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Posted on: Jul 10 2018, 10:31 PM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Jul 5 2018, 11:15 AM) *
We have loads of smart motorways where I live and I travel on them all the time. Nothing Smart about them, they are a complete waste of time and money and are just as congested as they were before. Safety wise, if there is a breakdown they just close that lane and it happens almost immediately so I wouldn't worry too much about that.


The idea of smart motorway is to increase traffic flow by adding another lane.
But people can't drive in 3 lanes correctly, let alone 4...... like you say it ends up just as bad as it was before.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 11:32 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 16 2018, 11:31 PM) *
Did you meet Sabine??


I wish! tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif

Instead got taken round the ring in one of those Ring Taxi jobs, it was the dogs nuts!!! Defo be going every year from now on.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 07:37 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 16 2018, 06:01 PM) *
I agree, even the back roads in France are better than most A roads here. Still driving that golf??



No I got rid of it.

Been building this for the last 4 years :

CT-2094-(ZF-6182-13377-1-001)-1 by Fat Bear Photography, on Flickr

Got 395hp from a 2.0 TDI

Now it's in a million pieces on my drive with no dashboard, doors or wings . rolleyes.gif

We went to the Nurburgring in April.
What an experience that was.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 03:57 PM


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There was one pothole which was about 4 inches deep and about 2ft long, about 1ft wide, on a road very near to my house

If you hit it at 30mph it would literally sound like a bomb has gone off.
The road is a 40 limit.
It was also in the direct natural wheel path..


I agree generally round here the roads are not awful but they are not good either

A recent trip to Europe showed how much nicer the roads in France, Belgium, and Germany were.

If they repaired the road properly for let's say £50 / yard rather which lasted 10 years, rather than £30 / yard which lasts 2 years....
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Posted on: Mar 26 2018, 01:51 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Mar 18 2018, 07:00 PM) *
Whatever happened to Vbird...... the waffling tit that he was....

Ah, those were the days.... nostalgia ain't what it used to be....


The one I remember most was "Nothing Much". He was brilliant! Where's he gone?

QUOTE (Strafin @ Mar 16 2018, 12:42 PM) *
No mate it hasn't. I come on for a bit of argy bargy now and then. It gets delivered back to me swiftly and then I bugger off again for a few weeks. Come back, same dozen or so people fighting with themselves and Simon!



All good fun I suppose!!

QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Mar 10 2018, 08:56 AM) *
And to you. How's the car?


As expensive as always.
Pushing for 400hp, I barely drive it now as I have a little Ford now as well, and as I work from home I tend not to go out for weeks at a time.... cool.gif laugh.gif
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Posted on: Mar 10 2018, 01:22 AM


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.... has it? smile.gif

Happy 2018 to everyone (bit late).
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Posted on: Jun 9 2017, 11:56 AM


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So they want to cut across the road to allow vehicles to turn right, when heading south, towards the train station and back into town.

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/a339

Please no!! laugh.gif
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Posted on: Jun 9 2017, 11:30 AM


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I hope it isn't made into flats / houses... town is busy enough as it is!!!

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Posted on: May 16 2017, 05:40 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 16 2017, 06:11 PM) *
Honda?



Yup, they are European smile.gif
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Posted on: May 15 2017, 03:09 PM


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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ May 5 2017, 08:11 AM) *
Newbury Town Council are institutionally complaint-averse. Their complaint-handling process is 1. fob you off, 2. complain that you're complaining, 3. victimise you for complaining. They are incapable of accepting that they can ever be in error and are pugnacious in their suppression of criticism.

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Posted on: May 15 2017, 03:05 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ May 13 2017, 06:30 PM) *
Can anyone confirm if the reception is particularly patchy around here? Took my new Range Rover back to the dealers last week to have the radio and antenna in the back checked out. They say there's nothing wrong but I'm not so sure, anyone else having problems as they drive round West Berkshire? I've checked the website to see if any transmitters are down but nothings showing. Anyone?


That's a true first world problem.

I have a Fiesta and the DAB works fine on that. Can pick up KISSTORY and Radio 1X without issue. But I use Spotify most of the time.
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Posted on: May 15 2017, 02:57 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ May 12 2017, 09:50 AM) *
What's he got??



QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 12 2017, 01:18 PM) *
A metal thing with wheels and headlights. tongue.gif


Not really sure it would be fair of me to say. But it was from Europe, saloon, is quite rare, but not pretentious. I've only seen a few of them around.
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Posted on: May 11 2017, 09:08 AM


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I met him once. He has an interesting car so he's OK in my book.
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Posted on: May 10 2017, 11:27 AM


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What would it even show?
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Posted on: Jan 11 2017, 04:41 PM


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QUOTE (BMR @ Jan 10 2017, 09:25 PM) *
Did anyone see and recognise a low flying military aircraft flying over Newbury/Woolton Hill today (Tuesday). It circled round at least three times. The first time it was very low indeed.

Any ideas where it took off from, where it was going to, and why it was so low?



can you not trace the flightpath on FlightRadar or similar apps....
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Posted on: Dec 16 2016, 09:29 AM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Dec 14 2016, 12:13 AM) *
Brave you. We need pioneers such as you to Beta test this technology for us all. Personally, the idea of paying £65k on a car is ridiculous. Especially when you are in effect carrying a blast bomb in the boot with 5kg of hydrogen stored in a tank at a pressure of 10,000psi. Still, if it wasn't for the likes of you we'd still be riding round on horses.



Or like carrying around battery acid.

Hydrogen cars are the answer.

Battery powered car are a pathetic, poor, short-term workaround.
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Posted on: Dec 16 2016, 09:28 AM


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QUOTE (user23 @ Dec 15 2016, 09:46 PM) *
Given the last new user joined getting on for two years ago, it's unlikely they look at it much these days



Can't really blame them.

This was a good forum with good debate once.

Now it's just a few old men arguing.
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Posted on: Nov 7 2016, 10:35 AM


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I can totally see where Newres is coming from.
I think many of us have taken our eyes off the road to check something in the Glovebox/radio/phone at some point.
Those who vehemently deny that they have are probably the worst offenders... !

The guy did not set out to kill people I'm sure.
However as a "professional" driver he should have ensured his attention was on the road.
Certainly had a car ploughed into the back of the traffic jam dare I say the family may still be together today.

While there is absolutely zero excuses for the lorryist's actions we can understand we may have all been there before.
That being said the video shows him paying next to no attention for upwards of 45 seconds and for me I may glance at the stereo while messing with the music rather than stare at it...

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Posted on: Nov 7 2016, 10:23 AM


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I'm sure we'll manage without it... !!
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Posted on: Oct 8 2016, 11:41 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Oct 8 2016, 07:46 PM) *
And there you have it. FFS, we all live on the same planet!!!



Ummm, yes , but I'm sure you'd moan if everyone from another planet decided to turn up on your doorstep and dump their crap.


I just don't see the problem.
If you live in Reading using the Reading tip.
If you live in Newbury use the newbury one!

I do not know, and do not care, for intricate details, but as an overall scheme, restricting you to tipping in your most local tip, I see no issue with that.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2016, 05:06 PM


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Regarding the tip and passes. Don't see the big deal.

Would you want waste from other large towns being disposed of in your local tip, given those large towns have their own tip?

It's not an awful idea. However as I found out recently you don't need a pass, driving license is fine as long as you live within the right areas.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2016, 03:14 PM


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Traffic is a joke in newbury lately.

Major road works on the only route north south as well as boundry road still being shut. Gg council
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Posted on: Sep 14 2016, 12:01 PM


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You can't just upgrade the A34 to be a motorway.
Legally there has to be decent routes around the country which aren't motorways for idiots who have 50cc mopeds or still travel by carrier pony.

It would be better to be upgraded to 3 lanes (like the A3 is) but that doesn't stop the issue of poor lane behaviour (lane hogging), people who do not accelerate in a timely manner to join the motorway or who pull out without regard for faster traffic causing them to slam on their brakes at the last minute.
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Posted on: Sep 14 2016, 11:58 AM


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Everyone needs popcorn for this thread!
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Posted on: Sep 14 2016, 11:56 AM


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I don't think reducing speed limit will help.

People will still do 70/80.

It needs enforced HGV traffic restricted to inside lane along certain stretches. Some sliproads should be extended (bollocks there is plenty of space to do so).

And what's more people need to get off their ruddy phones / sat navs and actually use their eyes.
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