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About NewNiceMrMe

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  • Birthday 01/01/1950

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  1. Venice....any inputs?

    Yeah, an internet weirdo you meet for coffee when he's in your neck of the woods.
  2. Venice....any inputs?

    Yep, as was I. It was as dirty as any City I've ever been in, the locals were ignorant and rude, they rely on Mozart-related history and the trams (and the Bond wheel) to an excessive degree in my opinion - but it just wasn't a nice place. I've spoken to other people who have been and loved it. I just didn't get any of that whatsoever. If I was to ever write a list of places I'd never go back to, it'd be one of the first on the list.
  3. Venice....any inputs?

    They're masters of the art of putting your eyes out. The gondoliers could solve the world financial crisis in a heartbeat. Just empty their pockets. I still love the place though. I'm not even sure why. It is a combination of so many things that are largely intangible. It has an atmosphere and feel to it like nowhere else I've ever been. Paris and London come a close second for a weekend break, although they could also occupy weeks of time. London has been tainted a little for me as I now spend so much bloody time there that I'm sick of the sight of it. Cities are such personal preferences though. For years I was told how much I'd love Vienna - and I hated it and everything about it. Dump.
  4. Venice....any inputs?

    I'm pleased Rivieras was a faultless meal and I almost mentioned The Metropole hotel in my very first post! I should have said that everything involving sitting down is expensive in Venice. I'm surprised they don't charge people for taking a crap. Seats outside all the cafes in the square were the subject of much debate back in 1994. I know because we arrived in the middle of it. The cafes got sick of people taking up their seats and spending very little. This was at a time when tourism began to boom there. So, they introduced a minimum seat charge. It was 10,000 lire (I think that would be about €5 when they joined the Euro in 1999). Waiters would approach and take your order. If your order didn't meet 10,000 lire per person (per seat), they'd add the 10,000 lire to your bill. I had read about it the day before I went there and we'd have spent more than that anyway, because as you say there isn't anything that is cheap there. If it is any consolation, on the subject of your €15 cup of tea, I remember paying the equivalent of £6 for a cup of coffee back in 1994. It was good coffee, but not that good. I noticed the increased tourist numbers the last time I was there and it is certainly very different to the first time. The people I had the problems with were French and Spanish, but I think you could have a problem with lots of nationalities where courtesy is very low on their list of priorities. I think there are hotels with stuff for sale outside and gift shops on every corner of every major city nowadays. I was in York yesterday and they shouldn't be worrying about the river flooding next time. They should focus on the flooded streets of coffee shops. It is becoming ridiculous.
  5. San Francisco

    Tour of Twitter HQ? I can probably arrange that for you, depending on the date, if you want something geeky.
  6. Replacement LCD Kitchen TV

    Howdy Tosh, long time no speak! We bought a 26" Toshiba for our kitchen about 3 years ago. It has served us very well, has decent sound (as good as you can expect) and it has a very good picture. It has Freeview etc. I think we paid £240 back then. I could have got cheaper, but this one got the nod for reasons I can't remember. But... Buy a Samsung. They're just a lot better and I wish I had. The Toshiba is slow to start up, very slow, and also slow to establish a connection with our WiFi router (it connects to it for updates and also for movie content I have on 1Tb HDD on the network). It's a nice looking TV and I shouldn't really complain about it. It is on morning and night, and in a very warm kitchen AND above a radiator on the wall! So it has a pretty demanding environment but has never let us down.... ...yet I still can't recommend it! The slow start up of the Toshiba when compared to the swiftness and sheer functionality and quality of the Samsung range at present would get my money every time.
  7. Ordered a new S5 Coupe

    Has anyone ever actually said that? Probably not. Welcome back 18ME. The S5 is a terrific car and I know someone with one who rates it as the best car they've ever owned.
  8. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    They're not the S63's. They're the CL's. They depreciate even faster.
  9. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    £130k (S63) v £140k (CGT) The big difference is the options. However, at list price, I'd agree on the CGT.
  10. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    Yes, the S65 is even more impressive. The car in my photo is, of course, the S63 AMG Coupe. In that shape, I think it has something very special about it. The shape just works for me. The 6.0 litre V12 doesn't generate as much more power as you might think. 621 hp and 731 lbs ft of torque. Still, earth rotating stuff...
  11. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    Yup, I wouldn't want it to scream "look at me". The engine does that.
  12. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    The car. Stunning machine.
  13. M3 V8 - Known issues?

    Higher miles? 65k is nothing to an M3 V8. There are cars out there with 250k+ on them. The engine is very, very strong. Probably the strongest and most reliable M3 there has ever been.
  14. FREDDY in his S63 AMG

    No idea who Freddy is, but I love his car and want it. 5.5 litres of Bi-Turbo V8 noise, 577 bhp, 664 ft lbs of torque and 0-62 mph in 4 seconds or thereabouts. I need this.
  15. My boy's new bike

    Fabulous. The MX-5 remains the best drivers car I have ever owned. Loved mine. Shame I rolled it (this was 25 years ago!).