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  1. 18 hours ago, pete said:

    So after a recent poll saying 52% of Scots now want independence the witch gas said she has a mandate for a second referendum which she wants in the second half of next year .

    That poll, with fewer than 1100 respondents, of course being totally representative in her eyes of the feelings of the entire Scottish population, :rolleyes: . Roll on the next election when we'll have the mandate to hand her her P45!

    4 hours ago, Kimbers said:

    ........................For example, free tuition fees in Scottish Universities. But only if you are from Scotland..........................


    Only if you're one of the lucky 'select' few however. The number of 'free' places is capped to keep it affordable. The universities are also being encouraged to accept more people from disadvantaged backgrounds so these 'free' places are prioritised for them.

    This leaves a lot of disappointed Scottish applicants failing to gain a place at their chosen universities. My cousin's two children being a case in point - both had 7 A-grade passes but were turned down. My cousin asked about paying for their courses like everybody else from the rest of the UK would have to do but was told that the legislation passed down from Holyrood prohibited this. End result, one has gone to Oxford and the other to Bristol and they have both indicated that upon graduation they will most likely now seek employment outwith Scotland.

  2. On ‎05‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 13:58, electro_boy said:

    The PS4S does not come in the correct sizes for the 18/19 inch wheel combo that I think Bibs is running.  Only available in the large 19/20 inch wheel size combo. 

    I discovered that only once I'd already fitted some to the rears. On the advice of 'our' resident expert in all things Michelin (Baptiste - @rallyesax ) I fitted PSS on the front and I find the combination excellent, :driving:.

  3. 10 hours ago, Colin P said:

    I don’t however agree with complaints about whether the fence is suitable for OP dogs. if it is the neighbours fence then I’m sorry, but it is their choice as to what they have. If the fence they instal doesn’t meet your needs the only thing you can do is to install an entire second fence your side.

    Half the reason for extending the height of that section of fence was to keep their 3 spaniels from coming into our garden, leaving their deposits and generally winding-up our guys. The neighbours apparently hadn't been aware that this was happening and so readily agreed that I could put my panels up against their fence, in fact they suggested attaching them to the existing posts rather than me having to install new ones. Now those panels have gone along with their old fence, so a second fence will definitely be going in firmly on my side of the dividing line.

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  4. Right now, I can't decide what's worse - neighbours or so-called tradespeople.

    Our next door neighbours are away on holiday this week and next. Turns out, they didn't bother to inform us that they had arranged to have their entire boundary fence replaced whilst they were away - well we wouldn't want them to suffer any noise or inconvenience would we? :rolleyes: .

    I only found out a couple of hours ago when I was rudely awakened from my pre-nightshift slumbers by two of their fencing guys demolishing the fence about 15 feet from my bedroom window, one with a 2-stroke chainsaw and the other with some sort of jack-hammer device. Worse still, our dogs were roaming our garden at the time and the younger, recently adopted one, Macha, had to the workers' disbelief shot through the newly-created gap in the fence and then escaped out of the now open-plan garden next door and was off along the road in a blind panic. Prior to starting, the workers had apparently been going to tell us of their intentions but saw my "nightshift worker trying to sleep" sign on the front door and decided not to disturb me - like a chainsaw and a percussion drill are going to be less of a disturbance than a doorbell!!!

    Fortunately, I found Macha quite quickly, cowering in the bushes of the nearby park quivering in fear. She took some persuading to come home and has now been treated, along with our 'old lady' Alaska, with valerian extract to help calm them down.

    When Macha joined our family 5 weeks ago, I realised almost immediately that she was an accomplished hurdler and would no doubt also be an accomplished escape artist as a direct consequence. Our garden is almost completely enclosed by hedging and fencing at least 6 feet high (in places over 8) but there was one vulnerable short section of low fencing between us and next door which she could easily vault. With the agreement of our neighbour, I protected this section by erecting a couple of 6-foot high panels on our side of what is legally their fence.

    After getting the dogs settled, I entered into a 'conversation' with the contractor who advised me that the new fence was going to be even lower than the one it was replacing, I enquired about the reinstatement of my panels only to be told that I was too late, they'd been chopped-up and thrown in the skip, :realmad: . I then noticed that the boundary shrubbery, which is all on my side of the line, had been fairly comprehensively destroyed - it looked like someone had walked parallel to the fenceline, about 3 feet into my garden and simply sliced through everything in their path with the chainsaw. "Had to be done mate. Only way we could get access to the fence to remove it."

    It's going to take a lot more than the previous couple of tall fence panels to secure the boundary now. It also transpires that the new fence won't be going in until the second half of next week so I've now got to find some way of securing our garden in the meantime. My partner Jennifer is currently not well enough to take the dogs out on their leads, hence them being given free-run of the garden, and I'm not prepared to imprison them in the house for several days on end.

    Then, I'll have to look for a longer term solution to the knee-high non-barrier that'll be in place. Current favourite is to utilise the new clearing that we have between the shrubbery and the fenceline and construct my own Trump-style obstruction to our dogs' walkabout intentions. As it will have to stretch all the way down from the garage to the pavement, it'll be visible from next door's front windows (the old panels weren't as they were up close to the building) and it probably won't be the prettiest thing to look out on but quite frankly - TOUGH!

    Starting work in just over an hour so tomorrow is going to be a busy day, always assuming I can keep awake long enough to achieve anything.

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  5. 4 minutes ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

    ......God knows how the railways are going to cope...

    They're not!

    All train services out of Glasgow are going nowhere at the moment as the signalling system has gone into 'meltdown' in the searing 21 degree heat, :rolleyes: .

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  6. When I had the Evora's wheels powder-coated last week, I took the opportunity to replace all 4 TPMS valves as the originals were becoming a bit intermittent in their functioning.

    3 of the replacements sprang into life within a few miles but the 4th, even after multiple journeys totalling over 150 miles, steadfastly persists in giving a " 0 0 " reading. I very, very carefully swapped the wheels over and the 'fault' moved with the wheel so it would appear that the new valve is faulty. Looks like the tyre now has to come off my pristine, shiny wheel. Bu99er! :realmad:

  7. 3 hours ago, C8RKH said:

    It was actually the Talbot Solara that swung it!  Lovely car that :)

    Image result for talbot solara

    Indeed it was, Andy.

    My mum had the 5-door 'Alpine' version, which gave sterling service for many years, even after somebody :whistle:over-revved it during a demon overtake one day, breaking a rocker arm (fortunately for an inlet valve) and limping it home on 3 cylinders.

    Well spec'd car for its time (1978) too - electronic ignition, central locking, electric windows and such like.

  8. On ‎14‎/‎06‎/‎2019 at 17:32, mayevora said:

    .......You couldn’t get a closer/brighter pic by any chance? 


    I didn't, but I do now. In the words of Jason & Kylie, "Especially for you"........



    Really close up, the surface is still a bit 'rough' looking so I may well spend tomorrow giving them another light sand and final topcoat.

  9. It seems to be an issue on pretty much all cars. Our Alfa and Saab, and the neighbours Jag, are all the same.

    My Evora's weren't quite as bad as yours, but they were still spoiling the otherwise 'pampered car' appearance. I had the wheels refurbished at the start of this week, which only served to highlight further the poor state of the bolts, and asked about doing them too, but the guy at the powder-coaters reckoned they'd be chipped and open to rusting again before he'd even finished tightening them up.

    Instead, when I got home I removed them a couple at a time from each wheel, gave them a light sanding followed by an application of rust inhibitor and finished-off with a coat of satin black paint, any chips which subsequently occurred on refitting being touched-in with a fine brush after final tightening.


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