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  1. Thanks Tony !...(the Historic Vehicle tax status is vital to exempt it from the wider London ULEZ to be imposed in October where I live ; I think it`ll be eligible this car tax year otherwise it`ll be garaged until it is exempt... )
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    Marmite

    My Gran (who died in 1995 aged 95 ) kept telling us that she was one of the first British people to taste Marmite. I think it was a German invention. She said it was meant to be pronounced "Marmeet" but I never did get more detail.
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    Caturday...

    I posted here ages ago about cheeky local ginger cat Sparly who works the street and surprisingly he`s still around. His antics have got a total of 50,000 views on YouTube and TikTok so far. A lot of his facial expressions seem quite human . Here he is last year trying to order two pints of lager and a packet of crisps ...!
  4. Yayy ! 😅 borrowed a more powerful jumpstarter this morning, checked oil, made sure the water was well topped up and she started like I had just driven the car last week instead of two years ago ! Fans cut in properly in the heat too ! (Now, why won`t the heater blower switch off ?? ) Fingers crossed for an MOT on Monday after battery recharged. Then application for Historic Vehicle tax status...
  5. Hi, people will know this car from my previous posts up to 2018 when I felt it best not to drive car further due to water loss but this is the first time I`ve managed to post a picture . I bought the car in Aug 2011 . It had been standing for 7 years. Paint is fine (except for a scrape under front side bumper and weird orange spattered spots next to rear wheelarches ). Cream leather interior is very tidy but driver`s seat a bit worn. No aircon . The following restoration work has been carried out since : -New head gasket-new cambelt (x3) - New clutch-Replaced brake fluid reservoir-new radiator-new lumenition-cleaned carbs-new steering rack-new HT leads-repaired headlamp raise mechanism. New sparkplugs (more than once)-new starter motor-new alternator-new clutch cable-new (old) radiocassette . Longest journey : London -Skipton and back 2013 Number of breakdowns on road : 5 Number of times it refuses to start: Lost count ( new starter motor and battery after that, it improved). Work to be done : Engine rebuild after 74,000 miles , replace speedo drive, find rear wiper motor, rear hatch catch button, probable new exhaust, fit lotus symbol to one wheel centre, renovate leather. -
  6. Good to hear from you again Trevor, also good to be back now I have resolved to get the car back on the road -obviously the pandemic didn`t help the delay either. The engine isn`t out-I want to jump start it tomorrow to get an MOT on it and the jump start with my battery pack didn`t go well. Borrowing a more powerful pack and/or pushing it into position to take a jump lead start, is the plan . Expect plenty of sweat....
  7. Hi it`s me again ; Basalte (named after the Citroen GS special edition not the volcanic rock) - the Lotus Elite 2.2 owner. I have not given up on this car bought in 2011 which has been in dry storage ; what happened was that after a long history (you`ve guessed it) of sporadic reliability it actually ran well in 2017 but persistently gobbled water and I suspect a slipped liner. My last posts on here were about using Steel Seal but I bottled out of doing that . My mate who is an extremely experienced mechanic said he`d do an engine rebuild as I have no doubt the engine needs attention in general after 74,000 miles (I`ve done about 3,000 of those-not much). Anyway despite being a star in relation to the Elite (like replacing the radiator and and steering rack for peanuts as well as many other parts ), he is bogged down with his day job, a house renovation and maintaining/shifting 20 (!) other classic cars to his new gaff. Its now been nearly 2 years since he repeatedly said he`d work on the car and nothing has happened. I kind of don`t blame him given the stuff he already has on his plate but the clock is ticking and I want to drive it again before I keel over. So....I am determined to get this car back on the road with an engine rebuild. So far I can only think of LotusBits as the people to do it and I have to admit that I wasn`t too impressed by their customer service-but does anyone have any other recommendations ? I`m resigned to the fact that it won`t be cheap .... (goodbye, chunk of pension....) Thanks, Dan
  8. OK maybe walking under that ladder and using petrol pump 13 wasn`t a good idea today ....after about a dozen enjoyable rides in the 2.2 , its run of good behaviour ended. Running on 3 cylinders and a snapped clutch cable. It meant that people joining the North Circular from the A1 got a great view of a flashing Elite rear end on a grass verge. Hats off to the recovery guy who used wooden planks creatively to get it onto and off the ramp. Overheard one man declare poshly that it was a "Jensen Interceptor". Nah mate. Try reading the badge on the back !
  9. It seemed similar but was slightly different in that the "lugs" seemed more solid and less tinny, -pure speculation but maybe because it was the original factory-fitted one. My replacement cap does seem identical to your newer one, bought it at a stall at the NEC show.
  10. Hi Soldave I too bought a replacement 10lb one and it was really reluctant to turn / remove at first but for no apparent reason other than the sheer abnormal number of times I`ve removed it to pour coolant in, it is straightforward now as though it had to "wear" in.
  11. There is an understandable but fundamental misconception that you all adopt here. You are firing flaming bazookas at an invisible target that you call "Socialism". We are just told that household savings are at their lowest since the 1970s running at 1.7% of income. No-one can say that is a healthy state of affairs in our free enterprise society. Personal cerdit is running out of control with all the stress and depression that defaulting brings to a household. (Of course one problem with Capitalism is that you run out of public assets to flog off to your megarich mates, but that`s another story). The fundamental misconception you seem intellectually content to run with is that "Socialism" these days means everyone gets to own everything equally and consequently "waste" it equally. That was probably true for the year 1960 in a third world country - but not here in the UK -and never here in the UK. There is no serious socialist for decades who wishes to nationalise and collectivize everything. That has not worked-(I clearly don`t have to convince you of that ! ) The bone of contention here is that if you think that Corbyn wants to do that you are quite simply wrong. It used to be the case in this country that parties adhered to their manifestoes from a sense of honour and integrity. It would take a colossal betrayal amounting to a rejection of the foundation of democracy itself if Corbyn started acting like Chairman Mao in relation to the economy. (A great script for a film by the way, but fantasy nonetheless). Of course the Tories have performed several U-turns from their manifesto commitments but they only ever care for democracy when its going their way. The setup in Scandinavian countries is one that should and will be sought to be emulated. Technically thats called "left social democracy" not "Socialism" . Bringing Communism into it is an utter red (obviously) herring. Marxism has much to offer in terms of economic analysis but has very little to offer politically as a solution except in the broadest sense of providing education health and welfare for all. If you read what Marx proposed as a political solution there`s sod-all. I would be the first to agree that you don`t achieve educatioon health and welfare for all simply by chucking money at it (though it certainly needs more chucked at it). Economies of scale apply. Key industry requiring targetted investment and co-ordination needs a national plan especially as we are leaving the EU. The hairdresser or (these days) coffee shop down the high street does not and never needed such a plan. The workshop manufacturing plumbing accessories does not need such a plan. The corporation employing thousands ? Well, maybe that does, especially if whole towns are reliant on its existence.
  12. Well Paul we are constantly being told how low unemployment is (although cynically they always include the impoverished self-employed in those figures) so that in itself would suggest that its a smallish number who prefer intoxicants to their kids. ...which leads us on to the Royal Family. They are incredibly wealthy simply for who they are and that is morally wrong. That is my real beef with them . Plenty of Americans and French felt the same way once -( much angrier than me about it !) That`s where we must resoundingly agree to disagree, I strongly suspect. Same with the footballers (obviously skilled, but honestly.....terrible taste in cars too) and bankers (where do I start?) Compare the earnings of the 1966 World Cup Squad and those of today and its just laughable. (That goes for the bankers too incidentally). This isn`t me being "jealous" of them as someone claimed, although I can`t prove that (which is exactly why it gets said in this context quite a lot). I could do with quite a few quid and an XK120 don`t get me wrong, but these are veritable Himalayas of cash that I am talking about and am against. Billions not millions. This is where me and the most gun-totin` GMC drivin` redneck are likely to agree-wealth ought to be earned through sweat, initiative and enterprise . And again-(this is the difficult bit to get right and I can`t be the judge and jury, only a democracy can be) -the sky can`t be the limit anymore when it comes to wealth. -Incidentally I do not have to personally dislike people to think that they should not be filthy rich, even if they got there through accident of birth. It`s a toughie. Some people will have worked really hard and/or are incredibly talented. Telling them they can`t have more than a few million each will be tough and I can`t see it happening any time soon. But I think it has to be done if we are not ultimately to end up like that film "Elysium" -which was kind of trying to make that point. Not the best film I`ve ever seen incidentally.
  13. Well considering 1% of the UK population own 14% of the wealth and 15% of the UK population own nothing of any value or are in debt, Corbyn is perfectly correct to raise wealth redistribution as an issue. But no I hadn`t noticed him smiling, the last politician whose smile I noticed a lot was Blair-not a good example to follow. Anyway if you follow politics as I do, you will be interested to know that Mr. Sainsbury (he of the supermarkets) has stopped funding Mr. Blair`s wing of the party. Good, how bloody working class was Mr. Sainsbury ?! Same as Tristram Hunt who swans off to run an art gallery. Anyway I digress... You need have no fear for your bricks and mortar ! What Corbyn was actually suggesting (before the Daily Mail put its lying boot in) was temporarily letting survivors and bereaved families stay in empty properties of which there are plenty in Kensington. Frankly if you buy a house as an investment opportunity and then swan off leaving it completely empty , why not move in families who`ve just seen their relatives burnt to death ? Its called having a heart. Labour proposes raising Corporation tax to 26 %. Under Margaret Thatcher it was 28 %. Now come on, that might be a lot of things but it sure ain`t Communism. Yes he rightly wants to nationalise rail water gas and electricity industries. "Taking Back Control" of Britain`s arteries in other words, in a very direct and practical way. -well, by the same token that makes Winston Churchill, Harold MacMillan and Edward Heath`s Governments Communist as well ! Things are wrong in our country and no-one will have all the answers or make everyone happy but I know Corbyn acts with integrity and honesty. And if you are wondering-no, he won`t be addressing any more pop festivals, Glastonbury is where specifically progressive causes get espoused (although less now the glittery welly crowd have moved in) and he is a long-time mate of the organiser. If you want some proof of integrity, he has the lowest expenses claim of any MP and that was before the expenses scandal broke which I am sure you were all outraged about ! Anyway look, nobody`s perfect. But I want someone who is not a grovelling slave to the billionaires (clue they have lots of money and power) who currently run the show and give ordinary folk a look in again.
  14. I can see how my post above can be interpreted as a personal attack on the Queen and I apologise for that because it was certainly not my intention. Her devotion to public duty is exemplary by any standards and I was moved to see her and Phil standing steadfastly in the wind and rain on the occasion of their procession down the Thames when people half their age would have buckled. (An ancestor of mine also foiled an assassination attempt on George II believe it or not-he pushed the offending firearm out of the hand of the intended regicide ! What I intended to attack was the institution of Monarchy and I do indeed of course accept that the mechanism is not directly at the disposal of the Royal Family although there is necessarily a degree of acquiescence in any decIsion made. I also note that the renovation bill for Buck House is actually over £300 million; I do not think that the family themselves offer good value for money although they should undoubtedly be paid over the odds for their service to the Nation. It is a cliche I know but the low profile example of the Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian monarchies are more proportionate to national resources and national priorities. If the Royals are indeed such money spinners that is surely all the more reason for them to pay their way with lesser need for State allocations.. On an abstract moral level I do not believe the hereditary principle to be apppropriate for these times and in 1776 a hell of a lot of those pesky colonists called Americans would have agreed with me to often lethal effect . The idea of gaining public office by merit of course led to a best -seller by Thetford`s very own Tom Paine at the time. However you will be pleased to note that I believe that Republicanism also has its deep flaws as Americans are discovering right now ; best if the Head of State is not a politician, an ex-politician or TV reality star trying to be a politician ! I believe that the benefit to tourism can be satsified by the opening up of the royal palaces-not even the Bolsheviks seriously considered demolishing their Monarchy`s rich heritage that was part of the fabric of Russian life and the Faberge Eggs remain on display to this very day. Perhaps more pertinently, do the Royals themselves really want to carry on ? The media makes them into a sort of reality soap opera when their origins amidst ancient claims to divine status as the Head of the Established Church and their residual executive powers sit very awkwardly and (in typically British fashion), are not codified. Prince Charles once quipped to Chris Mullin MP that when someone shouted "abolish the Monarchy " at him he had to restrain himself from shouting "I`ll just run for President instead then " back at them. Good man ! Similarly with Prince Harry`s recent remarks that no-one really wants to do the job. So, no, I don`t have anything personally against the Queen. It would be a mistake to personalise it. But the institution itself needs an overhaul and needs to cost a lot less.
  15. Hello Theresa , we`re firefighters police ambulance drivers and paramedics. We came in quite useful in the past few weeks I think you`ll agree. Could you give us more staff and a pay rise ? Theresa : There is no Magic Money Tree. Of course we can print our own money but we only do that for our mates the bankers. Its not for the likes of YOU. Hello Theresa, Our 10 MPs will support you - on the basics anyway-if you give Northern Ireland 1.5 billion quid. Hello ,Queen here, I need 82 million for Buck House. Can you sort it or I`ll have to doss down at Windsor Sandringham or Balmoral. Theresa: No probs.
  16. "If this potential terrorist was known to the security and intelligence agencies why wasn`t he monitored and prevented from carrying out this murderous attack ?" -Diane Abbott The Guardian 28th May 2017, writing about the ISIS- supporting perpetrator of the Manchester atrocity. Therefore Barry I do not think you are correct in jumping to portray Diane Abbott as the villain of the piece. (Incidentally (!) her constituents just voted her back in with a majority larger than Theresa May`s entire vote). The streets of Finsbury Park were filled the other day with people of all creeds and colours decrying this latest incident and leaving flowers. They know that hate just begats hate and 99% of Muslims know that too. And by the way Marc, Abu Hamza did used to preach there and since he left they`ve excluded anyone from the congregation who supported him. I live 2 miles away and pass through to and from work every few days. No-one round there gives a stuff whether there`s a Mosque there or not, there are also loads of ultra-orthodox jews living half a mile up the road and they frequently hang out with the muslims; again no-one gives a stuff, it`s London they`ve got more going on in their lives, no wonder the murderer was from Cardiff !
  17. Well, both are certainly not short of a bob or two.....
  18. Reading more and more of the Varoufakis, the nearest we have to an existing Brexit experience. Interesting that despite being one of the most left-wing people ever to hold high office in post-war Europe, -he agrees 100% with Maggie Thatcher that the Euro was a poisonous idea. Briefly- its because she was correct to realise that the Euro would be under the control of a central bank, not politicians. That would be its fatal flaw. The commitment to the Euro became a purely bureaucratic project, not a political one. That undermined its foundations from day 1. Once the effects of the credit crunch reverberated around Europe it had no solutions but fiscal ones, no flexibility or imagination to curb the instability that caused to its weakest member, Greece.
  19. "May the best woman win" Angela Merkel appreciates your support mate, she`ll get an easy ride.
  20. "In 7 General Elections as anchor of Channel 4 news, Theresa May is the first serving Prime Minister to refuse me an interview. Why ?" John Snow . ...extraordinary, just where are you hiding Mrs May ? In a bed with the blankets over your head ? Letting your billionaire mates scream "terrorists terrorists terrorists " for you ? ...........and people think this feeble charlatan of a bureaucrat is some kind of true-Brit leader. Wow. Just wow.
  21. If a human rights act case were brought on the basis that terrorists shouldn`t have been killed (Article 2 ECHR) , the central issue would be whether the police response was proportionate. The facts would vary from case to case but (leaving aside the rather obvious point that many are suicide bombers as in Manchester), it is very hard to see on the available evidence from London Bridge how the police could fail to justify shooting to kill. The fact that these scum wore fake bomb belts rather suggests that they knew that would get them killed. It is typical of May`s reactive incompetence to drag human rights into it.
  22. Meanwhile where is our Strong and Stable PM ? Whose idea of "naughtiness" was running through a wheatfield. Personally I think it is rather naughty to do business deals with alleged sponsors of terrorism and then refusing to release David Cameron`s Report into it. - A no-show for Question Time. -A no-show for Womans Hour. - A "meeting with the public" (who forget to take their blue rosettes off LOL) -No reply to senior police officers who accuse her of lying about police numbers. (at least Diane Abbott was talking about increasing police numbers when she screwed up !) Rightly or wrongly lots more people will vote for Corbyn if Abbott is off the scene.
  23. Yes their pay is probably too high but it pales into insignificance compared to the 6 figure bonuses awarded to CEOs for economic failure leading to mass redundancies for their employees . (BTW Corbyn is very much opposed to PFI. His Labour is certainly not actor/war criminal Tony Blair`s Labour. Tony Blair has already warned people not to vote for Corbyn - who might well send him to The Hague for trial if possible) UKIP voters should applaud like his policy of repatriating control over our railways, water, gas and electricity industries. For all the lies about Corbyn being a Communist he will not sell our crucial infrastructure out to the Chinese Communist Party as George Osborne has done through his nuclear power deal. Corbyn realises correctly that this is a war between the megarich and the rest of us. In a war you don`t sit on your backside moaning, you get out there on the stump every single day and state your case to total strangers. The proof of the pudding is that the tax-avoiding megarich are seriously concerned that he might win. They have a lie machine at their disposal. This election is far and away the worst I have known for lies. Precisely because the billionaires know that unlike Blair, Corbyn believes what he is saying. Every day another lie (starting of course with the lie that there wasn`t going to be an election at all !) The biggest lie that we cannot afford massive investment in infrastructure and public services. 13 trillion quid lies idle offshore. £70 billion in tax giveaways for the rich over the last 7 years.(Source Forbes Magazine 23rd July 2012) Corporation tax to rise to a level lower than when Thatcher was in power-aren`t these Labour people awful ???!! 24 hours to go ! Wheel on for the hundredth time the lie that opposition leaders support terrorism. Despite their signing parliamentary motions condemning IRA violence and Martin McGuinness shaking hands with The Queen. Wheel on the lie that Corbyn is a pacifist. Who supports terror. The first pacifist, terror supporter in recorded history and by total coincidence he wants to be Prime Minister. They`ll be calling him a vegetarian cannibal next ! The lie that the opposition did not support shoot to kill. The lie that he wants uncontrolled immigration-the manifesto refers to CONTROLLED immigration. The lie that the pound did not fall because of the Brexit vote. The lie that the Electoral Commission was "complied with" by you know who over allegations of electoral fraud. The Tories fought its investigation all the way. The lie that there were sufficient police to meet the terrorist threat. ...and to cap it all, they refuse to publish a report into Saudi sponsoring of terrorism because it will embarrass them over their commercial links with the Saudis. In some countries there would be riots over that. I leave you with this thought :"It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" Mark Twain :
  24. There is controversy as to whether we actually needed a bailout in retrospect but that aside, the early 1970s saw : the oil crisis, the 3-day week, the Miner`s Strike and the nationalisation of Rolls Royce by that well known Corbyn Supporter Edward Heath. -the problems had been growing for years !
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