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14 hours ago, horriblemercedes said:

Just now. Sitting at the dining room table, working at the computer. Cat sitting on the table beside me, ignoring me.

I took my watch off and put it on the table. Cat looked at it, kicked it off the table and turned his head back to look out of the window. All without standing. Just a one leg flick.

Cats are sadistic bastards, something that is obvious whenever they interact with rodents or songbirds. He/she can't eviscerate you, so has to settle for tormenting you.

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3 minutes ago, Jazoli said:

Some putting their shopping bag on it then dragging it off, probably a woman's bag with buckles.

Maybe...

Good thinking. I was hedging my bets on a cat since there's two my neighbour has that like to terrify my dog and be a general nuisance. These aren't just your standard "no so threatening" cats, these barstewards are built like brick shithooses.

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Standard "main dealer servicing moan to follow:

 

Wifes car went in for a service this morning, against my better judgement she booked it into AC and tbh they weren't too bad last year.

£129 for the "full service" required. Not horrific I suppose. Dropped it off and went off in to town with her for a bit, and after an hour she got a message with "Urgent extra work your car needs" or something along those lines.

They recommended the car needed 3 new tyres @ £430. In reality the rears are 4 years old and on 4.5/5mm tread, the fronts were fresh on before the last MOT 8000 miles ago. The fronts are honestly like fucking new. Matching continentals. There's easily 20k miles left in these tyres, and if AC were selling the car there's not a fucking chance in the world that they'd put new ones on!

Advised the front disks and pads need doing, and quoted £350 for this. They could do with changing, I agree, but fuck me its £80 for the bits and an hours work.

OS Main beam bulb had failed. AC quoted us £41 to change it, I presumed it much be a bit of a fuck about for them to bill half an hours labour for it, but I got a £3 bulb from wilkos and changed it in the car park when we picked the car up. Genuinely the easiest bulb change I've had to do, a 30 second job - I didn't even have to put my bacon sandwich down.

 

So yeah they recommended £430 of completely unrequired work, wanted easily double what any "reasonable" place would charge for the work that it actually needed.

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2 hours ago, cobblers said:

Standard "main dealer servicing moan to follow:

 

Wifes car went in for a service this morning, against my better judgement she booked it into AC and tbh they weren't too bad last year.

£129 for the "full service" required. Not horrific I suppose. Dropped it off and went off in to town with her for a bit, and after an hour she got a message with "Urgent extra work your car needs" or something along those lines.

They recommended the car needed 3 new tyres @ £430. In reality the rears are 4 years old and on 4.5/5mm tread, the fronts were fresh on before the last MOT 8000 miles ago. The fronts are honestly like fucking new. Matching continentals. There's easily 20k miles left in these tyres, and if AC were selling the car there's not a fucking chance in the world that they'd put new ones on!

Advised the front disks and pads need doing, and quoted £350 for this. They could do with changing, I agree, but fuck me its £80 for the bits and an hours work.

OS Main beam bulb had failed. AC quoted us £41 to change it, I presumed it much be a bit of a fuck about for them to bill half an hours labour for it, but I got a £3 bulb from wilkos and changed it in the car park when we picked the car up. Genuinely the easiest bulb change I've had to do, a 30 second job - I didn't even have to put my bacon sandwich down.

 

So yeah they recommended £430 of completely unrequired work, wanted easily double what any "reasonable" place would charge for the work that it actually needed.

Then top top it all you have to deal with some wanker in a shit suit who’ll condescend you with all this bollocks.

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My body's reaction to vaccines can get in the sea.

Know it's several orders of magnitude less horrible than the alternative, and lacks the whole credible potential for being lethal...but that doesn't change the fact that I feel like absolute death just now.

Virtually every bone and muscle in my body hurts, to the extent that transitioning from laying down to sitting up takes 30 seconds or so to recover from.  Everything just hurts.

Hit me quicker than the last two, so crossing my fingers that means I get over it quicker as there's a LOT of stuff I really needed to do this weekend and I've already lost an entire day.

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8 hours ago, AnnoyingPentium said:

Good thinking. I was hedging my bets on a cat since there's two my neighbour has that like to terrify my dog and be a general nuisance. These aren't just your standard "no so threatening" cats, these barstewards are built like brick shithooses.

Handbag, buckle maybe? 
it could be a metal zip, like on a leather jacket?

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On 1/14/2022 at 8:25 PM, Zelandeth said:

Postie this morning.

Rang doorbell.  I was actually downstairs at the time so got there pretty quickly.  Made direct eye contact through the window, then stuck a "sorry we missed you" slip through the letterbox.

Then proceeded to completely ignore me shouting (politely!) after him as he walked the (15 metres or so) back down the garden path to his van and buggered off.

Thing is...he never even took the parcels out of the damned van in the first place, so no idea what he was playing at.

What did the "sorry card" say? Your parcel can be found on the tracks?

 

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On 12/01/2022 at 19:26, grogee said:

Fuck this to the moon and back. I'm going to shame-tweet them, the cheap bastards. 

I remember buying this maybe a year ago from Robert Dyas. Spent time comparing, touching, deciding which one felt the best. No cheap shit for me, I thought, but I was wrong. This was just heavy but also shit. 

That purchase was prompted by Mrs Grogee bringing home some awful Chinese shit from Tesco that looked OK from a distance but simply expired if it even got close to a tin. 

Anyway I know what it'll be now - "where did you get it from, did you keep the receipt?"

NO BECAUSE I'M NOT CERTIFIABLY INSANE

And I just know that some smug twat will be along shortly to tell me to buy a 1970s metal one, which are shit, hard to use and hurt your fingers. 

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And right on cue:-

 

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I used to spend a fair bit of time on the blue forum rather than this one. I've been a member here for over a decade but I didn't post much for the first few years.

I pretty much left RR alone around six years ago when I sold my mk2 Golf and have spent most of my forum time on here since.

Recently I've found myself nosing around there a bit again. As with here, it's interesting seeing which of my favourite long-term threads and posters are still going. Much has changed but many things are as before. 

Whilst there are a few new threads I've now bookmarked along with older threads I'll check more regularly, I have fairly quickly remembered why I stepped away in the first place. 

Doing things like this. FFS. 

That and a fella who specialises in hacking up vintage Americana. I can't even bring myself to post photos of those...

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8 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

I used to spend a fair bit of time on the blue forum rather than this one. I've been a member here for over a decade but I didn't post much for the first few years.

I pretty much left RR alone around six years ago when I sold my mk2 Golf and have spent most of my forum time on here since.

Recently I've found myself nosing around there a bit again. As with here, it's interesting seeing which of my favourite long-term threads and posters are still going. Much has changed but many things are as before. 

Whilst there are a few new threads I've now bookmarked along with older threads I'll check more regularly, I have fairly quickly remembered why I stepped away in the first place. 

Doing things like this. FFS. 

That and a fella who specialises in hacking up vintage Americana. I can't even bring myself to post photos of those...

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That's mint 👀 😝

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18 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

EFA 🤘

I guess I'm just young and stupid at the moment 😬 I just love lowered cars, I've just ruined my 4 series by fitting springs and getting it remapped today 😂

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8 minutes ago, Jamie said:

I guess I'm just young and stupid at the moment 😬 I just love lowered cars, I've just ruined my 4 series by fitting springs and getting it remapped today 😂

Don't get me wrong. I'm mid 40s and my MR2 sits on Tein <35mm springs. My previous plaything was my mk2 Golf running a VR6 lump and which sat on coilovers and banded steels. 

I just can't stand stupid camber. Not only does it look dogshite, I can only imagine the driving experience would be on a par with trying to ask Shane MacGowan to walk in a straight line after a fun night out getting smashed on class As and liqour.

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5 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Don't get me wrong. I'm mid 40s and my MR2 sits on Tein <35mm springs. My previous plaything was my mk2 Golf running a VR6 lump and which sat on coilovers and banded steels. 

I just can't stand stupid camber. Not only does it look dogshite, I can only imagine the driving experience would be on a par with trying to ask Shane MacGowan to walk in a straight line after a fun night out getting smashed on class As and liqour.

Fair dos! As you've seen I lower everything to death and although they drive horrible in the fact they scrape on everything at low speed, they don't actually handle any worse than standard when they've got camber, this is my old z4 which had adjustable rear camber arms, it didn't drive any worse after I fitted the arms, it actually felt a bit more planted on the motorway! Although I never had it aligned after so if I did it probably would have been worse 🤣

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1 hour ago, Dick Longbridge said:

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I don't understand this either,

Why fit wider wheels,then have them positioned (Camber YO) in such a way that they probably have less contact on the road than the original skinny wheels from the factory had?

The mind boggles,I'm not against mods,but this is just downright stupidity,and will do nothing for the drive-ability of the car.

There is a few good threads over on RR though,the guy in his 70's building a 60's style Gt for one.

https://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/218220/reliant-kitten-rebodied-formed-aluminium

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11 hours ago, junkyarddog said:

I don't understand this either,

Why fit wider wheels,then have them positioned (Camber YO) in such a way that they probably have less contact on the road than the original skinny wheels from the factory had?

The mind boggles,I'm not against mods,but this is just downright stupidity,and will do nothing for the drive-ability of the car.

There is a few good threads over on RR though,the guy in his 70's building a 60's style Gt for one.

https://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/218220/reliant-kitten-rebodied-formed-aluminium

Will have a look at that one.

During my revisiting of the place recently, I discovered the XK120 resto thread. Absolutely mind-blowing. 

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46 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Will have a look at that one.

During my revisiting of the place recently, I discovered the XK120 resto thread. Absolutely mind-blowing. 

Welcome back, you've been missed.

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8 hours ago, vulgalour said:

£1.63 per litre for E5.  Would not be surprised if £1.50 of that is tax.

Is that super unleaded ( v power etc)? I noticed Shell are selling Regular E5 along side E10 for 1p extra. Don’t know if this is just using up stocks or if it will be a permanent thing.

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