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General Discussion Area / I shouldn't chuckle...
« on: 08 June 2015, 19:00:50 »
...but mum has just emailed me, saying she tripped over a root, and fell face first in the muck heap.

I need to call her, just to double check she's OK, but I can't stop laughing at the moment  :-[

General Car Chat / Intelligence and Inevitability
« on: 06 June 2015, 19:57:48 »
I believe the definition of intelligence is the ability to learn from mistakes. So when you learnt a year ago that the dirt blaster removes the paint if closer that about 18", an intelligent person wouldn't do the same today.

After washing the car, just after putting the pressure washer away, the inevitable happened. A flock of albatross running heavy on chicken vindaloo used it for target practice.

General Car Chat / A little quiz
« on: 05 June 2015, 09:18:41 »
I "broke" my beloved Bullet a couple of days back, when it drifted into one of the many Grand Canyons that Buckinghamshire County Council are trying to make in the north of their country.

It went in with a hell of a clout, "quite" fast, and at an awkward angle, and a couple of seconds later I got a coolant level warning (not to mention an odd pull).

I've investigated this morning, the pull may be due to inflation on tyre, so guess its either knocked some air out of it, or slow punctured it - time will tell, but no visible signs of damage.

The coolant warning though, any guesses?

General Discussion Area / Highlight disabled
« on: 03 June 2015, 22:01:22 »
Temporarily disabled the highlight function for a day or 2.

Following on from Vauxsull's post about a trip around UK, whats the most you've done in a day in your Omega.

I'll start with a 900m trip from home to South of France, back in the SeaCat days. Left about 5am, arrive about 9pm, though we were in convoy and had to stop every hour or 2 due to a grumpy 1yr old

General Car Chat / About as much use...
« on: 31 May 2015, 10:08:19 »
Whilst tidying up, I found 3 OOF tax disc holders that I'd bought ages ago. Doh!

They are now as much use as a used johnny smeared in dogshit.

Oh well, it helped OOF's coffers :y

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Wtd: NCDC UK map disk
« on: 31 May 2015, 09:13:55 »
Need a genuine UK map disk for NCDC/NCDR.

General Car Chat / Bless her little cotton socks
« on: 26 May 2015, 16:20:32 »
She's been painting the numbers on my new tool trays from my 200pc halfords set

General Car Chat / So close...
« on: 23 May 2015, 20:53:37 »
...but no cigar.

Nearly got a ton out of the bus. I tried my best, but its a heap ;D

General Discussion Area / Yesterday's poor performance
« on: 15 May 2015, 20:12:29 »
Apologies for the poor performance of OOF yesterday, caused by the length of time the Windows updates this month took, giving rise to a contention issue as multiple servers were fighting for disk access.

Virtual leg slap given to TB for only allowing 1hr for each server to apply its updates and reboot.

General Car Chat / Left hand, right hand.
« on: 15 May 2015, 19:35:41 »
Here in deepest Northamptonshire, we have 2 main roads around Brackley - the A43 dual carriageway linking the M1 and M40, and the A422 linking Buckingham to Banbury.

For a couple of weeks, there had been signs about the A422 being closed last weekend, and the diversion was via the A43.

So what did the Highways agency do last weekend? Yup, closed the A43, and put up a diversion via the A422.

Surely, and please accept that I am the stupid kid from the local comprehensive, the highways and councils talk to each other? And even more surely, when McPaddy was putting out the diversion signs pointing traffic towards a set of cones blocking a road, he would raise this up as a potential problem...

...or is common sense now yesterday's big idea?

I needed a set of droplinks for TBE, so opted for a set of Meyle HD from All German Parts (remember, if you call them, OOFers get a discount :D), which arrived the next day.

So jack up the car, have a bit of an issue getting the one ones off, offer up the new ones, bugger, AGP had sent wrong ones. Frustrating, especially when I can't put one of the old ones back on, but I accept mistakes happen. So a quick email to AGP describing what has happened, and what day I can be in for a courier.  The correct droplinks arrived as promised, and job jobbed.

Any company can make a mistake, but its how well their customer services can resolve problems that makes a company stand out.

General Discussion Area / Newent 2015
« on: 30 March 2015, 17:50:24 »
As we're nearly in April, Newent needs sorting out.  Traditionally, we go in the weekend between the August Bank Holiday and the Onion Fayre (although that's later this year), which this year would put us Fri 4th and Sat 5th.

It takes a fair bit of organising, and frankly, if there isn't sufficient interest, I won't bother.  Numbers have been dropping over the past few years, for reasons of a dislike of camping/caravanning, age, cost or simply CBA.

So, if you're genuinely interested in coming, please vote. If not, don't vote. If you are only planning on day visiting, or will share a pitch with someone else, don't vote.  This is purely to get an idea on number of pitches required, and to see if its worthwhile. Thanks.

If there is sufficient interest, I'll be looking at taking 50% deposits next month, with full balance by end of July.  Until we know numbers, I cannot negotiate a price, but imagine it will be in the region of 20 per night.

General Car Chat / I saw..
« on: 27 March 2015, 21:13:46 »
...a Chevvy Orlando in Brakkers today.

So either STEMO is stalking me, or there is somebody else as daft as him :P

General Car Chat / I may not be a fan...
« on: 27 March 2015, 20:59:21 »
...of shitbox Zafiras, but the Battlebus has taken us up to the Lakes for the last week, and brought us back safely, without missing a beat, or complaining (too much) about going up and down all the passes. Used over 2 full tanks of diesel, and averaged just under 37mpg.

Needs a wash now.  Though that'll be a job for next year (unless I sell it this year).

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