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Fitted the new door mirror to the Land Rover, I was dreading the job as you have to undo the top hinge on the driver's door to unscrew the bracket from the back of the hinge. Everything came apart and went back together easily for once. I have left the door panel off as I'm waiting for a new window regulator, hopefully that will fit easily as well (I only replaced it in June so the fixings may not have seized up yet) Did run out of glue fitting the new vent flap seal, but that's a job to finish tomorrow.

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Re old phones - does pulse dialling still work with modern telephone exchanges?

I can confirm that it does, no matter what some on the internet say! May vary by exchange obviously, but it currently works on mine.

 

If it ever stops I think you can get boxes that convert pulse dialling to DTMF, and it's almost certainly trivial* to build one in these days of Arduinos and such.

 

If you've never seen an old school phone exchange working, go do that now, it's so blindingly simple but at the same time hilariously complex. Like I could probably come up with the concept given the time, but to execute it on such a staggeringly large scale amazes me. Here's a video about a fairly niche aspect of phone systems, but shows an exchange working: https://youtu.be/bUIiUXvnkUQ

 

 

Sorry for derailing the thread to now be the New Old Telephone 24 thread....

 

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Princess may well appear on that there Facebook again.  Metallic blue Audi saloon (probably about 10 years old?  Like a modernised 90s 100) behind me in traffic, taking pictures with his phone and making faces like he wasn't quite sure what he was looking at.

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I used to collect phones obsessively, and got one in every colour of the 706 and 746 (including some boxed never used) then started on trimphones and the later push button ones. I came to my senses and sold them off, including the two portable dial payphones.

 

I also had a few bakelite, French and Ericofon ones. Now I have one Jade Green Bakelite and an orange push button Ericofon.

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Anyone collecting old phones should be aware that the trimphone ( ours was avocado green) is radioactive. Oh the carefree 70s!

 

Trimphone is a product of the 1960s, the original tele 712 model being launched in 1965. The more common 722 from 1971 didn't, or shouldn't, have the radioactive dial.

 

Oh the joys of papa dustman working for BT since the GPO days.....

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Speaking of working for telecommunications companies... I have a video interview with one mentioned in this very thread! Here's hoping!

 

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I'm attending an assessment day in Inverness tomorrow for probably the same company!

 

I did the video interview a few weeks ago.

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I'm attending an assessment day in Inverness tomorrow for probably the same company!

 

I did the video interview a few weeks ago.

Nice one! How was the video interview? Rational part of my brain tells me it's just talking at a screen, which I do anyway, but I'm irrationally nervous about it.

 

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Nice one! How was the video interview? Rational part of my brain tells me it's just talking at a screen, which I do anyway, but I'm irrationally nervous about it.

 

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It seemed weird at first. I also answered the questions in about a third of the time they give you to do it. However, it's hilariously short and easy.

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It seemed weird at first. I also answered the questions in about a third of the time they give you to do it. However, it's hilariously short and easy.

Thought it might be. I'm guessing not particularly technically-oriented? Which is a shame because I did the same sort of thing for a living for significantly less money when I first entered the world of Real Jobs.

 

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Trimphone is a product of the 1960s, the original tele 712 model being launched in 1965. The more common 722 from 1971 didn't, or shouldn't, have the radioactive dial.

 

Oh the joys of papa dustman working for BT since the GPO days.....

It was the dial that glowed in the dark that had tritium. Only alpha radiation though so unless you licked the dial you’ll be ok.

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Princess may well appear on that there Facebook again.  Metallic blue Audi saloon (probably about 10 years old?  Like a modernised 90s 100) behind me in traffic, taking pictures with his phone and making faces like he wasn't quite sure what he was looking at.

hope it appears as good to see it on the road

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First crash in years today, in fact the first time I've ever had to organise paying for damage I've caused with a vehicle.

 

I clipped a parked Insignia with a van,  about £300 of mostly paint damage to the Insignia and very little to the van.

 

On the plus side the Focus passed its MOT this afternoon.

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I got up this morning, opened the curtains, saw there was no Buick outside and did a sad.  I need another wafty barge in my life.   The 75 is fairly wafty I suppose but it just isn't the same being a diesel.  I suppose even a 2.5 V6 75 would do the trick.

 

I've been running around in the newly purchased Ducato van the last few days, and I'm quite impressed so far.  Fuel economy seems to be at the same sort of level as the 75, possibly slightly less good - high 30s as opposed to low 40s.  It goes perfectly well enough to get past slower traffic - my initial impression that performance was very similar to the Maxus was backed up when I took it down my favourite stretch of private road and recorded a 0-60 of 16.4 seconds (Maxus did it in 16.5).  It's therefore officially the quickest diesel van I have owned (although the 2.8 Ducato would probably have been quicker had third gear not been MIA).  It's not great off the line though - ironically the low first gear actually makes it slower as the turbo doesn't have time to get spooled up properly before it runs out of revs.  I have a cheap tuning box which I bought for the Stilo when I had it but never fitted as the connectors were different - I might have a look at the weekend and see if I can fit it to the Ducato.

 

It is quite rusty underneath though - it's not the worst I've seen, but it's gone in the usual places, inner sill on the nearside below the side door, outriggers, and front inner wings, which are a definite fail as they've gone right next to the subframe mounts.  It was caked in mud underneath which probably wasn't helping - I've given the underside a blast with the jet wash and will have a more detailed look at the weekend to see exactly what needs doing.  I'm going to have a word with my welding mate and see if he fancies it and if so how much he'll charge.  It's annoying that these things all rot like a bastard as they're great old vans to drive.

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I haven't used the Audi in a couple of weeks and I went to open the boot to retrieve my umbrella.

 

A literal torrent of water gushed out of the  bottom left corner of the boot lid (car is lopsided as both n/s tyres are going flat) and had I opened it further, the flow would have reversed and emptied into the boot itself. There must be water getting inside the actual structure of the boot lit somehow., suspect high level brake light. I will need to investigate, when I have the urge.

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Today is all about MoTs, so Mike and I are off to see SoC shortly.  Princess will likely be having a little stay since it needs a bit of work I can't do, but I'm hopefully SoC will prevail and I'll have a lovely fresh MoT and quiet wheel bearings very soon.

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Bum, he can't fit a bigger centre silencer.

No room next to prop shaft.

 

Hmm.

 

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What on earth are they?

You bodging bastard.5d3bf28ef899d8a2edc56088e93e67e1.jpg

 

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Today is my wedding anniversary. 21 years! :)

Congratulations, or should it be Commiserations?

I’m still amazed that Mrs Seal has put up with me for the last 16 years, I confessed to winning the Buick and she rolled her eyes and muttered “Oh FFS”

 

 

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