I got to thinking, for a similar aged & condition 5 series, someone would take your hand off. Even a Jag S-type would cost you more and the omega is definitely the better car of those two!

So, how much would you spend on "the right" omega?

I have the old bus back with me for one week only to move some scaffolding around.

Last night at around 3am, the alarm started blaring and the horn sounding, flashing indicators etc. I locked and unlocked with the fob, but 20mins later, off it went again  ::). The only way to stop it going off was to open with the fob, lean in from the offside rear door and lock the front door from the inside, then shut the rear door.

I figure this is the power sounder issue which is often mentioned, however when I was reading a thread on the oldsite, Gixer mentioned that this can also be triggered by issues with interior sensors, under bonnet sensor etc.

My question is, will removing the power sounder stop the alarm going off regardless of the original cause? If not, what other steps should I take to ensure a silent night?


PS. for reference, its a 2.2 petrol auto estate on an 03 plate :)|

General Car Chat / Late 3.2 elite estate with reasonable miles
« on: 09 August 2017, 14:33:55 »
Not seen this one mentioned on here before, looks tidy and not daft money. May suit someone  :y

Just for the record (as usual) I don't know the car, the seller, or in fact anything at all.  ::)  :P

When I cancelled the omega insurance with Tesco, I cancelled it before the last payment was taken so there was an outstanding balance. Without contacting me, Tesco handed the debt off to Moorcroft debt collections. Not how I would have handled it but ok.

After they called me I declined to pay on the basis I needed to confirm the actual outstanding balance with Tesco. Dealing with the organ grinder rather than the monkey as it were. So I called Tesco, paid up and that was that.

Got another call tonight asking me to make payment. I explained I already had, then the guy on the phone tries to pressure me into sharing my credit card statement to prove payment! On what planet would you share sensitive personal financial information with a random company that you have no commercial relationship with  >:(. I told them where to get off and talk to their client.

He then tried to imply they'd take me to court. I told them to go ahead, it'll be funny and I'll claim some expenses for the privilege of defending the claim.

We await developments.

General Discussion Area / Fu£king grim up north
« on: 26 July 2017, 21:11:50 »
I'm currently in a warrington Premier Inn (oh the glamour). Sat at a table (3 seats) in the bar trying to email, but mostly chatting sh!t on here.  ;D All of a sudden a couple just sit down opposite me. Don't say a word, not,"oh can we use these seats" nothing.

I had about 1/4 pint left, so took my laptop, walked up to the bar to get another (all of 10 paces), turn round, walking back to the table and I see the woman of the couple is drinking my 1/4 pint!! When challenged, all she said was "a thought you'd left it".

I'm going to bed!  ;D

General Car Chat / Halves and thirds rule - playing the game
« on: 26 July 2017, 21:06:18 »
I've been looking at model S again (I know, I know) but it raised an interesting point with wider relevance.

Looking at a 48 month PCP on a (nearly new) model s, a £70k car, its £10k down  and 48 months at £596 so £38,608 on a 10k p.a. pcp. But if I took that deal and walked away after (say) 44 months, having done 150,000 miles in the car I'd have paid £36,224 total, so more than half.

Do I have it right that I could just walk away from this and theres nothing the finance company could do as long as I've paid for 50% of the car, and take reasonable care of it?

General Discussion Area / Sad day tomorrow.
« on: 23 July 2017, 21:03:30 »
After two glorious weeks of doing very little, I shall be rejoining he ranks of the gainfully employed. Oh and starting my run of 750-1000 miles a week of commuting.

One thing I did manage to achieve over the last few days was shovelling, barrowing and spreading about 8Ton of gravel. So my back is dropping subtle hints that it's time to get back behind a desk!  ;D

Once it's up on the market I do hope the house sells quickly. I need to move closer to the office! 

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