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4 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

I've heard a radio advert for Skoda cars recently in which they've added an H. So it's now apparently pronounced Shkoda. (Probably as in the original Czech).

I've yet to see it spelt that way on the back of a car...

That has been getting on my nerves for ages. It probably is the correct Czech pronunciation but I doubt they are that fussed how we say it.

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21 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

I've heard a radio advert for Skoda cars recently in which they've added an H. So it's now apparently pronounced Shkoda. (Probably as in the original Czech).

I've yet to see it spelt that way on the back of a car...

Probably just trying to be clever because they can't pronounce it properly,Porsche is another one that annoys me in German it's pronounced Porsch(a) the same as Charlotte sounds as though it ends with an a....

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24 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

I've yet to see it spelt that way on the back of a car...


All the new models have Škoda on them. The accent on the S is what we hear in the correct pronunciation.

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On 20/07/2021 at 22:32, bigbadbadge said:

Why should they get money back off the manufacturers and line their own and the claims companies pockets, when it affected everyone and should be going to some green projects. 

 

Although I own a qualifying vehicle I agree entirely with the sentiment. The damage is not to the owners but the enviroment & government coffers, owners have probably benefitted by paying less on the road licence fee.

Hope that the judges see through the scam and the no win-no fee merchants get clobbered heavily for costs.

 

On 21/07/2021 at 00:38, treker_ed said:

I had a VW Passat estate.during the period of time this is covered by, but have NOT taken part in any claim, but would qualify. I don't agree wit the claims, but diesals, especially car engines, are not as polluting as you think.

The dirty reputation comes from the badly maintained busses & HGV's of the 70's & 80's. As a driver of a diesel passat estate myself I can regularly acheive over 55 mpg and up to 65 mpg over the hilly pennine roads which I'd struggle to get with petrol. I cringe every time I see a diesel vehicle leaving a trail of black eshaust behind it - usually means one of two things bad/no maintenance or the DPF has been removed and the driver doesn't give a ...

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It isn't the visible black smoke that is the polluting problem with modern diesels, but the small particles (PM10?) that do the damage.  The sooner they are all gone the better for everyone (except their pockets.)

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I used to have a Volvo with a VAG diesel lump with a rotary pump. Floor it and I could put a black stripe on the road. Conversely, it would and did run on cooking oil, until the shops got wise and upped it from 55p per litre to £1.50. No hydorcarbon pollution. Modern common rail engines can't take bio diesel as it ruins the seals.

I now have a Volvo with a Euro 5 diesel with a particulate filter. You would be amazed at the economy and lack of particulates in the exhaust. You could eat your dinner from the tailpipes. The new Euro 6 is the same engine with an Ad Blue dispenser to tick the relevant boxes.

 

If you want to reminisce about dirty diesels, try following a loaded KAMAZ truck uphill in central Asia.

 

Skoda have always correctly been pronounced with the emphasis on the 'fishy bit' in the middle. That came from a Czech national back in the days when she said they were 💩.

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5 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

Conversely, it would and did run on cooking oil, until the shops got wise and upped it from 55p per litre to £1.50.

 

 

A long time ago I worked in a car accessory shop. A posh Mercedes pulled up, the driver came in and asked for the cheapest oil we'd got. "We can give you the correct oil for your car, the cheap stuff isn't good for it" He then admitted that it was for the fuel tank. Paraffin (Kerosene) plus 10% engine oil.... He'd driven it all over Europe on that mix. Not eco friendly, but very cheap!

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Rudolf Diesel designed his engine to be multi fuel.

He originally powered it with vegetable oil, specifically Hemp oil. At one time, American farmers were required by law to grow hemp on 10% of their land.

Then certain vested interests had it made illegal, so they could sell their product.

Hemp is an interesting plant from it's makeup and uses, not to mention it's yield per acre.  Worth reading up on...

 

Now, back to grumping.

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Some pot-head has just driven in to the back of my wife's car. She got his details and has informed the police, who are currently attempting to catch him drug-driving. According to the Mrs, he's off his noggin.

She's fine and apparently his car came off much worse.

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Good news - they are doing a remake of "Rumpole of the Bailey".  A much loved comedy series with the late Leo McKern in the title role.  Last produced some thirty years ago a great characterisation of a well written story by a very decent author and man - John Mortimer.  Leo McKern epitomised the "Old Bailey Hack" barrister.  Wiley and street wise but enjoyed his cigars and port in the local pub and always in escapades with the judges not to mention his wife Hilda - "She who must be obeyed"..

 

Good news then.  But wait a minute - this is the  today's grump topic so where is the grump then?

 

 

Well you have probably guessed it.  Take a tv series or book the core essence of which is the title character who conforms to a particular type and I would argue is essential to the genre and "update" it.  I use the word "update" loosely.  Or at least that's how the new program makers describe it.

 

Yes the principal character may be changed from that so wonderfully described by John Mortimer in his books and portrayed on the small screen by Leo McKern into Ms Rumploe acted by Lily James (32) or Keeley Hawes (45).  Wholly different ages and while much more pleasing on the eye than the late Mr McKern as he would no doubt have conceded himself just  "Gonnae no dae that" as they say in Glasgow.  Just "Gonnae no"

 

Both ladies are admirable actresses.  Both deserve great scripts to act and yes there are not enough of them but I find this constant playing around with characters just horrid.  There are some roles that might enjoy a gender change but some are just not suited to that experiment IMHO.  Rumpole will always be an elderly gent with a very lived in face, cigar ash on his jacket, a healthy enjoyment of good drink in Pomeroys Bar and a gruff voice that falls foul of the judges that are irritated by him yet over whom he always prevails.  

 

I am pleased to say both ladies fail notably on all the immediately above qualifications to be a "Rumpole"  bar their acting ability and I hope they have the good sense to say the role is not for them.  Now Ian McKellen would do admirably if he is "resting"

 

 

 

 

 

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Another day, same old grump.....the BBC!! I thought that it was bad enough with their coverage of Wimbledon, but the Olympics is really taking the pi mickey. It's almost wall to wall coverage. When I looked at the TV schedules this morning, the BBC has got Olympic coverage for 21 and a half out of 24 hours today. Really? Do they not comprehend that there just might be a few million viewers who have absolutely zero interest in what's going on in Japan right now. Even the Breakfast News has disappeared. I ended up watching Euro24 and discovered that there are actually things going on in the rest of the world that never usually see the light of day. Roll on three weeks time.

 

John.

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Trying not to watch it as I don’t think they should be doing it anyway, but I heard somewhere ( probably Radio 4 ) that some people are complaining that the BBC coverage is not enough. Strewth!

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My son is one of them.  Complaining to me about it, anyway.  Not getting too much sympathy, but I agree with him that it was better last time around because of the multiple red button choices meant that I could usually find something interesting, when I was bothered to watch.  However the rights were sold off en masse to Discovery (i.e. Eurosport) with the restriction that free-to-air could only use two streams.

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On 7/24/2021 at 10:13 AM, bentwaters81tfw said:

Hemp is an interesting plant from it's makeup and uses, not to mention it's yield per acre.  Worth reading up on...

Hemp yields about six times the amount of paper as trees per acre. And grows back within the year.

 

Not to mention it was deemed a strategic good up to WWII, due to it being used to make canvas. Battles have been fought over hemp fields.

 

Of course, then DuPont quite successfully demonized hemp in order to push their invention nylon...

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

 

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On 7/25/2021 at 4:15 PM, lasermonkey said:

Some pot-head has just driven in to the back of my wife's car.

That's about as stupid as drunk driving. And should be punishable by having your licence revoked for the rest of your life. And having your car impounded.

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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16 minutes ago, Hook said:

That's about as stupid as drunk driving. And should be punishable by having your licence revoked for the rest of your life. And having your car impounded.

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

 

And put in the stocks.  

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2 hours ago, 593jones said:

 

And put in the stocks.  

I was thinking about public flogging, perhaps these two suggestions could be combined.

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

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2 hours ago, Hook said:

And should be punishable by having your licence revoked for the rest of your life. 

Chances are he won't have one in the first place. 

 

My grump for today... Idiot parent(s) who just stand there and watch their brattish off spring proceed to dismantle the flower heads in my front garden! Not even so much as an apology when i went out and politely but very firmly pointed out i do not plant flowers for her kids or anyone elses for that matter to pick at their whim 🤬 Mrs fatfingers had already nicely asked the mother not to let her child do this at the back end of last week! Boils my wee it does! 

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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9 hours ago, JohnT said:

Good news - they are doing a remake of "Rumpole of the Bailey".  A much loved comedy series with the late Leo McKern in the title role.  Last produced some thirty years ago a great characterisation of a well written story by a very decent author and man - John Mortimer.  Leo McKern epitomised the "Old Bailey Hack" barrister.  Wiley and street wise but enjoyed his cigars and port in the local pub and always in escapades with the judges not to mention his wife Hilda - "She who must be obeyed"..

 

Good news then.  But wait a minute - this is the  today's grump topic so where is the grump then?

 

 

Well you have probably guessed it.  Take a tv series or book the core essence of which is the title character who conforms to a particular type and I would argue is essential to the genre and "update" it.  I use the word "update" loosely.  Or at least that's how the new program makers describe it.

 

Yes the principal character may be changed from that so wonderfully described by John Mortimer in his books and portrayed on the small screen by Leo McKern into Ms Rumploe acted by Lily James (32) or Keeley Hawes (45).  Wholly different ages and while much more pleasing on the eye than the late Mr McKern as he would no doubt have conceded himself just  "Gonnae no dae that" as they say in Glasgow.  Just "Gonnae no"

 

Both ladies are admirable actresses.  Both deserve great scripts to act and yes there are not enough of them but I find this constant playing around with characters just horrid.  There are some roles that might enjoy a gender change but some are just not suited to that experiment IMHO.  Rumpole will always be an elderly gent with a very lived in face, cigar ash on his jacket, a healthy enjoyment of good drink in Pomeroys Bar and a gruff voice that falls foul of the judges that are irritated by him yet over whom he always prevails.  

 

I am pleased to say both ladies fail notably on all the immediately above qualifications to be a "Rumpole"  bar their acting ability and I hope they have the good sense to say the role is not for them.  Now Ian McKellen would do admirably if he is "resting"

 

 

 

 

 

Abso-bloody-lutely! Leo McKern was, and is, Rumpole. No-one will take his place. As a lawyer I had, and in retirement still have, great difficulty watching most law court dramas because of the multitude of basic things they keep getting wrong (like leading questions in evidence-in-chief ...), but Rumpole was one that I would always line up to watch.

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We  just watched the equestrian events ( I wonder why? ) on the red buttons the last couple of times, but now that doesn’t seem to be an option. My opinion of the BBC just gets lower and lower, and it didn’t start from a very high point.

 

John

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9 hours ago, Admiral Puff said:

Abso-bloody-lutely! Leo McKern was, and is, Rumpole. No-one will take his place. As a lawyer I had, and in retirement still have, great difficulty watching most law court dramas because of the multitude of basic things they keep getting wrong (like leading questions in evidence-in-chief ...), but Rumpole was one that I would always line up to watch.

 

Yep indeed.  I could always spot a few court contemporaries with similar traits myself.  Sadly all slowly going and being replaced by bright younger things with only 10% of the character but that's the modern world for you.  Same for judges too.  All too afraid of getting it wrong and being criticised for being outside the systems.

 

In that case you might try the novels by Jay Brandon from the USA.  As a practitioner in the courts myself I found his description of process and courts the most realistic of any legal fiction writer.  Available cheap on Amazon Kindle or second hand.

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People who stand outside to take their phone calls and have their phone so loud, you can hear the person on the other end of the call! Not only that, the person making the call talks so loudly, you can hear them as well!

 

Diagonally opposite where we live (at the rear of our property) there seems to be two houses that has two young(ish) couples - I would say mid to late 20's or very early 30's. One of the two couples seems to take great delight in letting everyone else know what there personal business is when on the phone as they come outside, and make sure that their mobile phones are turned up as high as possible, out onto speaker phone, and then talk at the top of their voice so that everyone can hear their conversations! 

 

And for those in the UK, a bit like the old Dom Jolly sketch when he would have the ridiculously large prop phone in places like the train, or restaurant etc, and would shout at the top of his voice "I'm on the phone!"

 

It's extremely disturbing, and not very nice to hear your personal business being conducted at the top of your voice in the garden at 9:30 in the morning!

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