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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Student loans repaid
« on: 21 September 2018, 16:16:01 »
We've got Tony B. Liar to thank for it. It was he who decided that everybody had to go, and if some couldn't cope with Engineering or Law then they'd dumb it down with degrees in hairdressing and stamp collecting.  ::)

University is aimed primarily at preparing people for a life of academic research not for a job in business. As such, at the relatively low levels of take-up academia needed, it was fine to fund it from the public purse, but, now we have students saddling themselves with loads of debt when the vast majority would be much better off getting a position in industry with some on-the-job training, an option that is self-financing to boot.

What we really need to be doing is promoting vocational schemes like apprenticeships, and bringing back polytechnics and tech colleges, not trying to find ways to dress up a system that is fundamentally flawed.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Root and Branch rail review
« on: 21 September 2018, 10:45:21 »
The by-pass will probably never get built now and 20 years on, that stretch of road through the 2 villages is a nightmare. Especially in the summer, when it can take over an hour to do the 10 miles between Lyme Regis and Bridport!  :(  >:(

I've always wondered why they've never improved that stretch. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Student loans repaid
« on: 21 September 2018, 10:43:01 »
Today, the last Direct Debit for my student loan repayment left my bank account, meaning that this year both SWMBO and I will join the ranks of the estimated 30% of students who actually pay back their loans.

A very useful 400pcm to add back into the kitty, but in some ways a sad moment, my youth now feels a bit further away than it did before.

Not as far away as mine, where student loans weren't a "thing" when I was a student. :-[

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 20 September 2018, 19:55:57 »
Yes..

Just one question: What made their overalls turn brown? ;)
Lift off oversteer :D

.. and affected Buzz too. I understand he doesn't scare easily, either. :-\

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Omega General Help / Re: Remote control door opener died
« on: 20 September 2018, 19:52:14 »
It does require car, Tech 2, fob and car pass code to be in the same place, unfortunately.

Be happy to help, though. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 20 September 2018, 16:41:46 »
Yes..

Just one question: What made their overalls turn brown? ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 20 September 2018, 14:56:54 »
No, that's the insignia.

Doesn't the Insignia have more in common with the steaming richard the dog has just deposited? ;D

I don't think the Insignia is quite as attractive or fragrant as your description suggests, Kevin.

The good news is this makes the model undesirable and therefore inexpensive. :y

Being blind would also help but this may cause problems for other drivers. :)

True enough, and, in this automotive desert, that might make it worthy of consideration as an Omega successor if nothing else floats my boat by then. After all, you don't have to look at the @rse end of it from the driver's seat. ;)

If only I were worthy of even aspiring to Signum ownership. :(

 ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: omega 3.2 o2 sensors
« on: 20 September 2018, 14:52:55 »
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xlambda+spacers.TRS0&_nkw=lambda+spacers&_sacat=0

Plenty on ebay, but I don't know if they will fit or not.
Yes, considerably more choice than when I did it, but you're still buying blind.

Better off purchasing some bosses and plugs, plug the existing holes and weld in the bosses after the main cats.

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Omega General Help / Re: omega 3.2 o2 sensors
« on: 20 September 2018, 13:45:49 »
You can get lambda spacers or 90 degree bend. These take the lambda out of the flow of gases. If you are making a drift car, why do you care about the EML being on?

I've tried spacers. Failed at the first hurdle because the nose of the sensors is too wide to fit into any that I could find. :-\

As said, tried and tested solution is to relocate behind main cats.

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 19 September 2018, 22:58:16 »
No, that's the insignia.

Doesn't the Insignia have more in common with the steaming richard the dog has just deposited? ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Remote control door opener died
« on: 19 September 2018, 16:31:51 »
The remote fobs often die due to one or both pins on the battery holder coming away from the PCB.
The switches die as well, so probably worth swapping them for some new ones.

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General Discussion Area / Re: iOS 12
« on: 19 September 2018, 16:29:33 »
The only Apple product i buy goes on the side of the plate when pork is served  ::)

I guess IOS 12 is equivalent to
windows  3̶.̶1̶ ̶9̶5̶ ̶9̶8̶ ̶9̶8̶s̶e̶ ̶m̶e̶l̶e̶n̶i̶u̶m̶ ̶X̶P̶ ̶v̶i̶s̶t̶a̶ ̶7̶ ̶7̶.̶1̶ ̶8̶ ̶8̶,̶1̶ ̶  10  :-\
Not a cider fan, then?

Mostly, but it slows your machine down deliberately instead of due to incompetence. ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 19 September 2018, 12:39:34 »
I've always fancied a rotary engined MX-5 myself. I reckon that'd be great fun.  8) (In-between tip seal changes, natch)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wasp Nest
« on: 19 September 2018, 12:36:13 »
break it. I'm going for a 20L container of the mind bleach this time. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 19 September 2018, 10:35:43 »
I wasn't so keen on the Mk3 when we first got it, preferring the Mk2, but it has grown on me.

If you think the TC on the Omega is intrusive, the Mk3 is something to behold. It gives me slaps on the wrist all the time when I'm not even trying to misbehave. Just as well there's an off button. ;D

The Mk3, in 2.0 form, at least, has a very welcome increase in grunt. In fact, the engine is so much better in every way. Much more refined, a much nicer noise, much more willing to rev and bearable on long motorway runs.

Yes, the chassis could handle a bit more grunt, but having to keep it on the boil, and being able to wring every last BHP out of it without the chassis becoming unstuck is part of the appeal for me.

Must blag a drive in a Mk4 some time, although it would be in 124 Spider form for me, as I find the Mazda version a complete minger and the 124 is  :-* :-* :-*

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