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General Discussion Area / Re: Cost overrun
« on: Today at 10:15:48 »
I see a report has been released stating that the cost of the great white elephant that is HS2 will likely rise by a measly 30bn.When a project is put out to tender and then contracts signed how can costs be allowed to just spiral in this way?

It is a major British engineering project, so yes it is "allowed" to rocket beyond budget and behind time targets.  It has happened so often throughout our history over the last 200 years. ::) ::) :D :D ;)

yes and the rich taxpayers have deep pockets so why let a minor overrun upset anyone.

Indeed, and just think of the jobs it will create.

In addition we all want to see Britain Great again, so with the money they tell us we will save by existing the EU we can pay for this new line outright! :P :P :D :D ;)
This *ISN'T* the way.

Again, from the roadshows, for this to break even (ignoring build costs, this is just running costs), the maths is:
60% of every fare is to be subsidised by the taxpayer
Every train has to be at capacity (1200 people)
A train has to run every 3 minutes (I challenged them on the safety of a 180mph train at 3 min intervals, but was assured this wasn't an issue)

So, being the stupid kid from the local comp, my maths aint great, but that means it needs to carry well over a million people at day at full fare...  ...and "break even" still means the taxpayer footing 60% of the running cost (which again my schoolboy maths puts that well in excess of 55bn of taxpayer burden annually, or about 2k for everybody in employment).


Its an absolute colossal waste of money and resources. Their figures do not add up by orders of magnitude, and to quote on of the senior Network Rail execs at one of the early meetings when I pressed him, this is to secure their jobs, and make money for them.


Obviously, build costs do not include the additional costs to local councils for this great white elephant.  Our local town council are having to spend a fortune on anti gypo defences everywhere around town, because even the council is intelligent enough to know that this will not be built by skilled labour, but by diddys.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Cost overrun
« on: Today at 09:58:03 »
I see a report has been released stating that the cost of the great white elephant that is HS2 will likely rise by a measly 30bn.When a project is put out to tender and then contracts signed how can costs be allowed to just spiral in this way?
Ah, but which original figures are we talking, as the initial roadshows I attended, run by Network Rail (because HS2 Ltd didn't exist properly then) couldn't make their mind up between 23bn and 30bn in their presentation.  When I asked for clarification, I was told its "only" a small discrepancy, and that it was irrelevant.

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General Car Chat / Re: Ebay irmscher omega!!!!!
« on: Today at 09:49:02 »
Just noticed, apart from all the issues the OP mentioned, the cam belt was last changed in 2012!!!! :o :o :o

This is a joke! ::) ::) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;)
Hmmm, that reminds me, I really must do TBE's, as I last changed that very shortly after the LPG conversion in 2011, and at about 80k ago....

...although I vague recollect Mark doing a cambelt on one of my Omegas at Newent (at same time gixer was doing his), can anyone remember which car that was? The Bullet or TBE?

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General Car Chat / Re: They're back!!
« on: Today at 09:38:57 »
on the southbound M5 near Bridgewater.  ::)
That was where I was racing another car once, in front of the other car, but I saw the copper on the slip road so I pulled back into the middle lane and slowed, and the other car came tearing past.

I got a naughty boy wave from the copper as he then passed - by which time I was at the correct legal speed-ish - and a short time later I saw the other car on the hard shoulder with said jam sandwich pulled up behind.  I'm guessing he went to court and lost his licence.

I always made the assumption that the copper either thought I was more aware, or was being pushed/intimidated by the other car until I could get back in the middle lane, and hence was not tugged.

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General Car Chat / Re: One for Jimmy.
« on: Today at 09:31:20 »
so when you press on around a roundabout it doesn't understeer like the Omega
I managed to dial that out of my MV6 and make it very pointy, which is probably one of the (many) reasons I loved that car.  But it did leave me driving it far too quickly *ALL* the time  :-[

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General Discussion Area / Re: To hell in a handcart
« on: 19 July 2019, 19:16:59 »
Capita - AGAIN! Is there anything they don't control?
Or Crapita as they are known in the IT services industry ;D

Kindly do the needful!
And revert in any case

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Omega General Help / Re: Omega de cat
« on: 19 July 2019, 19:06:47 »
2.6
So doesn't have to be road legal?  The ECU will not adjust its paramters just because there are 0420 and 0430 codes (cat inefficiency codes).

There are 2 cats per side, a "starting cat", also known as a pre cat, and the main cat.  On the 2.6/3.2 these are cheap nasty things. 

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Omega General Help / Re: Omega de cat
« on: 19 July 2019, 19:04:24 »
I don't know if it is possible to cancel the 2nd sensors from the ECU with a TechII
Its not.

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General Discussion Area / Re: How The Young Have To Learn...
« on: 19 July 2019, 19:00:58 »
Sadly, the depleted gene pool seems to have not improved with this incident.

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General Discussion Area / Re: To hell in a handcart
« on: 19 July 2019, 18:59:40 »
Capita - AGAIN! Is there anything they don't control?
Or Crapita as they are known in the IT services industry ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Landline free.
« on: 19 July 2019, 18:56:15 »
Apparently I can get a landline number from a company called Sipgate for minimal cost.
Sipgate Basic is free rental, and about 1ppm for outgoing UK landline calls, no call setup fee.  I use Sipgate has my phone provider, as my physical landlines are purely to carry the broadband, and too expensive for calls.

However, you will find any form of VoIP unsatisfactory over your MiFi setup due to latency (and worse, varying latency).

It looks like Sipgate will give me a free 'landline' number. But..... do they charge for both incoming and outgoing calls?....because I have free 01...02..03 outgoing calls included in my 30 PCM internet package.

Confused.
Sipgate (or any other VoIP provider) will not be great over you mobile solution. So I wouldn't look into it further TBH.


but to answer your question, incoming calls are free to you (other party will pay the standard rates charged for landline by their provider). Outgoing calls are charged per minute, and is something like 1.2p per minute for UK landline, 10p for UK mobiles, and 1.9p per minute for the USA, with no call setup fee.  Various monthly bundles are available, covering UK landlines, EU landlines etc...

Call rates are here https://static.sipgate.com/sipgatebasic/download/sipgate-basic-tariffs.pdf

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General Car Chat / Re: One for Jimmy.
« on: 19 July 2019, 18:50:22 »
which had the 18" wheels on. It was instantly noticeable that the ride was more cushioned with the higher profile tyres on, but me being me I went back to the 19's as they look nicer.  ::)
And you're a lunatic reformed driver....

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 July 2019, 18:48:53 »
Put some oil in TBE as the messages were annoying Mrs TB.

TBH, it probably is overdue an oil change, as the oil on the dipstick has started to turn dark.

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General Car Chat / Re: Clay Mitt v. Clay Bar
« on: 19 July 2019, 18:44:23 »
and ready for waxing
The only wax my cars see is the Turtlewax shampoo stuff ;D

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I think I said early on, my experience of Vectra-C cruise issues, its 9 times out of 10 one of the fuses.

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