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Timbo
Posted on: Dec 12 2012, 08:12 PM


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QUOTE (NORTHENDER @ Dec 12 2012, 07:43 PM) *
Tiss funny do you not think that he/she/it joined at exactly the same time that 1979 stopped posting? 1979 being an out and out Flamer as the Arachnid is.

Oh I don't think he'll be back.
A few people know why. wink.gif

Also Mr 1979 never used italics, or much punctuation.
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Timbo
Posted on: Nov 1 2012, 09:15 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 1 2012, 06:04 PM) *
How can garages afford to do MOTs for prices like £25 or £35?

The price of £54.95 or whatever is the maximum price a garage can charge. Many people take this to be the actual price that an MOT is supposed to be - Where as it takes around 20-30 minutes and even at £30, garages still make a profit on this.
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Posted on: Oct 29 2012, 09:30 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Oct 29 2012, 09:00 PM) *
Vulnerable or not; like the rest of us they are obliged to keep to the law and abide by the highway code. Isn't it about time we started to charge cyclists for the use of the highway? If we did, they'd need registration plates, so could be identified. That would bring a sharp change in behaviour!


A great idea (along with mandatory insurance perhaps) however a lack of police resources would not make it feasible.
In addition Bicycling is/was (??) a past time for many including children, so should children have to be insured?

While I agree that Identification and some sort of idemnity should be required, realistically I don't think it would ever happen!
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Posted on: Oct 27 2012, 01:56 PM


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As a woman Lady P, I doubt that.
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Posted on: Oct 27 2012, 01:42 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 27 2012, 11:39 AM) *
If your view of the road and path is obscured, you should be using a banksman to reverse out.


Sorry, I'm driving out forwards... Hence in accordance with the highway code which states you should not reverse out onto a main road.
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Posted on: Oct 26 2012, 09:48 AM


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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Oct 26 2012, 10:43 AM) *
A bit of a rather hypocritical post.....


Not at all.
Considering that I have legal access to the path to exit my drive (hence the dropped down curb) and in addition a bicyclist should be using a cycle lane if provided. I checked down past the fence and then waited for around 10 seconds to allow any cyclists or people who were in the blind spot (10m long estimate) to emerge and this guy didn't.
When there's a cycle path on a wide road I have no compassion.
Nothing to do with failure to indicate or a lack of lights in the night.
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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 10:02 PM


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Oh give over.
Every time someone posts up anything about bad cyclists someone lycra-wearing do-gooder comes on saying "OH MY GOD CARS ARE HORRIBLE".

I was out with my friend the other night and at the roundabout at the top of the link, near Newbury Retail Park, I saw 2 bicycles behaving STUPIDLY.
Firstly was an old man.
It was around 8:30pm so dark. Had NO LIGHTS on his bicycle and no reflectors neither. He rode around the roundabout from Newbury College Side and straight on (as if going to the retail park) WITHOUT ANY SIGNALLING WHATSOEVER.
An Audi driver going towards that Girls school nearly crashed into this old guy because well, it's unexpected and you couldn't see them!!
And then the same bicyclist veered across the oncoming lane, infront of a car (causing it to brake pretty hard judging from the pitch) to get onto the path.

At the next roundabout (where you either go into McDonalds or towards Tesco) another guy on a bicycle went THE WRONG WAY around the roundabout to ride across the road onto the path infront of oncomming traffic.

And the other night I nearly smashed into a bicycle. I was edging out of my drive (which backs onto a main road, it has a fence so I can't see the path admittedly until 10 meters away). I'm patient here and waited for a sec incase there was something in the 10m blind spot. Around 10 seconds after this, I SLOWLY edged out forwards (as I reverse in, in accordance with the highway code) and a maniac on a bicycle came flying down the path. (A small brown chap). Nearly into the side of my car. Now sorry but I understand sometimes you'd want to cycle on the path (hambridge road etc) but the main road in question actually has a cycle lane on the road and is perfectly wide enough for bicycles and cars to happily co-exist... ................................................................................
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Nuff said really.
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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 03:52 PM


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QUOTE (Spider @ Oct 24 2012, 06:06 PM) *
I think as Tax payers we should have a right to question authority. We read too much in the press about abuses of power. As for taking photos of an official which seems to have upset a few. I noticed that papers like the NWN's often taken photos of officialdom all the time. Recently we saw two police officers talking to members of the public (their faces hazed out) I think that in such a corrupt society we should always be on our toes and question.


Hate to say but because we all pay tax does not automatically give you the right to question their authority neither does it give you the right to question every possible thing you happen to personally disagree with.
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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 01:28 PM


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You didn't have to cut me off....
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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 11:59 AM


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Used to stop tanks in Vietnaam.

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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 11:56 AM


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Concrete bollards m'lad.

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Posted on: Oct 25 2012, 11:40 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Oct 25 2012, 10:24 AM) *
Concrete bollards won't stop me going through on my motorcycle, but common sense will, despite anything a satnav might say.

Sorry have you seen the bollards?
If you want to smash into them then be my guest!!
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Posted on: Oct 23 2012, 10:30 PM


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QUOTE (user23 @ Oct 23 2012, 10:30 PM) *
A record of your activities is stored now, by your ISP.

To a point there.
They can see what sort of websites you've been on but not necessarily what you actually do.
Especially if a webpage has an active applet within in.

They do not store and are unable to read IMs, emails neither can they listen into Skype or similar VoIP calls from your desktop unless they are patched into your local network. Emails - most of it on say Gmail you log onto Googles Server which your ISP can't see. they can't tell your password or anything. They could find your email address but not actually get into it. Unless Google (in this example) gives them your emails.

I think the issue is the internet represents freedom to so many people, freedom of speech (which is slowly being taken away of course) and a few other things, and despite the fact that record sales would be no different there is the big push in terms of piracy which is always a reason behind anything relating to "online monitoring".

It's becoming quite the big brother nation. More so than it is now.
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Posted on: Oct 22 2012, 08:13 PM


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QUOTE (Blake @ Oct 22 2012, 11:21 AM) *
Oh great, more crap on the high street. I'd like to see all betting stores closed down. They are the scourge of our towns.


Can see how you would come to that conclusion, perfectly reasonable.
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Posted on: Oct 22 2012, 07:27 PM


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QUOTE (Nothing Much @ Oct 22 2012, 02:41 PM) *
I understood it perfectly. which is why I have lost my Nectar card.
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That was a genuine laugh out loud post. smile.gif
You know they do the little key-ring nectar thingies now?!
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Posted on: Oct 21 2012, 09:47 PM


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QUOTE (NWNREADER @ Oct 21 2012, 07:16 PM) *
As regards the willingness of emergency services to take chances......
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-20015659

Well that's exactly what people in the services need to do.
Too often things are littered with health and safety legislation.

Especially so for regular people. I've heard that people who have fallen/been in an accident have sued passers-by for trying to help (especially if they get further injuries from incorrect treatment afterwards).

Some people don't salt their own pavements for that exact reason.. because well they didn't want to get sued or bucked over for money (it does happen) -
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Posted on: Oct 17 2012, 09:01 AM


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I can't believe some people and the fact they have the nerve to do this. That damage is pretty intensive and from the pictures they look like really deep key marks, especially on the bonnet!
Feel very sorry for you mate. I'm sure it'll be looking new again when it's back from the bodyshop. Out of interest would you post up the finish of the results and review the bodyshop you used? I'm looking to have some work done myself.
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Posted on: Oct 16 2012, 05:07 PM


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NM has a younger bro?
Do tell me more.
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Posted on: Oct 15 2012, 10:02 PM


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QUOTE (Exhausted @ Oct 15 2012, 07:38 PM) *
So, what would be the fitted price assuming no mechanical mates and fitted by a regular garage.

Well for front and rear discs and pads on something boring like a Vauxhall Zafira would probably only be something like.. £70 for discs and pads at the front, £50 for the back, maybe 2, to 3 hours labour depending on the garage? Especially if you buy cheap tack from Ebay.

So let's say £150 for parts.
And reasonably around £80-120 for labour, brake fluid etc. That's normal garage rates.
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Posted on: Oct 14 2012, 09:26 PM


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QUOTE (Baffers100 @ Oct 10 2012, 04:34 PM) *
Yep, I thought that was considered a good thing to do in anticipation of the light possibly changing to green. Beats having some bum hole speed up behind you when you're stationary, and wonder whether his bumper is going to be joiing you on your back seat.

I agree. I do that too but normally on traffic lights I "know" the sequence of, just around here.
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Posted on: Oct 14 2012, 09:26 PM


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QUOTE (Baffers100 @ Oct 10 2012, 04:37 PM) *
For 2 sets of pads and discs? What do you drive?!?

Where is the £300 price from?
I can get new uprated discs and pads for around £150. (R32 so 345mm discs at the front)
£300 maybe front and rear but the rears would last 3 or even 4 times that of the front! On a big car.. too..
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Posted on: Oct 14 2012, 09:24 PM


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QUOTE (stewiegriffin @ Oct 9 2012, 11:47 AM) *
Oh where to begin on this subject.

I used to enjoy driving a lot. I'd often go for a drive just for the **** of it.

Way too many idiots on the roads nowadays. There are too many bad habits to compile a full list, but here are some of the worst ones.

The middle lane owners club. 'nuff said on that one I think.

People who seem to be trying to save wear and tear on their indicator bulbs by never using them.

The dawdler who drives at 40mph in a 60 limit, yet doesn't slow down at all when they then enter a 30 zone. Invariably he's wearing a hat and has hair growing out of his ears.

The hesitant berk who waits at a roundabout for the road to be completely empty before pulling out.

Motorway tailgaters. They should be lined up against the same wall as the middle lane club and shot.

Truck drivers who pull into the outside lane and then proceed to take 5 miles to pass the other truck in the inside lane. I would force feed them Yorkie bars until they die of chocolate poisoning.

Chavs in their Corsa's and Saxo's who feel the need to fit ridiculous tail pipes which sound like the Space Shuttle taking off every time they touch the accelerator. What is the point when their silly little car only has 50 horsepower.

I could go on. And on. But that'll do for now!

That's a pretty good list and very true lol.
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Posted on: Sep 26 2012, 08:23 AM


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Read what I wrote again and tell me where there's an insult
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Posted on: Sep 25 2012, 02:59 PM


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That is true Andy. (last point)
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Posted on: Sep 25 2012, 09:48 AM


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Indeed, Andy. biggrin.gif

@GrumblingTummy.

1) No personal attack was made.
2) You said

"Yet another bleedin' re-tune, which means I lose my favourites yet again and have to reselect and reorganise them. It's about the 6th time I have had to do that, and I am sure it won't be the last."

"Dave on 19 swapped places with Yesterday on 12. Why? What on earth did swapping two channels around actually achieve?"

Basically you are complaining that you had to re-tune, complaining that you lost your favorites (diddums) and complaining about the quality and content is not really comparable to analog TV. Well, the QUALITY (as in visual and audio) is always better. That is just a fact of the transmission medium. It's subject to far less losses. Quality of the programmes themselves... well, as I hardly watch TV (and I mean literally maybe 1 or 2 shows a week such as Watchdog and Russell Howards Good News) I wouldn't know but I have many other things to do rather than watch TV.

3) Not many people post on here because;
3.a) It's a relatively un-advertised forum catering for a small town.
3.B.) The small town in question whose population reads the Newbury Weekly News Publication are normally of a more mature age (average age in late 40's wouldn't surprise me).
3.ci) A majority of those in their mature ages are not of the mindset to participate in web forums
3.cii) A minority of those in their mature ages don't even understand how to use a computer properly let alone participate in web forums.
3.ciii) Some of those who are of a mindset to post are not able to fit into the forums "style" which is often aggressive debating styles.
3.d) Those who are young and attempt to sign up often are met with hostility due to their difference of opinion due to the differencing generations so many don't bother.
3.e) Certain fellows are found to be lying about their personal lifes and children they don't have but do have but didn't have.
3.f) For the amount of people in the town vs the type of forum (angry old mens debating area) I think the 20 or 25 regular sort of posters we have are pretty good.
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