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Old 06-11-2019   #10291
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Somewhere I have a pair of LED conical beam flood lights that would do a fine job. The only snag is where to fit them. Maybe I can get a super bright LED bulb for the original reverse light holder.

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As for the Alfa, I keep a magnetic based inspection lamp in the car, stick it on the back of the roof when I need to reverse in the dark!
That's a great idea I'll have to see about that.
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No one else just gently ride the brake? On the Mazda it doubles the available light output at least although it also has a passable reversing light..and park distance sensors so it's reasonably unlikely you'll reverse into something either way.
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I've never understood this.

Reversing lights:

Panda (169), barely worthy of the description, but does give some light.

Alfa 145, I assume it must be to signal to cars behind that you are reversing, because it is of no use to the driver whatsoever.

Uno, brilliant, can reverse at speed down a country lane.

Croma, like the Uno, perfect.


Why such a disparity between cars from the same manufacturer? I mean, I could understand if all fords were pants, but Fiats good, but this is just odd and has been so for decades.


Renault Super 5, was ok I think

Citroen AX, I reversed into my barn wall, 'nuff said.

If memory serves.. my 90's FIATS actually had 2 fog and 2 reversing lights..

The French cars had one of each..

Light pollution may play a part too.

Few streetlights..and no Xenons back then
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After doing a couple of triathlons, a half marathon and a 7 mile road race over the past month or so... I managed to trap a nerve in my back putting my trousers on. Then had to have a 4 hour meeting and a 4 hour drive home.

And we're going away for the weekend in the morning.

Talk about crappy timing.
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From memory, reversing lights were initially an add-on accessory, primarily to 'see' where you were going.
Later, legislation controlled positioning and brightness, so no more front foglamps used on the rear.
Legislation later again introduced them as a warning signal. This is where it all went wrong. Until then, manufacturers fitted reversing lights to help see when reversing. Now, to comply with legislation, they can be smaller, and placed where they are of no use as a light, only as a signal. What we get now depends on the overall design of the lamps, within the shape of the car.

When space is limited, we get one rear fog and one reverse lamp. Europe often get two rear fogs and no reverse lamps.

When we were using the Corsa C (high level rear lamps) with BSM, I used to fit an additional reverse lamp below the bumper, behind the left rear wheel. Almost unseen when off, but lit the left kerb nicely for a left reverse in the winter evenings.

Rear fog lamp and brake lights can help when reversingin the dark. Hazards tend to make things worse due to their flashing being blinding rather than illuminating.

If female, reverse only a little, at an angle, touch the kerb or verge, stop, burst into tears over the steering wheel and wait for the guy facing you to reverse 200 yards to let you pass. It'll make him feel superior and enhance his day.
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Button fell off trousers. Stabbed thumb while sewing it back on.
Later, went for flu jab, ouch again.

Microwave went pop.
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Well at least you got all 3 things of "bad things happen in 3s" out of the way in a day.
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Button fell off trousers. Stabbed thumb while sewing it back on.
Later, went for flu jab, ouch again.

Microwave went pop.
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Well at least you got all 3 things of "bad things happen in 3s" out of the way in a day.
If only it stopped there.
I need a simple microwave, actually difficult to achieve. The simplest, turn a knob and go, no longer have 'start' buttons, instead they go when the door is shut. So you must ensure the timer is at zero before shutting the door when finished. I can see that going wrong.
To get a 'start' button I have to go next step, electronic, with extra options built in. Shan't use any of them.
£40 from Argos, 12 miles away.
Brought it home, it won't sit still. Turned it over, one foot is depressed. No damage to the box, so presumably damaged at factory prior to packaging.
Back to Argos, so that's now 48 miles instead of 24, but at least I get to drive the Panda some more. They were a bit miffed that I insisted on inspection before leaving. Replacement, again no box damage, but some mishaping to the foot, but it does sit flat. Will they feed back to the manufacturer about damage, doubtful.
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Thanks anyway, but still no 'start' button on it. But I do need a start button, as there are others in the house who will definitely break it otherwise.
My brother bought one of those a few months back. It works fine, but is actually a bit small inside, so he moans about having to use a smaller plate (he moans about everything though - family trait).
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Now, I know some will reply 'you don't own the road outside your house'... but.

We've been living here for 16 years. It has all been very harmonious. Drive ways are too small, meaning most households park 2 cars on the drive and one on the road. Or one on the drive and one on the road... but we've all existed in peaceful harmony for a long time now. The unwritten rule being you park outside your own house and if you have visitors, they park on one of the bits of road that doesn't have houses on it.

Until 2 new neighbours moved in.

One works for the water board and has a LWB Transit. It won't fit his drive, so gets abandoned hanging over a corner.

Then the new next door neighbours ignore all current etiquette and park their guests (of which they have many!) as close to their house as possible. Which means I need to park where someone else would put their guests and guests end up parking outside someone else's house and so on...

The peace, organisation and harmony has gone and we now seemingly have cars abandoned anywhere and everywhere on the street!

Not assisted by the college across the road where they have more students with cars than they have parking spaces, so they have started migrating into the housing estate, despite it being across a road, a stream and fenced in!
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Really annoying isn't it. Our estate was built about 35 years ago and at that time there were no parking restricted street anywhere near. Less than 5 minutes walk away is the local crematorium and although it has it's own parking it can't cope when a big funeral is on so people park in the streets around, where local residents also park. This was fine until the council extended the controlled (permit) parking boundary outward from the city centre and people who previously had parked in side street nearer the centre of the city started parking in the streets near us and catching the bus up to their work in town.

So now the streets near the Crem are full of commuter cars so a few of the people who previously could park near their houses are parking in our estate because a commuter has parked in front of their house. This isn't too bad most of the time but if a big funeral is now being conducted the whole situation degenerates rapidly into chaos with mourners parking, in a last minute panic when they realize they can't get a place in the Crem or on the main street, almost anywhere. Our streets are narrow, really only suitable for parking on one side, but they park on both sides, completely blocking the pavement, some with two wheels on the grassed areas, we've even come home to find a car parked across the end of people's driveway run ins (we're open plan fronts with paved run ins as driveways) or blocking in garages in the garage block (there is a garage block which serves the block of flats across the road from our house)

Numerous complaints have been made to the Police but I think they are just so busy with other, more important, things (and probably just too understaffed) to be able to attend in time to see the problem - they are only there for the duration of the service and some will then go to the wake at the hotel out on the main road. The fire service says it's dangerous as they would be unable to attend an incident. I've tried on a couple of occasions, gently because I didn't want to sound insensitive just in case the person was a close relative/friend of the deceased, to suggest that the way they had parked was totally unacceptable in any circumstance but it didn't go well - the implication being that I was a hard hearted insensitive so and so for even attempting to bother them with it at such a time.

The Edinburgh tram line is now being extended down to Newhaven (wonder what the overspend is going to be on that?) and there is talk of our entire area becoming a controlled zone. It's going to be very interesting to see how the Crem parking will then be achieved. Should make our street a lot quieter although I can see difficulties at times like Christmas when relatives come to stay for a week or so and where am I going to put one of our cars when I'm working on one of the kid's vehicles? - I may have to slab some of the front garden I think?
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Modern housing developments are dreadful for parking - I've seriously considered grasscrete type stuff so I can park on the lawn.

Already rent a lockup for 2 cars... I guess I'm part of the problem as I have 3 cars here as well as the 2 in the lockup.

We didn't have too many issues with the college, as they mostly park in places that aren't outside houses - although it makes access tight.

It's the new neighbours ignoring the unwritten etiquette of the last 16 years which is causing the problem.

The world would be a nicer place if people didn't do things just because they can / they're 'entitled to' and thought about the impact on others.
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Twice in the past I have seen the Fire Service move vehicles very quickly.

The police can't spare the time, unless there is an emergency, or a disabled person needs access.

It may be different in other areas, but as a result of a badly parked vehicle restricting access, so creating a problem in case of any fire, I have seen a phone call to the Fire Service (not 999) result in a senior Fire Officer attending, very quickly, followed almost immediately by a recovery truck, and the offending vehicle removed.

If access along the street is less than would be required by a Fire truck, might be worth calling and asking the question. Worst case scenario is they say no.

I have also seen stories of parked cars delaying fire service vehicles. They make a report afterwards, that details any delay, including vehicle details of obstructions. The insurance company of the house affected does a calculation of the extra rebuild cost due to the delay, and each minute does more damage than the previous minute, then chases the owner of the offending vehicle(s) for their contribution to the rebuild costs. Be careful where you park.
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