Steve's brother has posted the following on Facebook.
Steve's Funeral will be on Tuesday 12th May, the celebration of his life will take place at St Hildeburghs Church 1 Stanley Rd Hoylake. CH47 1HL. The service will start at 2.00pm. The committal will be at Landican at 3.30pm. Refreshments at the Hoylake Social Club, Trinity Rd. CH47 2BR. Family flowers only. Donations to Hoylake Life Boat please. Black attire not necessary.
I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I left school. In quick time I was a carpet fitter, factory work and civil servant before my parents decided they were moving to Germany. I didn't want to go but couldn't see how I could afford to stay in England on the pittance I was earning so I joined the RAF as an Electronics Technician - more money and somewhere to live!
9 years later I'd had enough of that so I left and got a job selling pest control. Lasted a year in that then worked as a self employed courier for 18 months. Got fed up with that (and my bike died!) so got a job back in electronics, fixing ATMs for Philips. Stayed there for 18 years (although they weren't Philips for very long, several buyouts along the way), changing jobs as the business changed, moving into computers. Ended up training people to fix laptops before being made redundant 6 years ago.
No clue what to do then so I became a Basic Skills Tutor in the Welfare to Work industry, teaching adults literacy and numeracy. Worked unpaid for four months, went to college to get various qualifications and finally got a paid job working for the YMCA!
General Election, government change, contracts cancelled and I was transferred into my current role as an Employment Advisor - still working in the Welfare to Work Industry.
I enjoyed it. Admittedly there have been better specials (The Vietnam one was my favourite) and I usually enjoy the weekly show more than the specials anyway but I still thought it was ahead of most of the rubbish on telly this Christmas.
Steve I saw about that upgrade. My phone doesn't support an SD card but there's plenty of room. I could fit most of Europe on there if I really needed to.
Not sure why it wouldn't work on the tablet. It's a 10.1 inch screen though so too bulky for the car anyway. It might be worth buying a cheap tablet though, I've seen mounting brackets for a 7" one. Having said that, I think the screen on the phone is fine anyway, like I said, my TomTom isn't much bigger and, being much older technology, isn't anywhere near as good quality.
Thanks for this tip! Loaded this onto my phone and it seems excellent! So much so that I've actually paid for it! The fact that the phone screen is fractionally smaller than my TomTom is more than compensated for by the fact that the phone screen is so much higher quality. The maps are completely up to date (new road near our house built in the last year but not even yet open is already shown). I will link it to a bluetooth speaker as my car isn't bluetooth equipped but the phone speaker isn't too bad anyway.
The only down side is that I can't get it to work on my tablet. But then, that's probably too bulky for the car anyway.
For anybody wanting to try it, you get 7 days free. You just need room to download whatever maps you want. I needed about 1.5GB to fit on UK, France and Italy maps.
I'm trying to decide whether to pay for a map upgrade on my present TomTom, which I've had for about 6 years (maps are about 2 years old) and I've always been impressed with (except for the fact that the battery won't hold charge), or get a new TomTom with free map upgrades for "life" and a bigger screen.
I do have a built in sat nav in the car which has a zillion POIs but it doesn't have as much information as TomTom, it isn't up to date and it occasionally gets its knickers in a twist and thinks it's in the middle of a field! I could update the maps on this but I still worry that all of a sudden it's going to say I'm 748 miles away from where I actually am!
We've got a Halfords 12v electric coolbox that also warms - cost buttons about 6 or 7 years ago due to being on "special offer" and is still going strong, although I did have to replace the connector due to it falling to bits.
It supposedly only cools to 20 degrees below ambient but we've used it when ambient was 35+ degrees and i still works reasonably well as long as it's kept in the shade.
We also plug it in to the car while travelling rather than having the caravan fridge on (melted grey plug syndrome years ago!) and it works fine in the boot, keeping stuff cool on long journeys.
The only real down side is that it does take an extremely long time to actually cool things down, When leaving to go away we tend to pack it the night before and leave it plugged in at home overnight so everything is cold when it goes into the car.it's best at keeping cool things that are already cold. Having said that, overnight it will get a case of beer down to an acceptable temperature even after said beer has been out it the Southern French sun!
Probably the best value thing we've ever bought for caravanning!
I think this is the same unit as my Passat has. I don't think it was standard in mine, the various manuals I got with the car include one for a non sat nav audio system, I think the previous owner must have upgraded it.
I did try to find a more up to date mapping DVD (without paying VW prices!) but the one I got proved to be exactly the same as the maps already installed.
I also looked up the cost of the unit on Ebay and through VW - all I can say is, I hope mine keeps working for a while yet!!
Does the unit you're buying on ebay include a copy of the maps?
If you haven't already seen it, this is quite a useful guide to your rights as a customer although it's actually aimed at businesses.