20 May 2017
13 May 2017
12 May 2017
One of the tyres is the original from when I bought the car in January 2014 and at the last MoT it was noted that it would need replacing although legal. I've done about 25000 miles in that time (below average mileage for UK) and it was obviously not brand new then.
3 May 2017
A parcel arrived from TomTom. Seemed a bit heavy. They had sent the RAM kit in stead of the Car kit! Doesn't auger well for sending the 410 back.....
I parcelled the unit up in the bubble wrap lined envelope that came the other day from TomTom and with extra bubble wrap and it went back to them using the UPS labels they sent a few weeks ago.
I tried to track the parcel as I reckoned it wouldn't have got there but I wanted to see where it was.
Unfortunately all the links on the UPS website just say the parcel has been sent to the address on the label! Some tracking that is #UPS!
Today have an email to say they have sent it back with UPS. They haven;t said what they have done just that there is a letter in the box! Mysterious. Maybe it will work on the Dordogne trip after all?
27 April 2017
This is my worst review of a hotel in Coventry. It was in 2011. The manager commented but it looks as though little has changed as there are more recent damning reviews! Second worst!
25 April 2017
And here it is.
24 April 2017
|The Key from Southeastern Trains|
23 April 2017
After a dreadful mistake allowed Manchester Oil Barons to go ahead in the first half. The Arsenal players managed to rally themselves and equalise through Monreal.
The game went into 30 minutes extra time before Sanchez scored to win the game.
The final beckons on May 27th.
15 April 2017
|The old Lighthouse|
|The big square building is a nuclear power station!|
12 April 2017
11 April 2017
UPDATE 12/04/17 11:00
This mornings update is that is had to go back as the internal memory is u/s. TomTom have sent a label and I need to package it up and it has to go UPS to The Netherlands!! I doubt I'll see it for a while then. They have said 7-10 days round trip. But that will be longer as we have two Bank Holidays coming up this weekend and May Day.
A little annoying that they simply haven't just replaced it with a new one considering it is brand spanking new.
Better start scrambling around for some bubble wrap and a padded posting bag. Luckily today we had a dog food delivery and that comes with loads of those irritating plastic peanuts to pad the box out. So I might use some of those! Let the Dutch recycle them!
I might give it one last chance before I box it up. You never know. Murphy's law will dictate if I don't that it will arrive with TomTom and it will work when they turn it on!
UPDATE 12/04/17 20:00
The law according to Murphy. I connected the 410 to the same laptop with the same oem cable, and started My Drive Connect and... it connected. The screen didn't come up with the error message but it booted properly!
I have updated the call and said I will keep it until after the Easter holiday weekend and see if there are any problems with it.
7 April 2017
1 April 2017
30 March 2017
26 March 2017
|The Oast Houses|
|The roof in the old stable area|
25 March 2017
24 March 2017
In the end most areas were sold out less than 25 minutes after booking opened. A box to tick to say you aren't a robot.... and we're in. All booked.
Since then I have not managed to get a ticket, or they have appeared at festivals where tickets are for the weekend are very expensive.
19 March 2017
2 March 2017
1 March 2017
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I bought this on the back of a previous bike trip that Geoff Hill written about a ride from India bringing tea home. A good pace and hardly comparable to any truck driving epic. The focus is on riding a motorcycle and the trials of the mode of transport.
Humorous and simply a good tale.
28 February 2017
21 February 2017
17 February 2017
4 February 2017
1 February 2017
The run this year is on July 1st.
I missed the 2015 run as I was recovering from my heart attack and again in 2016 as it clashed with the Somme Centenary.
Prior to that I had been from 2010 to 2014 inclusive.
Hopefully I'll get back on plan and be there this year again.
By now it is usually all settled. But with some major road works in the area the route from the service area on the A14 is still to be decided.
5 January 2017
‘It’s breath-taking how much has happened in the world of riders’ rights over the last three years.’ So says Selina Lavender, the Chair of MAG, speaking about the prodigious output of the movement over the last twelve months. ‘Our staff had a fast and furious 2016 with immense challenges. These included legal, political and logistical issues, and they pretty much defined a year of hard graft. It also means we begin 2017 far ahead of where we were this time last year.’
What’s on the agenda for 2017? ‘We’ll be taking the same inclusive and team-spirited approach’ continued Selina. ‘We’re not looking for fights, we’re looking for allies - and that’s the hallmark of the organisation’s way of operating. We’ll be visiting the Department for Transport a lot, to discuss everything from how you get a bike licence through to the challenges presented by autonomous vehicles. There’s the threat of bikes being charged to use Thames crossings, a motorcycle and scooter theft epidemic, especially in London, and the use of overly-restrictive injunctions to control anti-social behaviour, which could potentially harm the freedoms of legitimate riders too. In every case we engage, debate and propose better solutions to shared concerns.
‘It’s not glamorous work, and it requires a great deal of research. But our team has proven its ability to deliver, and they’re building their credibility all the time. Let’s be clear: 2017 is going to be a big year for riders’ liberties. MAG is right up there defending your right to ride. We also invite dealers and the manufacturing sector to support our work. What we do sustains the market by defending the freedom to ride. It’s got to be a team effort, and we hope the sector as a whole will work to protect and promote riding in the years ahead – starting in 2017. If we can do that, it really will be a happy new year for biking.’
MAG invites riders, dealers, mechanics and manufacturers to join MAG and help create a united voice for the common good of the riding community.
Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1 January 2017
Every penny counts towards the research so I guess that I shouldn't be too disappointed.
At the time of writing I have raised about £35.
In the UK the SMS page is still working - send a text to 70070 with message:
PAGD99 £1 to send a quid or any amount you like.
PAGD99 £10 sends a tenner.....
No sooner than I had found the Jabra's than Santa came with a new set of wireless headphones.
They are in a rather fetching purple colour. Connecting them to my phone was very easy.
The sound is very good and clear. Unlike the Jabra set they don't have bright blue lasers lighting up all around.
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