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23 minutes ago, vulgalour said:

As for Alan Turing, you could always get yourself up to speed with his Wikipedia article to find out the one or two things he did: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing Mr Turing was subjected to what is effectively chemical castration because of his sexuality so putting his face on some money is small recompense for what our own society and government did to him after all he did for them.

That, I think, is understood. I think the main moan is the fact that the campaigners mentioned on the BBC article don't believe he's worthy because he's just another white person on our legal tender, completely bypassing the amazing work he did and his rather sad ending. I could be getting it wrong, however.

If I were to make a suggestion for someone to be put on notes, it would be Bill Tutte. Another codebreaker from the war, but he was ferociously talented and managed to, by hand, begin decoding the much more difficult Lorenz code used by high-ranking Nazi officials IIRC. Also helped create the first programmable, electronic, digital computer, Colossus. This is his page on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._T._Tutte

When I went to Bletchley Park in 2019, he, in comparison to the others, got a single board explaining what he did to help with the war effort. Considering what he did, I hope that he'll get some worthy mention one day.

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On 3/23/2021 at 10:46 AM, wuvvum said:

Phone call from boss this morning - the sister has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and has a few weeks to live.  Another child who will be growing up without her mother.  :(

Another phone call from boss earlier - the sister passed away yesterday.  5 days from being admitted to hospital with an unknown complaint to death.  She was 38.  Cancer really can get in the fucking sea.

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7 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Another phone call from boss earlier - the sister passed away yesterday.  5 days from being admitted to hospital with an unknown complaint to death.  She was 38.  Cancer really can get in the fucking sea.

Shit, that's horrible. Cancer really can FRO.

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The campaigners have a point, it's an easily observable fact that we do tend to gloss over the achievements of non-white people, and of women.  I've already heard more than enough homophobic nonsense targetted at Alan Turing's nomination and people saying stupid things like they won't use the money he's on so.... yeah.  It's a nuanced issue.  Best option is to put nobody's face on the money, not even the one with the sparkly hat.

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8 minutes ago, vulgalour said:

 I've already heard more than enough homophobic nonsense targetted at Alan Turing's nomination and people saying stupid things like they won't use the money he's on so.... yeah.  It's a nuanced issue.

As a gay man, that's a bit of a shame to hear. Then again, many will say stuff on the Internet they'd never dream of saying face-to-face. I couldn't give a toss who's on my money because it's currency I'm going to pay people with or cash into the bank. Also, it's a £50.00 note, a bit of a rarity in my hemisphere.

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4 minutes ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

Quite a few people saying stuff in the last couple of pages that could be described this way...

Depends on who's reading it I say. If I took half the stuff I've seen on the Internet to heart, I would have gone mad. I try and make a small difference by writing stuff I'd say and stand by if I were to say it in public, so as to make sure I'm not contributing to a bubble of fist-throwing that every open forum and social media platform has.

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I was hoping to bid on a car at SWVA today but didn’t ‘t realise you had to register well in advance and thought I could do it at 7am this morning, I was wrong, phoned them and they will not allow me to bid. I keep telling myself I have too many cars, I hope it sells above my limit.

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CarParts4Less - set of brake pad ordered, three of one type and one of another sent. Returned and refunded, reordered. Waited two weeks, after numerous phone calls  - received today - three of one type and one of another, have to return again.  Don't dare sounding even slightly exasperated on the phone over an order which has taken a month and is still not fulfilled - you will be accused of raising your voice. The end of my brief association with this company.

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21 minutes ago, C1am said:

CarParts4Less - set of brake pad ordered, three of one type and one of another sent. Returned and refunded, reordered. Waited two weeks, after numerous phone calls  - received today - three of one type and one of another, have to return again.  Don't dare sounding even slightly exasperated on the phone over an order which has taken a month and is still not fulfilled - you will be accused of raising your voice. The end of my brief association with this company.

They're another name for Euro, aren't they. Was it the same set of pads?

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1 hour ago, artdjones said:

They're another name for Euro, aren't they. Was it the same set of pads?

Yes. I suspect so.

1 hour ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

....just not the parts you actually need. 

Maybe should be called LessCarParts4U?

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2 hours ago, Shite Ron said:

I was hoping to bid on a car at SWVA today but didn’t ‘t realise you had to register well in advance and thought I could do it at 7am this morning, I was wrong, phoned them and they will not allow me to bid. I keep telling myself I have too many cars, I hope it sells above my limit.

Whatever you do, do not go back to see what it sold for. It'll probably be on Ebay next week for more anyway 

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40 minutes ago, anonymous user said:

Whatever you do, do not go back to see what it sold for. It'll probably be on Ebay next week for more anyway 

I did, and it was well within my budget 🙁

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4 hours ago, C1am said:

CarParts4Less - set of brake pad ordered, three of one type and one of another sent. Returned and refunded, reordered. Waited two weeks, after numerous phone calls  - received today - three of one type and one of another, have to return again.  Don't dare sounding even slightly exasperated on the phone over an order which has taken a month and is still not fulfilled - you will be accused of raising your voice. The end of my brief association with this company.

Order through CP4L, returns went to Euro car parts... 

Next order 4 glow plugs, arrived in 3 separate packages over two days... 

Euro Crap Parts😵

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a grump from yesterday - I've been looking for a Honda CR-V as a daily driver for a while and spotted one locally that might fit the bill. I think I must have broken the world record for the shortest car viewing when I turned up yesterday, looked under the front, saw the lashed up mess of exhaust where there should be a catalyst

I asked two questions :

how long have you had the car ? "four or five months"

what happened with the exhaust ? "was like that when I bought it"

the car has a two month old clean mot pass -  I made my excuses and left :( dodgy bastard must have cut it off and sold it.

some other poor bugger will get a shock when it needs an mot next year.

 

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well this is a shitter......

seems that we are going to loose one of the garages, meaning that one of the little cars will soon be homeless.

so, sunday we gotta get the mini 1000 going cos we need that one out of the garage, so we can put the orange mini in there in its place.

we got to then get the mini 1000 over to kerrys and its supposedly temporary home on their drive.

which will pretty much fuck it up, if the car spends any time sat there, cos, well its a mini and they do rust just for fun.

needless to say i can see that we will end up putting it on the tow rope and pulling it over there as the chances of us getting it going are not good, not good at all.

still, one thing, it has crystallised my plans for the car, which are too get it up for sale and get it moved on.

in fact if push comes to shove it will go to mathewsons, yes i know it'll not go for that many pounds and pennies there cos its just a 1000, but atleast then it wioll be someone elses problem child!

 

 

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2 hours ago, MarvinsMom said:

well this is a shitter......

seems that we are going to loose one of the garages, meaning that one of the little cars will soon be homeless.

so, sunday we gotta get the mini 1000 going cos we need that one out of the garage, so we can put the orange mini in there in its place.

we got to then get the mini 1000 over to kerrys and its supposedly temporary home on their drive.

which will pretty much fuck it up, if the car spends any time sat there, cos, well its a mini and they do rust just for fun.

needless to say i can see that we will end up putting it on the tow rope and pulling it over there as the chances of us getting it going are not good, not good at all.

still, one thing, it has crystallised my plans for the car, which are too get it up for sale and get it moved on.

in fact if push comes to shove it will go to mathewsons, yes i know it'll not go for that many pounds and pennies there cos its just a 1000, but atleast then it wioll be someone elses problem child!

 

 

Bummer.  So Rodney has to go?

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1 hour ago, willswitchengage said:

Who knew? GM gave itself a stupid new logo earlier this year.

There seems to quite a spate of new car company logos lately.  VW and BMW have gone for "flat" logos which seem to be the current trend.  Peugeot have changed to a logo similar to the one they used in the 1960s.

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On 3/25/2021 at 9:13 PM, vulgalour said:

What makes you believe Diane Abbott is a transgender black woman?  I'm sure there's a joke there that I'm just not getting right now.

As for Alan Turing, you could always get yourself up to speed with his Wikipedia article to find out the one or two things he did: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing Mr Turing was subjected to what is effectively chemical castration because of his sexuality so putting his face on some money is small recompense for what our own society and government did to him after all he did for them.

As a Computer Science graduate I was already familiar with Turing’s work but had absolutely no idea about what had gone on in his personal life. Blimey. 

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2 hours ago, High Jetter said:

Bummer.  So Rodney has to go?

yes its looking that way, with 3 cars and only 2 garages something has to give, and keeping that car out on the drive for any length of time will ruin it.

best then to let it go to someone else to enjoy not to mention the money its sale would generate!

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1 hour ago, Kiltox said:

As a Computer Science graduate I was already familiar with Turing’s work but had absolutely no idea about what had gone on in his personal life. Blimey. 

I only knew because I was given tickets to an amateur dramatics play which was about his life. And afterwards goggled him. 

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16 hours ago, Shite Ron said:

I was hoping to bid on a car at SWVA today but didn’t ‘t realise you had to register well in advance and thought I could do it at 7am this morning, I was wrong, phoned them and they will not allow me to bid. I keep telling myself I have too many cars, I hope it sells above my limit.

As you will now no doubt know you have to stick a deposit down to get a bidder's paddle (or whatever the internet version is called.) It was £1k for SWVA last year I think. I also was after something at a Barons auction in 2020 and it was the same for them. The deposit reappears in your account a few days later should you fail to win anything.

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3 hours ago, The_Equalizer said:

As you will now no doubt know you have to stick a deposit down to get a bidder's paddle (or whatever the internet version is called.) It was £1k for SWVA last year I think. I also was after something at a Barons auction in 2020 and it was the same for them. The deposit reappears in your account a few days later should you fail to win anything.

Yes I  was aware of the deposit and have done so in the past with SWVA, what I failed to notice was how far in advance you had to pay. I do not understand why I could not give them debit card details before the auction started.  

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4 minutes ago, Shite Ron said:

Yes I  was aware of the deposit and have done so in the past with SWVA, what I failed to notice was how far in advance you had to pay. I do not understand why I could not give them debit card details before the auction started.  

I suspect it is because people like you and me do leave it to the last minute. I worked very briefly for Brooks (which became part of Bonhams) after graduating. Hardest work I ever did and the hours just before and during the sale where up there with a City bank. Shame the pay wasn't. Basically there are not enough time/staff to process last minute bidders.

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