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  1. Meh, one manufacturer's 6.5 could be another's 6. Once again, shot dia in mm on all packaging please, toot sweet.
  2. Ditto - and, seemingly less noisy too. I know a shotgun isn't a quiet tool, but they seem to make less of a 'report' to me than other brands, even quieter than my preferred clay cart.* Also cycle well in my gas-operated semi (Hatsan) But I've moved and the local ag merchant stocks Lyevale Express 'Pigeon Power' in 29g of 6 flavour at ~£66 a slab. Does the trick if I point the barrel in the right place. *Using my lab-calibrated lug'oles, obviously, and in my position as shooter, not where it counts, say 200m away.
  3. What asinine nonsense, exactly why I don't bother with broadcast television anymore. Fire chief starts explaining how they deal with the fires, gets immediately cut off. How are we any the wiser? Anyway, the clue at least was in the report, EV manufacturers do produce training material on how to deal with fires, and more importantly crash extractions. Any fulltime firefighter who hasn't, by now, at least glanced at such a thing on his phone is IMHO not doing their job.
  4. Am in two minds too, but I glad I held off doing it now! Although, I'm not holding my breath, I've got a funny feeling this will get 'elf and safety'd out of existence and quietly dropped. Though, if they do *** rid of it, at least it will finally get rid of this perverse effect, whereby you could tow In other words, the lighter the vehicle (and therefore more unsuited to towing) the heavier trailer you could tow. A family saloon dragging a hulking great double-axle tupperware ****oire? No problem! A Discovery II, built for towing. Keep it below a tonne or you're nicked, son.
  5. Well I don't fancy living in the alternative. This so-called democracy has been thrashed to within an inch of its life under a conservative government, with labour screaming faster and harder. There is an episode of 'Fully Charged' on Youtube where they show a fully functioning system in use in China, for cars. Apparently taking paying punters. But as stated, it takes about 10 minutes, and you have to vacate your vehicle whilst an attendent drives it into the service bay and an automated handling rig replaces the battery. I would try to search for it; but frankly I find that programme very light on technical detail and heavy on hype to the point of evangelising. Either way, I'm not convinced it has legs given range growing and rapid charging for the longer journeys. Carrying how many passengers? Anyone actually translated that into g/passenger and looked at how that compares to the total carbon emissions of a 2 week package holiday, flights and transfers? Cruise ships will steam at optimum speed to minimise fuel burn, surely. I have about as much desire to go on a cruise as I do to have my wisdom teeth out, but surely this obsession with tail-pipe emissions (funnel emissions I suppose) is just lazy thinking? But why must the solution to that be taxing the flight more? There is such a thing as carrot as well as stick. Currently the 'Railjet' rail sleeper service operated by the Austrian federal railways is providing, by all accounts, a good service at a fair price, and is a good alternative to flying, in that you arrive in the city in the morning, showered and ready for the day. Not as quick as flying, but you save yourself a nights accommodation. In the UK, the so-called privatised rail operator needed a £30m bung just to upgrade the sleeper cars on the Caledonian Sleeper. And the launch was the usual, we-can't-even-fry-you an egg for breakfast disaster. And that's if you agree that aviation is indeed a problem. Between 2 and 4% of global emissions is caused by aviation. To my mind, aviation plays such an important role in commerce as well as human happiness - i.e. the ability to travel - that we should seek other, better things first. Let's start with telling Germany to do something about its bloody coal fired power stations, they make up 4 of 10 of Europe's largest emitters after all. At a stroke we could cut make a real difference, rather than taxing us all into poverty.
  6. Could you give us an example of what that might be? Your objection to British made cartridges seemingly is that the companies make a profit sufficient to allow directors (and other shareholders) to be paid a divvie?
  7. I've only seen poor Implementation that take about 15mins and you have to let someone drive your car through a service bay. That's not to say it can't be done of course, but with range improving all the time, I honestly think this is a horrendously complex solution people think they want to problem they don't realistically have. There is a frighteningly large majority of people who self-identify as 'liberals' who appear to think that travel should not be for those in certain socio-economic groups. Conveniently, always those groups just below them. And whilst I can understand the temptation - I've been on Ryanair flights to Spain - taxing and opressing people into worse lifestyles, historically hasn't done well, or been a vote winner.
  8. Probably repeated forced over-exposure in your youth, mostly by teachers and other significant adults wistfully looking back on their youth. I can't stand most of the Beatles oeuvre for the same reason. Any artisitic merit - and Abba did have a remarkable knack to crank out ear-worms with very simple tunes - was crushed beneath hearing it on hard-rotation.
  9. They very much are the answer, an electric motor and its associated ability to delete big, heavy, complicated transmissions are the future. What exactly powers these motors is the tricky part. And there will be no one-size-fits-all answer to this. Just the same as you don't tend to see diesel-powered Ferraris. For suburban deliveries, probably batteries*. For long distance rigs, possibly hydrogen or just accept Diesel for a while longer. *Braces for remark about 'milk floats' - yes, my dad told me about them. Mind, he grew up in the rough area of Liverpool. Grandad was a tail-gunner on a milk float. Mystery solved I think. You're not getting something from nothing, you're also not buying an EV. The management system may have come on since the first generation Prius, but ultimately you're still generating electricity with a petrol ICE. Diesel railway locomotives have been pulling a similar trick since the 50s - including regen braking. Probably not very well, but I doubt anybody is seriously advocating edge cases like yourself switch to a pure EV. An lot of these 'future tech' projects didn't go anywhere because the necessary control systems couldn't be done, or at least not economically, with available computing power at the time. Given a self-driving car is basically just one big-*** control system hooked to a conventional car, I'm not surprised this er, stalled. Look at its compatriots rom the 60s. The Apollo programme burned the GDP of many small nations and they just about developed computers to do the flight control mathematics the wetware couldn't handle. Concorde famously had 'no' computers - but also had 3 men up front keeping the systems running and horrendously complicated mechanical redundancies that were a nightmare to maintain.
  10. There is actually a gubermint subsidy available for this, upto £500 IIRC. I have wrangled a 10mm^2 cable underneath my drive afore it was laid - as it would have been daft not to given the cost, so yes I understand it can be difficult/costly if you have no DIY inclinations.* But modern chargers are capable of regulating themselves, and monitoring the power sucked from the grid, so even on a 60 amp supply you should be able to run a 7kW charger, albeit charging will be inhibited should you shower. My Tesla-owning mate has managed to get by without completely, and just charges off a 13 A plug from an outside socket. Obviously lockdown has helped here, but he quoted 3 days to a full charge. I would find that somewhat irritating, but he's happy to go to a supermarket and 'top up' with 30mins of charge if necessary. Personally, that would drive me spare, I treat supermarket trips like senile presidents treat Afghanistan, get out as quickly as possible. *Yes, I know, a trained sparkie needs to come to terminate and test... You're either implying breaking the second law of thermodynamics, or generating electricity from another energy source. Which one had you in mind? The energy density which is required to replace diesel is currently unachievable. Even assuming you save significant weight by not having heavy cast iron engines and large transmissions, you're way off. This is why the Tesla Truck is so much BS, there is no battery technology out there or predicted that makes it practicable. Plenty of videos on Youtube explain it better than I can. Now local delivery in the 7.5 Te class, that's more realistic. Already seeing working prototypes.
  11. Good god man, why would you do that to yourself? You will avoid motorway services as a place to 'fill up' unless you really have to, presumably in the same manner as you currently do with your ICE vehicle. The shift in thinking* that people need to get their head round with EVs, is that you leave home, every morning with a 'full tank' as it were, because the fuel station is at home. With usable ranges increasing all the time, all but the longest of journeys in a UK context are possible without range anxiety. Frankly, if the entire country switched to EVs tomorrow, range wouldn't be a concern for 95% of drivers. That's not to say there aren't other problems, of course, but I find this range anxiety strange when you look at actual numbers of miles driven by the average car. The biggest problem of course being getting the flow of electrons into the vehicle in the first place if you have to park it on the street, and managing the grid so we don't end up with a ad-break-during-Eric-and-Ernie level power spikes. Anyway... Seems Rivian have finally released their pickup to (the US) market, and Ford is knocking out fully electric F150s. We'll see how those hold up in good-ol' boy country towing heavy loads. *For once, that would have been a legitimate chance to use the phrase 'paradigm shift', but it would have doubtless caused much harrumphing from the PWeratti, and spilling of lit tobacco from the pipe.
  12. MOT manual. And you don’t waste someone else’s time by asking them a simple yes/no question that can be looked up easily online.
  13. Why not have a read of the MOT manual? It’s on the gov.uk website somewhere in searchable pdf format
  14. In the wake of this atrocity, I find it truly astonishing that people on here are already voluntarily suggesting yet more restrictions in the hope that will somehow placate the anti-gun movement, viz. SGC to FAC process, or giving up pump-actions. Why? I genuinely struggle to comprehend their thought process. What, precisely, do they hope to achieve by this? In any case, It is far too soon to draw any conclusions. My pet theory is that somewhere between the massive disincentive for shooters to seek help for mental health issues, and the NHS' transformation into the National Covid Service, opportunities were missed to interdict this individual. But it is just that, a theory, and possibly my own confirmation bias as I see 'facts' emerging. But when you have the perpetrator's family saying the begged the NHS for help and were told to shove off.... Anyway. I know this will not be popular, but I also feel not just for the victim's families, but also for the officer who returned his firearms. What hell on earth he must be currently enduring. You are either being deliberately or genuinely naive. PW is social media. The 'nothing to hide' argument is total fallacy that has been debunked so many times, I'm surprised people still open themselves up for criticism by invoking it.
  15. Indeed, have done a couple of B&Q bathroom over the years, and the quality could politely be described as lacking. Following this thread with interest, as if the lawyers ever feeling like extracting their collective digits I will have 3 bathrooms to do. The current main bathroom is avocado. I know we millennials are supposed to have a total fetish for avocados, but I don't geddit meself.
  16. Closer to "Are you going to hit something so I can retrieve it?"
  17. My springadork in the hide a couple of weeks back: Basically, you risk a mutt with spanner manic energy, but looking like a lab, so people are lulled into a false sense of security, then surprised when they go off like a rocket. He brings back pigeons (hand back needs work). He has been beating with one of the girls on our DIY syndicate. His 'failings' in the field are down to my inexperience/lack of consistency as a trainer, not him or his uh, 'breed'. I say go for it. For full disclosure, he isn't even a proper springador, his mother is a springador, the father a lab.
  18. 7) If it flies, floats or fornicates, you’re better off renting rather than owning.
  19. Pure hearsay and speculation, but I was told in a gunshop Benelli only made them to annoy Beretta (their new owners) in some kind of corporate tit-for-tat after a bit of 'borrowing' of Benelli IP for use in one of their other brands, Franchi. Good story, and sort of lives up to Italian stereotypes....but ultimately brings very little to this thread 😁 Go shoot one, that's your only answer. Does seem like trading a silver pigeon for one of those would be like trading a Ford Focus for an Alfa Romeo....Just make sure it's a good Alfa....
  20. To my mind, sparkie no question. On the domestic side - Solar PV, EV charging points, heat pumps of various flavours, plus storage batteries will all need to be fitted by a qualified spark farmer. On the industrial side...well as you're already in engineering, a sparkie who understands how to say commission pumps or generators will never be short of work. Obviously there's paperwork aplenty to manage, both for yourself and for the job, but you could find yourself quite in demand. Either way, I hope you like fault-finding and solving problems, because that's what distinguishes a good tradie from a mediocre one.
  21. Seems you do yours to a high standard - just the worst of the sand from the beach makes all the difference....😂 And...yet you're looking at Landies 😁
  22. I've not had any issues and take my L200 everywhere my Discoveries went. But I do pick my battles, don't 'Clarkson'* it, and on our DIY syndicate we have access to a UTV (side-by-side) in case the ground is really sodden. If you want something small to ride over the rough stuff rather than through, that's fine but they are very compromised on the road. YMMV as our American friends say. *Poweeeer
  23. Technically, the head bolts were chocolate, causing regular head gasket issues. Anyway, even the youngest FL1 is now 15 years old, so look carefully. It's not a proper 4x4 either with a VCU (Viscous Coupling Unit). Not a good basis to start with IMHO. But a lot of folks liked them so what do I know. Anyway, if you don't like welding, I'd avoid vehicles with a green oval logo.... I'd agree, but they are now firmly in enthusiast vehicle territory. Someone who re-chassis' a disco (properly) isn't going to be likely to want to part with it. Again, the last Disco 1 was made in '98, making even the most recent examples 23 years old. I was running a tidy one for quite a while as a second vehicle. Ran well, and had essentially the same mechanicals as a contemporaneous Defender, just on a 100ish" chassis with a comfortable-er body. Took actual effort to get it stuck, and was a brilliant vehicle whilst doing up a house for tip runs etc - capacious without falling foul of ridiculous council 'no pickups or vans' rules. But is was also over 20 years old, even things like the seats were worn and offered no support, making longer runs uncomfortable. The Tdi engines, though good for their time and mostly 'clcockwork' just can't keep up with more modern engines. Also you might find that because of the vehicle's age, most mainstream insurance doesn't want to touch them. This is good because you can get classic/specialist/4x4 insurance, but be prepared for lots of 'ringing round' To go back to the OP's question briefly. I used to think this, until I actually looked at the cost of running 2 vehicles. 2 lots of insurance is quite expensive (most multicar policies don't want to touch older vehicles), tax is invariably the expensive bracket, etc. In the end, I sold both and bought a nearly new double cab pickup. What a difference. Can do all the logs and dogs things, whilst keeping the interior free of detritus. It's difficult to emphasise how much of a benefit having a properly separate load area is until you get one. Of course it does depend on the mileage you do in the main vehicle, and who else in your household uses the other car. But I'm done with running 2 cars/Sunday best nonsense. If you're having complaints from the significant other about going out in a dirty vehicle, spend another £50 or so on a dedicated workshop vacuum, keep in the garage, and just run that round the interior for 10 mins every week or so. Again, all the muddy stuff should remain in the loadbed so the interior tends to take less punishment.
  24. Health is wealth, as the saying goes. Time and health are priceless, anything else is just a matter of money. I don't think you need to have some kind of guilt about going private when whatever you think of the NHS (and multiple opinions are available); you need to get on with your life. Further, even if you're the NHS' biggest supporter, you do them a disservice by just quietly going private. Write to your MP. Talk to citizen's advice. Just being stoic and British about it ("Mustn't complain"), helps no-one in the long run.
  25. That's the impressive one to me. Well done. Sometimes when you're on it, you're on it.
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