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  1. I have watched plenty of McGregor's fights.  What bemuses me is that much of the talk makes it sound like this is one undefeated great against another.  

    It isn't.  He has had 3 defeats and the submissions have all come after he has been made extremely weak on his legs by a flurry of punches.

    If anything doesn't bode well, it is that.

    The question about FMJ and whether he can come back after 2 years out is a good one that Froch has been talking about.  Unfortunately, I think FMJ can do it and with ease.  

    I wouldn't be quite so pessimistic about McGregor's chances if FMJ wasn't the best evader of punches of his generation and a good while beforehand too.  I just can't see how McGregor is going to land a punch.  

  2. If Cruiser was to look at an SL, CLS, whatever, I would be amazed if he chose one above an Audi.

    I think the S8 is a phenomenal car and offers ride comfort and grunt like little else in a straight line.  They're a destroyer of miles in complete refinement.

    The one problem is that after a few months, or weeks as Booster has said, people begin to wonder when the expense will stop.  It doesn't.

  3. The M5 shouldn't have been behaving as you've described it unless something was very wrong.  The SMGII box wasn't as bad as people like to make out either, but that one sounds decidedly "wrong".

    Interiors are just a thing of personal taste.

    You just have to look at cars with an open mind above all else.  if you want an S8, buy an S8.  Don't waste your time looking at BMW's when you know you don't like them.  It is completely futile.  You love the A8's and hanker after an S8, so it seems completely pointless to go around testing something like an M5 (because it is a very different animal to an S8).

    Then let us know when you've got one and how quickly you need the £10,000 to fix the first set of issues (my APR is roughly 780%). :roflmao:

    Then, six months later, you can go to someone else for the next £10,000. :roflmao:

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  4. Yes, ultimately the M5 isn't comparable in size to an S8.

    However, I'd not go near a V10 M5 anyway.  Their passion for fuel consumption is legendary.  

    They're no more complicated than an S8 though and the S8 will, if all is equal, cost you a hell of a lot more to run.

    The Independent said that Audi's claimed "20 mpg" was a mythical figure that nobody achieved and that if you were "pottering around", you should be prepared to settle for 12 mpg.  Yes, 12 mpg....

    Awesome car, awesome running costs.


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  5. I have looked at S8's and found the market awash with very poor examples.

    Running costs are astoundingly high and I think there are better buys out there.

    If you're going to buy one, do so with thousands in mind (and I don't mean just a few grand) for the potential repair budget and your daily running costs.

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  6. My FB friends know that I was having fits at any prospect of United paying even £100m for him, never mind £200m+.

    He probably knows he'll shine in the French league whereas he was always playing third fiddle to Messi and Ronaldo in Spain.  

    I think he'd have been cripped in the Premier League.

    I don't like saying this, but I admit I might raise a smirk if he gets crocked in his first match...

  7. The X6 was the 40d M Sport.  The X5 before it was the 50i V8 Twin Turbo petrol (that was a monster).

    The ML is very different.  It is a much more comfortable car than the X6 was but it would never begin to compete the the handling of the X5 or X6 (and the X6 was a stunningly good car for handling).

    The ML is more of a cruising car than the X6.  The immediate responsiveness of the BMW 40d engine variant isn't there in the ML, but the smoothness of drive is and it is also a very quiet car by comparison.

    We fancied a change too.  From an interior ergonomics perspective, the Mercedes is miles behind the BMW's.  Some people would say it is much nicer inside, but that is just those with a button-fest addiction in my opinion.  

    It also fits into our long term plans - because they're relatively short term plans.  We will be semi-retired in 3 years and plan to move overseas, so cars that we know sell well, don't lose a great deal and are popular yet not two-a-penny, are something that appealed.  

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  8. Oops.  I forgot to post in here.

    I bought a new (to me, it is used but with under 30k on it) car last week.

    I now have a Mercedes ML320 CDI 4Matic with the 7G box and a load of gubbins and gizmos, none of which I have a clue what they do because it doesn't have a "Faux BMW" button.

    Lovely car, 520Nm of torque from a 3 litre twin turbo and a nice sound too.  Black leather with dark grey alcantara wotsit. 

    However, as you can see in this photo, I've not sold the 5 series.  It will be going though, eventually.  I sold the C70 to a mad Volvo fanatic and am looking for another car too.  Dunno what yet.  Not that it matters, because MrsMe keeps stealing the Merc.  I have done about 15 miles in it.  She's done about 200.  Typical.  

    Quick picture prior to it being properly polished and waxed.  It looks much, much cleaner now but I can't be arsed taking photos in the dark...


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  9. Yup, I can't disagree with any of that.

    However, I don't think Froome helps himself.

    Living in Monaco is an issue that a good few might see as a reason but I think it is more than that.  I don't even think the Kenyan born element of his background has much to do with it.  I just don't think he endears himself to people.  Plus, I am convinced he suffers from the fact that a personality like Wiggins won it before him.  Had Froome been the first Brit to do it, I think it may have been a very different story.

  10. It is a huge sum of money but they'll make a bloody fortune from incoming sponsors, shirt sales and the rest.  Commercially, Neymar will be a huge hit in a city like Paris.

    I happen to think he's more suited to the French league too.  I can see it working well for him there.

  11. 1 hour ago, billy2shots said:


    If it was that revolutionary then MrMe, you would still have yours.


    No, I wouldn't, I really wouldn't.

    There was one reason mine went and I said it before I bought it and when I sold it - I knew I'd struggle with a watch after decades of not wearing one.  I thought I'd be able to get used to it again but it proved futile.  I miss the features of the watch, a lot.  

    Wearables are going to move on leaps and bounds in years to come though so I know I'll get the advantages back with none of the disadvantages, eventually.

  12. I'm stunned anyone thinks AR will not be huge.  Headsets are just the start of it.

    It will be the way that our lives, or those of our children, get lived.  There is nothing so certain in life.  It's like saying social media is a fad.  It is the one thing you should be putting every penny you have on right now in terms of tech money.  AR will govern the future of tech use for decades to come.

    As for the Apple Watch, CarMad raised the things I miss most and there is another i want to mention.

    I picked my phone up a lot less and wasted a lot less time when I wore the watch.  The ability to dismiss calls, emails, answer texts, etc, is fantastic.

    I also used it a huge amount for directions when walking to clients I'd not been to before.  I don't want Google Maps out on my phone.  The Watch haptics and onscreen directions were bloody brilliant. 

    It is much more than Apple Pay and fitness apps.  People buy them for reasons that suit them but I have noticed those who don't see the point tend to focus on the things they think they'd never use, without ever exploring the things they might.

    Each to their own but I really can't see the point in saying you think something is comical if you've never even tried one.   That is comical.

    p.s, on social media and nobody being too important that they can't wait until you park - Tipex, do you use a hands free phone?  Or do you talk to passengers?  Tell me why that would be less dangerous than a car with integrated social media and the ability to reply using voice?  And, in my world, there ARE people who won't wait.  Again, it depends what you do and the business life you live.

  13. I see lots of people wearing them.

    I sold mine to someone who I know still wears it and rates it very highly.

    The only reason I did so was because I couldn't get used to wearing a watch again after decades of never doing so.  I loved the functionality of it though and wish I could get back into the habit of wearing a watch.

    I see a lot of my clients wearing them and whilst I agree with Mac (that they've not quite become the 'must have' device), I think they're still very early in their development and we'll see much more of then in future.  I also agree with him in respect of London.  I think you see a lot more people with them simply because there are a lot more people in a small area, but you do seem to see a huge number of them,

  14. I agree, I think this is one of the toughest to call in a long time.

    GGG eventually took Brook apart with the sheer power of his punches but Brook troubled him beforehand - and Canelo packs a far bigger punch than Brook.

    Both can take punches, both can trade blows endlessly.

    I see Canelo as having the far better boxing skills though and something tells me he may win this one on points.

    Would I bet on it?   No chance. :roflmao:

  15. I think it is difficult to argue that the 3 series interiors look anything but dated.  I still think they're a nice place to be but you only need look at the new 5 and 7 series to see what the 3 series has in store for the next model.  They are stunning places to sit and I'm sure the next 3 series will be the same.

    The Volvo V90 is a lovely place to be and a very accomplished car.  I'm slightly biased about them nowadays though, so impressed have I been with the 'temporary' C70 that has now been with us for 14 months - and MrsMe shows little signs of wanting to change it.  

    The problem with the Volvo range is the model variants and how ridiculous they are with some of the things they leave out on supposedly high spec models.  They'll have all manner of technology but you'll then find they don't have electric seats!  So you'll look for a model that does and you'll then find that variant is missing something else!  

    The S90 is a magnificent car, a truly air-wafting silent thing of epic proportions....but it suffers from the model variant issue too.

    Get the spec right, check and triple check it, and you might find yourself very surprised.

  16. Some of the nicest and most expensive cars I've ever seen were in Austria, primarily in the Kitzbuhel and Salzberg areas. 

    It is where I watched a Ferrari F40 (and this is way back in 1993/4) gunning it along a Tirol road.  I fell in love with the F40 right there and then.  It was followed by 5-6 other Ferrari, clearly on a meet run of some kind.

    I also saw (and heard) a Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition going through a tunnel near the Brenner Pass whilst there.  Something else that will always live with me as an aural delight.

  17. I watched all of that video and that is unusual.  Very interesting and Table Mountain looks stunning.  The safari lodge you had also looked superb, I liked that a lot.

    Robben Island must have been a strange place to visit yet intriguing all the same.

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  18. Citeh fans.  Nothing to talk about at Citeh so they talk about United.  As usual.  Understandable though.  I mean, who wants to hear of Citeh? :grin:

    When Pep won everything with Citeh last season, you didn't half rub it in a lot.

    Oh. :roflmao:

  19. I think they're still too expensive.  The old model got to £399 within 2 years and I won't budge until the new one hits the same.  

    p.s. I've looked at all manner of cars recently, from the new 5 (too expensive and not enough difference to mine), the E-Class and even a C Class Coupe.  None of them have got me interested enough to do anything.  It looks like I'll hold onto the 5 for another year because changing now would be for the sake of it and I can't afford to do that with my plans for the next few years.