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  1. They might as well try, my mate is one of 5000 BT employees that have recently got their jotters........
  2. Selling petrol retail is a complete waste of time as the margins are non-existent. Only one third of the petrol stations that existed in 1970 still exist. Of those, the big oil companies either own directly or franchise the forecourt. The petrol sales are only used to get people in the shops, which are profitable. Also, since they have high cash flow many garages are simply fronts for money laundering operations. As for the supermarkets, like much of their products, petrol is a loss leader, and is again used to lure you into the store. Essentially, you feel happy as you are getting ripped o
  3. Just remember, you have money, the Government wants it, therefore we can expect more of the same in the future. YOU are the enemy. The Police are simply uniformed tax collectors/bailiffs. Get the proof before paying anything as the Police are likely to have lost it due to their institutional imcompetence. Smash the state and free the people, particularly the driving people.....
  4. Looked pretty stable approach until the gust shifted the aircraft off the centreline. A320 bit of a handful in a crosswind, that's why I like Boeing aircraft, although anything with a high wing is good. Doubt anyone got disciplined as that is the nature of weather, it always liable to turn round and bite you on the ass. Good recovery and excellent decision to go-around after departing the centre-line. Please note that unlike piston engines, high bypass turbo fans take a long time to spool up. As for having another go, why not, you have to get back on the ground and Western Europe was ver
  5. Replacing the cam-belt was one of the first things I had done, but that was in 2002, should be time for a new one by now. As for the smell of fuel, I always thought it could be related to the clear plastic breather line that connects both tanks, but then again, knowing the Esprit, it is probably one or both tanks, although I never did find a fuel leak. Plenty of oil leaks though. Don't know the weight of the engine, best of luck. Hope she gets back on the road soon. Stuart
  6. Sell the Bentley, keep the Lotus.........wish I still had mine, Esprit I mean.
  7. I know the feeling Kimbers, I hit the big 4-0 earlier this year too, bummer. On the bright side my back is still OK, unlike my brother's [and he is 4 years younger than me]. When I got my Esprit at the ripe young age of 34 people kept commenting on my "middle age crisis"...........what, are you kidding, it took till I was 34 before I could afford the insurance....... Cheap [or is it cheaper] insurance is one of the few benefits of getting older. Careful exercise and caution in the bedroom should ensure a reduction in back related problems..... Stuart
  8. Better order the "made in China" flags now. A classy adornment to any Esprit...... Stuart
  9. They were in Ice Blue and I remember sitting in them. I even have some photos somewhere in my parents loft. I wanted to drive them sooooo badly. I often wonder if they are still on the road. Stuart
  10. Slightly off topic but related to the car buying experience. I notice in the FOR SALE section an N reg azure blue S4s. It was listed a couple of months ago but seems to have reappeared. I thought it would have been bought by now. Good colour combination on a popular car. Does anyone know this particular car? Stuart
  11. Are you sure you want to MARRY her, I think you may have used the incorrect verb there.... Hehehehehehehehehe....
  12. Have also seen the yellow/green Esprit in the fibre glass. Not my cup of tea but a very professional job. It certainly stands out.... The Ferrari badged red car is a joke however....I am sorely tempted to buy a 308 and badge it as an Esprit.... Stuart
  13. Paul Why are you selling your favourite combo, green & tan by the way... Stuart ex 89se (green & tan)
  14. The word SOLIPISM keeps popping into my head and I don't know why... Stuart p.s. Boycotting a restricted supply, interesting...I have boycotted Man Utd my entire life...
  15. In the current market oil demand is in line with oil supply. Although the major problem is in supplying refined product with the current world wide refining system operating at close to maximum. There is little investment in new refineries as they are very expensive, take a long time to build, are not very popular with people, and complete waste of money as the return on investment will be negligable due to declining crude oil supplies. Within five years demand will outstrip supply a large margin which will lead to an unavoidable increase in the cost of everything, petrol, food, electricity
  16. I think we would be in real trouble if we had to rely on a DeLorean. At least being associated with this particular disaster area didn't do too much harm to Lotus or its reputation. I seem to recall it ran on nuclear fusion. Now, if someone can find the solution to that particular conundrum then we will all at least have electricity. I've always found the thought that cars would fly in the future amusing as fender benders in mid-air would prove a little troublesome. Just imagine walking along the street when a car lands on your head...ouch.... Stuart
  17. I really hate to be pedantic but it won't matter where you live or who is in charge or what God you believe in, reducing supplies of fuel whilst the population of the planet increases by 90 million per annum is only going to result in one thing... One for economists everywhere, markets cannot assist in dealing with a finite supply of anything. Once the oil is gone even Roman Abramovich won't be able to get any... Hydrogen is an energy carrier not energy, you need lots of energy to make hydrogen, usually with electricity, how are we going to make electricity as all alternate sources requi
  18. I hate to rain on everyones parade ground BUT my advice to anyone with a decent car is to enjoy it NOW..the reason is quite simple...OIL...or lack of. It may have recently come to your attention that in 2005 the UK became a net importer of energy for the first time in over 25 years. In addition we have decided to invade Iraq and are about to invade Iran, WHY...democracy...NOPE...wmd' secure the last of the worlds oil supply...simple really. If you look at the figures for oil demand, it is growing exponentially whilst supply struggles to maintain a plateau. Europe [including
  19. In answer to your question, I have just finished reading Wasting Police Time by PC David Copperfield. [iSBN 0-955285-41-0]. Apparently this is the paperback version of his infamous blog. Essentially it describes a year in the life of a police officer in a modern town in the UK. It makes for unsettling reading: Despite claims to the contrary, there really is no end in sight to the problem of police bureaucracy: every few months brings another form to be completed, putting yet another procedural hurdle between you and actually getting out on patrol and doing what you joined for. We like wh
  20. Don't want to be controversial, but you did ask. Most people on the road can't drive particularly well. 4x4 drivers can't park either, not without using my vehicle instead of the brake pedal... If people could drive they wouldn't need the perceived protection of a 4x4... Stuart
  21. We seem to have migrated from 4x4's to fossil fuels, alternative energy, and saving the planet. Personally I don't like the suburban 4x4's as they are driven by people who shouldn't be allowed in any sort of vehicle [and they keep denting my car]. Anyway, as has already been mentioned, the oil [what is left of it] is in very unstable parts of the world [something we are assisting in creating]. With increasing industrialisation of sleeping giants like China and India their is gonna be one huge bun fight in the desert for the last few drops. Interestingly their are no real alternatives to
  22. Amateurs, if you want to run a gas guzzler get a B737-400 like I will be taking to Edinburgh later today. Fuel burn is approximately 3000kgs (3750litres, 825 imp gallons) for the first hour after take off, 2000kgs (2500litres, 550 imp gallons)per hour). So, after today I will have used another 2200 imp gallons, plus another 1 imp gallon for my Max Power Saxo. Grand total for today 2201 imp gallons, although I might just do some holding to burn some more. I will however leave the 737 at the airport and not try and take it to Tesco... Personally, I don't care if you drive a Challenger Tank, m
  23. Just to be awkward I gotta say that I have never heard of anyone complaining about 4x4's in the countryside. Certainly plenty of complaints from people in our crowded, narrow, towns and cities. I think the argument is the appropriateness of the vehicle driven. Chris Eubank for instance drives around Brightons narrow streets in his Kenworth big rig. Now, if everyone in Brighton did the same it would take about three nano seconds for their to be gridlock. However most 4x4's are not bought by farmers or landowners but suburbanites. Most vehicles are used in terms of the local area and so 4x4's
  24. Indeed, it is a very thought provoking film. If you are interested in our future I would suggest The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler. Additional info can be found on his website Whilst he doesn't concur with the basic premise of the film [ie. that mankind will lose the ability to reproduce] I do think it provides an interesting backdrop for a future that is increasingly likely. The mayhem endured by most of humanity will be coming to western countries sooner than we think. Enjoy the ride whilst it lasts... Stuart
  25. Every day the view changes, but the sun always of the advantages to sitting in the front of a B737. The disadvantages, include; lack of space, having to share said lack of space with another [frequently smelly] colleague, and the fact that the office moves a lot, sometimes quite violently. One day it's the Alps, next day Etna, Venice, London, Reykavik (Iceland looks like the surface of the moon), the Med, and sometimes if we are really lucky, the person serving the coffee is the best site of the day Stuart
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