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  1. Some fantastic 'Ferraris'.

    Judging by the black scorch marks on the ground, perhaps that is where they take shit cars before torching them?
  2. Venice....any inputs?

    I think a week is slightly long but if it is used as a relaxing trip rather than a normal City-break, it is the best place for it. I'm not sure what it is about Venice but it has an almost unparalleled ability to make you want to sit outside a cafe and watch the world go by. Perhaps it is because of its relative confinement and seeing so many people, from so many walks of life, go past. One tip I forgot to mention is regarding the glass roof boats. If you go on one of those, wait until the absolute last minute before it sets off. If it is a hot day they have a horrendous greenhouse feel to them. I've seen people pass out, almost like they'd all been struck by a hammer, in groups over a matter of a minute. Oh and the gondoliers - get a cheery one. They do exist, albeit in small numbers, but the majority are some of the most miserable feckers you could ever have the misfortune to meet. The earlier in their day that you get them, the better they'll be.
  3. Away days

    Remind us of the last time you won the league. After all, some people on here are under 30 years of age.
  4. Away days

    On the subject of away days, I see Arsenal get an away day in the FA Cup. I feel for Sutton United because I imagine they were hoping to draw a big club.
  5. Venice....any inputs?

    Joking aside... I have done a lot of business in Birmingham over the last 3 years. Prior to that it wasn't a City I'd been to much. I have to say it is nothing like most people think it is, or certainly not nowadays. The canals around the City centre area look fantastic and it has had a huge amount of money spent on it. Anyone visiting it today can't help but be surprised at how many cranes are towering in the sky because of all the building projects. Oh and they have by far the most impressive rail station in the UK, probably Europe. The problem is one of perception. It is perceived as a shit hole because I'm told it used to be (as I say, I didn't go there often so I can't claim to say that is personal knowledge of it in the past). Compared to London it is also very clean in the City centre. The only City that I think has rivalled it for development and change is Manchester, as the two are locked in a battle to be the UK's No.2 City (and Manchester is winning commercially right now). If anyone gets the chance to visit it, go. I think you'd get a pleasant surprise. I am back there about 10-15 times in the year ahead (it'll end up being more, but I'll be there at least that many times) and when I see it in my diary I don't think "Aw, crap" like I do when I see other places - such as Liverpool, Glasgow, Sheffield, the other place I can't mention, etc. I'm in York and London this week. The former is becoming a mess and the latter is a dump when it comes to the cleaning of the roads and removal of rubbish from the pavements. It might surprise people to know that I think Birmingham is a much cleaner place in the City centre than York, but it is. If I was a student looking for somewhere outside of London that offered opportunities in future years, I'd be heading to Manchester or Birmingham, because they're both on a major route upwards.
  6. Post a pic of your car

    Daz has an abduction van too. But I won't say that out loud.
  7. Venice....any inputs?

    I went in the middle of summer. You only get the odor people like to talk about down the really shitty side canals and even then I didn't notice it.
  8. Venice....any inputs?

    A week is plenty of time to explore it fully and I really would recommend a trip over the Brenner Pass and into Austria. The scenery is breath taking.
  9. Post a pic of your car

    Phew. how on earth would you have got out of that gravel without winter tyres on?
  10. Venice....any inputs?

    Yes, I have been watching the series and I'd been on a short tourist thing that explained that when I first went there (1990, I think). Brilliant series as you say and it emphasised how important Venice used to be as a City. Unfortunately, and something that I felt the programme failed to put across - the work they're doing to prevent the erosion isn't anywhere near as fast enough as it needs to be. The place isn't going to be there for future generations, or at least not in the way you can still enjoy it today. I don't have the figures but I think the ratio of visitors to residents per annum is now 100:1. It is the popularity of the place that will kill it.
  11. Venice....any inputs?

    Oh and yes, as you might have guessed, I do rather like Venice.
  12. Venice....any inputs?

    Fantastic city. My favourite, easily. Do all the tourist stuff, it is essential (and there is plenty of it). I see Venice as a people watching City. It is glorious to sit, sipping a drink, watching people amble across the square or anywhere else for that matter. To be honest, beyond the tourist stuff there isn't a great deal more to do except take in the breath-taking marvel as to how the place is even still there. The buildings come to life in the warmth of the late afternoon sun. It is a photographers paradise in that respect. You're very close to the Austrian border (and Slovenia for the matter) too so you could always plan a day trip over there (easily do-able). However, it depends on how long you're going for. I see it as the perfect 3-day weekend City. p.s. I forgot to add, I don't care what anyone says, it is essential that you grab a coffee (if you're into coffee) at Florian. Cake too, they do delicious cake! For food, if you treat yourself to one expensive place then do Riviera. Stunning view of the grand canal when you're eating. It is worthwhile getting off the beaten track a little but don't forget that you're still in a major City. I think it is easy to do that in Venice but it is a City in which 90% of what you'll want to do and see is in a very small and concentrated area anyway. Make sure you have a pizza anywhere along the front route of the grand canal where all the tour boats (glass roofed) pull in. Down from there are some of the best pizza making restaurants you'll find anywhere in the world and they're well priced too once you get further away from the square.
  13. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    With the way our climate is going, winter tyres will be a thing of the past within 20 years. I'll be having to find a way of stopping the tyres melting up here. Down south, well, you'll be long gone. Toast.
  14. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    Azure - we had 2" of snow too, as some on here have seen via Facebook. The 5 series, on its standard tyres, didn't slip once. Just saying. Southern wuss. Honestly, 2" of snow? I have a friend who lives out in the middle of Northumberland and drives a 2 series (220d). He woke to discover the snow half way up his 18" alloy wheels. He proceeded to go out, shovel it away as best he could - and then drove to Edinburgh. You don't work for the BBC by any chance, do you?
  15. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    With the 30 metres of snow you had in the South, I'm amazed any of you are still alive. The BBC and Sky should be shot.
  16. Car wash pain

    Full paint restoration detail. That said, car washes swirl your car to buggery anyway.
  17. Coincidence!

    That went to London too, according to the BMW dealer. I shall probably see it in around 10 years time.
  18. Boxing thread

    Mayweather really does talk like a tit. Saying that it was bad for boxing is ridiculous. De Gale had that won until a terribly unprofessional loss of concentration for a few seconds in the last round. It was a fair result.
  19. Coincidence!

    I have never owned a Z4M. I did own a Z4 35i sDrive though...
  20. Coincidence!

    Peter, I have 3 rather odd tales with a similar tone... My 04 plate BMW M3 Coupe, which I changed for an M3 Cab after 9 months, was sold locally yet I never saw it. I then changed the M3 Cab after a further 9 months, for the 645 Cab that I kept for 6 years. The 645 was sold to a guy in London (by the local BMW dealers that I Px'd it at). About 18 months after the 6 series had gone to London.....I spotted it for sale online. Completely coincidentally. However, it was now back up North and at a local garage. Nothing too odd about that. Except that.... Maybe a year after that I was driving through North Shields, down a road called Howard Street. I spotted my old 645 Cab, parked up. Parked behind it......was my old BMW M3 Coupe that I hadn't seen since I sold it, approximately a decade beforehand. That is tale no. 2 and 3 together. Tale no.1 is simply bizarre. I owned a Toyota Corolla GTi Twin Cam 16 (Hatch), one of the original cars that was very much of the time of the Renault 5 GT, Peugot 205 GTi, etc. It was a fabulous car. When I sold it, it went to Newcastle and that was that. This was in the late 1980's. In 2002, when my youngest daughter was born, we visited relatives in North Yorkshire, as you do when new babies arrive, etc. Imagine my surprise when we pulled up at their house and, on their next door neighbours drive, saw my old Toyota Corolla GTi. I spoke to the owner and he had bought it from a guy in Newcastle, who clearly met the description of the bloke I sold it to. I have checked online but there doesn't appear to be a record of the car now. If I ever found out it was still around, I'd snap it up in an heartbeat,
  21. LED Headlamps

    Of course a 7 series does not need remote control parking. I'm not arguing it does. By the same token, how many cars need the internet? Do they need Bose? How many vehicles do we know of that need adaptive headlights, or that need leather seats, electric windows, rain sensing wipers, wider exhaust pipes or even two exhaust pipes when one will do? Some of those I have mentioned have nothing but entertainment or aesthetic value. The remote parking offers something genuinely useful. The point is, it comes as part of the Advanced Parking package that includes surround view cameras, park assist, etc - something that a lot of people with a car the size of a 7 series (and many much smaller vehicles) will select anyway. If you have to regularly park the likes of a 5, 7, A7, A8, S Class, E Class or similar sized car in public car parks - I think you'd spec the option without hesitation.
  22. LED Headlamps

    Yup, the 645 was horrendous for it. Coupe, convertible, long = doors that were very long and windows that curved in quite dramatically at the top. The trick was to drop the roof automatically and climb in.
  23. LED Headlamps

    Anyone who has parked at Newcastle Central station will know the issue. I have lost count of how many times, over the years, I've returned to see drivers scratching their heads at how on earth they're going to get into their vehicles. As safety design has seen door width increase, the challenge gets worse. It wasn't recently, but I once saw a Mercedes owner taking an absolutely fit about how close another car had parked to his. He was kicking the bumper of the other car (out of sheer anger) - because you couldn't even walk sideways down the gap that had been left between his drivers door and their passenger side!!! It was clearly bad parking but even if they'd parked within the lines it is an issue that people have pointed out to the station time after time. Do they care? Of course not.
  24. Frustratingly unresponsive throttle on my 3.0 TDi

    Sounds like the petrol v diesel changeover to me and perfectly normal. However, as it is only a year old car, what harm is there taking it in to ask the dealer anyway? I would.
  25. LED Headlamps

    Both of the people I mentioned had come back to find that it was the parking of others that had trapped them, not how they'd parked to begin with. You've got to remember that the doors on a 7 series are very, very thick.