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Please play nicely.  No one wants to listen/read a keyboard warriors rants....

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 on: Yesterday at 13:09:31 
Started by Andy H - Last post by Andy H
Thanks to everyone for wishing us well.

The Galaxy has returned.

The local garage are booked up solid until next week so I suppose I am going to have to fix it  :( (and rediscover the sad truth that 50% of the bolts on a VAG TDi are B-starred-bolts >:(

When the pump failed did it shed its timing belt ?
No - engine still running fine with no loss of power

The dash lit up like a Christmas tree and I pulled over to the hard shoulder as quick as I could. There is an auxiliary coolant pump that runs on for a few minutes and I am hoping that it has allowed the engine to cool evenly and avoid permanent damage to head or head gasket :-\

The AA man confirmed my snap diagnosis by disconnecting the little hose to the top of the expansion bottle and getting me to rev the engine. He didn't get the anticipated jet of coolant
The old pump is now out but I cannot find anything wrong with it :-\
I have tried putting the impeller in a pan of boiling hot water but it seems to be solidly attached to the shaft.

I know I should have tried to confirm the previous diagnosis but then the engine would have been too hot to work on till later and I wouldn't have had the window of opportunity to do the job (both offspring at nursery all day).:(

 42 
 on: Yesterday at 13:04:08 
Started by BazaJT - Last post by terbert
Can't understand in this day of supreme engineering, that we still get recalls on nearly new cars !!!!
I have just had a recall on my Mazda 6 for rear callipers change >:( Booked in for next week.

 43 
 on: Yesterday at 13:00:30 
Started by Sir Tigger QC - Last post by terbert
Probably the best chance we have ever had to deport Dianne Abbott ;D

 44 
 on: Yesterday at 13:00:00 
Started by Andy H - Last post by Andy H
Get yourself some cards made up Andy. I've found most suppliers, including main dealers, will give trade prices if you blag it with a card. ::) :y
I should have done as advised with Screwfix before I built my house extension. The bulk of the materials came from a builder's merchant and we agreed a decent percentage off before I started.

The convenience purchases made on my way home from work at Screwfix mounted up over time

 45 
 on: Yesterday at 11:25:46 
Started by Omega Geezer - Last post by Omega Geezer
Wow, you are all brilliant on here! All help and advice has been noted...and Lizzie Zoom what you say is exactly right. l am in the process of investigation of my Omega. l'll be replying and updating soon. Cheers!  :) ;) :y

 46 
 on: Yesterday at 10:53:06 
Started by Andy H - Last post by Shackeng
Get yourself some cards made up Andy. I've found most suppliers, including main dealers, will give trade prices if you blag it with a card. ::) :y

 47 
 on: Yesterday at 10:46:59 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Shackeng
Also.....when you bought a flymo you used to get an orange spanner to change the blade, and a couple of spacers to lower the cutting height. Not any more.

Shouldn't be a problem for a former omega owner. Boxes full of spare parts suitable as washers and you will have the right spanner.
I have got the right spanner, and some spacers.....because they came with the old mower...and I throw nothing away.  ;D

There are things in my cupboard, brackets, plastic thingies that I have no idea what their for, a million screws, washers, more plastic thingies, plumbing fittings, bits of wood......I really should throw it.......but no.  :)

I can promise you Steve that if you throw one thing away, that you have kept for over 40 years 'just in case', that you WILL need it next week. Don't ask how I know that. :-[

 48 
 on: Yesterday at 10:09:59 
Started by tunnie - Last post by tigers_gonads
He hasn't been to one of Barrymore's parties has he  :D

 49 
 on: Yesterday at 10:09:24 
Started by Sir Tigger QC - Last post by Varche
TM on being questioned about it said in the House that it came to light under Labours watch

Keith ABS

So the Tories have had 8 years to sort it out, but have done nothing or have done things to make the situation worse.  ::)

I have no problem with the so called 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants, but it seems to me that the Home Office has been going after elderly people who are easy targets.  There was a lady deported to Singapore last year after living here for years with her British husband and had two adult children who were born and brought up here.  She had no family or friends there and arrived with a suitcase.  :(

Meanwhile in the news a few days ago (The Mail IIRC as the Guardian or BBC don't report such things) a Romanian man charged with rape skips bail in Romania and comes to the UK.  He is allowed in, but is later arrested under a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Romanian authorities as they want their man to face justice.  :y  The courts here reject the request to send him back as Romanian prisons don't come up to scratch and might breach his human rights!  They set him free and grant him leave to remain in the UK!  >:(

Make you proud to be British dosn't it?  ???

Thereby lies the problem. These officials are probably given targets in terms of the number they manage to deport each year hence the presumption of guilt. Old dears who have been here for years are easier to "process" than shifty Romanian criminals, so who do they go for to meet these targets? ::)

I think you are right there. I have mentioned before that my Mum came to Britain as a very young child from Canada  and lived there quite happily. Then a few years back,  returning from a day trip to Holland she was read the riot act at immigration and given a small set period of time to leave. It was at the time quite amusing apart from the fact that it was actually deadly serious. You could appeal BUT that would be heard AFTER you had left. She got the Telegraph involved and after that the officials magically sorted it. 

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 on: Yesterday at 09:58:42 
Started by Andy H - Last post by Andy H
Another story about the strange goings on in Zomerzet https://www.devonlive.com/news/man-grappled-ground-after-stealing-1473315?????????????????????????

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