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  1. Ah, bugger. To be fair, they do have me bang to rights, I knew I was taking a gamble while I popped for lunch with a friend. Had I left my car in the city centre NCP any longer it would've cost me another £30 + getting a bus/cab to meet said friend, so really it's only what I'd have paid out anyway. And it honestly took me less than a minute to pay online. Was expecting it to be a real ballache to sort out but it was easy! Can't even be that mad, really.
  2. Yeah, in hindsight there's definitely been a few red flags about their recruitment process, so potentially a blessing in disguise. Maybe it'll either give me a kick up the arse to start properly searching for something or to keep arguing for promotion where I am at the moment.
  3. Got approached for my ideal job, at a great company and a step up from where I was. That was in the middle of June. After nearly 3 months of delays, different interview stages, having to chase to get updates, had the final stage last week, was promised I'd get a response by last Friday. I got a generic rejection email with no feedback at 5pm last night. Utter waste of time. How hard is it to spend 5 minutes writing some feedback? Demoralising as hell.
  4. I paid board while living with my folks after uni. I never thought for a second I'd ever be in a position to buy a house, so instead of trying to save up say £10k for a mortgage deposit (can you tell this was a few years back??) I saved up about £3k to cover a deposit on renting somewhere and covering other assorted costs with kitting out a house, and financed a new Qashqai with some of my income. Had I known what I knew now, that about 6 months later my gran would offer to chip in a large amount of the money I needed for a mortgage deposit (getting my share of the inheritance early, basically) and that the Megane I was driving and was convinced was about to die on me would actually pass it's next MOT with flying colours, I would have not had the car and probably been in a better financial situation for the first 6 months or so of living in this house (a situation that being made redundant and finding a much better job ultimately fixed) - I would probably not have been able to move out much sooner than I did and wouldn't have got as lucky as I did with this house, though.
  5. I just got turned down for a job I technically didn't even apply for. Applied for a senior developer role, the company decided instead to interview me for a technical lead role (i.e. the next one up) and then turned me down saying I didn't have enough experience for the tech lead position. I know I don't. That's why I didn't bloody apply for it...
  6. I found the Vitara seats really unsupportive so probably one to try before considering. Mind you I am the same size as the Goodyear blimp on the portly side
  7. I find it quite amusing that in GTA 3 and Vice City, they very clearly just took pictures of a couple of wheels from the car park and used those on the car models. Like this Kuruma sporting Mk2 Punto wheeltrims: And this Cartel Cruiser which is sporting some nice 5 spoke Honda wheels, I believe off an early HR-V
  8. And another, spotted on the road this morning so no picture - Mk2 Fiat Punto, pre-facelift in that rather nice orange colour they did, on an 05... pretty sure facelift came out on an 03 and the runout models were on an 05/55...
  9. Spotted on Facebook Marketplace: A rather battered Megane II. Only it's a pre-facelift model. Facelift cars seemed to start on an 06. Heck, Megane IIIs started coming out on a 58. I can rule out it having had a front end smack and being repaired with pre-facelift parts as well, they changed a few things including the dash clocks, and the ones in this are defo the older ones.
  10. Went into the office today on the basis that the bus couldn't be that bad and it was cheaper than running an AC unit at home... well the 8:30 bus into work this morning was bad enough, and despite the weather otherwise being manageable, I figured the bus home coinciding exactly with the hottest temperature of the day was a bad call. Figured I'd treat myself, get an Uber home instead, less walking, and it'd be nice and cool. Trust me to get what seemed to be the only cab in the whole of Nottingham with no air con. I guess with all the windows down, that little red Prius was probably better ventilated than a double decker?
  11. I've fortunately seen both the Ministry of Sound orchestra and Pete Tong and the Heritage orchestra and they're both incredible live. Well worth trying to be still alive at the end of the night for!
  12. Hire car collected. Feast your eyes on this magnificence: 3rd and 5th, and 2nd and 4th are stupidly close together, reverse is a bastard to engage and the aftermarket parking sensors are having a fit every time you try and back up. It's a bit battered and the sills are entirely chequerplate, and she's done 250k kms But it has ice cold air con front and back, a Bluetooth stereo (by Pyle Auido it proudly proclaims) and some sort of turbo diesel. It'll do. Maybe I should've had the Transit instead.
  13. Have arranged to hire a car while here in Turkey, just to explore for a day or two. My initial attempt to get a Dacia Lodgy for the 6 of us via the company our hotel plugged failed but I've instead been offered an older Hyundai Starex (which as far as I can tell is a rebadged Mitsi Delica) instead. 20 quid extra for the two days would've got me a Transit minibus, but where's the fun in renting something I could've driven at home? Intrigued to see what shows up tomorrow.
  14. Oh I don't know. Everyone else had bets on what day I was going to fall over pissed before we came!
  15. Go abroad with friends, they said. It'll be fun, they said. First holiday abroad in 8 years and first proper holiday abroad without my folks. Whoever they are, they didn't account for one of said friends completely losing control of a dodgy hired jetski, coming over the line into the swimming section of the beach and crashing straight into me in the process. I'm fine, other than a sore shoulder, leg cramps from wild flailing to surface again, and a missing week old pair of prescription sunglasses. Fair play to the lad, he's absolutely mortified (and a bit bruised himself - I'm told while I was in the process of trying not to drown, he flew off rather spectacularly) and has offered to replace them when we're back in the UK, and the shoulder will heal. But come on, we'd maybe been in Turkey for 16 hours at this point, hopefully this will be the last of the near death experiences. Although we were on about hiring a car so maybe not! Maybe this is Him upstairs' way of getting karma on me for the other week's shunt in London.
  16. My 07 Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4 in a frock) was the same - came with one remote key and one regular key.
  17. The Citroen C3 Picasso had a similar feature*, I seem to recall. Although I could never get ours to do it.
  18. That's the one. From this video:
  19. Yep, apart from my time at uni I lived there until 2019. This all went down about 20 years before I was born but it's still a chip shop to this day and the news article's framed inside. On another note: I vaguely remember watching a documentary about some bombs in London, seem to recall one was found on the street, got picked up and placed in the back of what I think was a Sierra before it went off - aftermath photos showed an early model XM caught by the blast.
  20. Fun fact: After holding two officers at gunpoint in their car, Neilson was eventually captured outside a chippy in the village I grew up in! Still to this day the most interesting thing to happen there other than the village hall burning down once.
  21. I've had shite luck with Amazon bulbs. Ordered a pair of Osram Nightbreakers a few years back from Amazon (direct from them, not a marketplace seller) for the Megane after I had one go out - knowing what a pain in the arse Megane II headlights were I figured I'd get decent ones and not have to do it again. I ran out of time to do it and after realising how shite one headlight was on the way to work the next morning, I figured sod this, let's see if the garage across the way from my office will sort them out for me. Dropped the car back off at lunch, I go to get in it to go home, and both new bulbs had blown! Fortunately still open, so had to get them to chuck a set on - gave me the bulbs back so I don't think they were pulling a fast one but can't be 100%. Don't think I got my money back off Amazon...
  22. Used to holiday in Turkey most years until about 2014, some of the chod here brings back a lot of memories - most of the taxis were the 80s/90s Tofas models, although largely replaced by Doblos and a couple of Dacias last time I was there. I remember the Peugeot J9s used for the local 'dolmus' bus services. I go back in a month, and I'm glad it's still a bit choddy!
  23. All 6 of them were relatively modern boring boxes - I'd have had no objection if it was something remotely interesting!
  24. Next door to me at one point had 6 cars. Two on the drive, four on the road, although at least they blocked their own drive with one of them. Was a nightmare for visitors to park outside. Now down to 4 and still two on the drive which makes things a lot more manageable. Admittedly this wouldn't affect me if I just got my drive done so two cars could fit on it as opposed to one!
  25. My new Qashqai does away with the CD player and also surprisingly the 3.5mm aux in! Nuisance if someone else wants to play music in the car, as I don't want their phone connected via BT/CarPlay/AA.
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