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by Pip
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Personnal Transport. A return to the 50s?
Replies: 18
Views: 9521

The only thing putting me of getting a 125cc is the hassle and expense. Either a CBT every 2 years or needing to do a theory test and two practical tests (one I have to travel 70 miles return trip to do). For me, the attraction is not just cheaper to run but the cheaper tax and easier self-maintena...
by Pip
Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Car van recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 3878

Until I re-read your post and saw the 'estate car' size bit, I was going to recommend an old Landrover, either Defender or 90 - preferably with the 200TDi engine.......

But that may be a little larger than your plans
by Pip
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you wear/carry a watch?
Replies: 17
Views: 1699

Always wear a watch - I feel almost naked without one. My job requires a lot of 'time' from the basic being on time and scheduling things to to timing how long things take and run for, so it makes up an important part of my life. Does it subjugate my life? Well in a way I guess it does - but that ha...
by Pip
Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Protest against M4 wind turbines at Rushey Mead
Replies: 19
Views: 2856

goslow wrote:can't believe it, the M4 is between the houses and the turbines....:x

isn't there an ecotricity wind turbine next to the M4 somewhere?
There's a large wind turbine next to the M4 in south Reading, as part of the Green Park industrial estate in Whitley.
by Pip
Mon May 31, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: Work starts in £15m plan to get Concorde flying
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

I really really hope that they manage this one. I grew up under the flight path of our Concordes, and never tired of seeing it go over. It was such a beautiful, delicate design, but at the same time furiously noisey and powerful. A truely astounding machine
by Pip
Fri May 14, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: OH SHIT
Replies: 46
Views: 4365

The language is the usual Tory stuff - "ending the war on motorists" and "motorist-friendly". If you use public transport, be very scared. I use both, roughly equally. I don't know whether to be scared or happy :roll: Cutting back on clamping and speed cameras I'm all for - ther...
by Pip
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Replies: 172
Views: 19961

I strongly doubt one crash, however tragic, would end budget airline travel or move us to airships. There's a whole myriad of things that can, and sometimes sadly do cause harm to aircraft, and while we do our best to mitigate them, none have stopped people flying so far. This is just another one to...
by Pip
Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Make fuel efficiency a pass-or-fail issue
Replies: 3
Views: 1235

Hmm, fraid I disagree with this one. The driving test should be about a persons ability to safely and competantly move a vehicle from A to B, not about conserving fuel. I think we have a way to go before our driving test does that effectively, let alone bringing green issues into it. That said, I wo...
by Pip
Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Another Clarkson quip
Replies: 13
Views: 2133

I tend to treat Clarkson as a stand up comic. I do watch top gear, I find him and the others very entertaining - but that doesn't stop me being p/o aware and therefore understanding what they're saying is claptrap. I suspect I'm not the only one....
by Pip
Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: Hypermiling to increase your MPG
Replies: 29
Views: 10766

Yes, hybrids at the moment are not the magic panecea they are made out to be (no offence to anyone who owns one!). There are cars with diesel engines - VW Polo Bluemotion springs to mind - that can achieve in excess of these 'into the 50's' mpg figures without hybrid technology. There are even small...
by Pip
Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: National express "hands back keys" of east coast f
Replies: 9
Views: 4303

I would advise against sitting on the roof on the East coast route, 25,000 volt overhead wires ! Slightly O/T I was amused to see notices applied to notworker trains at Charing Cross stating "do not attempt to travel on the outside of the train" perhaps someone has tried ? no overhead ele...
by Pip
Fri May 29, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: National Geographic
Replies: 8
Views: 1851

No worry's :wink:
by Pip
Wed May 27, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: National Geographic
Replies: 8
Views: 1851

It's not in a standard monthly edition of the magazine, it's one of the one off 'collectors editions' they sometimes do, this one being titled "Energy for Tomorrow". According to the small print on the cover it should remain on sale until the 30th June (2009). Here's a weblink with info ab...
by Pip
Sat May 23, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Petrol prices...
Replies: 17
Views: 3270

Petrol prices...

Just noticed my local garage is back above £1 per litre (£1.01 to be precise). Is this a general trend nationwide, or are we Londoners being fleeced...

If it's connected with recent oil price increases it seems to have filtered through very quickly!
by Pip
Mon May 11, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: Hypermiling to increase your MPG
Replies: 29
Views: 10766

Had to do (almost) exactly the same route this weekend, so by way of comparison and scientific experiment (honest!) drove in my 'normal' driving style to see the difference between it and using hypermiling techniques. After achieving 42.25mpg using hypermiling, I did 38.5 mpg driving without conciou...