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welder last won the day on February 20

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  1. What is your newest purchase

    Quite right, Nige. My brother used to manufacture reflectors for stage lighting effects. A Chinese company made exact copies of his designs and undercut him until it really wasn't worth carrying on, so he moved into different products. As soon as the Orientals had free reign their prices rose by 250%. Ian
  2. What is your newest purchase

    Agree, and this is the second time in a week.......... Ian
  3. British Record

    The wisest words on the topic so far.............. Ian
  4. Catching at night.

    Well I'm going to contradict everyone but greekski. It seems that from the comments so far he and I are the only ones who actively and actually catch fish during the night. On the club water on the outskirts of our village you'd need to be a Lottery winner to buy a bite during daylight yet full darkness brings the fish to life. This is true for the 8 months of the year when I go fishing, the winter months are too cold for my old bones. I'd add that only 4 overnight anglers at any time is one of the rules. This may have some bearing on things. It's not just on this water that I've done better at night than at dawn, dusk or daylight, though. Merrington, Cromwell, Bluebell Lakes and Wyton Lakes have all seen me bank well during the night. I'm naturally a light sleeper and never, ever close the bivvy door or zip my sleeping bag up. The least sound from the receiver beside my head on a low table and I'm ready. I find that an OCD approach helps, too. Everything is always, always in the same position every time I set up. I can find to hand all I'll need without thought. Even my Crocs are positioned just so, with their heel straps pushed forward so they become instant slippers. I could go on about preparation but you're probably bored already.........lol Ian
  5. What is your newest purchase

    Good to hear an upbeat comment, mate. I shall continue to live in hope. Ian
  6. What is your newest purchase

    I'm not peed off at all, Steve. In fact I'm tending to agree with you. Another first.... What I liked about Fosters as it stood was the fact that all of the staff are anglers. I use the word "are" because all of the staff have been retained for that very reason. It's not just a fishing outlet, it's somewhere to go to seek unbiased, considered advice. I've been fortunate in making friends of several of these people. Ordinary working blokes, all. The main concern voiced by all I spoke to is that it may go in the direction that you "rant" about. We shall have to wait and see. And live in hope, of course, that Angling Direct don't try to fix something that ain't broken. I would add that since Angling Direct added the Willenhall Maever Fishing outlet to their portfolio it's been left as a stand alone match angler's outlet. Shall we hope that Fosters enjoys the same Laissez Faire approach? Ian
  7. What is your newest purchase

    The best value for money line available in my humble opinion. Over the many years I've tried all sorts and never found anything to beat it. I'd be glad to use it if it were twice the price. Ian
  8. What is your newest purchase

    No mate, it was because I was in something of a hurry. Called in today to look at bivvies and ask those members of staff I know well how they feel about the takeover. I heard very little that was positive and quite a lot that wasn't. Guess it'll take a while until the dust settles......... Ian
  9. What is your newest purchase

    Urban use is around 27mpg if I don't use the kick-down too often. Towing the caravan it's a little better as speeds are pretty constant. Nearer 30mpg, then. I was pleasantly surprised to do a wild sprint from Lassicourt in France to North Warwickshire on less than a full tank of diesel. Not much less, mind.
  10. Shropshire

    Ah.......OK, two and a half times........... Ian
  11. Shropshire

    Nice place to be. I've fished it three times and enjoyed every visit. Ian
  12. What is your newest purchase

    The Pajero was made for the Japanese market and didn't get undersealed at the factory. Shoguns were, of course, for the World market and were better built and PDI'd, Steve. Different animal in many respects. Pajeros were fitted with smaller diameter brake discs and single-pot callipers as the low legal speed limit in Japan doesn't call for massive braking ability. The equivalent Shogun models had these items massively uprated along with stronger anti-roll bars and suspension bushing. The fact that many Pajeros were grey imported means that they aren't well enough equipped to cope with UK usage and brakes in particular are overstressed. The lack of factory underseal leads to massive corrosion issues, particularly around suspension mountings. I'll gladly concede that Pajeros used in the UK are potential money pits but my previous Shogun Mk2, which gave me 12 years of utterly reliable use, cost little more than annual servicing and, of course, wear items such as brake pads and discs. I happily undertook two trips to France in it, loaded with two complete sets of carp fishing gear. Also towed our seriously heavy German caravan the length and breadth of the British Isles and never once did it fail me. I now use, and love, a much newer Shogun DiD Elegance which tows the caravan with aplomb and earlier this year took me and my Son to Napoleon Lakes in central France and home again at speeds that I daren't mention. It used no oil nor coolant, just diesel. Lots of that..... Ian
  13. What is your newest purchase

    "The biggest surprise must surely be the poor performance of the Volvo XC90. It's not what you'd expect from a manufacturer with Volvo's reputation, but I'm signing cheques every day on XC90 repairs". Now let me think who was it that used the expression "money pit"? Oh yes, it was carpmachine, the font of all knowledge................ Ian
  14. What is your newest purchase

    It's got the black leather and very loud music. Pink Floyd never sounded better. I still haven't got my head around some of the features, I've only had it for a year! Ian
  15. What is your newest purchase

    3200 Turbo DiD Elegance LWB. It's got more bells and whistles than a Morris Dancer's storeroom. Ian