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  1. Car went in for a cambelt change on Thursday (fuck doing that for a lark). Parked it on the road overnight so my other half could drop off the keys in the morning (they specifically asked if they could have it with the engine cold because the belt on the PD lump tightens up when it's warm and apparently it takes hours to cool down - they've changed dozens of PD cambelts) and when Lady Grumpius turned up with the key, the rear window was smashed. Big stone had got flicked up off the road and gone through it. Only £75 on insurance in the scheme of things but hugely unlucky and quite irritating. Wouldn't have been a person. Garage is in the middle of nowhere and there really is no footfall at all.
  2. Reading a broadsheet behind the wheel is a bit trickier than checking the news on your phone, to be fair.
  3. As much as my neighbours are nice people (and they are) the idea of not having for five miles is highly favourable. This is why it is my ambition to live off the land in the Outer Hebrides...
  4. In my part of the World, it's a prick's reaction to any situation.
  5. We have a Keter 'Keep-it-Out' binstore with two wheelie bins in it. Neither bin is empty. Today I went out there to find the bin store had been blown two feet forward. Also, the middle fence panel was rocking in the wind. Looks like it's loosened up around the base and will need more poscrete. I've shoved some wooden wedges down there in the meantime. I live on top of the Downs and it gets channeled down my road by all the houses so it makes a right racket. We didn't lose any roof tiles though. The last major storm we had, we lost a couple because the builders hadn't put the edging on properly. One of them hit my other half's car - which did about £0.02 of damage in the shape of a tiny dent and scratch in the roof and some trim. Which was lucky.
  6. If you can save this, then you really are a hero and probably the owner of the most 323s in the UK...
  7. All the time I lived there I never once saw him. Maybe he called the Audi the Dove from Above?
  8. Hah! Every time I format a drive I have a moment when I check my partitions and devices before I hit the button. To be fair, I managed to completely delete the OS on my laptop a while back. Or rather, rendered it completely unreadable. Because I'm a moron. Also, the brake pad warning light was the sensor wiring being wappy. Apparently I have about 30% wear on the fronts and 50% on the back. Which isn't bad given that it's been a few years and I do 20K a year... And if anyone asks why I didn't just look myself - my driveway isn't level and there isn't anywhere level nearby that would be out of the road.
  9. Driving to Ramsgate this afternoon and the 'Check Brake Pads' warning comes up on the dash. Can't do it at home so I'll have to ship it out to my tame garage. I'm off work tomorrow so I'll try and get them to fit it in - but I had that money eyed up for something else. Never mind. It's three years since it was last done. Got my money's worth but didn't want to spend more money this month...
  10. He's not carrying a Mondeo spoiler from Halfords, either. That's how I'd identify you in public, Stu!
  11. Mine ran for 60K until it all finally gave way in spectacular fashion. I don't recommend it, mind.
  12. Someone in my road has bought a white Audi Q7. Fuck me. Bad choice. Especially around here in winter...
  13. Oh goodness me, yes. You're right.
  14. Funnily enough there's exactly the same discussion going on in Swanscombe near Gravesend. Except it was a Paramount Enterainment resort on an old quarry. First proposed in 2012, supposed to be starting construction in 2021. Paramount pulled out in 2017. Sure, that will happen... It was also delayed by the discovery of a rare species of spider on the land.
  15. I've done pretty well today, I think... Bastard child of Ovlov & Renault. Does anybody else remember when these were all over the place? This examples has only done 37,500 miles. ...and my best spot of the decade. On the A2, doing 60. An Trabant! Photo courtesy of Lady Grumpius. I got excited and she couldn't work out why. I just asked that she get a picture. This has 128,000 miles on it. Can you imagine how desperate you'd have to be to drive that much in this car? I suppose it's only 4,250 or so a year - but still.
  16. Sounds like you're getting outside at least. I only get outside walking to meetings...
  17. Does it have a battery isolator under the bonnet? Only asking because my Great Uncle had one he sold a few years ago...
  18. Jesus Christ. I'd imagine the employment decisions weren't made by an IT-literate person, either?
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