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General Discussion Area / Re: 19 Years ago today where were you ?
« on: 11 September 2020, 13:22:49 »
On the ranges at Bisley for Police national championship.  Was stunned, as were the other 100 or so cops, who crammed into St Georgeís lodge bar to watch and listen on tv prior to dinner and awards ceremony.  Evening was kind of flat, tbh....

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 02 September 2020, 09:03:34 »
as the Zafira A will be going to Fife soon for a trip, 700+ miles  :o
Poor barstid ;D
i'm not going ,just needed to service it ready for the trip for family to drive it up n back
the Zafira B is sat unused , 7 miles in either Zafira is too much for me before i go running back too the comfort of the Omega  ;D
I have to pop up that way in a few days.  I won't (hopefully) be taking a Zafira.

Gives a shout .......   :y

General Car Chat / Re: North Coast 500
« on: 23 August 2020, 15:31:53 »
Planning is going OK. A lot of accomodation is either fully booked or closed until 2021.

 Take a tent, . cuts down on cost be close to nature, and stop were you like, Or get a motorhome,, no need for hotels.

NC500 is a victim of its success and motor homes are its blight, particularly if driven by those from city type environs and not used to the countryside.  The majority of the rural roads are single track with passing places.  Passing places are just that - places to allow opposing vehicles to pass and continue their journey, not someplace for a self propelled oversize caravan to park up.

Either way, take your litter and waste (including toilet waste) home with you please. 

General Discussion Area / Re: Interviews for jobs in lockdown
« on: 25 July 2020, 12:04:32 »
That's good news. 

General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 18 July 2020, 23:24:56 »

General Car Chat / Re: So, back to the age old question
« on: 18 July 2020, 21:09:03 »
Apply for a company golden ticket, as suggested previously.  My velar cost me £200 or so a month with a few hundred up front. 

Handed it back after a year with agreed miles, at a loss to JLR.  They got their sums wrong as to GFV so it was their hit.

Avoid an old disco3. Would take a good D4 hse lux though......

General Discussion Area / Re: Interviews for jobs in lockdown
« on: 18 July 2020, 20:42:03 »
Something like that would certainly set you thinking , life really is far too short...............

That is so true.

A bit of a back story coming but hopefully will add a personal facet to the needing/wanting/having to work once you reach a certain time of life.

As some know (but others not) I had a cardiac arrest on the outside lane of the local motorway whilst attending a 4 car shunt of an evening rush hour (Trafpol) in 2006.  Fortunately, I dropped dead 15 feet from the back doors of the ambo sent to the crash.  No memory of actually hitting the deck but I was jump started and awoke in the back with paramedics working on me and wired from top to toe.  I was just turned 48 years old.  5 stents and now medicated to the eyeballs for forseable time to come.

I medically retired in 2008 and the intervening two years or so found me in a bit of a dark place for a bit.  The forum did a great assist in getting my head squared up but life can still be a rollercoaster, mentally, even now.

What I did settle in my mind is that life, is, too short.

I got a wee job driving for a LR main dealer up and down the UK delivering cars.  No stress as such, minimum wage, driving nice cars to and from generally nice people.  Lasted 10 years then had enough.  Even prestige dealers chase the shillings to the detriment of honest customers.  I couldnít continue to tell untruths to good people on why their car was late/not fixed/ripped off so told garage to stick it.

I now drive weekday mornings for a local dental lab, collecting and delivering false teeth and crowns etc.  Groundhog Day but it gets me up and pays for the shopping of a weekend.  No stress, take my time and I watch the seasons change.

Iím lucky that I have a police pension (all my own contributions, not a brass washer from HMG) but more importantly, I donít Ďhaveí to work. 

Took a lot of adjustment within the family circle and finances obviously but I feel so much better for it.

Bottom line is, do the sums financially, mentally and most importantly, gauge your time.

We walk this path once so best admire the view when you can.  No windows in a box!

Ps - hotel two one was the call sign for the company car I most enjoyed driving in my police time.  Around St. Andrews and the fishing villages of the east neuk of Fife.  A lovely part of the world that I would heartily recommend (see what I did there?) for a visit.

General Discussion Area / Re: Your Next Holiday Abroad
« on: 11 July 2020, 20:16:19 »
I felt queasy on a sight seeing cruise on the river Ouse in York :D so a proper full on cruise would be my idea of hell on earth[or should that be hell on water?]
Big boats don't move as much ;)

Oh yes they do!  Itís just that the passy boats have stabilisers.

Sometimes they work, sometimes not.

Just like airlines the driver upstairs always tries to avoid the storms and lumpy bits whilst on route.

Would I go on a cruise?  No.  As Billy Connolly said, itís like being in jail with the added hazard of drowning....

General Car Chat / MOVED: F1....
« on: 06 July 2020, 12:49:19 »

General Discussion Area / Re: cummings
« on: 24 May 2020, 22:35:51 »
Where do the (grand) parents birthdays fall in relation to the travel event timeline, or is that just media spin?
Media spin.

If you look hard enough you'll always find something to join the dots regardless of how tentative the link...

Put any two people in the same district at the same time and the chances are that they will have ten things in common.

Does that extend to parents birthdays?

On each parent stream?

Twice, on separate visits?

Or is that sheer chance as well?

General Discussion Area / Re: cummings
« on: 24 May 2020, 22:03:40 »
Where do the (grand) parents birthdays fall in relation to the travel event timeline, or is that just media spin?

General Discussion Area / Re: cummings
« on: 24 May 2020, 20:20:43 »
Not sure why... Alastair Campbell being an obvious example...

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