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  1. My Dad worked for British Gas from 1967 to retirement in the early 1990s. He was a director of research, and when you smell gas, that is down to my dad. I'm sure he did other stuff in the 20+ years he was there, but this is the one always quoted in my family. I remember he got quite a few shares when the company was privatised, but he got rid of them soon after as he was disgusted in the direction the company moved fairly quickly after privatisation. I remember him telling me that when in public ownership the aim of the company was to invest on behalf of Britain as regards to exploration. storage and ensure that there were long term gas supplies so as to restrict extraction to just that required by the nation, whereas after privatisation, the company's goal was to extract as much gas as possible and to sell it on to maximise profits. I would much rather the company took the position that my Dad outlined rather than the make as much money for the shareholders as possible.
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  2. Had to have the car valued for divorce this week. Sadly it would seem the mot expired in May 🤪 Took it to be tested this morning. Handbrake needed adjustment - and one oil cooler Union was weeping that needed nipping up. MOT passed. All set for another year of motoring. Just need to sort some new rubber now.
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  3. Another unknown fact... Scotland has more water in Loch Ness than all the reservoirs and dams in Eeeengeerlaand and Wales put together 😲 No kidding, it's Scotland's water 😉
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  4. Personal view only of course - the M100 Elan is a such a forgiving car to drive, great handling, poise and roadholding. Loved it so much I owned 4. All the others were a real handful (in all weather conditions), particularly the early Elise and the Europa. And even the Evoras can get tail happy and eat their own tyres. This - weirdly - is the best of the lot. It's lazier to put the power down, sure, but best grip, best manners and roadholding of any Lotus I have owned. Including in the wet. But it won't win a race against any of the others (maybe the Elans), although I see this as a GT more than an out and out sports car. I also recently drove it back to back against a stock S2 and mine has a softer, more compliant ride, goes way quicker, is louder, and handles better, noting that this is a restomod, of course. I was expecting an old Esprit to be way more rubbish than my last Evora - not to compare at all - and sure it's not as quick, but it is so much more a car I can push with real confidence. With my Evoras I was always wary of the back end stepping out. So yeah, I do think it's the best handling (not the quickest) car I have ever owned and driven.
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  5. Yup. And the effort nearly killed him and his head, so he immediately retired. Just another rich privileged kid in my book.
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  6. We have nowhere to store it Barry. In 2013 Energy Minister Fallon decided to close down the Rough Gas Storage field as the Government wanted to save £750m over ten years in maintenance costs. So £75m a year. Seems peanuts when you look at how much is now being paid to consumers to help with their bills. Just another example of short term political intervention to hurt everyone. Same with the drought, do you know that the last public water supply reservoir was built 31 years ago. Since then the population has gone from 54m to 65m. So is the problem ALL down to climate change, or just frankly totally shite short term politic decision making.
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  7. reducing the supply of uk gas and further pushing up prices no doubt
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  8. A bit off topic, but I happened to find this site: https://dioski.com/en/car-customization-helmet-graphic-kit-and-other-stickers and couldn't resist customizing my Bell MAG-1 helmet. To put an extra touch on it, I decided to re-paint it in RAL 7038 as well. The paint work as such went well, but the masking tape didn't really want to stick to the rubber, so another day I have to fix the details
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  9. Now that's more like it Tim. Wordle 420 X/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 My third guess was an act of unbridled brilliance after my first two guesses, until I discovered that it was not the correct word and in the end I lost. Go figure. My kingdom for a correct fist letter. I guessed this 5-letter word in 3/6 tries. ⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛ ⬛🟩🟩⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=dG91Y2g Took a total for the nUK one of about thirty seconds.
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  10. I made a video - about my car. It's on YouTube.
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  11. Edging closer... Transmission oil cooler plumbing and oil cooler bypass for the establishment of oil pressure and initial start-up.
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  12. Wordle 420 5/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛🟨 🟨⬛⬛🟨⬛ ⬛🟨🟨⬛⬛ ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 What an odd word
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  13. Don't give Wee Krankie any more daft ideas Barry. Or if you do, make sure you patent them first 👍 Imagine if Lotus increased the price of the new shiny Emira by a much 😲 There would be a revolution 🤣
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  14. Just received my bill for the last 3 months energy usage Usage Last Year Cost Increase Electricity 90% 145% Gas 57% 130% Overall 141%
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  15. @Rambo Nicola could bottle it and use it to fund independence
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  16. Of those who have either put a deposit down or are interested in buying one once more information and specifications are released; which model are you looking at the 600, 750 or 950 Im not sure if there is a 750 version it might be something I have dreamt or just read sometime back, hopefully someone with a younger brain can correct me?? And before we start getting the senior moment jokes you younger ones will reach the wrong side of 60 sooner than you think 🤔
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  17. If only we were surrounded by a source of water.
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  18. I have Protechs. They got wound and wound due to chasing the wheel size issue, but eventually, we undid them and the ride is so much better. Works best on the softer side, I would agree. You could try others but I think that's the point - they don't need much clever sophistication. The Esprit just works. I have noticed the need to get the wheels (fronts) re-aligned when replacing the tyres. They seem to loose their setup, but that could just be mine. The steering is so sensitive that you can tell from within the cabin. Yes, M100's are epic cars, so underrated.
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  19. Wordle 420 6/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬛⬛⬛⬛🟩 ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
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  20. Interesting. I have heard that the M100 Elan has great roadholding. Especially with the correct tyres. There are a few really good examples near me in the NE. After some trial and much error with a local specialist outfit setting up the geometry of my fully rebuilt Esprit S1, I had it set up at Track Torque Racing near York in January 2020 prior to going out filming in Spain with Kawasaki. On my return during the end of lockdown I had the opportunity to drive it on deserted country roads near me. They had first balanced the car and then 4-wheel aligned it. With the optional toe-out to test it. It corners fantastically. They and some Esprit owners suggested winding off the adjustable suspension to near soft, which the Esprit seems to favour. I have the TNG (Tight Northern Git) Protech shock absorbers fitted, and would possibly try another brand at some point in the future to see if the ride can be improved further.
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  21. Patience is a shit virtue. Although my car was four years in the bits on the floor phase. It isn't very good for finding hair, no. Good for checking out my 410 rear LEDs, though.
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  22. Patience is a virtue. In the planning. Though not in the South of England. If you think that mirror is great for finding hair let me know and I'll pop down to BnQ and get one fitted. Not a bad attempt, speaking as a creative professional. Lots of decent angles. A pain in the arse to shoot on a single camera. Good effort. More chat I'd say. You're a natural. Whereas I'm far better seen behind the camera 😐 Not a fan of the trick stuff, but Q has a smile on his face, and said "oh do shut up 007!"
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  23. Where did this gas come from we couldn’t store ?
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  24. Seems we haven't cracked this electricity generation malarkey. So when it goes above 25C solar panels aren't very effective Hydro power down due to water shortages Nuclear generation restricted due to using water for cooling. As we import electricity quite often - the problems in Europe are also going to affect us. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62524551
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  25. Now the mirror in the garage makes sense!! I thought it was for doing your hair
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  26. Sorry Barry, I get the circs but disagree with your wording. I don't think people should lose their freedoms and liberties at the point of being "suspected" of being bad by someone else, only when there's some evidence that they were bad. So yes maybe at the point of a failed breath/drug test...but that's not what you've said.
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  27. @Lee Blue agree with Jep’s comment. The price does look high but they seem to have rocketed in the last twelve months or so. Bought a one year old Sport 220 in 2018 direct from a Lotus dealer with 3k on the clock for £35k. They had three there at the time. Should have bought them all 🙄
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  28. Wordle 420 4/6 ⬛🟩⬛⬛⬛ ⬛🟩🟩⬛🟩 ⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
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  29. Hi, short but sweet answer. Don’t bother with the Emira, get the best deal you can find on a 410/420/430.
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  30. Wordle 420 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜🟨🟨⬜ ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 4/6 tries. ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛ ⬛⬛🟨🟨⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=cGlsb3Q
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  31. Enjoyed that Mark, well done, great idea with the outtakes, not easy being a YouTuber by the looks of it, look forward to the next video 👍
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  32. Done 👍
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  33. Good test for the patio 12-1mtr must = 15 ton of water 😮
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  34. Please share and sign folks https://chng.it/pTJdjjLQp8
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  35. Thank you good people. Birthday in Bavaria. Many Beer Cellars today. 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
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  36. So, 1 week after finding the PPF on the front of my car had several bubbles or blisters on it from having brake fluid splattered on it, I thought I should give an update. The following day, I carefully washed the front of the car to try and get rid of the last of the brake fluid. Every day since, the film has looked better with the blisters getting smaller so it seems the film has been slowly healing itself. Today things were looking way better, so I set to with the wife’s hairdryer to gently warm the film and miraculously, the blisters and marks have all completely disappeared.👌 I’m mightily relieved! All hail self healing PPF. 😃
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  37. I think he's covering up either an attempt to appease neighbours who've had enough of various Lotus cars being there, OR, he secretly wants to spend a lot more time with his Mother In Law.
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  38. Tickets: £10 members/£15 non-mem/£5 live-stream Book here: https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/brooklands-members/Members-Area/member-events/peter-stevens-car-design-legend
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  39. This nonsense about retirement is all well and good, but if you want your Esprit attended to, you’ll only have to wait until cold turkey gets a hold of him. He was genetically-engineered to spend half his life horizontal, and this bullshit eye operation malarkey is actually to fit a motorised macro lens in one eye-socket.
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  41. The car did get loads of attention. Aside from an F8 Ferrari in our group, it got the most attention. The exhaust sound was probably better than the Fezza TBH. We did 1980 miles door to door, but in Turin we stayed at the Lingotto (old Fiat factory, with the test track on top) and didnt use the cars for three days. On the way back was also did Galibier, Croix de la Fer, Telegraph, Lautaret and Glandon. The car was epic and in very high temps. We did have an old situation after arriving at a motorway services in France, where both remotes suddenly stopped working. Disconnected the battery for 30mins and all good there after. Wandering if something at the site was using the same frequency and blocking the signal.
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  42. Just back from an 'Italian job' themed group driving trip down to Turin. The first photo is at the top of the Colle del Nivolet, exactly where the bus balances on the edge at the end of the film. The tunnel photo is the one where the Miura meets the Mafia at the start of the film.
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  43. Sharing a couple of photos from my recent road trip. Wet lap was a bit more nerve wracking than normal. The car felt good really good, and got so much attention throughout the trip which is really saying something when you can’t throw a stick without hitting a 911 GT3 (or a GT2) or lots of other machinery costing 3 or 4 times as much.
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  44. Mine from the LOT session at Bedford back in July ... Taken by Lee Marshall working for MSV.
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  45. Took the grandson fishing for the first time
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  46. Reference reservoirs - there is a perfectly good reservoir less than one km from my home, completely and utterly empty having been decommissioned twenty years ago. Considering the increase in the number of homes it is / was a total nonsensical decision.
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