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1 minute ago, SiC said:

They don't 🤣

Trust me, you wouldn't like to see it in person. It looks awful! The shine messing with the camera really does flatter it as it conveniently obscures most of the heavy paint areas, scrapes, wrinkles in some areas and other sins.

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On 11/06/2021 at 18:54, Cord Forteener aka Tim_E said:

Sounds like a holiday!

I have been a little secretive about my week away. I come home late Saturday.

I am currently abroad. Not for a holiday nor for work purposes.

In 1984 my maternal grandparents moved to Spain but ran their garage business remotely until 1987 when they sold up. My maternal grandmother passed away last year and we’ve carried out their wishes as per their wills and testaments. Where they moved to was part of the Graham Maynard timeshare scandal of the 1980s and was featured on The Cook Report.

basically the place they moved to was largely incomplete and granddad finished off his apartamento and those of his neighbours and landscaped the barren ground which became the common gardens for all the resident.

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My mum, my aunt, me, my brother and my 4.5y/o niece scattered their ashes this morning in the gardens they created.

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I am willing to put money on a number of you saying that I’ve been totally irresponsible by travelling abroad during a pandemic. This was booked on nan’s passing last April as we thought C-19 would have been over. If it was a normal holiday I would agree; This time I think not. (Aside from the church service and the interment of my grandparents ashes we’ve remained isolated in our villa save the occasional trip to a Mercadona and taken LF tests daily.)

Descanse en paz abuela y abuelo.  Estás descansando en la casa de tus sueños y te extrañamos mucho.

On the plus side I spotted this in the car park on the way back from the church.

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Glad you were able to finally get there.  I don't think you're being irresponsible at all, but then I'm more in favour of opening things up than perhaps some people are.  Nice Renner Eight - a bit* shinier than the one on eBay (which I'm definitely not* the high bidder on at the moment).

 

For some reason Google Translate seems to struggle with the different forms of "you" in Spanish - it often seems determined to use the singular when it should be obvious from the context that the plural is required.

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Why does a hell of a lot of tree always look smaller when it's piled up?

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Still, that's now much less likely to cause problems. There's fewer skeeters hanging about (they like to stay under trees) which is good. Gonna miss the shade, though.

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Neighbor's trees made up for the missing one in the sunset though. Weather like this here, this time of year means only one thing. There's a storm coming.

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Went get dinner, that's a 2 foot wide drawing of the USS Paul Hamilton, done from memory by a 12 year old kid on the paper table cloth at the restaurant. Not a bad drawing at all. He did another of the entire scene of Pearl Harbor, too.

Tomorrow gonna be boarding the garage up after work again.

 

Phil

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5 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Glad you were able to finally get there.  I don't think you're being irresponsible at all, but then I'm more in favour of opening things up than perhaps some people are.  Nice Renner Eight - a bit* shinier than the one on eBay (which I'm definitely not* the high bidder on at the moment).

 

For some reason Google Translate seems to struggle with the different forms of "you" in Spanish - it often seems determined to use the singular when it should be obvious from the context that the plural is required.

Thanks Wuv. I know it should be ustedes (or even sús) but when I typed that lot in having had a small* amount of cava I couldn’t be bothered to correct it. I can get away with the sort of useful* translations they teach you at school (such as the boy is eating a banana) without assistance as I know I’ll use the sentence often* (El niño come un platano)

Fit to fly test in a couple of hours. Ugh. I won’t miss shoving a cotton swab down my throat every day.

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6 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

I have been a little secretive about my week away. I come home late Saturday.

I am currently abroad. Not for a holiday nor for work purposes.

In 1984 my maternal grandparents moved to Spain but ran their garage business remotely until 1987 when they sold up. My maternal grandmother passed away last year and we’ve carried out their wishes as per their wills and testaments. Where they moved to was part of the Graham Maynard timeshare scandal of the 1980s and was featured on The Cook Report.

basically the place they moved to was largely incomplete and granddad finished off his apartamento and those of his neighbours and landscaped the barren ground which became the common gardens for all the resident.

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My mum, my aunt, me, my brother and my 4.5y/o niece scattered their ashes this morning in the gardens they created.

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I am willing to put money on a number of you saying that I’ve been totally irresponsible by travelling abroad during a pandemic. This was booked on nan’s passing last April as we thought C-19 would have been over. If it was a normal holiday I would agree; This time I think not. (Aside from the church service and the interment of my grandparents ashes we’ve remained isolated in our villa save the occasional trip to a Mercadona and taken LF tests daily.)

Descanse en paz abuela y abuelo.  Estás descansando en la casa de tus sueños y te extrañamos mucho.

On the plus side I spotted this in the car park on the way back from the church.

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Thats sad, beautiful and generally lovely. 

Very much a reason to be there now.

Bonus spot too.

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6 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Nice Renner Eight

 

44 minutes ago, Cord Forteener aka Tim_E said:

Bonus spot too.

Tat is very thin on the ground out here now. The era of the Barreiros diesel powered Chrysler 180 and various Seat badged Fiats are well and truly gone. I’ve only seen 3 other bits of rammel and was unable to snap because driving. Very few cars registered with provincial plates here.

In other news

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This thing is rather horrid. It’s huge outside but cramped inside, drinks diesel because it has no power or torque therefore requires thrashing, has the turning circle of an Atkinson Borderer, dead steering, rubbery gearshift, no feel through the pedals and catastrophically bad visibility. All great fun when you’re in an isolated villa up twisty-turny roads with a steep incline in a country where the rules of the road are still very much optional.

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7 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

I have been a little secretive about my week away. I come home late Saturday.

I am currently abroad. Not for a holiday nor for work purposes.

In 1984 my maternal grandparents moved to Spain but ran their garage business remotely until 1987 when they sold up. My maternal grandmother passed away last year and we’ve carried out their wishes as per their wills and testaments. Where they moved to was part of the Graham Maynard timeshare scandal of the 1980s and was featured on The Cook Report.

basically the place they moved to was largely incomplete and granddad finished off his apartamento and those of his neighbours and landscaped the barren ground which became the common gardens for all the resident.

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My mum, my aunt, me, my brother and my 4.5y/o niece scattered their ashes this morning in the gardens they created.

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I am willing to put money on a number of you saying that I’ve been totally irresponsible by travelling abroad during a pandemic. This was booked on nan’s passing last April as we thought C-19 would have been over. If it was a normal holiday I would agree; This time I think not. (Aside from the church service and the interment of my grandparents ashes we’ve remained isolated in our villa save the occasional trip to a Mercadona and taken LF tests daily.)

Descanse en paz abuela y abuelo.  Estás descansando en la casa de tus sueños y te extrañamos mucho.

On the plus side I spotted this in the car park on the way back from the church.

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If anything the last 18 months make this journey even more meaningful I’d wager. Sounds like a lovely way to mark their passing and very fitting. 

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1 hour ago, dozeydustman said:

 

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This thing is rather horrid. It’s huge outside but cramped inside, drinks diesel because it has no power or torque therefore requires thrashing, has the turning circle of an Atkinson Borderer, dead steering, rubbery gearshift, no feel through the pedals and catastrophically bad visibility. All great fun when you’re in an isolated villa up twisty-turny roads with a steep incline in a country where the rules of the road are still very much optional.

We've a colleague at work with one. 

Whilst having lunch we got up to a bit of mischief. We got a little strip of chrome plastic off a broken telly in the yard, snipped it to size and stuck it to the top of the U in the JUKE badge so it said JOKE instead. Rather funny and it lasted a week before he noticed. 

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1 hour ago, chaseracer said:

Thanks for sharing that, @dozeydustman - Maureen & Jack sound like top folks.

Granddad was the owner of the service station I have posted on here previously. I’ve asked my parents and aunt to scan in more photos of the Place so I can do a thread on here about it

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Cavaliers gear shift was a little better this morning whilst out an about between work meetings. 

Pushing the pedal all the way to the floor improved things even more.......

In my 6 days of ownership  I've had more nice comments and caused more incidences of pencilnecking than in the 11 years I owned the Corsa B.

I'm going to have a crack at welding the 5p hole in the sill tomorrow if the weather holds up.

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Here's a strange coincidence. My partner has been telling me for years about a MK1 Fiesta her mum used to own. Finally found a picture of it:

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And here's mine, that I owned at the same time, over 20 years ago

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Even stranger, they were registered in Cumbria, yet both were within a few miles of each other here in Chelmsford when we owned them.

Sorry for scan of a crap pic/video still, best I've got at the moment.

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My parents had a very similar looking one as a farm hack for a few years. 2.5 manual, too.

Even with it encrusted in mud and with several years' worth of towing duties under its belt, it was still lovely to drive. Surprisingly sporty handling through that small steering wheel, considering it's jacked up and on balloon tyres. The pedals were just right for a bit of heel-toe action too.

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10 minutes ago, loserone said:

An auto Outback with no rust (HA!) and a free fuel card would be a nice way to drive around.

I'm a big auto fan, but dropping a gear, putting the foot down and listening to the bwaaaaaaaahhh is bloody nice in this. Unsure if it's the factory exhaust but it sounds great 

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3 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

Granddad was the owner of the service station I have posted on here previously. I’ve asked my parents and aunt to scan in more photos of the Place so I can do a thread on here about it

I think that's a great idea. They obviously turned adversity into triumph at the timeshare site which must have been very traumatic to go through. Sounds like they were special people, DD.

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No pics as I was busy but the people across the way at work dropped a db5 on their hydraulic lift today. Twice! Looked out of the window to see what the bang was to see them trying to load the silver birch car into one of their huge transporters. Watched as they tried again, but hydraulics not up to it after a foot and dropped to earth again.   Huge bang. Unloaded, turned the car around ( pushed in the rain) and got it back on the lift engine first this time. Lifted ok and pushed it onto the top deck. I can only think the extended weight engine out on the edge of the lift put too much strain on it. A bit keystone cops- must have been the weather, they’re usually better than that at it.

There was also a rather nice Bentley Continental on the truck too.

 

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Speaking of nice old British cars, I was going round a roundabout in the centre of Norwich this morning and waiting to pull out, looking massive even amongst the bloated modernz, was a rather lovely Silver Cloud III.

The purpose of my visit to Norwich was to test drive this:

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My disenchantment with spending much of my free time chasing faults on a fleet of old heaps has reached the point where I'm seriously considering jacking it all in and getting a shiny new car with a warranty.  The one I drove was a posh one but the monthly PCP payments on the more basic model I was looking at are roughly the same as what I'm bunging out every month on VED at the moment, which negates the "oh, it's just money down the drain" argument against having a brand new car.  I'd probably keep just the Renault 6 and the Toyota (the Innocenti had been on the "keep" list too, but that's pissing me off at the moment), and I might then actually have the time and money to give them the attention they deserve.

The Dacia drove quite well, and certainly feels a lot more of a grown-up concept than the previous model.  It's spacious, it's comfortable enough, the gear shift is nice and crisp and the switches don't flop about.  The plastics are hard and the engine is a bit growly on the dual carriageway, but nothing I couldn't live with.  I haven't made a decision yet but I'm giving it some serious thought.

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