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  1. Many of the raw materials we need to manufacture finished goods are becoming near impossible to get hold of. I finally extricated myself from my business of near 30 years in January this year, but still visit occasionally. My (now ex) business partner was telling me this week that galvanised steel, which last September was selling for around £600/tonne is currently moving northwards of £1600 - if you can get it at all. Apparently, China, which was a major exporter of galvanised steel (crap though it was), is now a net importer. China’s economy is currently booming and so they are buying up many of the raw materials being produced in the world. Similar happened around 15 years ago when China were expanding their manufacturing base, which then resulted in them flooding the world market with raw materials at sub economic prices. This had the effect of destroying much of the U.K. and European manufacturing capability. I fear similar will happen yet again over the next few years! But do we learn from it???
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    I was introduced to a new food revelation at a mates bbq last night…….”HAND MADE PORK SAUSAGES WITH A very subtle hint of MARMITE”. 👌 Just sublime and should be sampled by every Marmite aficionado! They come from a local quality butcher who makes them on the premises. Guess where I’m off to on Monday morning?😁
  3. Do it Danny. It is a magical and memorable experience. 45 minutes passed in the blink of an eye but it’s something you’ll never forget. I just need the Mosquito trust to get their fingers out and get one in the air here so I can get a ride in the other icon from my childhood. 😁
  4. There was a private track day on yesterday too. Whilst waiting for my turn to check in to Boultbee, I spent an enjoyable time watching that and checking out the various cars in the paddock. On a day like yesterday, with glorious sunshine, the drive to Goodwood across the Sussex downs always lift my spirits. To me it really is a magical place.
  5. Especially when I got to do this today:- I’ve had a few experiences bought for me in the past but nothing comes near to this. It was from my wife and son for a significant birthday last year but postponed until this year because of the C word. It was just the most perfect day for it too. Not a cloud in the sky and obviously able to see ‘The Hun’ from a way off!😁 The pilot let me take the controls over to the Isle of Wight and then I handed back to him for the several aerobatic manoeuvres. Such delicate controls on the Spitfire. We often hear how the Lotus steering is so delicate, you can think the car round corners and it’s very much like that with the Spitfire. A barely discernible movement on the stick will have the plane’s attitude changing immediately. What a day and the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition for me. I love my family!😁 Oh and the icing on the cake - the pilot owns a Type 25 Elise SC. Good man. 👍 Just want to do it again now 😁
  6. I know Westfield were doing an electric version of their 7esque cars several years ago but don’t know how well they worked. I don’t ever see nor hear of them now. I’m glad I scratched the Caterham itch some years ago whilst they had proper engines. It’s difficult to imagine quite how they can keep it light whilst having to accommodate a load of batteries. It’s not as if they can save much weight from the existing tubular chassis and aluminium panels.
  7. Yes, pretty much. I’ve driven a few EVs now, in an effort to get to like them. Unfortunately, though, I don’t. The most recent one I’ve driven was the Polestar 2 and whilst that is very rapid, the conclusion I came to after a 30 minute drive was it would be hugely improved with a nice pokey V6 under the bonnet! I’m happy to admit that I’m a dinosaur though! 😁
  8. You only know you’ve made a true friend once you are on farting terms with each other. My grandfather Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring a more pleasant form of misery. Spike Milligan Modesty is my best quality. Groucho Marx Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution. ? Some people are like Slinkys, they serve no useful purpose but are great fun to push down the stairs. ? Alcohol is a slow poison, but I’m in no hurry. WC Fields Those are my principles and if you don’t like them, well I have others. Groucho Marx Her: You never tell me you love me. Him: I told you on the day we got married that I love you and if owt changes, I’ll let you know An old boss of mine
  9. I had a bucket handle meniscus tear in my right knee many years ago, which caused pain at times. Because it was only intermittent, I elected not to have surgery at the time (pre keyhole surgery days) and now, some 45 years later, a scan has shown I have no cartilage left in my knee at all and will be needing a replacement! If yours isn’t too bad, there is a stem cell therapy available now that might be appropriate. It was no good for mine as that has gone too far. As for the clutch itself, I have heard of people having a servo fitted to the hydraulic line of cars with a particularly heavy pedal feel. I don’t know if that’s possible on the Evora but might be worth investigating.
  10. One that always irritated me and was mainly used by Londoners at the end of every sentence, although isn’t heard so often now is…… ‘nah ot I mean?’ (Know what I mean?) Was used even when the perpetrator didn’t necessarily expect an answer. I always wanted to say, every time I heard it, no I don’t know what you mean, please explain! I suppose it is all part of the evolution of language and the spoken/written word, accelerated and made worse by social media platforms. Quite why folk feel the need to emulate gangsta rap lowlife in the way they communicate with others, I can’t imagine! 🤷‍♂️
  11. What about a Renault 2L turbo engine, given they will be partnering with them in the future? There is a precedent from the S1 Europa too.
  12. That used to be normal practice in my industry too and nobody considered it unreasonable at the time. Even the guys working in the factory would regularly go out for a few lunchtime pints before returning and operating potentially dangerous machinery. But then back in the 60’s when I started driving, it was still considered socially acceptable to drive out to the pub to meet your mates in the evening and down 8 or more pints before driving back home again. I believe in Japan at that time, drunkenness could even be used as a mitigating factor in causing an accident. Different times.
  13. Mercedes are for old people?🤬 Oh hang on............. 😉
  14. Ouch, that’s not a cheap fix! Porsche do seem to have had more than enough serious engine faults in several of their cars. BMW too.
  15. Reminds me of a pheasant experience I had back in the 80's. I was out for the day with a colleague visiting a customer up in Norwich and we decided to use his company hack, a Mk 4 Cortina Ghia (heady stuff eh?) and just as we were batting along the A11, a pheasant suddenly flew out of the hedgerow straight into our path. There was a thump and a few feathers flying over the bonnet, so we stopped and got out to search for the bird, thinking we might need to put it out of its misery, if badly injured - and into the boot of the car, obviously. Well, try as we might, we could find no sign of the bird and no sign of any damage to the car either so thinking it must be ok and flown off, jumped back in the car to continue the journey. A couple of miles further on, my colleague noticed the temperature gauge starting to rise so kept an eye on it but still it was climbing towards the red. We stopped and lifted the bonnet to see what was going on and it was definitely very hot under there. There was nothing obvious, so all we could do was wait for it to cool down and limped on to a petrol station that, luckily, was a couple of miles up the road. We pulled in and again lifted the bonnet to wait for it to cool. Our thinking was to check the coolant in the rad and top up but if that wasn't the issue, we'd have to phone the AA from the filling station. Remember there were no mobile phones in those days. Cutting a long story short, we had to call the AA and after a 2 hour wait, said patrol man arrived and after checking a few areas under the bonnet, had the presence of mind to look through the radiator grille! There, hidden between the grille and radiator and under a cover plate at the top of the rad, was one very dead and slowly cooking pheasant. What happened was the plastic grille had very neatly split vertically right in the middle, allowing the bird through, and then immediately sprung back in to place, hiding the bird and with no sign of breakage until you gently pushed it with your hand.
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