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  1. I'd have thought Eau Rouge was closer to 130 ... going to get a lot of downforce from the compression from the hill and doubt the suspension will bottom. I'd try flat into left, lift, then flat to apex climbing the hill ... 'stuff a cork in" and try reducing the amount of lift.
  2. Good question.. trouble is "The Renewables" have a tendency to overclaim their contribution... what's happening NOW can always be found here ... http://gridwatch.templar.co.uk/
  3. My stitching is perfect thanks, but I was warned about that early on so take precautions, particularly when in the south of France .. I carry a shaped arc of cardboard covered in silver foil that folds in 3 and the largest screen heatshield I could buy. It saves the aircon having to work so hard when I drive off.
  4. Indeed! The shamble we are in began with Stephen Littlechild and Thatcher. He was the man who suggested how national utility companies could be privatised and she rewarded him with the post of Regulator at OFFER. Though he had no business experience, indeed when I met him in a meeting of Electricity Supply personnel he was far from "the sharpest pin in the box". No wonder Ed Wallis of Powergen ran rings around him with his manipulation of Pool Trading that Littlechild dreamed up. Neither Littlechild nor Thatcher had considered the hostile takeover of Power Co's. This is a pretty thorough account of how we got to the shambles of 2012 .. https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v34/n17/james-meek/how-we-happened-to-sell-off-our-electricity it's got a lot worse since then. Look on Wikipedia for National Grid and you'll see that from initially being a jointly owned Electricity Transmission Co by the 12 REC's it morphed into a company pursuing mergers and acquisitions including companies in USA and merging with Lattice to acquire Transco the Gas Transmission Company between 2000-2015. Directors were paying themselves £millions while reducing staff and pay for the workforce, while acquiring more and more companies. In the same period Fred Goodwin of RBS was pursuing acquisitions of many companies which went 'tits up' when he paid over the odds for ABN Amro precipitating the 2009 financial meltdown. Because NG were behaving like RBS NG staff began pronouncing it as National Greed. I'll highlight the Wikipedia entry under 2019 - NG "moved ownership of its operations in the United Kingdom to Luxembourg and Hong Kong, to protect itself from... nationalisation" - not very "UKplc" is it? That imaginary concept that was destroyed In Thatcher's era, the woman who infamously said "there's no such thing as society" .. raises the question "To whom are NG paying tax on the profits they make?" I do not have an answer. "UkPLC is a generic term that is associated with the commercial interests of the whole of the UK including the Government." That suggests there is a unified commercial interest within the UK, a pretty vacuous concept bearing in mind the number of workers needing to use food banks while the 'fat cats' in the Boardroom pay themselves £millions and distribute further £millions to shareholders. e.g. BT had it's HQ in Martlesham, near Ipswich, still a research centre, but moved into a swanky glass tower in London in 2021 more suited to a CEO paid £3.5 million. Profits of £1.3 billion, £750 million paid to shareholders yet there are workplace foodbanks within BT. I won't comment on the commercial interests of this Govt, it's plain for all to see! We also have EdF as a major player in the UK electricity industry, while being 84% owned by the French Govt/people. The French Govt is in the process of buying back the remaining 16% of shares so they can limit electricity price rises to 4% without any protest.... in France! In the UK they'll be jumping on the bandwagon of huge profits which will be returning to France. It's a great system with have in UK (that's sarcasm).. On a personal note - " you're also happy to fill your own greed boots from their coffers. A bit hypocritic don't you think? Take a breath Phil I'd hate you to have a heart attack!" ... You know nothing about me or why I continued to work into my 70's or where my earnings go. I notice numerous posts from you in a similar vein on other topics. Do you have an alcohol problem that leads to those posts are is it just an obnoxious personality?
  5. Who are you kidding? There is no such thing as UKPLC. All energy companies are privatley owned by various consortium and their profits go to shareholders. Many power stations are Combined Cycle Gas Turbines that burn gas so expect a hike in electricity prices as well as the gas prices charged to UK customers. I've worked as Consultant Engineer to National Grid Gas and it's not a coincidence that employees call it National Greed.
  6. 🤣🤣.. Very good . Did they record anything other than "Don't fear the reaper"?
  7. A great day out ... and so many Lotus! My first chance to see an Emira and was great to talk to Scott about the Emira and 'evolution' of the Evora... and here's a photo Bibs didn't get.
  8. Nice to meet you, looking forward to next time for bit more banter 'bout Barnet and Lotus, that was interrupted when my food arrived. The morning paper delivery was to High Point, 23, Beech Hill between 1962 & 64. Ian Walker & wife moved there from Friern Barnet but wanted to move back to be close to their friends so the Chapman's bought it from them in 1960. It's well placed to get to Cheshunt, about 10 miles most of which were country lanes. Got my phone out after some people were leaving/had left ..
  9. Noted... that's a bit closer to me than most but not sure how I'll be fixed - so much going on! Let you know closer to date.
  10. It's an Evora, which at launch had an integral rear wing that cleaned up the air off the rear without much drag, this was at the same race meeting in June 2009.
  11. Yup.. on original photos looks like seatbelt webbing going across the roof lights and through the window with gaffa tape holding it in place and the comm's aerial is stuck on with gaffa tape.
  12. Snetterton June 2009 - it's a good marketing ploy, particularly when the Safety Car was quicker than some of the race cars..
  13. It's the date of registration, not manufacture. Most delay to September to get the later Registration Age Identifier 59, rather than 09.
  14. UN Security Council, has 5 permanent members (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) and 10 other member countries who have a 2 year term but only 5 change each year. The 5 permanent members have the power of veto on any proposals, so a bit of a bugger that Russia can block any proposed UN action.
  15. Insurance stuff - When I bought my Evora LE in 2018 I was recommended Esure by somebody who already had one. Last December it auto-renewed at £238.76, £18 less than the previous year. That's for 6,000 miles per year, including Business Use. (The year to March 2020 I'd done 5,860 miles). Cover for France is extra but as I haven't been for 2 years because of Covid Restrictions that's not been necessary. When my Home Insurance needed renewing I checked Esure and they were best price .. but a few weeks later they sent me a cheque for £41.52 because I hadn't ticked the box to link it to the Evora Policy for the 'multiple policy discount'. Seem to be one of the few companies not trying to rip people off ... how they deal with claims, I'm pleased to say I do not know.
  16. No sympathy from me. Yet again proof that being able to buy a high performance car does not mean competence to drive one. The location on Google Maps can be seen to be a 40mph speed limit so it's a good job he found out early and didn't involve anybody else in his accident. It's idiots like that who make insurance of high performance cars expensive for all of us, when it should be cheaper. A car that can overtake quicker, brake quicker and swerve to avoid accidents without loss of control SHOULD be less likely to be involved in an accident so premiums should be less.
  17. "being non-Nato at the time" .. I presume that means you. Can't be the French because they were founding members in 1949 and no founding members have ever left. France is a nuclear power, same as USA and UK, and have developed their own devices and maintains it's sea and air delivery systems independently of others so that may be why there was no interaction. Other Nato countries of Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey also have nuclear delivery systems but weapons are provided by USA and maintained by USAF personnel under a 'sharing agreement' and USA has to supply the codes to activate them... so effectively control their use.
  18. No photoshopping, just Lotus, camera, pretty babe, location found on Google Maps and a bit of sunshine was a bonus..
  19. I bought mine BECAUSE it had Oyster and Aquamarine.. just thought it looked 'class', not 'flash'. Wasn't really looking for yet another Lotus but I got the "I really like that" urge. Seen photos of an Aquamarine that was "black packed", including roof, I think it was in Australia, and to me it looked like when a beautiful woman gets a tattoo - right across her face! His car, his choice but certainly not mine.
  20. I quoted the other guy's order number but I'm a few years after him so might be easier for them to find mine... BUT .. hopefully the East Anglian meets will start again soon - I can bring my 250ml bottle and let you have a squirt on a bit of sponge. I did the whole bolster panel and it hardly used any. I was a long legged beanpole that had to run around in the shower to get wet but I've got a lot wider since I stopped playing football but continued the same beer consumption. My normal seat position was fairly well back so it didn't occur to me.
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