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Tzulscha

'Tis the Season...to Grump

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59 minutes ago, Admiral Puff said:

I want a kit of that ...

You might try two Airfix Sunderland hulls for the stretch. I've been wondering how to do it myself.

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This afternoon's grump... people who say "I'll be there at XX time" yet do not arrive until an hour or close to two hours later (if at all).

 

I've had one chap go totally mental because I waited 25 mins and then departed without him showing up when he said he would. Stuff them!

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57 minutes ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

You might try two Airfix Sunderland hulls for the stretch. I've been wondering how to do it myself.

Hmmmm ... I do have a half-built Monogram B-52 in the stash ...

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Just been to the new co-op on the Bridge for the first and last time,self service only (although it was for a good cause,the cat'd run out of biscuits)....

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9 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

Just been to the new co-op on the Bridge for the first and last time,self service only (although it was for a good cause,the cat'd run out of biscuits)....

I hate self service tills, all designed to reduce staff, inflate profits with the lie that says it keeps prices down.

The queues are just as big as the main checkouts why people put up with them I don't know.

Our local ASDA used to have around 20 checkouts now with self service and scan as you go its down to about 6.

At least Aldi and Lidl serve you, no wonder sales at the big 4 are going downhill, no customer service and they don't really seem to care about it.

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4 minutes ago, camper1 said:

I hate self service tills, all designed to reduce staff, inflate profits with the lie that says it keeps prices down.

The queues are just as big as the main checkouts why people put up with them I don't know.

Our local ASDA used to have around 20 checkouts now with self service and scan as you go its down to about 6.

At least Aldi and Lidl serve you, no wonder sales at the big 4 are going downhill, no customer service and they don't really seem to care about it.

Iceland are the same over here with staff as Lidl and Aldi (it'd be nice to see one over here),the main co-op has both till and self service so i just used to wait 'til someone decided to serve me and they've got used to it....

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I have to say that I have used self service tills a grand total of three times since they started appearing. Hate the bleedin' things. I have found that they can take longer and cause way more annoyance than going through a manned till. As far as I am concerned they can stuff the things. I want to keep on keeping staff in their jobs at the tills.

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A grump for today.

Having been visiting @alancmlaird today,I left his house at 1505 to travel the 75 miles home. I arrived at 1755. 

Kippen to A82 at Loch Lomond as car six of about thirty behind a low loader with a digger on the back.

If he had maintained a steady speed then the cars could have overtaken him on several places but as soon as a suitable straight appeared he accelerated.

Sods law of course had him turn right on the '82 but I got past him after a few miles.

Obviously he didn't give a toss for the queue behind him. It's not as if he needed to pull in either. Simply not speeding up for a few seconds would have got everybody on their way.

Further held up at Rest and be Thankful then met a brand new 4 x 4 doing fairly well until it hit a wee drop surface water,nothing major but for the next 22 mile he/she braked for every wee puddle and on coming car.

No chance for an overtake at any point either.

:rant: over.

 

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Ah!The famous 4 by 4 syndrome,100s of the things round here it's the in thing status symbol.

Most driven by youngish ladies who don't have the first idea what they are driving apart from the fact it's BIG and people will get out of the way.

Most of them just point and go,considering most of the roads around us are fairly narrow it is downright dangerous as speed limits don't apply to them.

My wife knows one who has a PCP leasing arrangement and pays £712 per month for the privilege of driving one for 3 years.

 

 

 

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58 minutes ago, camper1 said:

£712 per month

Absolutely daft!

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I was reading online reviews of one of the SUV crossover thingies and about the only ‘negative’ that was mentioned was the lack of a 4WD option. Why??? 99.99% of these things will never need the facility because they are town cars. Off-roading for these means parking two wheels on a pavement or grassy verge. It’s like cup holders. How often do those get used? Ditto cruise control. I’ve used it once when driving down the M6 as an experiment - didn’t like it at all. Another blinking useless feature.

 

Trevor May

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I used to use cruise control regularly as a stretch of road on my way to work had averaging cameras and it was too easy to exceed the speed limit when the road was clear.

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I know a very seasoned driver and mechanic of all things four wheeled and he was of the opinion that there was little reason for four wheel drive on any vehicle that wasn't going to see real off road use. He demonstrated once on an icy road by overtaking a couple of struggling four wheel drive vehicles on a hill road in his two(front)wheel drive Renault mini van with me turning whiter than the snow in the passenger seat as we basically slid in a semi-controlled fashion at a fair turn of speed uphill.

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I use cruise control a lot. Having the A14 on my doorstep, it means I am using a dual carriageway almost immediately. Many times once I'm into top gear, I never change down until my destination via the A or M roads. 100 to 300 miles in a single hit at mostly 70 mph. Engage cruise and fly by wire. No worries with speed traps and phenomenal fuel economy. Just don't use it in sub zero temperatures.

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2 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Ditto cruise control. I’ve used it once when driving down the M6 as an experiment - didn’t like it at all. Another blinking useless feature.

 

 

Have to disagree with you there Trev & agree with 81tfw, I find cruise control to be indispensable, both for convenience on long trips & maintaining constant speeds in whatever limits are in effect at the time not to mention the improved fuel consumption.

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Also a big fan of cruise control.

Today's grump, the light bulb rip-off!  We have two spotlights in a bathroom which take those long bulbs with mushroom ends, one of which I needed to replace yesterday. It seems that they're not available any more ( at least not here ) and the alternatives are " energy saving "  or LED bulbs which cost about twice as much. :angry:

 

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4 hours ago, spaddad said:

Have to disagree with you there Trev & agree with 81tfw, I find cruise control to be indispensable, both for convenience on long trips & maintaining constant speeds in whatever limits are in effect at the time not to mention the improved fuel consumption.

Fair point, but as mainly a local urban driver it’s a function that remains unused and when I did experiment with it, the sense of not quite being in control was unsettling.

 

Trevor

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Cruise control is about as much use as an ash tray on a motor bike if you are driving in heavy traffic on something like the M1, as you are constantly speeding up and slowing down. Where it does come into it's own though is on a lot of the motorways here in France, as quite often you have the road almost to yourself. Set it at 75mph and give your right foot a rest.

With regards to LED bulbs. Yes, they are a lot more expensive, but they are supposed to last a lot longer, and are definitely much brighter, a real boon in the darker, older houses (like mine).

 

John. 

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The minor problem with modern "suv or crossover" cars, isn't the lack of 4wd.....the worst part with those things is the false sense of safety they give to their drivers. Most people driving them feel "safe"just  for the fact of driving seated half a meter higher than the rest of the world.... A higher center of gravity make those cars even more dangerous under cerain conditions. OK, you can feel the king of the shopping mall parking, but that's where the story ends. Modern "suvs" are rubbish by definition. Unreliable electronics, flimsy bodywork, absolutely none all round visibility.....I can't imagine one of those thingies getting in the places I use to drive with my trusty old Jeep Cherokee or my Jeep Wrangler.....and most of the times, I haven't needed the all wheel drive option, the car has more than enough power and torque to get me off from most of the places I get in. I use to drive it on mud, snow, rocks, sand.....and has never let me down. Of course, modern SUV drivers won't drive off road with their wheeled cell phones in their lives...why would they ever need four wheel drive???? And even worst.....How many people knows how to use a transfer box in an off road car?????

A friend of mine says that "SUV" stands for "Stupid Urbanite Vehicle"....

 

Regards

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@Artie I get your point about ‘flimsy’.

 

My crossover has the usual 5* NCAP rating like most modern cars, so if I was in a bad prang I would be smothered in airbags from all directions. In that sense it’s no different to a ‘normal’ car. I don’t feel safer in it but the elevated position is handy (but then again if everyone has one, that sort of defeats the point!).

 

This is all roundabout to confirm the flimsiness. Mrs H was recently driving through a local village. There was a child on a pony being led by an instructor. As you do, slow down to crawl, give as wide a berth as possible and gingerly move past. The first two cars did this successfully. By the time herself came to do the same, said pony gets spooked by pumpkin faces set up by the roadside. There was a negligible riders leg and foot dent in a rear door. Pony and rider checked for being ok, Mrs H gets details from the pony’s owner for insurance purposes. Off to the garage to see about a repair. They have a specialist panel repairer. He takes one look, says that although the dent isn’t big, the door skin is a write-off and will need a new panel! 

 

So yes, whilst the safety cage is 5* to protect the organic contents, the outside shell certainly isn’t.

 

4k on the odometer. £700 to repair.

 

The phone number given by the owner was unobtainable.......Mrs H must have taken it down wrong.

 

Trevor

 

 

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Hi, Trevor...the term flimsy applies to ALL modern cars. OK, the safety cage is made to safe passenger's life in the event of an accident, but you're surrounded by bad quality plasics and thin metal sheet. Needless to be said, all components are made in a way that the slightliest of hits will result in a very expensive bill from your body repair workshop. Engines aren't reliable, electronics are a fail, etc....We're asked to pay a lot of money for cars that won't last up to ten years, in the best case.

What do you think about visibility..???? Tried to park in a small spot..??? Tried to guess what's behind your car whenever your're reversing???

The best way of feeling safe is by driving a car that you know for sure is relieble, tough, strong and powerful enough. I remember a young lady hitting my Cherokee with a brand new Renault Clio a few years ago......My rear bumber was slighlty scratched, but the Clio was written of.........think about the sound of a plastic bottle being crushed, that was the exact noise I heard when she hit my Jeep's rear end..........................Peace of mind, I call it....

Cheers

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I've done my back in again.

 

Building work being done at the neighbours on BOTH sides.

 

I still can't find my decals.

 

AND

 

My least favourite brother-in-law has turned up YET AGAIN, and to add insult to injury he's currently eating his way though MY packet of Jaffa Cakes.

 

Oh perfect day.

 

 

Shoot me now.

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2 hours ago, Artie said:

their wheeled cell phones 

That's another grump!

Sitting in the ferry queue and being subject to the conversation the very important (obviously) person in the car three lanes away is having via bluetooth or whatever.

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53 minutes ago, Gorby said:

Shoot me now.

Gorby.....you've obviously upset the Gods, and now they are out to get you.

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