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    David Boyd
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    Evora NA (+ Alfa Romeo Giulietta MA, SAAB 9-3 Aero Sportwagon)
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    Full 2bular exhaust with valved back box, Radium CAI, ECU remap, GTC Front Bumper, GTE A-panels & side-scoops, GT4 rear wing, SR look, barge boards, L07US reg number, SR gearknob, Alpine 920R ICE, custom rear diffuser, wheel spacers with stud conversion.
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  1. JENNIFER : LATEST UPDATE OK, so it's been about 8 weeks now since my last update and that's mainly because there's not a lot to report - I don't know whether to look on that as a good thing or a bad thing. Good I suppose from the standpoint that she's not regressed in any way but bad in as much as she hasn't made any significant progress either. The only real negative over the period is that, just after Christmas, Jennifer caught that nasty flu bug that was doing the rounds and instead of throwing the worst of it off in a couple of days as she has in the past, it took her a couple of weeks to get on the road to recovery but once she did start to throw it off she did so quite quickly and is now back on form. Similarly, the weight loss she suffered, and which she could ill-afford, during this illness has now been reversed as she regains her appetite although it could be several weeks yet before she restores all the pounds lost. On the positive side, her conversational skills are progressing with more and more vocabulary coming into play - she's even correcting people she hears speaking on the TV if she feels that there was a more appropriate word or grammatically correct way that they could have expressed themselves. Those moments are more glimpses of my 'old' Jennifer creeping through, . She is still a long way from getting her reading and writing abilities back though - numbers and letters on the page are just a jumble of shapes but ask Jennifer to solve an arithmetic problem or spell out a complex word and she's right on the case so I think it's simply a matter of keeping plugging away with the "My First Alphabet" and "My First Numbers" books and it'll all click into place some day. Every day, so long as it's not persisting down, I take her to the nearby loch to watch the wildfowl and she always returns from those trips with a smile on her face. Also, I'm taking the dogs in to visit at least once a week and that is having a great therapeutic effect on Jennifer, and the staff and other residents alike. That's about it. She seems to have settled well into her new surroundings, she's made a number of new friends among the residents, the staff all seem to love her, and any small step of progress I view as another move towards my ultimate goal of getting her back home where she belongs.
  2. I just noticed in the second picture I posted above, that there is a symmetrical pattern to the levels of dirt deposited on the rear - that diffuser must be doing something, .
  3. @exeterjeep Still awaiting the repair to the front unfortunately, although the bodyshop are finally hoping to have all the necessary bits within the next couple of weeks. Everything seems to be made of Unobtainium these days, . It'll be great not to have to keep playing 'dodge the speedhump' and remembering not to use the screenwashers if the headlights are on.
  4. Tell me about it @mcdonaa. With mine having sat for over a week unused due to the lingering snow and ice, I finally got the chance the other day to blow away the cobwebs with a good thrashing, I mean Italian-style tune-up, . 100 miles or so on the still damp roads and this was the result - still looks good though, even after a dirty stop-out.
  5. @bogle So sorry to hear your news Bill - my condolences to you.
  6. Alfa2Evora

    Pilots

    Nah, that's not low. You could easily fit a Buccaneer under that!
  7. JENNIFER : LATEST UPDATE I've deliberately held off posting this until now as I wanted to let the dust settle a bit and get a truer picture of what was actually happening in the longer term. As I mentioned in my last post, Jennifer was offered a place at one of the nursing homes on my shortlist of 3. As you can see from the pic, for a relatively modern purpose-built structure, it still retains a bit of character rather than being a simple rectangular box like most of these places seem to be. Its location in terms of its immediate surroundings is by far the best of the 3, being as it is a short 5 minute walk (or slightly longer 7 minute push with a wheelchair) from Linlithgow Loch and its abundance of wildfowl, which Jennifer has absolutely loved visiting for as long as I've known her - a couple of pics below for those of you unfamiliar with the area. It's location in terms of ease of visiting is unfortunately for me by far the worst, being as it is a good 25-30 minute drive in the wrong direction from everything else I need to frequent, especially my work, but Jennifer's well-being overrides any of my selfish requirements so I was more than happy to accept their placement offer. So on Tuesday, 8th November, after 267 days in hospital, Jennifer made her tearful goodbyes to the staff there and moved into the nursing home. I fully expected her to regress for a bit and to take several days if not longer to adjust to her completely different surroundings but she took to the place straight away. While I had the job of unpacking all her stuff and personalising her room, Jennifer was sitting through in the dining room chatting away to a couple of the other residents and scoffing down her first 'sample' of the catering department's capabilities. I have to confess that they did bring me through a meal as well, and very nice it was too. I may have to make this a regular dining stop, . Every day since has been a good day. Jennifer has taken full advantage of the various activities on offer (there's something on the go every weekday morning and afternoon) and seems to be making friends with everybody, staff and residents alike. The home staff have already had her walking around the corridors using a zimmer frame with a member of staff only cradling her elbow to give her balance a little support. I think what was holding her back in the hospital was the shiny floors; now that she's got carpet under her feet, it seems to have boosted her confidence that she's not going to lose her footing any second and take a tumble. I've arranged for her to be assessed by a member of the Community Care Team who'll be able to organise regular visits from any therapists that it's felt Jennifer requires, be that physio, occupational, or speech and language - I'm hoping it'll be all 3 as it can only help to push her ever onwards towards some form of meaningful recovery. The early signs are more promising than I could ever have hoped for and my only regret is that the legal process took so long otherwise we could possibly have had Jennifer following this new path that much sooner.
  8. The benefit of running Italian cars most of your motoring life - you learn from an early age that the towing eyes are reverse-threaded, and get plenty of practice in fitting them, .
  9. Race Control : "Lap times disallowed for exceeding track limits".
  10. Exactly! Mine is far from pretty looking at the moment, as we await the other driver's insurance accepting the repair quote, but I've still managed to put 1.5k miles on it in the past 6 weeks.
  11. @johnpwalsh I know John. I'm just wondering who I've upset that much, . Beginning to feel that I should maybe just lie down in the middle of the pavement somewhere with a sign reading "Go on. Take a kick. Everybody else has so why should you miss out on all the fun?"
  12. @exeterjeep When I viewed the place a couple of weeks ago, I got a really good feeling about it, hence why it went on my (very) shortlist of just 3 establishments that I deemed suitable to meet Jennifer's needs. Although it's of fairly modern purpose-built construction (the other 2 were old converted buildings with loads of 'character' features and felt more like hotels than care homes), it's not like any of the other generic 'out of the same mould' buildings that I've viewed. It too has a lot of character to it, with lovely large well-appointed rooms arranged in groups around a central hallway rather than a long corridor of prison cells, several acres of well-planted landscaped gardens which Jennifer will absolutely love, there's an over-generous staff allocation on each shift with 2 of the nursing staff having stroke recovery experience, a fabulous menu that wouldn't be out of place in a posh restaurant, and all the staff and residents appear to be enjoying each other's company. It get's a 9.9/10 review rating from the relatives of current residents and the Care Inspectorate reports for the last few years all rate it as either 'Very Good' or 'Excellent' in the various categories assessed, so fingers crossed it fits the bill. I'm keeping my options open on the other 2 places just in case though.
  13. This should really have gone in the "What made you unhappy for the past 6 weeks" thread but since it doesn't exist and I didn't want to create yet another new thread in this ever-expanding series, I'll just post it here. As if I haven't had more than enough to contend with of late, I've also been dealing with a several-weeks-long saga surrounding our daily driver Alfa Romeo Giulietta. A fair proportion of the on-going grief emanates from that esteemed organisation, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and in fact I think it does deserve its own separate thread which I'll get around to preparing later. With its MOT (annual safety inspection for those not of this land and therefore unfamiliar with this term) due at the end of September, I stuck the Giulietta into our nearby independent Alfa specialist a week or so in advance as I knew that there were a few things that might need attention - the rear brakes were near the end of their life and I could hear some clunks and knocks from suspension bushes for starters. A couple of days after I left it there, I got the dreaded "We think you should come and have a look at this" call, . With more than a little trepidation, I attended their workshop to be shown that although it's a modern model, it would appear that it is a real Alfa after all with a lot of shared 'features' from the 'classics' of old, not least their reputation to dissolve in the first shower. This is the rear wheel arch where it meets the rear of the door sill at the bottom of the C-pillar. Apparently, Alfa had the brilliant idea of stuffing the sill full of foam rubber (already removed prior to the photo) for sound deadening but of course all it became was a giant sponge soaking up a few gallons of rain water along with no doubt road salt from the winters, which it then retained in close contact with the minimally protected insides of the sills. No wonder I couldn't get the extending 'wand' to go very far inside each of the drain holes when I was trying, on several occasions, to inject rust-inhibiting wax into those cavities, . Here's a shot of further up inside the wheelarch showing how little surface protection has been applied by the factory before installing the arch liners which of course then conceal this area from general view - out of sight, out of mind and all that. .....and a shot of the suspension turret which is of course a load-bearing structure so will be a major issue sooner rather than later. OK, so I acknowledge that the car's now 12 years old and has done almost 120k miles but we've owned it from new and know its exact history - it's been pampered and cosseted all its life with frequent steam-cleaning of the underside and regular applications of rust inhibitors in the areas I could reach. I dread to think what state it would have been in if I'd just ignored these albeit temporary preventative measures. Anyway, the metalwork guru at the garage performed his magic over the following days and weeks and fabricated repair panels for the bottom sections of the wheelarches and the C-panels, and the rear 12 inches or so of the door sills on both sides of the car. They had warned me that they would probably end up resorting to painting everything in that area with a black rubberised paint but would try to make it look like a neat factory-intended protective section (a bit like the shark's fins on the Evora) rather than just slapping the stuff on at random. Imagine my surprise therefore, when I went to collect the car this morning, to discover that they had in fact managed to repaint the whole area in the original Rosso Competizione finish - no mean feat as it's a 3-stage pearlescent red and by all accounts a real bar steward to replicate and blend into the surrounding 'old' paint. I was even happier when he said that they'd had to mix a larger quantity of paint than was needed just for this small job so rather than waste it, they'd noticed that the front bumper had a number of stonechips so they'd taken the liberty of flatting it back and repainting it, at no extra cost as a gesture of goodwill to me as a customer of more than 30 years standing, . I've still to get the bill for the whole job so when that drops into my In-box in the coming week, I might not be smiling quite so much. As time was pressing on, I drove straight from the garage to the hospital to do Jennifer's lunchtime assist. While I was there, I heard a car alarm going off. Jennifer is in a different section of the ward now from which you can't see the car park but you hear alarms all the time, and I didn't recognise it as being necessarily the Alfa's, so thought nothing of it. When I got back to the car about an hour later though, the display on the instrument panel was advising that the alarm had indeed been triggered. A quick walk round the car revealed the reason................. Unbe-blinkin'-lievable, . The paint's barely dry for pity's sake. What is it with people in white cars in that car park? At least it's only a surface scrape this time rather than what the Evora suffered, but still somewhat vexing shall we say?
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