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18 minutes ago, Spurious said:

I've seen some odd covers for the tyre on 4wds but this is the oddest. Anyone work it out? There's a heart but I'm baffled... 

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WTF??? 

That's going to bug me now, I need to know what it MEANS

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I've got my probation meeting tomorrow morning, I managed to get a union rep to accompany me so I'm not too worried.

I signed the contract for my new job today, so my plan of action is to tell them to stuff their job. I probably don't need the meeting or the rep to do that but oh well.

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12 minutes ago, reb said:

I've got my probation meeting tomorrow morning, I managed to get a union rep to accompany me so I'm not too worried.

I signed the contract for my new job today, so my plan of action is to tell them to stuff their job. I probably don't need the meeting or the rep to do that but oh well.

Don't tell them at the start; let them waste as much of their time as possible first!

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24 minutes ago, reb said:

I've got my probation meeting tomorrow morning, I managed to get a union rep to accompany me so I'm not too worried.

I signed the contract for my new job today, so my plan of action is to tell them to stuff their job. I probably don't need the meeting or the rep to do that but oh well.

Best wishes for the interview.

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40 minutes ago, BeEP said:

Don't tell them at the start; let them waste as much of their time as possible first!

I represented someone at a meeting like that, argued the toss with the manager for ages, got them to drop the issue then resigned with immediate effect, manager was very bemused, so was I..

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On 2/3/2022 at 12:20 AM, vulgalour said:

Do those things smell like burning rubber?  I was following a Range Rover that was fairly new and the thing STANK.  I don't know what was going on with it but it was putting some really acrid odours out the exhausts... not burning rubber though.

That'd be the owner's aftershave/perfume

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On 2/6/2022 at 1:15 PM, Tenmil Socket said:

My A4 does it every now and again and is pretty annoying. You think your passengers think you can't drive. It's done it since I bought it 2.5 years ago any has only done 40 thousand miles.

I think if your gentle on the clutch after a while the action gets “grabby “ , long term work van does this and a gentle 2nd gear pull away with gentle revs and longer clutch slip stops it juddering , it must clean up the clutch surface . One or two of these gets the clutch bite back to smooth for me , worth a try 👍

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24 minutes ago, Floatylight said:

I represented someone at a meeting like that, argued the toss with the manager for ages, got them to drop the issue then resigned with immediate effect, manager was very bemused, so was I..

I didn't have the new job before I arranged everything, I thought I needed to keep this job. It's honestly pure social awkwardness that I've not called it all off.

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i got to isolate for 3 days as from tomorrow so decided id go to b&q and get some 3m long timber for a project i can do whilst climbing the wall,  so i needed the galaxy, fired it up, went for a long drive too the shop and it felt under powered, bogging down.. thought it was ok 2 weeks ago.. finally found the fault.. the clip holding airbox hose wasnt in place and sucking in excess air...2 mins later all sorted, i dont remeber touching these since it was mot'd.

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2 hours ago, Spurious said:

I've seen some odd covers for the tyre on 4wds but this is the oddest. Anyone work it out? There's a heart but I'm baffled... 

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Something...is tyring to get out?

(Or some other hippy shit)

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3 hours ago, Spurious said:

I've seen some odd covers for the tyre on 4wds but this is the oddest. Anyone work it out? There's a heart but I'm baffled... 

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Looks like a roaring lion lying down,  made of a heart for a face and human hands for legs. 

To me at least. 

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Another weekend with very little fettling done due to the weather.  I added a secondary bolt to the bottom of the rear doors on the Maxus to keep the doors in line and as watertight as possible, and I tidied up the wiring for the air horns on the Charade which is due for its MOT soon.  I started to investigate the Rover 75's (lack of) handbrake, but unfortunately the easy fix isn't going to be an option as the threaded adjuster at the handbrake lever end of the cable is already at the limit of its adjustment.  So I'm going to have to get underneath the car, which I wasn't going to do with it blowing a gale and soaking wet.

I took the cover off the Innocenti on Saturday night as it was flapping in the wind and keeping me awake.  On Sunday I thought I should probably turn it over seeing as it hasn't been touched since November, and to my surprise there was still enough juice in the shitty little ex-Aixam battery to start the car up.  It would have been rude not to take it for a quick spin round the block, so I did.  It drove just as well as it did last time I used it, although it's definitely going to need a bush or two in the front suspension - something I'm dreading slightly as I know they're going to be awkward to get hold of.  I'm determined to get it back on the road this year though.

The Laguna still isn't very well.  It definitely has a boost leak from somewhere - I can hear the hissing from under the bonnet - and it's also not that great on fuel - whether the two are related I'm not sure.  I took it out and did a 0-60 run and the quickest I could get was 16.5 seconds, which is crap.  Strangely it actually accelerated faster on half throttle than it did if I held it in kickdown - it got completely breathless above about 3,500rpm.  It's still quick enough to be usable but it's frustrating as with a 150bhp engine it should be a reasonably rapid car.  I'm going to have to bite the bullet at some point and start taking bits off so I can remove and check the turbo pipework.  It's also developed a rattle from the offside front suspension, which I think is a drop link as I can't feel anything through the steering.  It had drop links not that long ago, but some of the cheap eBay specials don't seem to last more than a few miles these days.  It's still a nice car other than that though, and I discovered yesterday that it has heated seats, which warm up a lot quicker than the Rover's, so that's a bonus.

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I woke up before 6:30 this morning and had a strong "I should get up now" impulse. I'm glad I did as it's just past 8 now and I've had a coffee and come to my senses a bit. I wish I was better at getting up early in the normal run of things, I like having time to sit and do shit all instead of waking up and immediately getting started with the day. Unfortunately the snooze button is irresistible normally. I don't know why, because extra sleep literally never makes me feel less tired. In fact, unless I've got sub 3 hours sleep getting up the first time I wake up almost always results in the best mood during the day.

I'll try and get up before 7 for the rest of the week in the hope I can continue it once I've started my new job.

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14 minutes ago, reb said:

Ended up not even needing to go into the meeting, I explained to the rep that I had a new job and he went in and told them I was resigning effective immediately. Good start to the day!

Good luck for the future, but I'd definitely have wasted a considerable amount of their time myself.  Just going round and round in ever decreasing circles, not agreeing with them on anything, arguing the toss and then - eventually - saying 'btw I was planning on leaving anyway'.

 

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4 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Good luck for the future, but I'd definitely have wasted a considerable amount of their time myself.  Just going round and round in ever decreasing circles, not agreeing with them on anything, arguing the toss and then - eventually - saying 'btw I was planning on leaving anyway'.

 

If I was on my own I'd probably have done that, but I didn't really want to waste my union rep's time. He said there was no point going through the meeting if I didn't have to.

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13 minutes ago, reb said:

If I was on my own I'd probably have done that, but I didn't really want to waste my union rep's time. He said there was no point going through the meeting if I didn't have to.

The ghost of Fred Kite with us evermore...

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The CVT gearbox on my Dads Honda Jazz was juddering slightly when pulling away so was treated to an oil change and some magic additive in a big syringe that’s been recommended on various forums. It’s a super easy job to do on these and it seems to have done the trick, pulling away is now lovely and smooth. The oil that came out was in pretty good condition with no debris.  Apparently it’s good practice to replace the gearbox oil on these every 20k or so as they do have a habit of failing if neglected. 

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Went to an external meeting this morning, and got followed back most of the way home by a colleague. Who rang me not far into our journey to say I had 2 brake lights out! 

Got home trying not to brake at all and set about fixing it. Pass side was easy, new bulb but the high level light had gone too. Opened it all up and there's 5 little indicator style bulbs in there, and 1 had blown. Depsite traces running all over the shop this killed the whole thing. 

Luckily 1980s Hoover vacuums take the same bulb and I keep a stash of those so I have a full compliment of lights again. 

No idea how long they've been out for though 🤔

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