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French Games for May - XM roulette and C15 bingo

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Morning all. I know people enjoy a live collection blog on here - so here goes. I'm sitting in Euston Station - well outside on the rather nice terrace - sipping coffee awaiting the 9.46 train to the North to pick up a 'bargin' 1997 Citroen XM 2.1 Turbodiesel that I put a bid in on and forgot about....and won. No cake or pie shot - I'm dieting. Here is my coffee and Paul Hollywood...not himself but some kind of eaterie.

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And the C15 Bingo?Well the plan, for what it's worth, is to drive the XM to London and then if it's viable down into France and on into Spain. To add sauce to the journey the plan is to count, if possible photograph and speak to every owner of every Citroen XM and C15 van seen on the way. If the XM isn't viable the plan is to take my C15 van and count, photograph etc every XM etc seen on the journey too. Simples

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The train to Stoke-on-Trent turns out to be a kind of bus - I expected it to be a kind of Intercity with a buffet. I suppose Stoke is not considered important enough for that, or Crewe the final destination. Wow this thing rocks...but only £12 one way, from London using my very excellent Loco2  app - thats crazy optimism eh? 

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The train to Stoke-on-Trent turns out to be a kind of bus - I expected it to be a kind of Intercity with a buffet. I suppose Stoke is not considered important enough....

 

Oh don't say you've gone to Stoke as well!? My CX came from feckin' Stoke! (Didn't take the train, though.)

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Anyway the car has to be more comfortable than this bus/train - seats board hard and rocks like the Well Fargo. I have back ache. We get to Stoke-on-Trent around 12.00 - then I'm having a look around. I love seeing new places. Then it's M6 and M1 (hopefully). 

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You might change your mind after a bit of rush hour traffic in a hilly place. I've seriously considered an auto OR some fiendish rejigging of the ridiculous pedal/release lever malarkey. Its the one thing that spoils a manual.

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......We get to Stoke-on-Trent around 12.00 - then I'm having a look around. I love seeing new places. ....

 

There's not a great deal to see in Stoke....or at least there wasn't when I went there. One advantage is that it doesn't take long to get out of town, and then suddenly you're in the country - some of it very hilly (Mow Cop, especially).

 

Stoke was more fun when it still had a pottery / ceramics industry, and you could see yards full of stacked toilet bowls.

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