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General Discussion Area / Fuel going up
« on: Today at 10:25:49 »
The Iranians ( allegedly) are blowing up refineries.(fact)

Fill your car.

General Car Chat / Ruddy tyres
« on: Yesterday at 18:00:11 »
I was sort of pleased when our car had not got a spare wheel. We used the space to good effect on our UK trips.

However when we got the car, I changed the front tyres as they were a bit cracked and were getting on a bit. Then we had a puncture in one of the fronts. The hole was big enough to put a finger in it. No puncture glue and electric pump kit could fix that. No problem. All car insurance here includes compulsary recovery ( including from home).

So new tyre. So much for Industry 93000 miles between punctures.

Today tyre pressure loss flashed on screen . Used the electric pump to good effect to re inflate. Went to local garage and predictably couldn't be repaired. Strange damage. Something had entered he edge of the tyre on the curved bit at an angle but not right the way through. So non repairable.

New tyre needed so had to have two as they are hot on the MOT here on different makes on same axle. Saturday so couldn't get matching Pirelli P zero as closing at 1.00pm

The guy was a bit put out when I said “ Are I they good tyres”? His response “Michelin, they are the best”. So now have Pilot sports .Bit disappointed as I always have all four same make. Hey Ho!
Only good news is , I kept the good tyre. My plan is to find a scrap yard and get a jack, tool kit and a spare full size alloy OR possibly a spacesaver and kit.

Anyone have experience of spacesavers or what to look for when buying S/H ?. The spare wheel well is big enough for a full size spare. Car is Mk7 Golf.

General Car Chat / Goodwood revival
« on: 13 September 2019, 09:06:14 »
Anyone going this weekend?

General Discussion Area / Loch Ness Monster
« on: 05 September 2019, 09:54:16 »
Well today is the day. After a long study by New Zealand students they are today going to reveal a plausible explanation. I hope it isn't swimming circus elephants. ;D

It will make for a pleasant diversion to the B word.

General Discussion Area / Rees-Mogg
« on: 04 September 2019, 12:08:23 »
Regardless of your political views , he is a strange fellow.

There are some brilliant memes going around following his slouching episode.

Minister for 1870 , serving North East Somerset (itself a strange place.....)

General Discussion Area / Parliament to be suspended
« on: 28 August 2019, 13:06:58 »
The tin pot dictator ( wee krankies words) has done it now.

If only the MPs had done their job properly including Theresa May we could have had a proper deal including free trade by now with no ridiculous backstop.

Popcorn time 🍿 🍿

General Discussion Area / The world is going mad
« on: 25 August 2019, 21:09:04 »
The Brazillians are burning down rain forest to make more space to raise cattle.

They export the live cattle to countries like Turkey.

There is a ship in the Med , the Julia MK with 3800 young cows on board . Cannot dock in Cartagena for more fodder due to a legal dispute. So they are likely to die.

Ah beef. Mmmm

General Discussion Area / Cool your car tip
« on: 24 August 2019, 08:54:28 »
Seeing as you are experiencing high temps, here is a tip to quickly cool your car down when it has been parked in the sun.

1. Open passenger window fully.

2. Open and shut the driver door five times

That is it!  It seems to work. Must be something to do with creating movement in the air.

General Discussion Area / Gig/zero hour economy
« on: 23 August 2019, 10:07:29 »
Quite a bit of focus on the subject of poverty across Europe. From memory 22% of UK and 26% of Spain live at or below poverty line.

A 53 year old neighbour only gets occasional farm work in the winter months. The rest of the time he lives on dole of 430 euros a month.

I suspect the meteoric rise of the gig economy hasn't helped . Those in work on contract, can afford and no doubt feel they deserve a takeaway delivered by a zero hours worker.

Condoned by a “Conservative “ government. Swung the other way no doubt by a “Labour” government.

What does the team think?

General Discussion Area / The Repair Shop
« on: 20 August 2019, 20:05:30 »
No doubt forum members have a love hate relationship with the programme.

I bet quite a few forum members identify with some of the skill areas and crucially have the patience to work there. More importantly there will be people with their own specialisms like watchmaker repairs.

My mantra has always been “ If two hands made it, I can fix it or make one”. Doesn't always work . We have a shed full of kit like spraying machine for staining furniture ( to save paying the company) that saved money on someone else doing a job for us.

Anyone else like the programme?

General Car Chat / Mot and electronic handbrakes
« on: 19 August 2019, 16:18:37 »
Just idle curiosity .

In the UK how does the MOT tester do the handbrake test on the rollers? Does being auto ( dsg) make a difference to how the tester does it.?

In Spain the vehicle owner does most of the test in the driving seat. If you have any doubts over what to do the tester can do it for you.

General Discussion Area / Peter Hickman Ulster Grand Prix
« on: 18 August 2019, 13:25:18 »
What a rider!

What a circuit!

General Discussion Area / Didcot cooling towers demolished
« on: 18 August 2019, 13:20:49 »
Latest change to UK skyline as more cooling towers have been demolished.

It got me thinking about the changing face of England. I remember some of the coal fired power stations cooling towers being built. Impressive stuff at the time. When I could see Ferrybridge looming I knew I was about halfway home. Same with the iconic slag heaps alongside the A1. Now they are green spaces ,landscaped to an extent and even have trees.

Anyone else have memories of these dinosaur landmarks ?

General Discussion Area / Policing the British seas post Brexit
« on: 10 August 2019, 13:46:42 »
Nice leak , no doubt by the Remain side.

Apparently we haven't enough vessels to police fishing incursions. Hands up all those that thought we just need to blow one out of the water to deter anyone else...... You naughty people!

A bigger worry , it is suggested, might be the terrorists, smugglers and people traffickers that will also be able to avoid our woefully small fleet of policing vessels. But hang on a minute. Is it a problem now pre Brexit? Are we being helped by EU policing vessels? I am guessing not but might be under estimating the contribution by the French in the Manche.

Perhaps some orders for new cutters could be placed with Clydeside?

General Discussion Area / British airways
« on: 07 August 2019, 13:16:06 »
Not going well for them.

The other day they had a plane full of smoke due to a “technical issue” as it came in to land at Valencia. Is a fire a technical issue?

Now it is a failure of two computer systems . 100 flights cancelled. Whatever happened to having “ back up systems”?

Imagine when we are all stationary in our autonomous cars because of failure of a computer system.

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