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  1. Happy Birthday WylieCoyote!

  2. Instead of finding childish irresponsible ways to get out of a speeding ticket, just accept it. You were driving over the limit - 2 weeks after passing your test - what will you do after a year or two and your confidence gets higher (although it seems your confidence is beyond your capabilities at the moment)? Just to pick up on the point that 'sorted vti' made - how would you define 'reckless speed'? Is doing 90mph on a deserted motorway reckless, and is driving at 30mph through a school zone at 3.30/4pm perfectly reasonable? What about if there's kids in the road - is it still ok to do 30mph - you're still in the speed limit remember..... but a car hitting a child at 30mph is going to leave a few nasty injuries? The basis of any basic driving and emergency driving course is IT'S A SPEED LIMIT, NOT A TARGET. Rather than seemingly finding this whole thing funny and trying to think of ways to outwit the police and the courts - grow up and take responsibility for your own actions. My father used to say that to me when I was young and foolish, and he wasn't wrong.
  3. I think Alfa should make an F1 team. These days F1 is too much about science and not enough about racing. Get the Alfas, stick them on a race track, get some friends round with some beers and be amused as they all burst into flames and disintegrate every time they go through standing water and then watch as the little hot-headed Italian driver shouts and waves his arms around. Now that's racing.
  4. The Audi is proof that care in the community doesn't work. They shouldn't be released then they can't do that to cars!!
  5. I love Barryboys! If I'm ever feeling a little bit blue, looking through some of those heaps always cheers me up! The worst thing is, the morons that drive them actually think they look good! That's the most tragic thing about it. This one gets my vote: Eww!
  6. That's kinda cool - I bet Top Gear knew someone would do that. Having said that, it is kinda, what's the word....... sad???
  7. I would have told him where to get stuffed when he asked for fuel costs. Like you say, every business has its fair share of morons who are just out for everything they can get and for some people whatever you do simply will not please them. You were more than reasonable - maybe even too generous. It's definitely worth putting a disclaimer on - all the fancy equipment in the world can sometimes make a mess of things and a small 'get out clause' could save your bacon one day.
  8. I'm stuck too! As far as the photo shoots go, as professional photographer I can tell you that the '£20 shoot' is nothing of the sort. You get a shoot and then a small print which when you get there you'll find not good enough and want a bigger one. To get anything anywhere near decent you're looking at mega money. A small framed print will START at around £100 from most places. It's not uncommon for a client to pay for a £20 shoot and walk away having spent £500-1000 on prints - most of which is a profit. If there's any information anyone wants on this - PM me and I can point you in the right direction.
  9. I never thought much to the old model of those but the new one is nicer by far. They did a great job of designing the front but I can't help thinking the rear looks like a smacked arse. Those big gaping tail lights just look disproportionate to the rest of the car. Having said that if that's the worst thing that can be said about them they're doing ok.
  10. I smell a rat - doesn't seem kosher to me. The 'Sun' sticker you see in the newspaper article is not on the visible door for a start. Added to which the somewhat minimalistic description with appauling spelling and equally appauling grammar doesn't ring true somehow.
  11. Umm, having owned a 2005 IS200 and nearly bought a new IS250, I would have to say the 250 without hesitation. The old IS I could never help feeling was just a Toyota with the badges taken off and Lexus ones applied. I know the 250 is much of the same but I think it has more identity than the 200 and it is undoubtedly better both safety wise and mechanically.
  12. Hehe. That's funny. You'd almost think he didn't like him. They only have a right to sell it if it's their details on the V5 - if it's the ex-boyfriends details they have no right to sell it even though he didn't pay for it. I do love their sales attitude - they can't even be bothered to find out about it! A well deserved £100.
  13. I still believe that the 'super fuels' on normal cars give no more than a psychological effect. If you believe something is better then it doesn't matter whether it is or not your brain will trick you into thinking it is. I concur it may make a difference on higher performance cars and those with tuned engines but for a normal family saloon, I think not. My opinion only. However tests have been done and Which? What Car? and countless others all state that they are a complete waste of money. Look below for 3 pieces of research on the subject. Independant article Thisismoney article From Using Super Fuels "One of our users commented that using higher octane fuel than your engine requires actually gives no benefit and may be a waste of money. This is because virtually NO engines require 98 RON over 95, and the market for 'super' fuels seems to be based on people's misunderstanding of octane ratings and the placebo effect of filling up with 'more powerful' fuel - making motorists think their engine is running better in some way."
  14. That would be really annoying. Was it the Police that stopped you? You could have said something like you'd come to find a house that you'd seen for sale (that only works if there's a house for sale in the street). Maybe they'd have been sympathetic, then again maybe not. It does scream of money making through dubious means. Bite the bullet, have a rant, blame everyone else and then forget about it. That's what I'd do.
  15. They're simply excellent. They're useless for graphical games but for a tedious airline journey or any time you need a computer without the hassle they're right on the money. Plus you can buy them for the same as a Wii which makes them remarkable value.
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