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  1. mattius

    Messages of support fro Darren TR5tar

    Im not involved in the TR community, hope you don't mind me asking but... Redacted emails, confidential evidence, power struggles at the top?? I thought these were clubs run by members for the members? are these clubs really that big financially that they need to act like a multi national conglomerate? serious question, never been to a board meeting, never been high up in a club. I mean on the CT forums there was talk of law suites etc back in the day, i just don't understand, surely the clubs are about for the enjoyment of members. The triumph community is not alone, we were at the Corvette Club UK nationals a few years ago, its all the same, thoroughly nasty people in "power"
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    What were you wrong about?

    So So many things....most things in fact, especially if you listen to her... Not taking a trade and going to university, wish id become an electrician/structural engineer instead of a software engineer (rushed into uni to avoid tuition fee's). Triumph spitfires do not go round corners quickly on wet roads... Buying shares in a fruit shaped logo company was not a bad idea in early 2000...doh! Financially, i should have bought the Lotus Esprit instead of the Spitfire...
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    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...
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    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.
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    Hope all is improving Nick, take it easy, healing is a pain in the ass for impatient types, i was climbing the walls, but its worth it in the end (he says with my gammy leg up high and wrapped in ice after hiking 14 miles yesterday around the hills in the borders, turns out i can't cope with that). My friends and family still get together every few years to donate the 12.5 pints i needed transfused, i enjoy meeting them afterwards to buy them drinks and watch them stumble all over the place ( even the biggest of guys will be blind drunk after a few pints of giving and a few pints of receiving)! Hopefully one day i will be able to donate, however i don't think that will happen in my lifetime.
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    I spent years trading mobile phones and parts on ebay, The trick is as has been said to list your stuff when its "free" listing days or £1 fee days, otherwise it gets ridiculous. If you put a reserve on it, or a buy it now, or make it gallery featured or even just in the gallery they charge you extra, plus the charges are loaded in such a way it penalises people selling stuff under £100. From memory reserve and buy it now are the worst things to put on as they are a percentage of the sales price, others are fixed fees. So the only real way to list anything is with no reserve and low price, which is why you see so much cheap tat on ebay nowadays, its just not worth people listing more expensive stuff (i think premium sellers get better rates). I rarely use the place these days, ebay have been too greedy, Amazon love them or love them have changed the way business is done these days, i mean is it just me that finds my self paying a couple of quid extra just to get something next day?
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    Thats similar to the one i have, works brilliant. John, i don't tend to use it on the car too often, i more use it around the house, inside the walls in the bathroom etc. The steering ones we have at work are just insane, some kinda black magic technology in them, they are tiny yet can control them so accurately. But these ones are just insane for the price, £6, how do they make it for that. https://www.banggood.com/3-in-1-6LED-Waterproof-Endoscope-Android-USB-Type-C-Borescope-Inspection-Camera-p-1152998.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
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    The chinese sites like banggood are brilliant for these, a tenner will buy you an 1080p HD quality one, which is just mental for the size, i struggle keeping the lens from steaming up/getting dirty though. We use a lot of very expensive ones at work (although John probably has better ones at his work), and unless you spend megabucks (last one i saw was tens of thousands), there is always compromises. How do the medical ones keep their lenses clear in the medical ones @JohnD its a very wet environment the body?
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    The bilthamber stuff is very good worth the money, i use the deox gell on anything that goes back to bare metal, their carnuba waxes are also top quality. Be interesting to see how that paint holds up, i used to swear by Por15 but its not lasting as they say it should despite spending hundreds of pounds on all their recommended products, it still chips and peals off in sheets, i wonder if the formulation has changed, as we have the corvette painted in it and its much much better.
  10. I missed those pics first time round, very jealous, we were in Agadir in Morocco last year, loved it, apart from getting there and back which from here was hell at best but with a plane that went up and down the runway 4 times (after being delayed for 4 hours) before it could take off cause of lightning strikes all around it was torture. P.s. Camels are the most uncomfortable animals in the world, wonder why anyone ever rode them, was on one in the sahara for 4 hours, could barely walk afterwards
  11. I drove my MX5 up and down to Aberdeen and back all year round with snow tyres, they do make a big difference in the wet too, i didn't really notice any greater wear on snow tyres to normal, but the grip in the dry summer was awful, which in turn was fun in an MX5. I got sent this picture today from a friend in North Berwick near where i work, this is one of the main roads.. The UK doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with snow like this and arguably rightly too, it doesn't happen often enough. I spent 3 hours today clearing drives and paths, 1 hour driving nurses into the hospital and then another hour hunting for milk which has run out in every supermarket in Edinburgh, dropped off some to my elderly neighbours and now im collapsed broken.
  12. Xdrive works surprisingly well considering, its never going to beat a land rover but better than rear wheel drive, i was driving one up in Aviemore last month, its the ground clearance that's the biggest problem. I beached my rwd up there for 3 days, all 4 wheels off the ground by an inch lol Hopefully we're done, in shattered after getting up at silly o'clock the last 3 days ferrying nurses into the hospital (she better appreciate it!) I was driving a Yeti the last few days, surprised be with its abilities, nice car, could do with more clearance again though.
  13. lol nah i had to clear the drive to get the BMW to move more than an inch, thankfully got out to the shops otherwise no brew, now its abandoned again till it clears. Why didn't i buy the XDrive version...
  14. Cleared the drive today, took 2 hours, whatever happened to andre who had the GT6 and his snowblower? An hour later, Given up... Im so glad i just paid a fortune to have the driveway landscaped! groann...