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  2. JohnD

    Glasgow School of Art

    What an extraordinary film, Paul! Thank you for posting it! I've only spent a few days in Warsaw, in 1991, but my hosts, not Warsaw residents, took me with pride to the Old Town and to the memorial to the Warsaw Uprising, and we climbed to the observation deck of the Palace of Culture, which was said to give the best view of Warsaw. as from it you couldn't see the Palace of Culture. John
  3. RedRooster

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    My NAD3020 is still working running the kitchen radio, well over 30years old now, the Heybrooks have long since died though. The AudioLab gear is still going strong :-)
  4. BMW sixes are glorious. I have a 3 litre petrol in a 1 series. It is fantastic. Smooth (you get to the red line and think "how the hell did that happen, can't I have a couple of thousand more revs...."), and damned powerful - traction control works overtime in the wet if you're not feather light on the throttle! Vanos is a hoot too, from 4500 rpm it starts to take off. It would be a great engine for a Triumph, but I like the approach of refining and tweaking what's there rather than completely changing it (but I approve of those who want to make more radical changes). I think the engine code for this BMW 6 is N52, it's got no turbos, aluminium block and about 270Hp. Not sure how heavy it is, but can't be more than the Triumph lump? Will.
  5. Today
  6. @John - how much load is on the relay?
  7. PaulAA

    Glasgow School of Art

    There's a film, John, which follows an imaginary flight over the ruins of Warsaw in 1945, for which an electronic model was meticulously built about nine years ago, from as many available image sources as the production team could source. Each building/ruin was created as a 3d digital form (a couple of my staff volunteered to contribute to the modelling) and the effect is quite arresting: The irony is that the old town (visible centre frame at 3.40) was not as badly destroyed as the Muranów district (at 2.30), where the ghetto was located. Here, the occupiers pursued a policy of total destruction and there is practically nothing left of the pre-war city here, nor any attempt to recreate it. In the centre of this district is a rather fine classical revival brick church, which the Germans used as a repository for their stolen goodies and which was virtually the only building to survive more or less intact. At frame 3.08, I live just to the right of this church. For political reasons, the post-war policy of reconstruction looked to create a new, model, city and the reconstruction of the Old Town was a concession which received very little official support. The majority of Warsaw was planned along fanciful (and surprisingly decorative) soviet lines, celebrating both the toil and the art of the common worker. The first communist leader of the country, Bierut, instigated a process of study and design to fulfil this ambition and the administration even published a magnificent tome describing the background and multi-layering of the process and ambition. I managed to get hold of a copy of this book and it really is quite remarkable. Unrealistic, but remarkable. Some parts of the plan were built and these little pockets of 'Social Realism' are much-prized living districts around the city centre, with high ceilings, lots of light and generous public space. The greyness of Warsaw comes from the darker period after Bierut's unexplained death, by which time the coffers had run dry. This period damaged the city irreparably with the creation of huge slab-sided housing estates delivered with little planning sensitivity, and the insertion of the Palace of Culture and the grim central railway station into the city fabric. Paul
  8. JMH

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    I just recently recommissioned a good friends B&O turntable 4004 - needed a lot of work, but came out very nice. Not easy to find spareparts now, but did find one here in Denmark doing belts and correct profile rubber bands for the carriage. Did a lot of work on B&O tube tv's - but now its just a few capacitors, or the bin... My ancient Harman Kardon amp gave up last month, don't really know if I am going to fix it. Lack of time...
  9. Bumblebee

    Megajolt for the Thug

    Well fairly extensive experience is something I dont have , so I will take that advice. Now I have the EDIS I may as well maximise what it gives me. The actual mapping side of things is a dark art to me so I am going to stick with the curve I extrapolated from Nick's map. Am I right in saying below 40 percent throttle I am just running effectively the first line of the map. I set my map to come in at 40 percent throttle which is the way I rerad Nicks one This is what I plonked in , allowing for fact I had to narrow his map as MJ is only 10x10. I am putting it up now, just in case I have made a huge cockup that someone spots. In essence I am saying... check this please! Tickover is 800 ish on my car and the webers dont like less than 15 hence that being the opening number on every line.
  10. PaulAA

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    Ooh, this is good. I bought a Rega Planar 2 in about 1989 and it is still going strong. I lent it to my sister when I moved to PL and keep meaning to reclaim it. She has it mated to my (even older) NAD 3020 and a truly excellent pair of Rogers LS4 speakers. I think for a budget system it doesn't get much better. Over here, I went from NAD to Cambridge Acoustics and back to a budget NAD again - it simply does what it says on the tin. I had a pair of (Danish) Audio Dynamics, which are almost as crisp and rich as the Rogers, but currently have some French thingies, which do not please me. Change is in order and I might simply do a midnight swap with the in-laws, who acquired the A-Ds by default, to replaced their ancient Tonsils. Paul Edit: "... Frenchies thingies..." - it always seems there is some spotty geek in Android HQ, who fiddles with the spell corrector algorithm to his own amusement.
  11. Good. Thanks for letting us know. Nick
  12. Nick Jones

    Vespa smallframe

    Presumably there is reason why the smallest gear appears to be twice as wide as it needs to be? Never had much to do with bike gearboxes. Sequential dog boxes........ .........very sporting on the car world Nick
  13. Nick Jones

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    Those are interesting Phil. I like the general idea. Not so keen in the number of drive units. Complexity of cross-overs, multiple sources and stereo image....... It's not as though I actually know what I'm talking about though, so crack on! I need some (more) efficient speakers as the JLH class A is only 15W. It's incredibly fast and detailed though. And quite a good auxiliary heater. Nick
  14. Nick Jones

    Health.....

    On the mend now. CT scan this Pm confirmed nothing too bad. May escape tomorrow but still borderline on blood levels..... have slept half night. Bloody obs woke me right up. Try for second half now. all selling errors an genealogical incomprehension courtesy of ifruit auto-scramble! Nick
  15. thebrookster

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    Considering a Rega turntable, but sorting speakers out first is my priority. https://sites.google.com/site/undefinition/diy-sunflowers Been waiting to build a set of these for several years now, but have not until this time ever been assigned to a ship based on the US coast. And of course, the driver's etc required are only available in the US (Parts Express). Except apparently the old practice of being able to order stuff and have it delivered to the ship's agent has gone by the by, too expensive they claim. So now I need to try and sweet talk the riggers who come onboard for the lightering into helping me out for some beer tokens. Hoping the Sunflowers will pair up nicely with my pair of Rotel RB971 power amps and Musical Fidelity MX Pre-Amp! These amps already make my current eltac speakers sound a heck of a lot better than they have any right too!!
  16. thebrookster

    Glasgow School of Art

    Have they traced the source of the second fire yet? My understanding is the Fire Service have not yet determined the source of the fire, or even it's location? Certainly the nightclub next door that also was destroyed was a likely candidate for an insurance job! Rumours are abound, even to those of use currently (temporarily) residing in San Francisco Bay!!
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  18. JohnD

    Glasgow School of Art

    Paul will know that the Old Town of Warsaw was almost completely destroyed in WW2, but the Poles considered it a point of honour that it should be rebuilt as it was. When I first worked in Stockholm, there was something odd about the city I could not place, until I realised - it had never been bombed. It radiated out from the Old Town, Gamla Stan, in circles of building that got younger and younger, all regularly spaced. So different from the London I knew, full of modern buildings spaced out among old, where the bombs had fallen. Glasgow must feel as if a stick of bombs has fallen in Renfrew Street. JOhn
  19. mattius

    Glasgow School of Art

    Glasgow is a very eclectic mix of stunning pieces of architecture like the mac and then atrocious obscenities that were thought to be "modern" in the 70's. It was an absolutely stunning building, i can remember being in it a few times, i prefer the tea room's though. There has to be a hell of a lot of questions asked as to how it could happen again, i read somewhere that the wood they were using this time had a fire retardant on it this time. Im just gutted for those poor people who have spent years and years re-crafting stuff by hand for it to be destroyed again, must be heart breaking They will rebuild it again i would bet, not sure its worth it... There are lots of murmurings that it is arson...
  20. PeterC

    Glasgow School of Art

    At £36 Million restoration cost I see scope for a disgruntled Glaswegian torching the place to finish it off for good. I thought I heared a fire offier say it started in three places.
  21. mattius

    Health.....

    I know that feeling well, my record was 72 hours without sleep, when your body calms down you will get a cracking nights sleep, when i left hospital i had 3 bacon rolls and then apparently slept for 18 hours.
  22. Nick Jones

    Popping a somewhat different hood

    NAD3020......... Dual turntable....... blasts from the past! I had a Rotel RA820 amp, Pioneer PL100X turntable (not a match for the Dual) and aforementioned RL850 speakers. Pioneer was sold when I bought the Rega. Brother still has the 820 amp in service. I still have a couple of hundred LPs - which I almost never play....... Been listening to Spotify on iPad through headphones in here. Nick
  23. Nick Jones

    An unexpected fault

    I pull Bosch relays from scrapers. Never had one not work or fail. Nick
  24. Nick Jones

    Glasgow School of Art

    I don't know Glasgow at all bit I thought it was home to number of notable buildings old, and new? In 1996 I had the distinctly mixed blessing of exhibiting at a British Council trade show in Baku. Very interesting place, with architecture from centuries of occupation by various cultures. The brutalist soviet era concrete structures being both the newest and ugliest by a comfortable margin. Also often already crumbling. I stayed in the hotel Azerbaijan. It seems to have gone now - quite likely collapsed under its own weight. Each of th 14 floors were operated by a different co-operative. Some floors were ok, others like something out of Blade Runner. Bookings were indiscriminately distributed but all exhorbitantly priced by any standard. I was lucky........ On the ground floor was the only place I've ever watched rats run over the lit panels in the ceiling. The plane out was mainly loaded with exhibitors. We cheered when the wheels left the runway.......
  25. JohnD

    Glasgow School of Art

    Gosh, that Dresden is a bit, er intrusive, and the Hadid thing is even more interstellar. She did the Olympic Aquatic Centre for the London Olympics, and that was really clever, grafting seats for 15,000 into a building that eventually only seated 2000. But then it was all a new building. John
  26. oldtuckunder

    An unexpected fault

    Glad your back together in time. Don't know if the Gravel at Oulton is like the Kitty Litter at Prescott but even with only a minor excursion at the end of last year, I spent the winter with it coming out of every nook and cranny, the vacuum cleaner was added to work shop necessary tools! I don't think i ever had a relay fail, until I fitted the Revotec Fan 5 years ago, then I had two fail on it in 12 months, Revotec were good and always supplied replacements, and not had one fail since, but now I always carry a spare in the competition tool box, and as with MJ and EDIS now installed and relay dependant probably an even better idea. Alan
  27. PaulAA

    Glasgow School of Art

    That's not bad, John I can think of much worse examples. In the 'starchitect' league, recent additions to the genre include Liebeskind's Dresden Military Museum (jagged spacecraft crashlands on earth) and Hadid's Antwerp Port House building (blind sea monster humping a piece of classical revivalism), all pressaged by the Oxford Shark, which did it so much better, thirty years ago. It is bad form to speak ill of the recently departed, so I won't mention Will Alsop's Toronto School of Art. When I get to a computer, I will post some pictures. Down in Bavaria, there is a university town, Eichstatt, of fine classical buildings, which was extensively worked on by an architect called Schattner in the '70s and '80s. It is an exemplar of the addition of new to old and a demonstration of what we seem to have lost the courage and skill to achieve in the 2000s...
  28. Two weeks ago was Oulton Park, and an unscheduled exit over grass into a gravel trap. Since then, I've been working to get the parts and fit them to deal with the damage caused, and finished on Sunday PM. Congratulatory drink, and a start and test run postponed until this morning. But on flicking the switches - nothing! Some items ran, but not the fuel pumps, so a start wasn't to be possible. OK, out with the multimeter, this'll be a doddle, especially if I bear in mind my mantra - what did you do, where were you working? The last time you did something to the car? It must have been something I dislodged. But all the fuses intact, no loose connections, just no volts at the appropriate switches. Lying under the dash, neck aching , back being poked into by something I know not what, I traced the wiring, which hasn't been standard for a long time, and for which the only wiring diagram is the thing itself. And it was all intact. Finally, I traced it to the ignition relay, which I installed for reliability, as there are so many electrical extras. It was warm, unsurprising given that the circuits had been on for so long while I tested. And it clicked as I turn the ignition on and off. But I have a spare, pop it into the rack, easy check - and it all works! The relay had failed! How often has that happened? An easy repair, if a bit mysterious. And I must have another spare, as I'm off to Spa for next weekend. Good Old Halfords! They had several Type A relays, but no Type 'B', but went out to the back and returned with the correct one - sorted! John
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