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A Happy Easter to all Lincolnshire members.


Will the promise of a warm weekend mean the cars will get an extra special clean and polish or will it just be joining the hordes heading for the coast or countryside?


In my case neither. The G was washed on Wednesday so is only dusty and polishing will have to wait for more enthusiasm to develop and joining Bank Holiday traffic does not appeal one iota.
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A Happy Easter to all Lincolnshire members.


Will the promise of a warm weekend mean the cars will get an extra special clean and polish or will it just be joining the hordes heading for the coast or countryside?


In my case neither. The G was washed on Wednesday so is only dusty and polishing will have to wait for more enthusiasm to develop and joining Bank Holiday traffic does not appeal one iota.

Like you Tony, not moving anywhere.

If it's warm I'll make a start on the garden - if I can remember where I left my enthusiasm......
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Have you tried looking in the garage, specifically in your toolbox? You left it there when the last job took longer than expected and you gave up in disgust.

Otherwise try asking BT did the engineer take it away when he came to fix your broadband.
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Good suggestions Tony !!!

Finally got my Caller ID fixed on Thursday when a senior, and proper, OpenReach Techie came on the job. Came to the house and had a strange looking 'phone with him on which he could listen to the FSK burst from the exchange which triggers the ID in the 'Phone. Took him just a few minutes to diagnose an intermittently faulty relay in the Exchange which he went away to fix. Less than an hour later all was well.

He was an older guy who knew his stuff, unlike the previous two who just worked from a list and ticked the appropriate " passed this test " boxes and went away scratching there heads. Thank heavens there are a few of us still left who can actually do things the proper way.
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I am glad you are sorted. Heaven help the country when properly trained technicians are no longer readily available

Tick boxes were the bain of my life when I did QA auditing. Most common culprit was the pre-pour check list for concreting. It was supposed to be used as an aide memoire for all the necessary checks and as such you would expect it to show, at the least, grubby fingerprints and rust marks from where the checker had held on to the reinforcement while trying to see in the bottom of the shutter and when the daily diary indicated it had been raining on the day of the check the paper should be water damaged. No way; the vast majority were pristine. I could not fault the QA records as everything required was present but the site staff knew that I knew they had filled the paperwork in when notified of the QA inspection. I am sure the checks were done but they were not recorded at the time. However all my boss was interested in was getting a good QA inspection that followed the procedures rather than a quality product of a structure. I despaired at times but at the end of the day the clients that required us to be QA registered still put their own inspection team on site so the registration was just a way of producing a short tender list rather than requiringletting us, the contractor, [to] assure the quality

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Had the same sort of things in the RAF. Looking at some scheduled servicing sheets which should have been dog eared and grubby in pristine condition......
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So on Tuesday the Giulietta was at Northern Alfa for a service (87,500 miles; where have they gone?). Gareth has moved to new premises between Blyth and Oldcotes. More space, two full lifts and a mezzanine floor over the back which is presumably a store or office. Still no waiting room so it was in to Tickhill again! Since it was raining I spent 3 hours in the Garden Centre café reading the paper and attempting the various puzzles. Service was ok but the front brakes need new discs etc and the air con has packed up due to a small leak at the condenser. So it is booked back in next month. Unfortunately Gareth says the brakes are 1.8 hours and the condenser approx. 3 hours so I hope the weather is a bit drier or that café will get fed up of me sitting there.
In addition the front tyres are due for replacement and while the rears still have some rubber left Gareth says they are slightly out of shape (a common fault with the G) and are probably the reason for the vibration at speed.
July is going to be an expensive month; brakes £180, condenser £265, four tyres at £74 each so I am looking at the best part of £750 having paid for the service (£290), and the MOT and tax which are due at the end of June. Isn't motoring fun!

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It's only money Tony........!

Surely it wasn't raining in flamin' June ?

Had the Jag in recently for the MoT and service, no real problems although I'm getting ready for a rear tyre, about £200's worth. The Pirelli P Zero System tyres were always expensive but they seem to have gone up even more since last year when I replaced the two front ones for £325 the pair.

Actually I'm very happy, £225 for the service and MoT, say about £200 for the tyre and the recently renewed VED at £265 doesn't seem bad for the year, fingers crossed.......
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£325 for a pair of tyres!! I will get a set of four for less than that. Add in that the VED at £145 is also much less than the Jag and I am not so badly off. As you say it is just money and you cannot take it with you.

I seem fated with air con. The Xsara (Giulietta's predecessor) also developed leaks at about the same age but that was corroded pipes which were slightly less for parts and a lot less on the labour. Apparently the bumper etc has to come off to replace the condenser on the Giulietta.

Changing the subject, I saw on Wednesday that (according to ITV) your police are now separate from the rest of Lincolnshire. Does that mean Boston is going for UDI?
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Yes, it's strange, I've bought serviceable roadworthy cars for less than I now pay for tyres !

Aircon is often problematic, spent a fair few quid about three years ago replacing the Condenser and a couple of pipes on the Jag and like most aircon components on cars everything is a right bugger to get at. Still it's nice to have cool air wafting around the nether regions.............

I did watch Wild Bill and it's a bit of light entertainment with a lot of " artistic " license regarding the buildings and the locations, if Id used their maps I could have saved myself miles on my walk back from Antons Gowt into Boston !

Dunno about UDI, I think we're too late for that, walking around most of the town it feels and sounds more like Eastern Europe than Lincolnshire, progress I suppose, or, more like, Back To The Dystopian Future.
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