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How's your weather?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Catriona, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    After a grey dank day the sky has cleared, with the promise of a few hours clear tonight.
    Had to drive to Portesham surgery this morning, through low cloud over Abbotsbury Hill. Horrid.
  2. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Well done you. Mattresses can be a *ugger to dry.:D
  3. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    No need for decorum today. Just shorts, sandals and Tilly hat in my own garden. I did come in around one o'clock. I didn't want sunburn.
  4. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    The Hatton Cross Roundabout is fun these days...
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  5. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Useful to have advance warning of that one! I've never come across a contra rotating roundabout before. From above it all looks perfectly logical.
  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Passing the test is not the same as doing a hill start on a one in three as you very well know. Its steeper than that on the inside of the bends.
  7. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Back in the early 1990's I drove my Renault 5 up the Puy de Dome in France (you can no longer drive up it). As I arrived in the carpark at the top my clutch cable broke (luckily I knew they were prone to that, so I had a spare with me). I was just so thankful it didn't break on the way up. I would have caused mayhem!
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  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Glad I don't need to do that these days! Gordon Bennett!
  9. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    My master brake cylinder went random in my last days in London. The last time was going up to the 8th floor of a multi-story carpark. I called the AA and when he came, he wouldn't let me drive it back down the eliptical spiral to get out. He did it and crawled down. Sold the old thing for scrap! (Not the AA man).
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  10. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Sounds similar to my experience. My first car was an old Renault 5 which had a replacement clutch fitted before we went on a tour of France and Germany. The clutch failed in Germany, got it fixed but it soon broke again and I had to drive several hundred miles to get to the port and home.
  11. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    I'm old enough to remember when that was a proper roundabout ! Brings back fond memories of trips to Harrow with my late father......
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  12. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    They're scarier to look at than to drive round.

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  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    What room for pedestrians??
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  14. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I drove a Renault 4, Roho, up to the top clearing of the Naro Moru route on Mt Kenya a few times. I failed to get it onto the Shira Plateau of Kilimanjaro, not because of roughness of track; it just ran out of steam. The carburettor was jetted for Nairobi at about 5000ft. Also the radiator cap spring and thermostat were those suitable for around 5000ft. Top clearing was about 8500ft and Shira about 10,000. The Roho was quite a remarkable vehicle.
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  15. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    At least I had a cable with me (and a Haynes manual) and managed to sort it in the carpark.
  16. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    What did you get for him?:p
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  17. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    I went round one somewhere or other. As you said, the thought is scarier than the reality. Anyone driving around Milton Keynes is used to loads of roundabouts, and the distance between them is almsot irrelevant (unless they are those really close, small buggers!)
  18. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    When I lived in Sana'a for a few year, I had a similar problem. Sana'a is at about 7,500ft, but I would make regular trips down to Mocha, not for the coffee, which was excellent, but for the booze that the dhows would bring across from Djibouti, Yemen being a 'dry' country. The trip, made in a LWB Land Rover, consisted of heading south, dropping down to Ta'izz at 4,500ft and tweaking the carburetor, and then heading west to Al Mukha (Mocha) at sea level, with more tweaking of the carburetor.

    There we would load up with mostly scotch, but some gin and sometimes beer, dug up from the desert sand where the smugglers would hide it. We would then head north along the coast to Al Hudaydah, which was quite a lively port in those days, and then finally we would head east up to Sana'a on the most dangerous road I have ever driven - narrow, steep, and zigzag bends all the way up to 10,000ft for the mountain pass back to Sana'a. There was much tweaking on the road up. From the pass it was downhill all the way!
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  19. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Feels positively autumnal. Bright but crisp.
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  20. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Too hot and humid. Breeze required.
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