tony from suffolk

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  1. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic RIP Steve Armitage   

    We were so saddened to learn about Steve. He was a lovely man & we had many happy times with him. Deepest sympathies to his lovely family.

    Tony & Mags.
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  2. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Premium Diesel v Standard....   

    IIRC, Rob Jax (who was a genuine expert on matters fuel) reckoned that the premium petrol wasn't worth buying because it really had no effect (the mind is a very strong influence..) but that the premium diesel did offer a very minor improvement.

    I did try both, being the cynic I am, & concur with his conclusions. So I just use the standard stuff.
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  3. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Latest cheap import?   


    Yes, but....why??
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  4. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Vehicle: Range Rover Vogue TDV8 (2007)   

    A truly great vehicle Nick, and I'm sure you'll get many miles of superb, reliable service. Well done! :-)
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  5. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Hybrid cars - not for towing - info please   

    a few years ago we took a Lexus RX400h hybrid for an extended test drive. We were very impressed with its quietness and it was certainly quick off the mark. This used two electric motors and a standard petrol V6 engine.

    After some discussion I made an offer for their demo, which was accepted. However, an hour or so later the manager, who we had been dealing with, 'phoned me back to say he was a bit worried about us using it for towing a fairly heavy 'van and had sought further advice from Lexus. Their feeling was that for most of the time, due to the weight, the petrol motor would be running which would result in very poor fuel economy so he couldn't advise us to continue with the purchase.

    We'd previously lined up a test drive in a TDV8 Range Rover so we went ahead, and that was a completely different kettle of fish!

    Nevertheless, we were both very impressed with the integrity of the Lexus manager and the Lexus itself.
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  6. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Average speed cameras   

    The computing power required for average speed camera systems is pretty trivial. I too am amazed at the number of people who just don't get the concept and speed up between the cameras.

    Personally I think they're a great idea. The traffic always seems to flow better & if you've got cruise control it's really quite pleasant to potter along.
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  7. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic What are your top 5 favorite movies?   

    In no particular order :-
    The Big Labowski, Spirited Away, Fargo (love the Cohen Brothers' movies), Pulp Fiction (and QuentinTarantino's!), LOTR.
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  8. tony from suffolk added a gallery image in Member's Gallery   

    Rudding Park G T Rally 2003 004

    In album: Old GT Rally, Rudding Park, 2003

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    In album: Old GT Rally, Rudding Park, 2003

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    In album: Old GT Rally, Rudding Park, 2003

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    Some old friends on a great weekend.
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  14. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Windows or Mac or What?   

    Wow! nine-hour battery life for a PC laptop's very good; of course it doesn't compete with SWMBO's Macbook Air which lasts for twelve hours...

    I'm sure we can all relate tales of broken computers, in fact the nightmares I had with PCs finally led me to Macs, and I've had no problems since making the change. Personally, I'm not interested in playing games but let's face it, neither Macs or PCs are good at that, they're for working on.

    To the OP - just try both types and make your own mind up.
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  15. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Windows or Mac or What?   

    So, Windows is a "User- Friendly" Platform! I did not know that!
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  16. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Windows or Mac or What?   


    Not so. Any intel-based Mac will happily run Windows using either Boot Camp or programs such as Parallels.

    I'm also a big Mac fan and between the wife and me we've an iMac, a Macbook Air with SSD, a Macbook, two iPads and a Mac Mini. They all work superbly and on the odd occasion I have to use a PC I find them a complete pain in the bum.

    Just give one a try, you really won't want to go back!
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  17. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Windows or Mac or What?   

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  18. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Landrover stability?   


    Well, my Rangie was as stable as a very stable thing and towed our very heavy Knaus van immaculately all over France as well as the UK. Up & down hills. In summer and winter. With zero problems. For four years.

    Cart sprung vehicles are unacceptably crude old things ( I've owned a few in the past). I really cannot imagine why anyone in their right mind would "Throw away" a Range Rover's air suspension...
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  19. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic The Phoenix is back!   

    Sell it now, whilst it's still running OK. It's clear to me your relationship has broken down with this Judas of a car - it'll only bite you again.

    Yours helpfully etc. etc.
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  20. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Trusty Fronty ....no more!   

    Your post has deeply touched me sir. I feel so ashamed and wretched now, I must immediately pop another bottle of Dom Perignon to help raise my spirits.
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  21. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Trusty Fronty ....no more!   

    Get rid of it Jill. Despite all your loving care it decided to betray you and should be sent to the scrappy forthwith. Show no mercy.

    Much more exciting to get a new motor anyway.
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  22. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Top Gear Caravan Special   

    I think that's the problem with "Top Gear", it used to be a serious car programme and folks associate what goes on now with "how it used to be". IMO if it's going to survive it's really going to have to change its format - it's become rather boring and stale of late.
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  23. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic Top Gear Caravan Special   

    I agree they seem to be struggling for new ideas, but it's still quite entertaining. All fake of course, but then isn't everything else on TV?
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  24. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic changes to Toll collection at Dartford Bridge   


    Google is your friend here - "The Congestion Charge applies to all cars entering the Congestion Zone. If the owner of a foreign registered car does not pay, Transport for London can and does ask overseas jurisdictions for the details of ownership and can pursue outstanding charges that way. In addition TfL has vans with ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) sytems driving around London and when they spot a car with, for example, an outstanding unpaid congestion charge fee, they can and do clamp it only releasing the clamp once payment has been made."

    They may now give congestion charge as the new excuse for the Dartford toll, but the money goes to the commercial company who where given responsibility for the crossing some years before the London congestion charge.
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  25. tony from suffolk added a post in a topic changes to Toll collection at Dartford Bridge   

    They recouped the costs many years ago; the current toll is to cover maintenance apparently...

    Getting back to the idea of keeping the barriers open & paying later, it's actually a good one and should help free congestion. Plus you haven't got to mess around trying to find change.
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