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New Job, no weekends or evenings and 20% pay rise.

Spent a long 4 years working all hours for buttons including Christmas day so to say I'm chuffed is an understatement.
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Having Iron Maiden on in the car on my way home: the perfect antidote to Radio 1!!!
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Big box of car bits turned up from GSF today, worth following them on instagram, they do some ludicrous discounts. And put the codes on instagram.
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Negotiating a roundabout, 50 yards from me a woman pulled out, slowly, then trundled off the roundabout ahead of me in the same direction I was heading.
A mile later, we'd just hit 43mph, in a 60!
Then, from a side road, a car pulled out in front of her, causing her to slow a little less than I'd had to. She went berserk. Moved up close, flashing her headlights, lots of horn, shaking her fist. Carried on for about 200 yards.

So why didn't she expect that from me earlier?
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Negotiating a roundabout, 50 yards from me a woman pulled out, slowly, then trundled off the roundabout ahead of me in the same direction I was heading.
A mile later, we'd just hit 43mph, in a 60!
Then, from a side road, a car pulled out in front of her, causing her to slow a little less than I'd had to. She went berserk. Moved up close, flashing her headlights, lots of horn, shaking her fist. Carried on for about 200 yards.

So why didn't she expect that from me earlier?
People's reactions are pretty weird sometimes and it just goes to show they live in their little bubble, anyone attempting to burst that bubble is a threat, meanwhile, they can do whatever they want.

There is a junction not far from where I live, Minor road to very busy A road, however getting out onto the A road isn't usually very hard, as big gaps do appear in the traffic.

Quite often I get stuck behind some of the most hesitant drivers ever imagined, they will sit there and peak left and right not moving, despite there being no other cars visible (good visibility at this junction, even two cars back) So when I've been waiting patiently for three quarters of an hour, there comes a point where there is nothing coming and hasn't been for a month or so, that I will give a little beep on the horn to remind them that they don't have all day and some of us would maybe like to get to work (inconsiderate I know)
This little beep, never more than a fraction of a second 'churp' if you will, usually instils a fit of rage on these people who will then stick their middle finger up should profanities in their interior mirror, usually before wheel spinning out of the junction in front of a lorry like something possessed.

I never understand this, people seriously need to chill out when driving, it doesn't do, to get that wound up. It is probably their highly strung demeanor which means they also can't make their mind up if the empty road is safe or not.
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I saw a very tidy Citroen BX today - 1990 H reg

it was grey,

reminded me of all those unpainted Airfix Kits I had

for young'uns it was just like this..

https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgu...act=mrc&uact=8

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Just picked up a new lathe. Well it's new to me, it's a Myford ML4 so at least 60 years old. It small and simple but will do most of what I need. Not useful for much car work as it's only 31/2"swing but great for light work to go with electronics projects etc. At my last work I had the use of a small prototype machine shop in evenings and weekends and I really miss it. Current work has lots of tools but as a "designer" I'm not even allowed to use a pillar drill for work projects.
Need to do some servicing at setting up but hope to be using it soon.


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Drove my mums new 208. Nice little car with a lot of features incl that city braking and all. Some observations in comparison to the Panda...

You canít see out of it half as well..
Itís SLOWER (1.0 and felt it)..
Why is the gear stick on the floor?

Have I gotten accustomed to the same vehicle features as a pensioner?! I feel like it

In the 208ís defence the steering is extremely sharp and responsive compared to the Panda, roll is relatively non existing and the brakes are also very good - think she found the right car for her lol
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Why is the gear stick on the floor?
Such a panda, driver thing to say. Having never owned a car with a gearstick on the dash but having driven quite a lot of vans I always associate dash mounted gears with vans, to me the panda is a tiny van.

(I have nothing against vans, everyone should love vans they are so damn useful!!)
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Such a panda, driver thing to say. Having never owned a car with a gearstick on the dash but having driven quite a lot of vans I always associate dash mounted gears with vans, to me the panda is a tiny van.



(I have nothing against vans, everyone should love vans they are so damn useful!!)


Lol, to be fair it is very van like if you were to draw a side profile outline with no scale on the diagram youíd be forgiven for assuming it to be one
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even though its my video it makes me laugh and i dont know why

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Lol, to be fair it is very van like if you were to draw a side profile outline with no scale on the diagram youíd be forgiven for assuming it to be one
It's why they are so practical. I remember after 9 years of Panda ownership test driving a car with a floor mounted gearstick - I kept grabbing fresh air for the first few miles when going to change gear.
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Roadworks signs.
They are resurfacing a short piece of road in my town. On approach I'm met with a sign proclaiming "Road Closed 29-31 August 19:00 - 07:00", and more saying Road Closed, & Diversion. But it is a one-way street, so it is always closed at that end. The diversion directs us around the one-way system we use every time. Genius.

At the other end. "Road Closed 29Aug - 1 Oct 20:00 - 08:00"

Looks like they are planning to start work at the 'exit' end an hour before they close the 'entry' end, but open it to allow the stockpiled cars out an hour before re-opening the 'entry' end.

On the plus side, the new surface so far looks good, at last. We now have 100 yds of pothole-free surface. Are you all jealous?
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A Ford Ranger pickup that's been seriously lowered and running on fat alloys. But still being used as a work vehicle.

How do you reassess the load capacity with lowered springs then?
Does it fail an MOT unless the load rating is reviewed?
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I can say that I became a homeowner today!!!! Now to begin life as a mortgaged man, lol!
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