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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

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We've been doing the A1/M1 a couple of times lately when visiting my Daughter (and family) down near Salisbury Wilts instead of the A702/M74/M6 and I rather like it - need to keep your wits about you when not on the dualed bits though. I used to always use the A68 back in the late '60's and 70's when we lived down in London and were coming up to stay with parents (one set in Edinburgh the others in the Borders) It was always good fun up and down the hills and around the bends. (much more fun in my MK1 Cortina GT than the old Anglia we first had when married.) but I've tended to stay off it after reports of the multiplicity of speed cameras. Nice to hear many of them have now gone - thanks for that must give it a go soon.
I'd normally use the A1 (the coastal sections are a highlight) but Sat nav reckoned using the A68 was 20 miles shorter and about 2 minutes slower. Figured using the road less travelled was better as there's hardly any services on the A1 that far north anyway so it would be easier to find somewhere to pull over on the 68 out of the way if munchkin needed attention.

Will say if you do go up, Jedburgh to Edinburgh there's at least 10 speed cameras with 1 or maybe 2 Newcastle to Jedburgh. So once you see the border keep your wits about you. Though if memory serves theres no more than there is on the A1. That and last time I did the A1 my memory is having the cruise control set at around ACPO guidelines..I.e. within +10% of the speed limit and bell ends in Audis and BMWs piling up behind to make questionable overtaking maneuvers so at least theres less of that.

Google maps pinged them all...much to my wife's annoyance "is that another speed camera? this is ridiculous". Its actually much better than it was, it's just that passengers notice them more when every 5 or 10 minutes in some sections you hear "bong! There's a speed camera ahead"
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Well. Maybe not so good when on the long haul down south which is what we're usually doing on this route. I only have a "steam driven" phone and even then it's rarely switched on so Google maps is something I look at on my laptop - if at all.

Although I did drive quite rapidly when younger, did a bit of rallying and was professionally involved in racing, I now just potter along with the general flow and pretty much stick strictly to the speed limits. I think I'm more likely to spot them on the A1 as it's borders are quite open compared to the A68 and I am more familiar with it too. So maybe I'll go a wee detour on the A68 instead of the A7 when visiting my brother or other friends down in the Border country but I think it'll be the A1 for the long haul.

Hope you guys had a nice day out on your Edinburgh adventure.
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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

Rounded off my Holiday with a sunny day and trip to Yorkshire. Wander round Richmond and it's castle before a chippy tea in the car before back on the A1 again.

Back to the commute tomorrow..
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England (& Wales) winning the most epic game of cricket ever bar none.

I defy anyone to say cricket is boring after that!
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A vegetarian, chewing at her fingers.
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Early trip to the supermarket. (Ordinarily this would be a grumpy thread, or if not too bad, the 'not smile not grumpy' thread.)

An opportunity arose for a bit of mischief, which brightened the day.

About to enter an aisle, ahead, two women, one late middle-aged and her mum presumably, a trolley each, both nicely close to one side, but managing to knock stuff off the shelves.
So I moved along to another aisle, and returned a few minutes later. They're still there but past the point I needed.
I got what I wanted, and moved out to pass them, at which point the one in front spun her trolley around to block the remaining two-thirds width. I'm now central, trying to pass the older woman, who also spun her trolley around to face me.
So now I have these two facing me, side-by-side, no way past. People behind, one tutting nicely.
Initially I just stood my groound, waiting for one or both of them to realise they were the problem and move to create passage. Then the older woman looked directly at me and said, "could I just squeeze through please".
"NO", I said, calmly, quietly, but firmly, "you two are blocking the aisle, no-one is going anywhere until you sort it".
Got a snigger from behind me, some angry looks from the two women, but then they did manage to move sideways to create space for the rest of us to pass.

Did the rest of the shopping with a smile.
The other day, we had a narrow road blocking car driver with same attitude. She was properly wedged between a Transit van and the hedge and refusing to move. The fact there was at least 12" clear on either side, there had been no grinding noises and neither vehicle can jump sideways was above and beyond any comprehension. I was getting out of the car to give directions when a driver closer-to had the same idea. These people have zero self awareness yet we let them operate killing machines.
In fairness, the road is narrow, busy at times and the hedge is never cut back far enough. But its common knowledge so she's unlikely to be not aware of the situation.
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Had a lovely short conversation with a guy in a pick-up. Road narrows due to parked cars on my side. Enough room for us both, so I kept going. Into the middle, he stops and waves at me to stop too. So windows alongside, he squeaks about 'right of way' and I should have given way.
"Have our mirrors clashed?" I asked. "No".
"Have you hit the kerb?" "No"
"Where's the problem then?"
And off I went, with a silly smirk.
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Had a lovely short conversation with a guy in a pick-up. Road narrows due to parked cars on my side. Enough room for us both, so I kept going. Into the middle, he stops and waves at me to stop too. So windows alongside, he squeaks about 'right of way' and I should have given way.
"Have our mirrors clashed?" I asked. "No".
"Have you hit the kerb?" "No"
"Where's the problem then?"
And off I went, with a silly smirk.
My last Panda has been the destroyer of many Audi and BMW wing mirrors .... god knows how it didnít fall off .. it was cracked, scratched and once the mirror fell off. Iím sure an entire new assembly cost less than the wiring loom for the more on those German cars, oops.

(And every time it was because either they were parked on a double yellow line at a junction OR crossing when itís a 30 zone with a Ďone way priorityí stop, seeing the Panda and thinking theyíll take the risk). Hope their shortcut outweighs the repair cost...
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My last Panda has been the destroyer of many Audi and BMW wing mirrors ....

And every time it was because either they were parked
Iím gonna guess you didnít stop and leave your insurance details having smashed the wing mirror off a parked car regardless of location is still 100% your fault.... best case even if itís through a priority type junction youíd be 50% to blame as priority is not an absolute right.

Itís not illegal in every case to be stopped on double yellows and in any motoring incident when property is damaged youíre supposed to stop and exchange details.


Youíre that person who damages someoneís car, thinks itís funny and doesnít leave a note or anything, justifying your behaviour because itís a BMW or Audi.

Iím sure your attitude would be completely different if you came back to your new car to find someone had deliberately damaged it and driven off.

Or where you just posting this to perpetuate the ĎI hate BMW and Audií rhetoric that some on here seem to like
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I find that Merc / BMW / Audi drivers tend to leave excessive space on the left but when push comes to shove they won't argue with an old car coming the other way and they will move to make space. They will complain it's their piece of road but in the end they know they know the old car is worth 2p and their PCP will screw them hard for any repairs.
The biggest issue with these people is entitlement. "I pay a fortune for this palace on wheels so everyone should get out of my way".
But I'm not excusing old car drivers of entitlement mentality. All too many expect at least 100 yards in front (just in case) and get horribly upset when someone quite legally and safely uses that space. These entitled drivers are the ones who aggravate traffic queues by leaving excessive space and not moving forward promptly.
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Iím gonna guess you didnít stop and leave your insurance details having smashed the wing mirror off a parked car regardless of location is still 100% your fault.... best case even if itís through a priority type junction youíd be 50% to blame as priority is not an absolute right.

Itís not illegal in every case to be stopped on double yellows and in any motoring incident when property is damaged youíre supposed to stop and exchange details.

Youíre that person who damages someoneís car, thinks itís funny and doesnít leave a note or anything, justifying your behaviour because itís a BMW or Audi.

Iím sure your attitude would be completely different if you came back to your new car to find someone had deliberately damaged it and driven off.

Or where you just posting this to perpetuate the ĎI hate BMW and Audií rhetoric that some on here seem to like
Well, to be fair, if I was blocking a busy junction outside a takeaway or busy junction with my car so that nobody could have any hope of manoeuvring around it during a short green light of bumper-to-bumper traffic, I'd not be surprised if somebody later recognised the car and made their anger known. It'd be sh*tty, but if I was a sh*tty inconsiderate driver causing other people a lot of headache out of ignorance, surely that'd serve me right.. (or anybody)

Another thing would be if I drive like an absolute jack*ss, while it'd be totally illegal for someone to get out and assault me, you can totally see where the aggravation arose from.

Out of curiosity, when is it okay to be stopped on double yellow lines?

For the record, if I had a 30k+ car I'd be doing everything to NOT p*ss people off, knowing that there's probably a lot of jealous / hateful people out there who would consider damaging it regardless, I'd not want to give a single reason for them to 'justify' any bad behaviour.

My old mirror had clipped a lot of cars, from new flash ones to old bangers, all where the drivers decided they would squeeze through despite their side of the road being blocked etc. I can only assume they didn't care as they drove on. Let's face it, it's not like they'd not spot me again in such a funny looking little battered up car in a small city like where I live.

Don't get me wrong, it's silly and lowering down to their level. And it's certainly stopped 110% with the new car. I keep a good distance from the traffic in front, and no longer try to block people from cutting in. I just drive to the edge of the line to 'force' them to overtake properly and not be dangerous, which I'm sure is fine. When people do overtake now etc, I just let them and actually make it easier to.

Luckily though, the manual black plastic mirrors on the new car will still cost me what, £25 for an entire brand new assembly? Definitely a lot less to cry about in the event it does get clipped.

I remember in 2015 getting a repair quote from a Vauxhall dealer for my mums 2004 Corsa Active which had coloured electric mirrors, one cover cracked. They wanted £440 for a deep blue painted insert plus fitting.... Unbelievable. Now, what would that price be at Audi? hmm...
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Out of curiosity, when is it okay to be stopped on double yellow lines?
If you have a valid disabled badge and you aren't contravening loading restrictions or any other plated restrictions, and you are a safe distance from any junction you can park on them for 3 hours nevermind stop on them.

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Rees-Mogg ran "sensible" figures through the treasury economic model and got a boost to the economy of £80 Billion. Hammond ran the model with his worst of all worlds figures and found a loss of £90 Billion. Bearing in mind that Hammond's shouts of doom have been wrong from the outset, I think its fair to say we will at least be no worse off and might be better off.
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I think you're mistaken.

Rees-Mog ran the figures and found he'd personally be £80bn better off... even if the country was bankrupt!
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