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  1. At last Ian...back in the fold. Great looking car - hope to get a close inspection soon. Congrats and Happy Christmas!
  2. Just on the "this is the only deal available" line....does anyone actually believe that? I can believe it is with the caveat "by the deadline", but otherwise its utter BS. We may be the first to leave so there is no precedent for a divorce settlement, but we aren't the first to want a cooperative relationship with the EU from outside the EU and there appears to be a number of different deals that other countries have got with the EU so they don't always apply a one size fits all take it or leave it philosophy. The only reason they are able to sustain their line is because we have clearly been made scared to death of no deal as the experts claim we will all be some extreme of worse off the next day. Some will be, but some will do better - that is the nature of change. The great divide here (apart from the currently haves and currently have nots directly affected) is whether you believe in the long term the UK will do better as an independent economy or as part of the EU. Size matters but the complexity and bureaucracy of the EU slows it down too much to remain competitive. Hence the 10 year plus lead times for trade deals - it shouldn't need to take that long - it doesn't need to be as complex as that. Either way my fundamental brexit driver is wanting someone in power who it is possible to remove. The EU isn't set up like that. A two party system like ours is deeply flawed. You have to have one or the other despite half of either side's policies/personalities being completely unpalatable - they then claim a huge mandate for their nutter ideas when they win a GE. But at least you can switch at the next GE so if the madness and greed become despotic there is a sanction. If the EU had more than one "party" and more than one "manifesto" then I'd be happy enough to be in the United States of Europe run by the least bad elected government. Better still if there were many parties and no majorities and the resultant coalitions had to cooperate to get anything done. That slows things down but at least stops the more outrageous flights of fancy. Until then crashing out is a "better" deal than what's on the table.
  3. Amazing. I know of no one changing. Barry Brexit knows people changing towards Brexit...James Remain knows people changing towards remain. Looks like the only thing I was right about is that we all operate in our own little bubble and extrapolate unbelievable nonsense from our position of next to no insights beyond our immediate circle.
  4. I'm guessing that you didn't get the bit about neither side giving any credence to the others stats (your bit about majorities) nor their firmly held beliefs (your statement that the fudge is worse than remaining and the country being significantly weaker). I'll say it again...I've not yet come across one solitary person outside parliament who has changed their mind in either direction based on the presented evidence or argument from the other side ... It appears that what the individual believes is based on too many factors dear to them such that it cant be successfully challenged by an argument about just one or two things however "right" that particular point is even if its accepted which very few are. Or is your experience of this subject different to mine and you have made loads of converts?
  5. We bought an electric vehicle (i3) this year, so I now have another forum to monitor. Predictably the SpeakEV forum is dominated by lefty tree huggers (I'm not a good fit!). Judging by a recent poll on there its at least 2 to 1 remoaners vs leavers. There's been some "lively" Brexit discussion on various threads (all of which have now been locked!) ... but the bottom line has been the majority of them saying almost exactly that quote from Paul about the leavers. As I see it those of us that voted leave have our reasons which are many and varied but based on our experience of life in the UK and our hopes for the future. The remoaners by contrast voted remain for many and varied reasons based on their experience of life in the UK and their hopes for the future. Both sides regularly trot out firmly held beliefs in soundbites that they feel decimates the other position and are incredulous that the other side aren't convinced by them. Nearly always it involves statistics despite nearly everyone being aware of the standard textbook "How to lie with Statistics" which should at least flag up some expectation that the oppo may not believe the implied arguments from the numbers quoted. I see it as surprisingly simple. Its a binary choice - we're in or we're out. Clearly both positions will have pros and cons so its not hard to find something that is better or worse in the other position and argue that small point - as if it would have the weight to change someones position. Not even in the least emotive and well reasoned debates have I seen any evidence of anyone at all on either side changing their position. In my view we Brexiteers were lost as soon as a remainer with limited imagination was put in charge. That view from Oz a few posts ago sums it up brilliantly - we haven't had the leadership to make a success of Brexit so its going to be a fudge. To be fair to them I'm not convinced that anyone in the running (BoJo, Gove, Leadsom, Fox or even Davis or JRM?) would have had the courage and backing to do what was required either. (Well maybe BoJo would but it would be just too cringey to have him as leader - similar to how the thinking half of the US view Trump.) So what we will get will be a half arsed compromise. It wont be as good as leaving and we'll miss most of the biggest potential benefits...but we'll probably not take some of the biggest hits of Brexit either. Everyone will be able to point to their bit of success "saving" Britain from the lunacy of the other side and all those things that we miss out on will be dismissed by the other side as stuff that always was unobtainium which of course can't be proven otherwise. A huge shame, but at least it will pass and I'll be able to get back to sharing a beer and chat with others again without having that awful moment when you say something innocuous but realise you've broken cover as an X in a roomful of Ys and what everyone was enjoying as a bit of banter suddenly turns ugly.
  6. OOooerr...didn't know that (!) I reckon she'll have to change her name before we next visit then. Mrs W**k... hmmm maybe I wont mention it.
  7. You've missed a couple of letters John, surely the Lotus EggCup
  8. I've got MPX plates for all of my cars and bike but the Elan is nominally Fran's and I put M100 FAP on it when we got it for her - so car and person covered. That was 15 years ago and its since been made very clear to me that she doesn't want any identifying initials anywhere on her cars ... so her new electric daily is TO02CHY ( for "Torchy Torchy the battery boy" which brings a smile to the face of those of us old enough to remember such a thing...and a look of to most!)
  9. What a fantastic event. Thanks for doing so much to make it happen Bibbo. Thanks to Lotus for hosting so well and putting on a great day. Thanks to everyone for turning up in some glorious machinery. Well....just thanks really! Was great seeing so many to say hello to and amazing how many more we missed!
  10. Certainly impressive, but not to Watford Exotics - at least not Head Office. Presumably some secret mystery location?
  11. Yep...Lionel was at both 50th and 60th and the 40 years at Hethel do and the Lotus Esprit Forum Factory day and the Brand Hatch day for the 50th and.... Turbo Esprit first reg 1/1/86.
  12. I move my G Esprit and have moved a couple of S cars for others without issue on my standard (A410) Brian James trailer. Is it a particular model that doesn't fit or are other people's trailers narrower? If you need help Mike then I'm always happy to offer...but I'm just a bloke with a trailer - not commercial, no special insurance which means your risk and a thirsty tow car - so typically you'll do better with a professional.
  13. In my book, life is all about maximising enjoyment whether that's while working or once retired. So if you like doing nothing, then retiring has the potential to make you happier than working, but if you like doing stuff then retirement can present more of a challenge, particularly if most of what you used to do was "work". I really do believe that being "on holiday" permanently is only fun for a while - it gets boring unless you do something on your holiday. Sometimes there's not much different between doing something and working...but the biggest plus of course is that you can stop whenever you want! Personally I couldn't wait to stop the day job and jumped at the chance of getting out early. But I do enjoy being busy so set about doing stuff. First year I qualified as an HGV driver (only ever used it for a couple of days since, but it was good fun to do!). Then I got into the car show rounds (its amazing how many of them there are if you start to look). So that meant spruce up in the week and show at the w/e. Fine for a few months but that got all a bit samey. Then I started doing diy/handyman stuff for friends cos I enjoyed it and thought I might enjoy some more dosh. But it wasn't worth it to me to have the commitment rather than just freewheel so instead we looked to move house which involved finishing off doing up the house we were in ....and then taking on a new project in the West Country. Great fun - there's just oodles of things to do here and I'll never be able to get around to everything no matter how long we stay. Been here 10 years and the current plan is to stay another 10 years - but some of the chores might feel more like hard work rather than something fun to do by then so we're open to changing whenever. The property gives me an excuse to have lots of machines and a purpose to play with them. Outside school summer hols, the roads in the west country are much less busy than the southeast so a drive down to the coast somewhere is always a good day out. We count ourselves incredibly lucky ....
  14. MPx

    '85 TE checkover

    Errm, no you shouldn't need to lift to get into 5th - that's to get reverse. Obviously its a dogleg, but not a lift. One more for Sparky next time...
  15. E10 is viscous stuff, but even E5's not ideal. Best to be using one of the premium fuels with no Ethanol at all and let the mass of the disinterested and short termist cheapskates take up the carbon strain with the cheaper fuels.
  16. MPx

    '85 TE checkover

    "2nd synchro is weak" on mine was magically cured by replacing the red hose with braided - which I know some people don't credit. Similar symptoms from a cooling system not properly bled (ie put on a steep down slope, expansion cap off, run it til hot...) Now Grannie....about those eggs...
  17. Yep....No 64 was Tony's (the last one made I believe) - so probably exported to Ireland as I thought.
  18. From memory I think Tony sold his Sport 300 a couple of years or so back, I believe to someone in Ireland.....but that needs better citation as they say in Wiki.
  19. There was a good showing of Lotus in the car park today...sadly none in the Supercar parking next to the house. Didn't snap them all, but good to see another Esprit...
  20. Probably as many opinions on that as people you ask. Yes dominated by Spanish and Italians. The Spanish in particular nurture their youngsters through domestic series into the feeder classes of Moto3 and Moto2. Young Brits tend to get more involved in British series which are more road bike inspired and lead on to British and then World Superbikes - where we do very well. But not many of any nationality have made any kind of real success in moving from Superbike to MotoGP. I'm not sure why. (Indeed not many do that well going from MotoGP to WSB unless they were good there first).
  21. Tim covered some of the main personalities. Bike wise... Marquez is on a factory Honda - proving hard to ride this year but he's awesome anyway. Cal is on a not quite so factory Honda/privateer but nearly as fast. Rossi - has been with Yamaha for some years and its relatively slower this year for some reason - known as the Doctor but also often referred to as the GOAT (greatest of all time) at the age of 39 The other main contender is Ducati - ridden by Lorenzo or (my fav) Dovizioso - is the fastest bike in a straight line, but even more of a handful to ride around the corners There's a number of newer* bikes, riders and teams around who occasionally cause upsets, but not consistently. The bikes on the second half of the grid have next to no chance and effectively race in a different series with different engine rules etc. *newer being an odd choice as the key adjective to use for many (eg Suzuki, Aprilia, KTM, etc) who have clearly been around for decades.
  22. MPx

    '85 TE checkover

    I'd have thought the fact of their involvement would be seen as the explanation rather than part of the mystery....
  23. Find the Jim Clark Museum stand at the very top of the Paddock area. There £20 buys you a ticket with a chance to win a factory donated 410 Evora special edition of 1 in Jim Clark's Elan colours - proceeds to the museum at Duns.
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