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General Discussion Area / Re: Superbikes of the seventies.
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:55:56 »
I could never get excited about bikes. I think it had something to do with self preservation.  :)
That's part of the (adrenaline) rush ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: That was a tad hotter than expected...
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:54:23 »
Personally, I cant understand the point of eating food so hot it makes your mouth feel like someone has put a blowtorch in it.  ???
(ignoring the pissheads ordering phals after a session, to prove manhood) Its about getting the right spice level to tickle your tastebuds.  Trouble is, like most things, as you get used to it, you have to crank it up a notch, and then repeat...

No different to a Fizzy being scary fast when you first jumped on, but then you have to upgrade to a 125cc. Then before you know it, you have a cbr600 that you thought was mentally quick when you first got it, but now ride in on the throttle endstop everywhere, so buy and R1. Then a Hayabusa….

General Discussion Area / Re: That was a tad hotter than expected...
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:49:48 »
He Probably can't get an internet signal in the log cabin/throne room   :-\
I'd have to fix that ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Thanks TB!
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:48:29 »
And we'll revisit the gearbox/engine softwares once Sammy has been found to educate the laptop  :-[

She "does not do mornings" and "must" live within 30 mins of the office.
A few years ago, the average commute was 1hr each way (and I was the wrong side of that :(), I believe it is now 1hr30 (and last year, when I worked at Harry Potter Land, I was beyond that too :().

Since 1996, I've always come off bad on commuting ;D, a real shock from spending my entire career up to that point being 5mins from work ;D.

I'm now lucky, as I can now start/finish earlier, halving my journey time :y

Have to say, I buck the trend generally in my team, most others just rent or do room shares.
Look at the area you work - IT and Media, a particularly "special" combo, both individually are, by its nature, live for today and sod tomorrow.  So (younger) people who work in it are generally of a certain mentality.  If you have any coffin dodgers in the team, which I know would be untrendy, you'll likely find they are sorted, not due to age/easier time etc, but a different mentality.

If you're coming towards the end of your mortgage, and you surely are, then the monthly interest can't be that much anyway? Ours is about £9 a day.
I think mine has been about £0.00 a year for several years ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:31:29 »
Talking of which, saw a DS safari earlier this year. Amazing thing!  8)
Dad had one when we were little. That thing would go anywhere, and could lug a huge amount - when we came back from Cyprus, we took the long road touring Europe for a few weeks, 11 of us shared between a DS Safari and a Fiat 850 Sport Coupe.

It wasn't without its "citroen ideas" that didn't quite work out....   ….I remember a time when we'd stopped at the pub on the way to Grandmas, and upon restarting, the starter motor was toast (it was French, after all). Never mind, Citroen supplied a starting handle :y.  Only with the engine not running, the suspension was too low to turn the handle without hitting the ground ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:26:57 »
you don't need to design anything
MB don't design anything any more, and haven't for 20yrs.  There go through various parts catalogues, choose a load of random bits to put on a wishlist, then try to throw them into a car.

But because they do it regularly (as it makes car design cheap), you do get the latest ideas, more than enough to make your average MB purchaser happy, but ultimately still end up with a poor vehicle underneath.

General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:20:37 »
Or buy a code reader that can read all codes on all cars.  :y

I have one of these bought secondhand on ebay for £60 and it clearly was hardly used.  :y
Trouble with generics that claim "can do xyz" is that they can usually only do it on a subset of vehicles they list once you get beyond drivetrain.  Some are better than others.  I suspect tunnie needs a recommendation for something that has been tested against a Zaf-C ABS unit....

...or bung a local garage a £20 note, no receipt, for a read.

General Car Chat / Re: Some rental car
« on: 15 September 2018, 10:13:09 »
Us Europeans probably go for the SWB versions because[as you've found out with your SWB]our car parks simply aren't made for the longer ones.
There is a carpark I regularly use in Walsall where my rear bumper is within a Rizla of the wall, but my front wheels are still not within the parking space.

General Discussion Area / Re: Chiltern Railways
« on: 13 September 2018, 19:05:26 »
Yup, its gets ever more expensive - I handed over £74 yesterday, and the service gets worse.

Stop the subsidies, and if its any good, it will survive, else let it die.

General Discussion Area / Re: Chiltern Railways
« on: 13 September 2018, 18:20:48 »
It will all be solved once HS2 is up and running.  :y

tin hat on.  ;D ;D
I'm pretty certain, whilst they haven't decided on tracks and bogies, they have decided on using drivers to move them.

Not yet convinced it will ever get built, esp without the European money, and no non government company would take it on.

General Discussion Area / Re: Chiltern Railways
« on: 13 September 2018, 18:18:41 »
Buckinghamshire is quite picturesque, just relax and enjoy the scenery.
But all trains were in Marylebone. Which is a grade 1 shithole at the best of places, worse when there is not an inch of spare space on the concourse or platforms.

The drivers, however, were in Buckinghamshire, admiring the view.

And because the fikwits were only cancelling trains 30mins after the due departure time, and claiming that next trains were ontime, my ticket was not valid for other options.

The staff brave enough to face the great unwashed had absolutely no idea if/why/when/how they were going to resolve it, probably because the management are, well, ex-civil servants.

An example being, they found a driver for my train (before they cancelled it 30mins later), but not the train blocking my one in.  Thats just piss poor management, and highlights the incompitence.

Also @ TB you bought considerably earlier than I did, I only bought when I was 27.  :)
But you still lost in the Smugness battle ;D

Bought my first at 21, when interest rates were well into double figures. Its all swings and roundabouts.

In reality, mine was paid off years ago, I only keep it running because it pisses Barclays off - I have a £125k guaranteed loan at about 1.4% in I want it, that under new rules, they have to show on their books :D
I appreciate the sentiment, my opinion of Lloyd's is broadly similar, but to keep a mortgage hanging around is madness.

Get it paid off and get your mortgage payment invested in something like, I don't know, retirement  ::)
As its costing me zero, and its pissing off Barclays, keeping it going is one of those, errr whats the wankword, win-win scenarios... ;)
How does that work, exactly?
Offset mortgage. I owe £<single figures>k, and keep exactly this amount, plus £5, in a linked offset account. So no interest to pay.

(add the extra £5, due to some of their accounting scams and roundups, just to ensure I'm never paying interest.

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