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General Discussion Area / Down to the nitty gritty
« on: 16 July 2018, 14:38:03 »
So, house has been on the market for three weeks today and we have an offer on the table.  :y

Need to press a bit more as its not enough, but its not daft either... time to get down to brass tacks as my granny used to say.  8)

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General Car Chat / Say what you see...
« on: 05 July 2018, 19:43:04 »
Spotted this on the street and have no idea what it could b, thought Iíd put it out to the OOf collective wisdom. Itís badged Ghia everywhere other than a small fez horse on the umberplate. Any offers? Never seen anything like it before  :-\


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General Discussion Area / One for the British Historians...
« on: 30 June 2018, 19:37:20 »
SWMBO asked me a question over coffee this morning that I couldnít answer and I couldnít charm up a ready answer from google...

When did British monarchs stop persecuting the Protestants/Catholics (delete as appropriate depending on the persuasion of the monarch)?

Clearly we donít do it now, and donít think we did in Victorian/Georgian times, but donít know other than that. So, I thought Iíd throw it out to the OOF historians/eyewitnesses and see what the answer was  ;D

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I'm surprised this story hasn't got any airtime on here for various reasons (maybe it has and I missed it  :-\). But the John O'Groats to Lands End unofficial speed record has been broken with a new time of 9hrs 36m. Also without accruing a single speeding ticket, although I wouldn't be surprised if there's a conviction coming.

In these days of significant surveillance, average speed cameras and  all the other nonsense, I'm truly amazed they managed it. It also has the 50mph brigade in a state of nothing short of apoplexy.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/93917/driver-who-broke-speed-record-from-john-o-groats-to-lands-end-branded-reckless

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General Discussion Area / This weekendís toy...
« on: 03 June 2018, 23:39:09 »
In an effort to get the house ready for sale, I had a stack of external painting to do and a slipped slate to slot back. So, hired this little beauty.




I should add that the handsome chap in the basket is actually my father. There was a small weight limit issue that meant I could use the machine at its fullest extension.  :-[. It was a rather close run thing, we nearly had to put one of the supporting feet in the damn hallway.

Impressive piece of kit. But then, apparently theyíre nearly £45k to buy, so they ought to be  :y

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General Car Chat / What a bag of sh!te
« on: 12 May 2018, 22:55:47 »
My best mate’s wife has a Mazda 2, 60 plate, 55k, pre reg but to all intents and purposes a 1 owner from new and always been to Mazda every year for its service.

Last week it’s had new rear springs (both broken) rear shocks (both misted with oil) rear brake cylinders, shoes and drums (both weeping) and sundry rear suspension bushes.

Oh and the rear arches are changing from pearlescent white to a fetching shade of orange where they meet the cills.

What a bag of nasty sh!te. To (mis)quote Ste, Mazda, not while I have a hole in my ar$e.

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General Car Chat / On she marches
« on: 20 April 2018, 12:16:48 »
My father took the desmond for its annual check today. Another 12 months with no advisories. What a machine  ;D


Looks well in the sunshine!



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General Discussion Area / Bliss...
« on: 19 March 2018, 12:00:56 »
One third of the way through my two week holiday and so far i havenít left the house in 5 days other than to walk the muts. No work phone, emails or 0530 alarms.

Bliss :y

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General Car Chat / Low mileage elite 3.2 on autotrader
« on: 18 March 2018, 01:14:30 »
In go faster black no less. Looks tidy enough, if youíre in the market for such an item.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201803104456900?atmobcid=soc3

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General Discussion Area / Paging Rods2 to General Discussion
« on: 05 March 2018, 18:44:45 »
This one should be your area of expertise:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-russia/former-russian-spy-critically-ill-after-exposure-to-substance-in-uk-bbc-idUKKBN1GH2V6?il=0

Interested to see what Ms Weak n Wobbly does about it. My bet is fark n all.  ::)

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General Car Chat / LPG resurgence?
« on: 17 February 2018, 22:43:38 »
Today, I have been painting the cellars, which leaves plenty of time for contemplation.  ::)

Given that pressure is being brought to bear to limit the ease of use of diesels, but the price of petrol isnít getting any less, Im thinking thereís scope for an increase in lpg uptake for those of us doing a lot of miles.

Just as an example, Iíd really like, when funds allow to move to an auto. 2.0T insignia elite with lpg seems like a decent 60mpg option for about £4-5k.

I wouldnít be surprised to see an uptick in the number of lpg stations over the next few yrs

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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!

http://uk.businessinsider.com/worlds-largest-wind-farm-netherlands-island-2018-1?r=US&IR=T
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-shipping-accident-oil/iranian-oil-tanker-burns-32-missing-after-collision-off-chinas-coast-idUSKBN1EW059

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.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-renewables-auction/new-british-wind-power-deals-cheaper-than-nuclear-supplies-idUKKCN1BM16E

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  :(

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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!  >:(

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