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  1. Our vacation trip this year took us over 13 Alpine passes in the Evora GTE #11. A trip of about 4.000 Km handled without issues (except a wet boot) and of amazing drives including (despite the weather at the start): Hahntennjoch (Austria) - closed at the top Timmelsjoch (Austria) - in fog Stelvio (Italy) - rain Umbrail (Switzerland) - snow Ofenpass (Switzerland) - fair Albula (Switzerland) - fair San Bernardino (Switzerland) - rain Lago di Iseo (Italy) - Christo's "Floating Piers" Nufenen (Switzerland) - sunny! Furka (Switzerland) - sunny Sustenen (Switzerland) - sunny and hot Grimsel (Switzerland) - sunny and hot Gotthard (Switzerland) - sunny, unfortunately not the "old road" Klausen (Switzerland) - sunny and hot We made videos on each pass, which I'll be posting also. The Alpine passes #1: Hahntennjoch The Alpine passes #2: Timmelsjoch The Alpine passes #3: Stelvio
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  2. It shouldn't be Cameron resigning, rather it should be Jean-Claude Juncker for his dismal failure to see the wood for the trees.
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  3. I've long believed Western Democracy is a sham, partly because of the types of campaigns that I mentioned where the electorate is bombed with one-sided propaganda in order to make the "right decision" according to the kleptocrats, but also because the outcomes are always the same regardless of party. There is no "Change You Can Believe In". I've observed this to be the same in most "democratic" countries. My own personal beliefs aside, I'm in total agreement with what you say - but it's also the single greatest reason I think there WILL be a second referendum. Brussels will be shitting bricks in the coming days; nobody wants to rock the boat, everyone stands to lose, including the UK, considering the imminent dissolution of it if Scotland should secede. I think the outcome of the 1st referendum will indeed force Brussels to make concessions to member states and respect individual wishes, the UK included. Which I suppose is a greater victory than merely the withdrawal of the UK from the Union, no? In a sense everyone stands to win - the UK thwarts it's own self-destruction, gains concessions from the EU - as do other EU member states who have the political firepower to make the same threat of leaving.
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  4. You know it's funny but the posts above suggest that democracy only works when the "right" decision is achieved. I really do hope that is not the case. I'm with Barry in that I do not see the UK Government calling a 2nd referendum to make sure the decision of the first referendum was right. Now, if as I suspect, as a result of this shock, the national Governments of the EU member states have been woken and shaken, we may well be on the verge of a radical strategic shift in the thinking behind the EU, and the move to ever closer political union and the creation of an EU superstate may be slowed, or even dropped, in favour of closer union through trade. Now in my humble opinion, if that was to happen, that would be a material change and justification for putting the question back to the citizens of the UK. But to be clear, the fact the result was close or not the "right" answer is not sufficient justification. Everyone is looking at the UK and proclaiming doom and gloom, but the EU in its current guise is steering right into the flow of icebergs. I think we all need to sit tight, observe, and see what is going to happen.
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  5. And to be honest. I don't think it is appropriate to question some ones asking price in public in his own topic. This can be done in a private negotiation if interested. Bij questioning the asking price, fairly or unfairly, it might compromise the sellers chances at a good price, or it may even withhold people of doing an offer. The asking price may be high for someone bidding with the viewpoint on reselling the car with profite, but not for a collector. Love the car, I prefer the black ones with golden decals
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  6. Evans definitively has to go. With Matt Le Blanc the show does have its potential. Not in the way of the "old" Topgear, but as a new format. I also agree on sacking Sabine, who is a great driver, but does not have TV personality. I thought Eddie was entertaining, given the role the script had dictated. Rory Reid is good and everything possible has already been said about Harris (that head meter bringing a ne level of stupidity - though it might have worked for Clarkson, Hammond or May).. Also, am I the only one who thinks they are being overly positive on ALL car tests?
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  7. The fact that the "EU" money is our money handed back to us minus a significant percentage seems to be lost on many. It's long winded and expensive way for the UK to pay the UK. The EU has "given" the UK nothing. Not one single penny net.
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  8. Got to say I'm actually starting to find Matt Le Blanc quite funny - that man really does know how to use the lines he's given on a script and some of his facial expressions combined with timing add something worthwhile.......in my view anyway. Evans on the other hand needs to feck off back to the radio.......he's so bloody irritating as is Chris Harris's over excitability.....I thought he was having a fit when he was doing his bit tonight, he was flinching about that much!!! He does know his car stuff but please settle down a bit. It's getting better but no matter how good it gets it would be better if Evans wasn't there - oh and has he only got one jumper & t-shirt??!! Finally please don't bring back Sabine and Eddie - they add nothing.......absolutely nothing other than irritation!! Edit : just been reading about Top Gear elsewhere after catching the headline about Le Blanc saying either Evans goes or he does.......sounds fair enough to me! However one of the replacements suggested was James Martin - not a bad shout that, not a bad shout at all........I reckon he could make that work
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  9. What I find shocking are all the streams of vitriol and personal insults by the Remain camp on social media, directed at those who, like them, simply exercised their right to vote. Plus, as has already been mentioned, those that accuse the leave voters of being intellectually sub-normal. Stop acting like spolit kids, this is what's called democracy.
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  10. So.. after many years of seeing LOTUS cars, a few years of driving them, exiges mostly over the last few years, I finally own one! Picked up yesterday from Hofmann's ( great place, loads of interesting cars being worked on and prepared) , so thanks to @[email protected] and the team there. Took the long way home and love the car.. can't wait to do some longer trips and trackdays. Here's a couple of pics.. my son took some video but am away for a few weeks so that will have to wait. PS I think my absolute favourite thing about the car is the single wiper
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  11. See page 4 of the 3-11 Picture and Video thread for my effort. (I would link it but am rubbish with technology!)
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  12. Personally I'd pay the extra for a Supercharged, read up on the specs & options - sport, supersport, touring, super touring so you know the differences and what matters to you. And if you are looking at future value/resale, worth knowing what the most desirable specs and colours are. Been some good advice already on what to look for, I'd add that in my experience its challenging given how limited the pool is to find an everything you want in terms of spec, mileage, history, colour etc so there will probably be some compromise in there somewhere..
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  13. @geert is correct in every respect, except white with gold decals are much more preferable
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  14. I certainly hope the payment can be made via either Credit card or PayPal transfer. Thank you for the information, Mark! However, I double checked and my Credit Union will not actually perform Bank Transfers to the UK (or anywhere outside the continental United States). I learned that early on when I bought the car and wanted to do a bank transfer, but thought maaaaaaybe they'd changed the rule in the past few years....! Eeeew! @Neverweaken: an Esprit and a Delorean! Wow! Now, that's a cool pair of cars! And now the GBP to dollar ratio is at a low not seen since Deep Purple came out with Perfect Strangers
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  15. I am sure that once we have renegotiated and left, and therefore are no longer still giving the money to the EU, then we can redistribute it how we like. The fact is that many of the crying whingers from Lands End to John O Groats have failed to realise that we are still having to send the money to the EU. It's ok though as the EU are still sending what they promised back, minus of course their usual top slice. I despair sometimes when listening to small minded local politicians, which is I suppose is better than my despairing ALL the time listening to our small minded national politicians.
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  16. http://www.thelotusforums.com/reviews/listings/lotus-silverstone/
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  18. I really like this AndyWW. I always thought the EU wanted free movement of people to work, and I, like an awful lot of Leave voters NEVER had an issue with that. But free movement to exploit benefits was never acceptable to me but where we differ is I would include EU citizens in that. These I believe are the crucial points that most voted on with regards to the immigration issue, not the flagrantly exaggerated and inflammatory crap that was put out there.... Obviously many other issues were addressed by allowing us the vote, but again they were all distorted by derogatory statements by influential people and media.. This was all so wrong and the reason the debate goes on when the vote is in.. What I personally asses from the reports of discontent is, that the bully lost and he does not like it. I am not talking about the goverment per-say , but the masses who followed the EU dictatorial methods with a passion and believe, be it misguided that it was the way to a better future.. The truth be told it was an idealism that started with a common market then grew into something far more sinister.. What we have here is a vote result which went against the wishes of the EU ruling junter , against the wishes of a PM and British cabinet, and also against the popular vote London... As we all know if it floods in London its the end of the world, but if anywhere north of Watford completely blew up, it would get a second page at best. .. This is why there is so much pessimistic noise, some of these people would rather see the country fail as a result to prove a point, instead of seeing the opportunity of real Independence that the greater population have requested by way of democratic vote.. In short London heard the bang and so did Brussels... Well the goverment will reform appoint a new PM , who along with his/her cabinet will take us forward , negotiating our departure from the EU in the most beneficial way for all concerned.. This will not happen overnight but slowly. everything in British politics moves slowly .. It does that for a reason , so it is done right.. This may not be to all our liking but it is the British way and has always stood us in good stead . I believe most of the problems we have encountered over previous years were due to this being eroded by the fast track get rich quick bureaucrats in Brussels forcing our hand.. Now the reference I made about south of Watford are not to be taken personal , as most of the people have accepted the result and want to move forward now.., but those who live in the Midlands etc. know to what I refer. People will always have conflicting opinions which is why we have a democratic system. However the result is in and we should now unite and forge a new and better future for the UK PS. The Scottish and N/Irish problem will also sort its self out as the rest of the UK does.. NS just likes to make noise.. Anyone for tennis.. !!
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  19. The body with the biggest influence in the EU has always been German industry. In fact the whole EU structure is geared around them. They will likely push for, and get, a free trade deal with the UK. Our side should agree to continuation of free movement of people but no benefits whatsoever paid to non-EU citizens and compulsory health insurance.
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  20. Isn't that the shaft body in the picture? I see a roll pin which might keep all the pieces of the shaft together. I resisted the change to electric for many years, but then my pump vanes seemed to be breaking down every 6 months. I've never looked back (after changing to electric). Pursuing originality will drive you nuts.
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  21. According to the News here in Australia, everyone is asking for another referendum to make sure the first referendum was right.
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  22. Interesting article about a possible way forward http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/06/25/we-have-the-chance-to-forge-a-new-britain-and-europe-that-we-are/
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  23. Thought I would share the love by posting this video of my drive this morning. - Initially couldn't get it started, think it was a fuel pump issue, anyway I managed to fix it and took it for a lovely drive in the sun!
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  24. That just means you have a real lotus and not a fake one!
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  25. The rain is still hanging around, but I managed to get out today during a dry spell and got a few shots on my phone.
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  26. Confirmed that a fuel tank balance pipe holds enough to soak your shoes, socks, lower half of your boiler suit and most of the garage floor. This while you're laying under the car hoping to Christ the bloke across the road doesn't wander in with a lit fag in his gob.
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  27. Just added myself, will send Alunox email. As with the others, the euro to £ rate is good for us at the moment so looking to pay asap, cheers
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  28. Adjustment to list to change my order to Giugiaro "full system" instead of manifold only - will email Anita as requested. Thanks again Mark - very excited now!!!! 1) @rocket63 - Stevens S4 1995 Manifold - UK 2) @jcslocum (1984 G-Car just manifold) 3) @pmlee (Stevens SE, just manifold) - UK 4) @x180r19 (Stevens SE, just manifold) - CO, USA 5) @lewtus (Stevens SE, just manifold) style. (4 & 5) can ship together to CO, USA) 6) @Htown (Stevens SE, manifold only) Combine shipping with #4 & #5? - CO, USA 7) @greentengu G-car, just the manifold kit - PA, USA 8) @Bloodnok 1986 Turbo HCI Giugiaro - Manifold only. - UT, USA 9) @chris Stevens 1988 carb turbo - UK 10) @gfallon 1983 g-car manifold kit - MI, USA 11) @NR2k- 1984 G car full system, no cat, standard turbo flange - UK 12) @andmac - Stevens Manifold - UK 13) @Saturn Silver - Stevens GT3 manifold - Sweden 14) @Teava12 - Stevens manifold - French Polynesia 15) @stephenwhyte - G-car FULL SYSTEM - UK 16) @NigelM- G-car manifold + exhaust - UK 17) @CarSalesman - Stevens manifold - PA, USA 18) @DrieStone - G-car manifold + catless exhaust- CT, USA 19) @Mrbmist - Stevens manifold - MD, USA 20) @faykfox - Stevens manifold - NV, USA. 21) @dawn - Stevens manifold - Istanbul 22) @ATSAaron - Stevens manifold -TX, USA 23) @DaveS4s - Stevens manifold - GA, USA 24) Mattzx - G car full system (no cat) - '84 Giugiaro Turbo - UK - Full System Based on 10 GB 25) keith95S4 G car full system (no cat) 26) Stormy69 - Stevens 27) Zig - Stevens 28) Quadcam - Stevens manifold for 93.5 -usa 29) @850 Combat - Stevens with external connection capped Oregon USA 97141 30) MrDangerUS one Stevens s4s manifold same option as Zig's ( without the wastegate port option, w/new collector option ), shipped to USA 31) Jenna'sEspritTurbo - (1983 G-Car just manifold) Milford USA 32) Top Plumber - Stevens Manifold
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  29. Haha - Corbyn has been anti eu his whole political life. Im more the view he was toeing the party line - that's why he never got behind it - because he simply didn't believe in the EU.
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  30. No such thing as Eu funding @franjipane - where do they get their money from ? The cash point fairy?? No - it comes from all the member states - for clarity that's us the great unwashed voters and taxpayers. what the voters have been utterly conned about is the constant erosion of our independence sleep walking into the United federal states of Europe. This is the first time we have had a say in decades. In all that time successive governments have handed over power after power to the EU. The electorate no matter what anyone thinks of them have spoken - I'd respect it what ever way as we live in a democracy. I had years of a labour government under tony Blair - and I hated it - but accepted that it was the democratically elected government of the time. Now we enter a new phase - I'm slightly nervous - but I am optimistic that change will occur. migration whatever your views - is it really such a great thing that so many great workers move out of a poor country to another country? We are currently taking talent from these poorer countries and leaving them with far less of a talent pool. This is not good for the growth and future prosperity of smaller countries. This has knock on effects that will not be seen for decades. As for Bob geldof - another multimillionaire who is so far detached from the average working man on the street...... Clearly the irony of the way the European Union treats poor African countries is entirely lost on him.
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  31. Thing thats gets my goat is that the people who voted remain seem to believe their opinion is a more educated, intellectual one. They seem to be implying my vote was a wrong vote. Some of the cleverest people I know voted out. They asked me, I weighed up all points and I voted. How can that be wrong? I actually think many of the comments of the present bunch of university students to be some of the most naive I have ever heard. But I dont go about saying I think their ideas are stupid...perhaps I should. I know there is some fluctuation on the markets but the Hedge fund managers will no doubt make millions. Lower GBP values will mean good news for exporters and the British holiday market. Pros and cons Buddsy
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  32. Sorry but rather offended by this - the reason I voted out was for one reason only - the removal of the democratic process by un-elected people. I am a farmer and stand to lose out by my decision but the ability to vote in and vote out our decision makers via a democratic process came way above any other consideration. I will not actually be celebrating this the outcome as I believe it is not a victory but an outcome of a failed project that at it's inception had truly good and appropriate aims but was manipulated into an expansionist undemocratic state. Just look at the EU response - they are trying to stop other states exercising their right to act in a democratic manner and offer a referendum - THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY!
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  33. Only down just over 2 % now this is about politicians not representing the people on the streets. It's democracy - sometimes it nice - other times not I'm afraid we won't be leaving the Eu - this is a start of something entirely different. as for your pension concerns - don't fret - the fund manager will still have access to lobster and bollinger no matter how it performs. That's the stock market game for you ups and downs !!
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  34. Hahahahahaha - let the £ fall, it makes our products cheaper and so it will be MORE attractive for manufacturers to be here. BMW will be able to sell more mini's at a better profit margin. Win: Win. It's people like you and the Journo's who WILL talk us into a recession. Yikes, the stock market bombed, last time I looked the FTSE was already back over 6k and, if we cast our little minds back not very long ago - 6K was the magic glass ceiling we had been trying to break through for ages. Wow, talk about glass half full you lot, full of bloody negativity before the vote and full of bloody negativity after it. And as per your later post, Sturgeon is saying she wants the right for a new Indyref, but she will not say when and is reserving the right to choose, or not to choose, when to have one based on what suits her. But then as it is not in her gift anyway to call one, and the MPs in Westminster have a big clusterfluke to deal with right now anyone with Brexit, I cannot it see it being high on the agenda. Don't forget that the EU vote was not a English, Scottish, Welsh etc. vote. It was United Kingdom vote as whole entity and as such the whole entity has voted and deomcracy dictates the victor takes the spoils and the losers just get on with it. Either way, her response is hardly a bloody rush to get out of the car before the crash is it? And lett's just think about it - last time Indyref was all about Oil and keeping the pound. Well, the oil has tanked and do you really think a UK outside of the EU, let alone the Eurozone, will share it's currency with country inside the Eurozone? Scotland will be made to commit to the Euro and will be made to commit to Shengen. This is a whole and hugely different referendum outcome and set of conditions to the last one and the result will be far from easy to predict. If she pulls the trigger and loses a second Indyref in 2 or 3 refs, then she is finished and to be honest the who, nationalist cause is finished. The whole landscape of UK politics, and European politics has changed overnight. Whether it is for the good, or the bad, will take some considerable time to work out, and NOT just a couple of hours whilst greedy bastard speculators in FS bet on wild swings this way or that on currency and stocks. There are people who are literally making billions of pounds, Euro's, Yen, Dollars in profit and gains today. Calm down and have a cuppa before you talk us into a recession lad.
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  35. With the sub done i moved onto the doors. Again from research i'd read the outer door skin needed deadening directly behind the speaker, then 50% coverage of the rest was good enough, along with the egg carton foam directly behind the speaker. Its quite easy to do using the access panel and speaker hole, i didn't take any pics but will do when i do the drivers door at the weekend. On the inner panel tho, my car had this rubbish foam rubber to cover the access panel, that was ripped/torn/fixed with gaffer tape. I removed this and used a piece of foam sandwiched between plastic that i got from hobby craft. There's a slight curve on the door so it needs to be slightly flexible, it was fixed with M5 rawling nuts. Then using that video on YouTube (white Evora sound upgrade) I used the silent coat on any large flat areas that sounded hollow and around the speaker mount. Pic 1 shows the panel in place, and pic 2 the result. Comparing passenger to driver door now is night and day. There are no rattles on the passenger door, the extra weight has brought a reassuring feel of quality to the door. I calculated that i will have added 5 kg across both doors and sub-woofer which i think is weight well spent. Still got the drivers door to do, then fit the KTP-445A amp when it arrives, it really does sound so good at the mo i'm really torn about needed to put two speakers in the rear
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  36. No email confirmation And no record of the transaction in my PayPal account. So checked my internet history and it looks like I didn't complete the transaction. Now done and email confirmation received.
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  37. I purchased my Exige last year from a Lotus dealer. Paid more than I would have done private but if I'm spending over £25K, I want piece of mind. The dealer gave 12months full warranty. Check the aircon works (if its fitted), the oil cooler re-call has been completed. Usual stuff like accident damage. The header tanks are susceptible to fail/leak, mine was replaced under warranty. FSH is something to look out for, the engines are very good as are the gearbox's but 3rd can go if the car is heavily abused. Supercharged cars will fetch more than a 190. You will get a 190 for your budget, S cars are £26k upward.
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  38. Some pictures from the other day
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  39. This looks lovely! Full body panel replacement kit in carbon fibre and saves 40kg too. Just lovely.
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  40. I have a working headlight motor! (Albeit controlled by 4 wires dangling from the drain hole at the bottom of the light pod). Just need to do some fine adjustments to the mounting height of the motor since I got the light pod travel by moving the rod that goes across the light pod backwards by 1.5cm. luckily I had kept the old light pods so I could try this out on these first. This saves me from extending the motor arm.
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  41. They wouldn't of done that to a v8
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  42. Had a run out of it this morning. Felt pretty good, nothing fell off on the road. Tracking is due to be done tomorrow so I don't wear the front tyres out in 5 minutes, KwikFit will also do me the Hunter print-out so I'll know what has to be done for the two set-up later. The new rad-pack and fan set-up works a treat, as does the air-con. I can't see any leaks from the oil coolers either, but I'll have another look underneath the car just to make sure I don't have anything leaking, or otherwise hanging off, including the brake lines. Oh, and no sooner had I washed the car off, a poxy herring gull with the arse the size apof a cow, shat all over the roof
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  43. Jonny does he have a real one....or a new one?.....or the new new one?...... think it was about 2008 when Ardian Newey took his GT40 (the actual 24hr winning car) racing at LMC......fell off on the warm up.....then corners 2,3 6,9,11,12,15.....finally totalling it about 2/3rds of the way round the track.......it came back on a truck......there was about half a body panel and a couple of wheels....... what a mess.........but I bet its like triggers broom.......its had 14 new heads and 11 new handles but its still the same brush........ all you need is an ID plate........ cheers G
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  44. I still love this pic I took on the ferry over. Even the journey there is an event.
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