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  1. Unless you have teenagers in tow, quiet places...

    Posted by Oakbank, 29-06-19
    Unless you have teenagers in tow, quiet places are the best places. When our kids were young we camped or caravanned on Forestry Commision campsites or small, working farm campsites. We found the...
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  2. Jon ​That is one beast of a caravan; a bit...

    Posted by Oakbank, 27-06-19
    Thread: Caravans
    Jon

    ​That is one beast of a caravan; a bit bigger than mine.

    I believe the term for people doing what you plan is "Snowbirds". They chase the sun, driving north in the summer, then as soon as...
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  3. It's not just me then :confused:

    Posted by Oakbank, 27-06-19
    It's not just me then :confused:
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  4. Caravans

    Posted by Oakbank, 27-06-19
    Thread: Caravans
    Many many years ago, when the kids were young, money was tight and fuel was around £1.35/gallon, we used to borrow my father-in-law's old caravan to go on our holidays.

    Fast forward nigh on 40...
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  5. I went for a wee potter about on Ladybird today....

    Posted by Oakbank, 25-06-19
    I went for a wee potter about on Ladybird today. Very little wind, but it was 'Taps Aff!', just shorts and sunblock, plus floppy hat and sunglasses. I didn't go anywhere, just out to the Tail o' the...
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  6. Poll: I asked my optician about getting me contact...

    Posted by Oakbank, 21-06-19
    I asked my optician about getting me contact lenses. She said I'm not suitable as my prescription changes every year, and not just for the worse. Some years my distance vision improves!

    The net...
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  7. Poll: I used to write a lot of emails to colleagues for...

    Posted by Oakbank, 21-06-19
    I used to write a lot of emails to colleagues for whom English was not their first language, and frequently not even their second. To get the message across I had to simplify, to the point of being...
    15 Replies
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  8. Clean Energy to dominate energy market

    Posted by Oakbank, 21-06-19
    Interesting article in the BBC today Clean Energy
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  9. Picked the first ripe strawberry out of the...

    Posted by Oakbank, 20-06-19
    Picked the first ripe strawberry out of the greenhouse yesterday, and being the kind, generous fool that I am, gave it to the wife.

    Anyone know how to remove strawberry juice from a white blouse?
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  10. Poll: It all depends. If it's a topic that interests me...

    Posted by Oakbank, 20-06-19
    It all depends. If it's a topic that interests me and is well written I'll read it thoroughly . . . until I come across something that jars, be it an overt political message or a glaring grammatical...
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  11. I use a metal handled Gillette mk5 and I find the...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    Thread: Razors
    I use a metal handled Gillette mk5 and I find the blades last weeks, if not months. I reckon the time to change blades is when I walk out the bathroom with little bits of toilet paper stuck all over...
    36 Replies
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  12. Fascinating project Lenny. Being steel (&...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    Fascinating project Lenny.

    Being steel (& filler) it'll be a pretty heavy EV vehicle. What are the plans re. batteries and powertrain donor car? Tesla or Leaf?
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  13. You know your getting old when breakfast includes...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    You know your getting old when breakfast includes Glucosamide and supper includes Statins. :(

    When your grandchildren are studying 'The Falklands conflict' in history lessons.

    When people rush...
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  14. There are three films I would not pass up on an...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    There are three films I would not pass up on an opportunity to watch . . . again and again.

    1) Zulu.

    2) Lawrence of Arabia.

    3) Master and Commander.

    What that says about me I shudder to...
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  15. Hey! No need to be sorry. It's a great second...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    Hey! No need to be sorry. It's a great second car. Zero tax and 60+mpg, and better residual value, in % terms, than any EV :cool:.
    28 Replies
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  16. Hi Marc You're doing well to get 170 mpc...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    Hi Marc

    You're doing well to get 170 mpc (miles per charge). I take it you're driving 'conservatively' and using as much regenerative braking via the e-pedal as possible. Do the brake lights come...
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  17. Woz I fully agree, and would like to add to my...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    Woz

    I fully agree, and would like to add to my earlier post by stating inaccurate, partisan and sensationalist journalism just adds to the confusion. We, the poor (and increasingly so) consumer...
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  18. A couple of things have made me happy today. ...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-06-19
    A couple of things have made me happy today.

    1) I've just got back from a two week sailing trip round the Inner Hebrides with a couple of very good friends. Not enough wind, but hey-ho, that's...
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  19. " So whilst a weather compensator would and...

    Posted by Oakbank, 08-05-19
    "
    So whilst a weather compensator would and should be a definite improvement over the traditional call for heat method I would say a smart thermostat would be even better.
    "
    Couldn't agree more....
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  20. Poll: PI can only give her one thumbs up. She is a...

    Posted by Oakbank, 23-04-19
    PI can only give her one thumbs up. She is a remarkable young lady.
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  21. I've been thinking about this one for a few days...

    Posted by Oakbank, 20-04-19
    I've been thinking about this one for a few days and am really struggling to whittle my choice of music down to just eight songs as I find that what I listen to depends very much on my mood. If you...
    18 Replies
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  22. Oh I don't doubt the planet will survive. Nor do...

    Posted by Oakbank, 19-04-19
    Thread: Climate Change
    Oh I don't doubt the planet will survive. Nor do I doubt ****-sapiens will survive; some of us anyway. I do have grave doubts that our nice, comfortable western civilisation will survive once half...
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  23. I fitted weather compensation to my boiler and a...

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-04-19
    I fitted weather compensation to my boiler and a simple "internet of things" switch that allows me to turn the heating off and on using smartphone app.
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  25. Climate Change

    Posted by Oakbank, 18-04-19
    Thread: Climate Change
    Who watched Sir David Attenborough's documentary on Climate Change? Frightening prospects for our planet don't you think?

    Given the number of conflicting political systems, and their apparent...
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