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  1. There is a documentary starting tonight (27/01/2021) on BBC2 about the DeLorean. Its called DeLorean: Back From The Future.
    5 points
  2. Funny. Steve from SJ Sportscars called me one morning about a large order, but he didn't announce himself. I run a business and often get folks trying to sell stuff, like photocopiers, water coolers, telephony systems and the like, so I gave him short shrift as he would only say he wanted to speak to me. A typical tactic in these type of sales calls. He ended up ringing me back explaining that wives often intercept calls with probably disastrous results. I had to laugh.
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  3. The special one? hasn't that been used before? The fact is we have now left the EU and it is down to us to make the best of it. As long as the idiots in government don't f.. mess it up we can make it work.
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  5. @Buddsy The point of social distancing and enhanced hygiene etc .... is not so that you will never catch it ever. It is to try and slow down the infection rate so the heath services doesn't collapse and our infrastructure are not bought down. The NHS is struggling incredibly hard to treat everyone that needs help whether it's COVID or a different condition. These steps help to reduce the probability but do not reduce it to zero. COVID won't go away it's here to stay but if we can slow it down we have a chance to give people better quality of care. We also have a chance to vaccinate enough people such that when they eventually do come into contact with the virus the symptoms are reduced greatly if not totally having less impact on peoples lives. There is lots of evidence to show lockdowns, track and trace and the enhanced hygiene rules are all working to reduce the number and speed that infections arise. Take the UK as an example; after the first lockdown there was a plateau of COVID related deaths. The lockdown was strict, people in general stuck to the rules better and it was effective and bought the rates down. We then decided to reduce the restrictions, open up socialising in groups and look what happened the rates went up. We then decided to further relax the rules over xmas and the rates went up further still. There is a direct correlation between limiting movement and using extra hygiene measures to reduce the number of infections. I'm not saying the way the UK has implemented these measure was in an ideal manner and that we couldn't have done better but these measures do work. I agree the statistic keeping is not accurate as your post above points out, you could have a positive test and die of a totally unrelated issue and still be classed as a "COVID death" which doesn't make too much sense in my book. But that discrepancy doesn't account for the hospitals that are overcrowded with COVID patients suffering and in pain. The NHS staff that are valiantly working through this situation absolutely exhausted. The number of friends and family that have been effected as they have lost loved ones. *** edit: Just seen the news today that we passed the 100,162 milestone using the statistic the government use but even if you a difference statistic, number of deaths above the usual amount its 99,211; which is only 1% difference from the government statistic. So while there maybe discrepancies in the static keeping in general these are very low. Also I'm not sure who it was that does not want to get the vaccine, was it @Buddsy or @Barrykearley, can you explain why you don't want the vaccine if you were offered it please? I'm sorry if you have mentioned it already, its long thread and I may have missed it.
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  6. https://www.wattonandswaffhamtimes.co.uk/news/education/lotus-donates-new-laptops-to-every-child-online-7076024?fbclid=IwAR3c2x3oYhFTsNdIOlPfurHNE9t-Q-SbgpZoMr1yUbYGk_wDQfEU9rtKr1g
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  7. I do wish you'd stop there, Paul. Any further and I'll be forced to block my wife from this thread!
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  8. Sorry but your analogies are ridiculous. If free speech is allowing deniers into our hospitals to harass our nurses then no I don't want it.
    3 points
  9. I would be up for something - and happy to sort. I seem to spend my life on Videoconfernces these days, so I feel your pain Kenny. When would suit everyone? Next Wednesday night at 1930?
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  10. I had a new Evora Sport 410 on a 50/50 deal. It took some extreme man maths to make the case and I justified it as ‘you only live once‘! I had a great time in the car and loved every minute but had to sell it when the other 50% needed repaying. Given the whole COVID thing I am having another ‘you only live once’ bout of man maths and after considering getting a Porsche Boxster GTS or an Exige 350 I have gone for another Evora Sport 410. In fact it’s the same Evora as I owned before. So, 4 owners but my twice. Should be getting delivery on Friday from Lotus Silverstone. Can’t wait to get it back even though I won’t be able to enjoy it until the restrictions relax. It will be a track car and GT car and (as far as I am concerned) there isn’t a better car on the market. Who cares about posh switchgear and modern infotainment; It’s the drive that counts. Hope you all get chance to give your cars some exercise soon.
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  11. I did similar , drove an LE at the very short lived dealers in Preston when my Elise was serviced once ... Waited till 2020 to buy one ... Yes I'm slow on the uptake but was having too much fun with the Elise . Your right though once bitten there's no easy cure without actually going out and buying one.
    2 points
  12. True, but the FOM issue is a decision for rUK - we could (unlikely ) allow EU citizens to cross the border at will, it's a purely political decision for rUK. My point is, it's written in stone in the EU rules that unless you are in a customs union with them they will demand a hard border - it's NOT up for negotiation. Like you say, a nightmare situation EDIT: Sorry, yeah you're right, the EU wouldn'ty allow rUK citizens to wander back the other way either
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  13. Locked myself in the spare foom with Doombar and wotsits! I may just stay here until next week!
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  14. No progress on the build since last time ( apart from fitting the refurbished steering rack and new track rod ends) but I decided to source/order all the bits I need ( of course it won't be all the bits ...) 4 pots front calipers and discs, rear PNM calipers and discs plus handbrake cables, all the fuel pipes including aeroquip carb hoses , all the alloy pipes and a full rubber hose set, all the brake pipes, coil overs and adjustable shocks, seat rails, master and slave clutch cylinders , a rear suspension link, chassis strut and all bushes, new rear bearings in the uprights, window switches, high torque starter, alloy rad and fans, gear linkage refurb bits and cross gait linkage, fuel pump and filters , a rear quarter glass, a pair of recon heater fans, oil cooler and pipes and an alloy header tank. Oh and trailing arm bushes and bolts and a rebuild for the brake master cylinder. Half shafts off getting new u/j s. They will join the 2.5l engine, exhaust manifold , lightweight flywheel and clutch , mapped ignition and reconditioned carbs , 4 new headlights and surrounds etc , bonnet hinges and headlight hinges already in progress or procured. Leather is in progress . I'm trying hard to see if I can get the seat insert material remade but not getting very far at the moment . It isn't corduroy rather a woven product ( I think ) which I really can't see why can't be remade ( although it might require 1000 yards as a minimum batch I imagine Body is next in the queue for repaint ( hopefully start in a few months) I'm not keeping a spreadsheet as I fear I am already in " negative equity " lol .
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  15. @Buddsy- like with many things It's not irony. You cannot compare the UK leaving the EU with Scotland leaving the UK. The only thing they have in common is that one party is leaving another party. The issues are compounded by a single currency in the UK, no central bank in Scotland, a hard land border, etc. Also please remember that almost as many Scots (less than 50k) voted for Brexit as did for the SNP at the last election. So some mandate that is for Independence after the country had said no when asked directly.
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  16. EU Health Commissioner now demanding AZ divert supplies produced in and for UK, to EU. EU Health Commissioner insists that AZ honours its contracts, except AZ's contract with the UK! Simultaneously, she says AZ is wrong when AZ says that their contract is "non binding". A complete mischaracterisation worthy of Trump, because AZ never said that their contract was not binding. AZ clarified that it promised to use "best efforts" to deliver, instead of "will" deliver. Both are equally binding; the latter, no ifs and no buts; the former, ifs and buts possible. UK's AZ contract is also "best efforts" but we have had more time to ramp up production because we started 3 months earlier. EU Health Commissioner is really not covering herself in glory. This exposes very clearly for me, that EU Commissioners are not always appointed on merit; but on political horse trading. Fortunately, we are longer bound to listen to these unelected Eurocrats.
    2 points
  17. Hardly. It’s not as if Lotus dealers have had anything really new to sell for the past few years anyway. If anything, this announcement will give the ‘wow, I’d better get my last Elise/Exige/Evora’ sales a shot in the arm. I suspect that the next wave of cars will attract more first time Lotus buyers than previous owners.
    2 points
  18. cute mink... nice😀
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  19. The media has only focused on the bad news, nothing else. As that generates most revenue. Unsurprising, since no one buys newspapers anymore. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Not so far .. more transmissible apparently, but not more deadly
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  20. Denied scans and treatment is all that is reported though (ie the bad news). I don’t recall, as part of any balanced media reporting, any reports about those whose scan and treatment haven’t been affected. For myself, I have continued to have quarterly CT and MRI scans and any additional necessary treatment as per the 3 years before the pandemic started. Ipswich hospital contracted out all of their cancer care to the local Nuffield, including treatment where needed, no doubt the cost being taken by the local hospital trust. I’m not sure that anyone has been “shouted down” as you suggest. Surely free speech works both ways and being challenged and being open to challenge works both ways. The govt’s actions haven’t always been correct but they have been working in the dark for most of the time with many unknowns. What has exasperated and engineered the situation has been a large part of the media reporting, latching on to only the bad news and playing it to death. 100,000 deaths is a sorry state but 20,000 deaths was also a sorry state. I just can’t help but feel that the 100k figure was one that part of the media were just rubbing their hands waiting for. Of course just my view as part of free speech, I’m sure many will disagree.
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  21. Chassis clean up next. I've never had to overcome a large amount of dirt on the chassis just a bit of mud etc. But this car had this strange black film all over it. As mentioned before it also had a really sweet cherry smell on the fabrics. So the air freshener combined with this black stuff made me think that one of two things had happened: Someone smoked in the car then the carpets were coated with air refresher causes the dye to leak onto the chassis Someone left a window open, and it got wet causing the dye to leak, then it was air freshened to hide a manky smell Either way I had to get rid of the manky look, kill the sweet magic tree minicab smell and make it look better! First thing, rip out all the interior and expose what we have. Nothing wsa rotted or anything, it just looked a bit manky! As an example this was the footwell divider - the blue/black stuff wasn't coming off with cleaner, so I needed to go abrasive This was after a magic sponge, with the majority of the black stuff coming off Then a hand polish with Menz 2500, then Menz 3800 In general things were pretty dusty but still just dirt Ripping off the velcro that held the mats, it was becoming clear that this car had a home by the sea once, plenty of sand from the beach. The subframe surface rust, and then sand all over the interior - just further clues. Either way slowly getting rid of all the evidence Anyway, before: After Chassis now looking cleaner!
    2 points
  22. This is a very real issue - first time I’ve heard it admitted publicly was yesterday by the political elite. There have been thousands and thousands denied scans and treatment due to covid. sadly these folks have been utterly forgotten by most on this thread and simply sentenced to death. There was lots of evidence to support WMD and invading the Middle East. Plenty of evidence produced to lock up folks wrongly convicted whom are subsequently cleared. What I do see on this thread is some questioning the validity in free speech - these folks are challenged and shouted down. The government and its actions has engineered this situation. The last time a government did that with folks blindly following them the leader had a very strange moustache.
    2 points
  23. I do not have any problem with people not having the vaccination, we live in a free country, it is your choice. However now knowing 11 people who have died of this ( and yes actually of COVID) through friends and extended family I also don’t want you in the same pub as me when I have had the vaccine. so that in my mind is the choice and obviously if you get it you refuse all treatment. The one thing that really done me was watching the news with nurses saying they had to walk through COVID deniers to get to work.
    2 points
  24. Without the lockdowns the number of people infected would have reached high levels and quite simply those that needed any form of medical assistance to survive would gave not received it. So the level / number of deaths would have been much greater. I'm not saying the lockdowns were managed well or correctly. In many cases, we could have gone for short events that could have kicked in much sooner, rather like the way we see people manage forest fires by having controlled fires. the government tried to bring the level right down, which took ages, then they allowed it to gain lots of momentum of new infections before doing what upset people (going into another long lockdown).
    2 points
  25. Not very impressed with the fitted car covers. Sure TLF could do better...
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  26. To what end was it created? Not sure prematurely killing loads of old folk helps anyone really?
    1 point
  27. I used to work near Aeroequip in Redditch after I graduated. Not sure if they're still there. My spreadsheet is not for the faint hearted. @Paul Coleman is a mere novice 😜
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  28. Simple. CV19 isn’t naturally occurring. There’s been many whom have come out and said it. I personally know an A&E consultant whom specialises in virology - he’s absolutely of that opinion as well. We had a small outbreak of Novichok in Salisbury and that was investigated pretty conclusively. PRC simply ain’t co-operating with investigators - I wonder why 🤔. I’ll get my tinfoil hat back off @Buddsy👍
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  29. The ONLY reason that there is no hard border between NI and Eire is due to the Good Friday Agreement - NI is a unique case. In fact I believe it's written into the EU rules that there MUST be a hard border unless you are in customs union with the EU, they are absolutely committed to protecting their single market. Of course the UK is not in a customs union so a hard border is absolutely inevitable between an EU Scotland and a non-EU England.
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  30. Well. The UK on its own has just got on with the vaccination programme and vaccinated far more people than the whole of Europe - that's better The UK has been free to put in its own support packages for workers and businesses that have largely been well received where EU has dithered, argued and delayed - that's better The UK managed to act early and decisively to "secure" sufficient supplies of vaccine as required - that's better The UK is now able to seek and negotiate trade deals with ANY country it wishes outside of the control of the EU - we have the ability to better direct our future trading options - that's better The issue of the parts is a "political" one as the facts are not really being reported correctly. Even on here we have had "business owners" who trade with Europe saying they had to make some changes, but they were able to, and all is good. The key thing is that EU had decided to change the way it was going to collect VAT - as usual, the UK just got on with it and has implemented it to the original timescales mandated by the EU. However, due to Brexit, the EU decided to "delay" their implmentation - hence the issues and confusion. Once the EU goes live, then all those whinging cycling suppliers in Europe will be truly fecked as they will have to do the same as they are now being asked to do for the UK with EVERY other country that is not in the EU!!! Go figure. The upshot is we will only truly know the outcome of Brexit in 3, 5, 7 maybe even 10 years. But of course, everyone just wants a definitive verdict now!
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  31. Wow, I really admire your dedication!
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  32. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55779171
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  33. Lovely car. Keep up the good work and the progress reports. Will be one hell of a car when it is finished.
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  34. That isn’t how virology works. A success virus isn’t stronger - it burns out faster if it is. It should get less fatal and more transmissible
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  35. A very interesting and intelligently written short read from an Academic in Edinburgh. She's also very brave as she will get targeted on social media for this. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-subversion-of-history-education-in-scotland The "airbrushing" and twisting of facts is quite astounding, but not as much as the forward planning as this was going on for 10 years before the "vote" and goes some way to explain why the SNP Government was so keen on getting 16-18 year olds included in the vote. It also may explain (1) the rise in nationalist support amongst the younger generation and (2) and the rise in racist attacks in the country. I have been called a "traitor" for buying a 2ltr bottle of Tesco's own brand Sparkling Water (because it was "English" - hardly my fault that was all they had on the shelf as an own brand). A guy walking past my Evora, when I was sat in it with the window open, referred to me as an "English [email protected]@t" whilst remarking about the Union Flag on the side of the car. I've been told to "fook off back to England" many times (can't say as I blame them really). However, just to balance things somewhat, I have many Scottish Friends, acquaintances, colleagues and family (my mother is Scottish after all) who are warm, welcoming, polite, funny, intelligent, etc. The minority of them support the SNP!
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  36. There’s a four year old Exige S V6 in yellow for sale on Pistonheads, that should help you. Sorry, I can’t do links.
    1 point
  37. The material of those flexible connectors in which the strands terminate resembles that from which the clear strap of my scuba mask is made. Silicone?
    1 point
  38. fixed that for you .. Government has gone very quiet about this, hasn't it?
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  39. The delay with the program seems to coincide with Geely’s purchase of the Mercedes shares are we looking in the wrong direction for the power train?especially with the announcement last year on a venture with Mercedes to develop future petrol engines.
    1 point
  40. What a coincidence - car cover on as no alternative and I've got these micro blisters on headlamp pods and a few other places - which until this thread, I thought I must have just not noticed. If I understand everyone's comments here the choice seems to be - car cover off and no blisters but car open to elements or car cover on and further damage to all paintwork ?? If any knows who Hobson is, tell him to call me and let me know what choice to make 😉 when the snow/frost/rain clears, I'll get some pics and add then to this collection. Maybe - we could all get paintwork done on a "group" rate from someone who knows what they're doing ?
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  41. As a Moderator I must point out that we are a friendly community and everyone is entitled to their opinions. @Barrykearley you are a valued member as is @BuddsyInfact Buddsy I go as far to say we have been friends for a long while. However I cannot subscribe to your views and infact consider them dangerous and selfish. I have seen first hand how that ignorance is both dangerous and life threatening having been in Hospital several times recently for my job. I cannot even begin to tell you how scared I was just being there and how brave and amazing our Nurses and Doctors are. Seeing someone gasping out their last breath I have seen several times before but never like this and on this scale. Having a Doctor and a Nurse within my closest family I can tell you how strong they are, how they deal with death on a daily basis and just get on and deal with it but I have never walked into a Hospital and seen clusters of staff around a nurse or doctor who has broken down and inconsolable and I saw it several times in a few minutes. The sheer scale of death and the awfulness of how this Virus kills you is not to be believed, Because it's worse. So, instead of claiming its false and that you won't be having an innoculation what you should be thinking about is the fact that if you refuse and you give it to someone else who then dies you should be charged. If you refuse to follow the law and force someone to have sex you wouldn't expect to get away with it? If you were driving at 100mph and ran over a child, you wouldn't say that it wasn't your fault and refuse to be charged with death by dangerous driving so Why do you think you can willing refuse to be innoculated against something that will kill people if you pass it on to them? Last week a police Officer who was spat on by an "Anti Vax" protester was admitted to hospital with COVID. He should be charged with attempted murder in my opinion. Anyone who refuses Vaccine should have to sign a contract not to be admitted to hospital if they get it and also that they accept they can be charged with manslaughter if people who they come into contact with contract it and die. Or alternatively have that little injection in your arm (yes my wife and daughter have had it) and get on with life once it starts to bring the death rate down, so we can all begin to get a little of our life back.
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  42. I popped the image into photoshop and upped some levels so you don't have to
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  43. There are some pretty odd ones in here, plus the obligatory Lotuses.
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  44. During the first lockdown, they supplied me a set of 910 main bearing shells. Would I use them again, yes, absolutely, they’ve got a good rep and have been around a looooong time.
    1 point
  45. There's nothing wrong with the idea of postal voting itself, as long as it is robust, but it is possible to have fraud on in-person voting so they both need to achieve similar standards of security. This problem would never have occurred if Trump hadn't claimed (falsely) that there was proven mass fraud.
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