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LondonRascal last won the day on June 12 2019

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    Broadcaster, Blogger and Technology Evangelist from London. Enjoys a good coffee, Ale an boating.

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  1. A little late, but none the less I remember beginning this thread last February. New to driving and not aware quite how this would change my life, and so much more besides here we are just over a year since I passed my test. Many, many thousands of miles later, and many new places visited (along with those I had not visited for many years) this is my 'conversation' about what I have done, seen, and dare I say a few 'moans' about other drivers...
  2. Only been a few months - well okay, over 12 since I last posted to this thread. A bunch has happened in that time, but small bits here and there that have not really warranted a written update, leave aside a video. Also I have found that making videos is not as easy when you've got to worry about stopping what you are doing to hold the camera, then carry on for a bit, then stop and so on ans so forth. Still, recently the fresh water pump packed up and I came over to this very thread because I had remembered Stuart talking about what pump type he had fitted on his Trader, this lead me to
  3. I would go down the oil analysis route too, here is a site you can get the kit to take the sample and send away - not too dear. www.theoillab.co.uk/buy-kits
  4. If the Parish Council need evidence, over a period of time that this person is abusing the bins (or others) I would think the ideal way would be to put a motion activated trail camera up in a suitable location that is not too obvious but has a good view of the area. Anytime someone comes within range a series of photos is saved. They have long battery lives and are cheap compared to setting up a CCTV camera to do much the same. This would then gather evidence that it was not just a once off and help and case.
  5. I'm going to be honest, I have parked in Child & Parent parking bays, but I'd never parking in a Disabled parking bay. Indeed, recently I was told off, in person by an angry husband. He asked me if I had any children? I looked around and confirmed I did not (his wife chipped in "don't start it's not worth it"). I was parked in one of the Child & Parent bays, of which there were 7. 5 of them were still free. He was parked in one two spaces down from where I was. Now, he then told me how it had taken an age to find a free space, and he had two children and how it was so hard wh
  6. Although I did not share it here - perhaps should have - I have been traveling about once more. Going back down 'memory lane visiting some places I last went to as a child on holiday some 28 years ago. Firstly I drove from Norwich to London, and booked into a hotel near Heathrow Airport. They are well priced, have lots of comfort and features and gives easy access to the M25/M4. The following morning it was off to Weymouth. I love the place, it now also has extra relevance to me as was the first harbour we came into when bringing Independence up to Norfolk. I was amazed to find the averag
  7. Well - good for everyone - but no more videos to have to suffer, because although I filmed a little it was not much mainly because I set off from Aberdeen just after 10:00am with Brundall as my destination. Waze told me it would take about 8hr 55 minutes. I therefore proposed to work to the same rules HGV drivers need to with breaks, either 15 minutes totaling 45 minutes in no more than 4hrs 30minutes, or a single 45 minute break. I set off with the timer running and when it went off, would find somewhere to stop. My first issue was on the A90 when I hit heavy traffic - this was some
  8. I remember when I i had to change almost 60 bulbs on Independence from Halogen to LED - all without changing the light fittings. It truly is easy, just take out the old bulb - find the highest lumen output LED replacement. I say this, because it is so easy to see the same bulb that might fit a G4 fitting, and one LED may be 3 watts and another 5 watts and both claim to be the same brightness as the old 20 watt Halogen. Lumens on the other hand don't lie, and you will see how they vary. I prefer warmer white LED's too, that better replicate the slightly yellow light of a Halogen. I person
  9. So today's little trip was Edinburgh to Aberdeen. While the rest of the country baked, up here it has been warm, humid but not overly bad - just as I like it. That said when I arrived in Aberdeen (which I only decided to go to after a trip to see the Forth Railway Bridge) the weather turned, cooler and by early evening thunderstorms and rain were the order of the day. What I have decided is as much as I love Scotland, the roads within cities are in shockingly bad condition. Edinburgh was bad, Aberdeen has some impressive holes and even the general condition sees patch upon patch upon pat
  10. Having taken the SLK in for a new battery (I can throughly recommend lithium powered jump packs by the way. Large power bank type things, charge phones use as a torch and when needed 600Amps of power to crank and engine over) I decided I wanted to go on a bit of an adventure. This began leaving Norfolk behind on Wednesday and without a destination in mind headed towards Yorkshire. I arrived in Bridlington and found a Premier Inn. Everything was premier, even the price this time, but it was very comfy, modern and large room with air conditioning and below a large restaurant to eat in.
  11. Last weekend Broad Ambition got her first real outing since a bunch of work had been done during her bi-annual out of water works. Friday 21st June: Shiela and I would crew up on Friday, cruise to Wroxham in the evening and the following afternoon I was expecting 4 guests to arrive who would be staying onboard until Sunday afternoon, plus possibly 1 or 2 others who were coming for the day. Just as well Broad Ambition is 40ft long, because what actually turned out was including Shiela and I, we had 12 people onboard - 4 of whom were children. Firstly we left Stalham and I helmed,
  12. I was back at Kwik-Fit today, I'm on first name terms with them and this time is was for a re-gas of the air conditioning on the SLK. It was performing fine but since checking pressures are not a standard service item I was keen to see if it was work getting done. Sure enough the pressure was well above where the compressor would have cut out due to low pressure in the system, but could do with some. They took all the old refrigerant out along with the lubricating oil under pressure and left it for a good while. Often times it is done quickly and not everything, especially any moisture in th
  13. All I can say is weekday evening rush hour at night on the Hanger Lane Gyratory and knowing a few miles later with be the Chiswick Roundabout to deal with before heading up onto the M4 when you've passed your test 3 weeks prior hones your sense of awareness. Then to keep doing it and get used to what people do verses 'the rules' or what they should be doing has stood me in great stead. For sure different parts of the country seem to have different styles of driving, but what I have also seen is how so many drivers who do the same routes time and again act on auto pilot. They say most acci
  14. Interesting reading peoples opinions and comments, especially about British cars - ether the fact they appeared to be badly put together and made, or defending them as actually being not as bad as all that... I feel fortunate to have grown up when there was a great deal of change and progress being made in our world through technology unlike any other generation where a great deal of change happened in education and then work with computers, then seeing the birth of the Internet and now seeing where it has brought us - not all good. The same goes for cars. These days we seem to take
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