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What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread


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#45091 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:25 PM

A strange day today.
It took me an hour and a half to get out of the yard this morning, first my vehicle was unserviceable, then it's replacement wouldn't start, then after that nobody could unlock the lorry that was parked across the back of mine blocking me in.
On Mondays my job is to drive to all the inaccessible places in a mini bin lorry and pick up garden waste, the rounds are about 120 miles long and cover all sorts of roads right down to dirt tracks.
My replacement vehicle was a full sized bin lorry...
A decision was made to do what was possible, so I spent the whole day putting a quart in a pint pot.
I was enjoying myself so much I did an hour an a half of overtime and didn't even realise until after I had got home.
But the biggest grin of the day was when I got home.
My Nephew came round on his new to him VFR400 like I used to have and he and his father have decided that I should buy his bike and the price is very good, family rates

So I will shortly be back on the road on a Yamaha SRX 600.
And I had chips for tea.

 

I think that might be one of my favourite grins for a while. And I don't even like bikes. I do like lorries and chips though.


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#45092 OFFLINE   John F

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:14 AM

The homeowner is liable, full stop. It’s the homeowner that’s dicking you about, the insurance companies will sort it out amongst themselves afterwards. Go legal. Go to the CAB, then the small claims court.

 

^ This.

 

The dog's owner is ultimately liable for their pet's actions.

 

So I will shortly be back on the road on a Yamaha SRX 600.

 

Nice!

 

They're not particularly fast, but they have a certain charm.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:31 PM

Entered a Facebook competition a week or so ago and forgot all about it.

 

Got a message yesterday to say I'd won 2 tickets to Race Retro at Stoneleigh next weekend. Get in!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:51 PM

Was going to put this in the grump thread, but for some reason it made me laugh, and I think I've spouted enough bollocks in the grump thread this week...

The company I work for are "re-alligning" their manufacturing, meaning that the custom-built systems we make will now be manufactured in Italy. But they want to keep the project management, Engineering, Sales and Support staff here in the UK. The decision has also been made to leave the supply chain alone for the moment, so we will be sourcing everything in the UK (most stuff within 30 miles of my location) shipping it all to Italy for assembly, and then shipping it back to the UK direct to customer site.

What is supposed to make use of some spare resources in Italy. What it is actually going to do is make a complete and utter mess of the entire process, cost more, mean more people are sat about doing nothing, and make the Engineering process ten times harder, as the kit isn't easily to hand.

For some reason this announcement made me grin, and then laugh. I suspect it was sarcastically, as there's no way any of this is even remotely funny.

I think it's probably time for a new job. Actually, I think it's probably been time for a new job for a while and this just makes it now *definitely* time for a new job. Which hopefully is a positive thing, and I'm going to do my damndest to make it a positive thing...
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:25 PM

I took a day off work today. Hardly slept and my stomach has been not playing ball. Wasn't sure if I was coming down with something but now I'm pretty certain it's stress related. Too much going on in my personal life right now and work has a few hard deadlines. Pretty sure yesterday pushed it over for me.

This morning I was pacing around the house, feeling really uncomfortable and uneasy. After a bit of Dr Google I realised it's probably a flood of adrenaline and a fight/flight reaction.

Anyway after I realised this I went for a walk locally around my favourite spot to burn it off. Bristol takes a lot of flack but I do like the place. This is only a 5 minute or so walk from my house. You can't do this is many towns or cities.

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Looking the other way.
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Had a sit around here for a bit to relax.
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Visited my favourite garage again.
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I always wonder if this Moggy is past saving.
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I do like this picture. Might make it my background.
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I quite like the brand new sign against the old.
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I love little hidden alleyways. Especially ones that are easily missed when driving.
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I feel a lot better now.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:47 PM

I like Bristol too, it's probably the only city other than Brighton that I'd consider living in (I generally prefer smaller places).

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:00 PM

That greengrocer's apostrophe in the blue HGV sign would play merry havoc with my OCD...


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#45098 OFFLINE   RobT

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:04 PM

Time out (however brief) to clear the head is always a good thing.

 

A photo of the MGB outside Frenchay Garage is required I think.  Calendar material for 2019.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:07 PM

That greengrocer's apostrophe in the blue HGV sign would play merry havoc with my OCD...


It just an opportunity to write something
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:42 PM

I like Bristol too, it's probably the only city other than Brighton that I'd consider living in (I generally prefer smaller places).

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I grew up for most of my life in villages and Bristol is the first city (even town) that I've lived in. Moved here when I went to university in 2005 and not been away for more than a year. I definitely want to go back to one in the future, but for now it is very useful having all the mod cons of a city on your doorstep and work only 15 minute cycle ride or 25 minute drive away. However Bristol has plenty of green spaces and parks too. As we're on the outskirts, the countryside starts merging in.

Time out (however brief) to clear the head is always a good thing.

A photo of the MGB outside Frenchay Garage is required I think. Calendar material for 2019.

Yeah I keep meaning to pop over and take a few pictures. There is a really nice church too nearby.

Made this my background. I'm not a person to customise my phone much (infact I never do), but I really this picture! I think it's the rust, missing letter and wonky R. Almost looks like it was especially staged for it. Even down to the handle being in the middle bottom.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:47 PM

panda of much spinnage in for mot on saturday

 

oh.

 

shit.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:18 PM

My mobile phone is very old and keeps resetting its own date so all my Flickr pictures uploaded from it reckon they were taken in 1980.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:08 PM

My mobile phone is very old and keeps resetting its own date so all my Flickr pictures uploaded from it reckon they were taken in 1980.

Either that or it's got some amazing Artificial Intelligence that's getting confused about what date is is since all your photos are of old cars.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:29 PM

panda of much spinnage in for mot on saturday

 

oh.

 

shit.

 

(£80 waiting)


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:33 PM

for the last 10 years ive not smelt brown when waiting for an mot pass :P


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:13 AM

Job hunters.....

 

Guarantee a job offer at Citroën by sending in two cv's. 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:33 PM

Went to a gig last night:

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They finished with a live rendition of this song:



Might be slightly hoarse from singing along to the chorus of that one...

:D :D :D



EDIT: This video also just cheered me up. Ashens is just so caustic and cynical, it's amazing.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:07 PM

I was trying to explain Autoshite to a friend earlier while we drove along. A bright yellow Nissan Stanza came the other way at just the right point in the conversation to point and say 'like that'.

Was it my old one?  Can't be that many bright yellow Stanzas around.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:22 PM

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A colleague went out to chap complaining of smoke and a burning smell under the bonnet of his recently serviced car.

The old fuel filter had been dropped down the back of the engine where it became wedged on the exhaust..

 

whoopsy whoops.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

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A late Corsa engine at a local garage.
Anyone who can keep running an engine until it does this needs to get a Bus pass

I am thinking of posting snippets again on the much photobucket decimated ''Tales of a Roadside Breakdown operative'' if anyones got the stomach for it.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:47 PM

Not sure whether it's a grin or a grump, but I appear to have emerged victorious from a last-second sniper attack for a pile of Jalopy magazines from 1992/93, so I guess it's a grin. The only serious casualty appears to be my PayPal balance - a jump of £16.10 in the last three seconds. But I really wanted them. Especially Issue #2 complete with sticker. 

 

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Still, nine issues for £30-odd posted isn't exactly unreasonable. This very nearly completes my run of Britain's Smallest, Dullest Motoring Mag, with only #12 (Allegro 20th birthday) and #13 (Escort profile) still missing.

 

Some of this haul will be used to fill in the missing Joypal issues on the ShiteScan thread's PDFs (if Mr Somewhatfoolish remains amenable to the task of scanning and uploading them).

 

http://autoshite.com...is-our-concern/

 

Duplicate issues will be offered out to interested parties at a later date!

 

EDIT: I hope I wasn't bidding against someone here! :shock:


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:48 PM

How do you even do that to an engine?



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:50 PM

The blue van at work now has a driver's sunvisor again!  Whoopee!  After trawling around town looking for vans going to scrap, one of my contacts suggested I might be able to bodge the visor arm, so this morning after my rounds I gathered all the bits together for an assessment.  I managed to slip the complete arm for the passenger's visor off its mounting and out of the visor, and reassemble it as part of the driver's visor.  So now we have one visor, that won't stay up properly, and one in bits under the seat.  At least Kevin and Pete, who mostly drive the blue van, will be able to see where they're going now!


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:51 PM

An excellent £30 saving exercise
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:56 PM

I am thinking of posting snippets again on the much photobucket decimated ''Tales of a Roadside Breakdown operative'' if anyones got the stomach for it.

Yes please chief!  :)


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:34 PM

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A late Corsa engine at a local garage.
Anyone who can keep running an engine until it does this needs to get a Bus pass

I am thinking of posting snippets again on the much photobucket decimated ''Tales of a Roadside Breakdown operative'' if anyones got the stomach for it.

 

Definitely Yes.  It's one of the best threads on here!


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:40 PM

I like Bristol too, it's probably the only city other than Brighton that I'd consider living in (I generally prefer smaller places).

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I like bristols  :mrgreen:  :-D


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:44 PM

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A late Corsa engine at a local garage.
Anyone who can keep running an engine until it does this needs to get a Bus pass

I am thinking of posting snippets again on the much photobucket decimated ''Tales of a Roadside Breakdown operative'' if anyones got the stomach for it.


Yes definately get posting again
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:00 PM

Ha! That reminds me of a time when I had a look at one of my mates rs turbot. ' it just won't start' he says, so while he's cranking it over I take a look underneath and see pretty much the same shaped hole...Errrrr.... Nearly fired up it did too!


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:01 PM

Plenty of want here for more tales from the hard shoulder!

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