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  1. Absolutely the best way of doing this is by cab, but if that isn't viable then there are good bus services that are pretty cheap.

    The Bronx is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.  I would recommend, though, that he doesn't stroll around on his own - especially at night.  But that applies pretty much anywhere nowadays.

    I'd consider his vulnerable time will be during travel JFK (I assume) and where he's staying, but daytime bus transportation is OK in NYC.  Apart from that, he'll be fine as he's with locals.

    I understand your concerns!  Last year, my sister and BIL unwittingly booked an AirBNB in a rough part of NYC, and I voiced some concerns.  Turns out the extremely dodgy locals liked them, looked after them, and gave them the time of their lives.

  2. Monster, innit?

    Certainly my favourite to date - because of its complexity and, of course, the subject which is a superb craft.

    Waitng in the wings right now (plan to finish the DeAgostini X-Wing first) are two contenders:  the new Ultimate AT-AT, and Titanic - another of my favourite subjects and Lego's largest kit yet.  Really looking forward to both of those.

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  3. 4 hours ago, internets said:

    Think you will find that’s Ginger not Baby, thought you of all people would be up on your spice girls

    Fair cop.  However, in my defence, they're all the same.  Crap.

    4 hours ago, internets said:

    Micheal Caine’s brother used to live in Ruislip until he passed away a few years ago, if that counts

    I suspect I'm just one of a lot of people that didnt't know that.

  4. 8 minutes ago, Bling said:

    Isn't Sir Elton one of yours ?

    Only for his association with WFC.  However, Tracy & I do know Elton (ie he knows us) as Tracy used to work directly for him and Graham Taylor at Vicarage Road.  Used to attend his parties in WIndsor - crazy days and an amazing car collection.

    Anyone remember Luther Blissett?  I used to work on his cars with him.  An outstanding mechanic and now into motorsport.

    And I used to go to college in Watford with George Michael.  Didn't go outside with him though.

  5. The top image may confuse you due to the dimple reference.  But just follow the logic below, regardless of image.

    1. Camshaft and crankshaft pointers are aligned correctly, yes?  If so, there's no risk of engine damage from interference.

    2. If you draw a straight line from the centre of the aux sprocket to the centre of the crank pulley, the CONCAVE dimple on the outer edge of the aux sprocket intersect this line.  No other mark on the aux sprocket is of any interest to you.

    3. If the aux sprocket dimple is not where it should be, then you should be able to compensate by moving the plug leads around and adjusting the distributor to achieve accurate ignition timing.  You will need a timing light to do this accurately.  Alternatively, dismount the timing belt and start again.

  6. 1 hour ago, jonwat said:

    Turn the engine through another 360 degrees as the camshafts turn at half engine speed :thumbup:

    Agreed, they do, but that doesn't solve his issue.

    It's the camshaft position that determines cylinder compression.  If you know you're definitely at TDC on the crank marker then your photos show the top of the compression stroke.  The aux sprocket has been incorrectly set; if it is indeed approximately 180deg out, then Andy's lead advice is correct.

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  7. Tracy and I were jabbed first in March, then in May.  We are part of an antibody study and test every month, and at end November (just prior to boosters) we still had antibodies.  No volume detail though.

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