Oh sad, Lesley - such a 'pretty kittie'.
I've had designs on a 1968 model for forever and I was taught to drive by a friend in his E-type. There is truly nothing like a Jag.
If the interior is still in good nick perhaps it would be useful for a Jag enthusiast?
Perhaps to the same tune as a 'kidney'...... :)
Reply #4541. Feb 23 12, 6:15 AM
|Thanks, MH. (((((()))))) I am indeed saddened, perhaps because it's the only car I've ever known, and it is a handsome and supremely comfortable car, but I will probably have a lot more money to spend on me if I get something a bit newer. What I'd really like is the same again, but with fewer bits dropping off. |
The inside is in very good nick. There may be a couple of blemishes on the back seats, caused by moronic passengers (predictably!), nothing big, easily remedied if I can find them. The rest looks good.
Once a week, I brought the boy next door home from school. He's five years younger than mine, the youngest of three and only boy, and he was a spoilt little fart, the tinpot son who can Do No Wrong. He would sling his bags in the back, preferably buckles downwards... when he got home, he would get out without a word, and slam the door. It doesn't need slamming, and it certainly won't close if the seatbelt is hanging outside the car. His solution? carry on slamming. When I asked him to look for the seatbelt, and put it inside the car, he scowled! (A thank you would have been nice.)
When they first moved in next door, he was five. He would wait till his father got home, then sit in daddy's car, pressing the hooter for half an hour. I talked to his doting mother about it. "He takes the keys from his father's pocket. What can you do?" she said. Oh I have a few ideas!
Put the keys somewhere else?
"He'd find them."
Put them where he can't reach them?
"He'd climb up and get them."
Lock them away?
"He'd find the keys and unlock them."
It was starting to feel like There's a Hole in my Bucket, so I gave up. It's OK, they've gone now. Good.
In an ideal world, I'd keep the car and both kidneys. Jags can be bottomless pits, and there aren't many Jag enthusiasts around - but I only need one!
Reply #4542. Feb 23 12, 7:39 AM
Just a thought Lesley............why not offer it up for sale and see what response you get? Might find the only person between Lands End and John O'Groats who is looking for one of those to restore! |
I am facing a similar problem inasmuch as parts for "plastic pigs" are becoming increasingly hard to come by (according to my "tame mechanic", and I have no reason to doubt his words).
Thus, like you, unless I find an "enthusiast" when time comes to bid it farewell........! Hopefully with "only" 65,000 on clock, and doing around 2-3,000 miles per YEAR, it may outlast me, yet!
As to the "delightful child" you describe, might I suggest first option would be to "smack the little bar"£$%d round the ear"............I mean talk to the child ! Not allowed to admonish them these days I suppose, otherwise a posse of solicitors rubbing their hands with glee will emerge.
Many, many moons ago, I came across this feral bratling who's idea of a good pastime was to throw stones at passing traffic. You can actually stop a motor-bike, and hop off quite quickly when you are in your late 20's.......I did thus and "spoke nicely to him" (he was probably nursing a sore ear for some time to come).
Reply #4543. Feb 23 12, 9:01 AM
|I was thinking of putting it on eBay - collection only! |
Twenty years ago, I was walking through Bedford with my own delightful toddler-sized child. We walked past some huge concrete planters on the pavement. Without warning, someone else's little darling, no humans in sight, sprang out from behind the bushes, and hit mine, who proceeded, naturally enough, to protest. Quite loudly. In a split second I had smacked the brat, and he started protesting loudly too. Only then did I see where its human was. (I use the word "human" loosely.) She was waiting with a pushchair, at a crossing. When she heard her beloved child's mewling, she turned round and shouted at me, wodger wanna goan do thaffor? I wuz gunna do it." Well, you didn't even know where he was - and I did it for you. No, don't thank me - it was no trouble!
Later, I discussed it with a health professional. I hit someone else's untethered brat - am I turning into a violent monster?
"Have you ever done anything like that before?"
"Then you're not. You were standing up for your child. Did you remember to give the other woman your name, address, and phone number?"
Oh dear no - that must have slipped my mind.
"Good. :) "
Reply #4544. Feb 23 12, 9:27 AM
|PS Meant to say that it wouldn't have hurt the ex-neighbours to tell the child not to do it, and see where that got them. I didn't suggest it to her, because I'd have thought that would be the first thing to do. And anyway you can't tell other people how to bring their children up. It has been tried! |
Reply #4545. Feb 23 12, 9:30 AM
C30 my neighbour seems to have noproblems getting spares for his plastic pig, no i dea where he get s them from mind.|
Lesley you did right no matter what any one says :) Managed to get to asda today a struggle but did it, whilst hobbling my way round a kid was running amok, so i said hey get back to mum now not everyone is nice and kid turned tail ran to his mum, went tound the corner and his mum tapped me on the shoulder and said thnk you for that, i keep telling him but never listens to me but he did listen to you, as i was leaving the lad was still with his mum
Reply #4546. Feb 23 12, 10:19 AM
|Ray, have you looked online? Not only is t'interweb spattered with Reliant parts, you will also find t-shirts bearing the legend "Eat - sleep - Reliant Robin" for men and women. So you could treat yourselves to His and Hers t-shirts. I'm sure your wife would love one too. |
Well done Gary, finding a child whose mother didn't scream at you, "How DARE you speak to my child!"
The whole hysterical Stranger Danger campaign was a ludicrous fabrication, created by the press to sell papers, and all it's doing is depriving children of the opportunities to communicate with most of the population, or to develop their own judgement and make their own decisions. IMHO!
There was something in the news a few weeks ago, about teachers complaining that they're getting pupils who aren't house-trained -
- and I'm wondering if they're OK at home, but don't know what to do when they get to school, and are scared to ask their teacher. After all, teachers are strangers when you start school, and we all know that strangers are serial axe murderers. Don't we?
Reply #4547. Feb 23 12, 10:58 AM
Problem with Plastic Pig parts, is that what will fit one, will not fit another. To explain.....granted some parts are interchangeable, most though are not.|
A wiper blade, for example, that fits a 1999 Robin, will not fit earlier models.........headlight bulb for Reliant Rialto, won't fit early marks of Robin, which in turn will not fit later marks. So on and so forth. So, 9 cases out of 10, anything for a pre-1996 model, will not fit mine.! Yes plenty of spares on e-bay, but spares for any specific model???
Reply #4548. Feb 23 12, 11:46 AM
|It sounds as though they did it deliberately, to keep the spares market buoyant - like the market for mobile phone chargers: no two alike. Must be infuriating. |
Update on the M&S trousers: they aren't identical. The colour is slightly flatter and darker, the fabric is slightly thinner, the labels have been moved from the centre back to the side seam - and they haven't provided a spare button. And they have the gall to increase the price - as well as chipping away at customer service - and wonder why business is flagging.
Reply #4549. Feb 23 12, 12:55 PM
Funny how people are so defensive when it comes to rearing their kids (although the same could be said for some siblings)|
Such a shame all strangers get put in the “bad” category (oh… I meant “evil”)
There’s no such thing as “customer service” anymore (if there ever was—not during my short lifetime, surely)
Reply #4550. Feb 23 12, 10:14 PM
|Well of course we all think we know best! |
There is a little customer service, the minimum required to retain our business, but nothing too enthusiastic.
There used to be Quality Control - remember that? Now Quality Control is us.
"Bring it back if there's a problem."
Why can't you check it for problems before I take it home?
Reply #4551. Feb 24 12, 8:07 AM
|My second cousin who had brain surgery was in hospital for a week, came home then went back in. She stayed in for a week, and had daily lumbar punctures to reduce the fluid pressure on her brain. She got home this afternoon. |
I think the whole thing is miraculous. I remember the days before people started saying It's Not Rocket Science, when they used to say It's Not Brain Surgery. (I don't think comparisons with brain surgery were anywhere near as irritating as comparisons with rocket science.)
Reply #4552. Feb 24 12, 6:14 PM
|Going to a local concert this evening. Theme: American composers. Then entertaining a young gentleman. :) |
Reply #4553. Feb 25 12, 1:06 PM
Enjoy the concert tonight lesley, had a near accident today lovely little girl came runniing round a corner nearly knocking me flying if it was not for her mum shouting for her to get back i'd probable gone over, sent the child back to her mum and the mum apologised for her childs behaviour, even the loittle girl said sorry, she is normaly a nice kiddie who wanted to go somewhere and was told no.|
Why i attract kiddies is beyone me but they all seem to like me even when they don't know me.
Good idea re the car Lesley Ebay it collection only
Reply #4554. Feb 25 12, 2:40 PM
|Thanks, Gary. |
That's flattering, isn't it? Glad you didn't go flying!
Reply #4555. Feb 25 12, 4:46 PM
(Why i attract kiddies is beyone me but they all seem to like me even when they don't know me.)|
You must have a gentle, non-threatening look about you. It must be nice to know children will accept you readily.
My husband attracts animals, probably because he ignores them. :)
I've noticed you missing today, Leslie, so I figured you were off enjoying music. I hope the concert was a good one.
Reply #4556. Feb 25 12, 5:16 PM
|Thank you, I was! (And cooking and doing a bit of tidying up. Shhh.) Sprog went to a concert too and stayed behind to socialise but he's on his way now so he'll probably get here about 1am. He suggested leaving it till tomorrow and getting here early. Early? Ha! |
Found this article about sleep. Thought it might be of interest, even comfort, to the insomniacs among us - which I think is most of us.
Reply #4557. Feb 25 12, 5:32 PM
“Why can't you check it for problems before I take it home?”|
Yes, I know it was rhetorical, but I couldn’t resist—first, it would take too much time, second, it might take more money, and third, it would be too easy!
And I have to agree about the rocket science thing (if someone says that to me right now, I may just have to shoot them… just kidding).
Hope you enjoyed the concert.
Reply #4558. Feb 25 12, 10:36 PM
|Why can't you indeed check! That would be good, wouldn't it? |
Thanks, I hoped I'd enjoy the concert too. It was good in parts. In Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, aren't the trumpets all supposed to be playing the same note? at the same time? Ah well. Keep practising. The rest of it was OK, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was very nicely done.
Jonathan's was much better. He's known the soloist for the Elgar Cello Concerto since they first played together fourteen years ago.
Q How was he?
He got here just after 1am. He said he'd like a cup of tea when he arrived but he was shattered and wanted to go straight to bed. So we drank our tea and spent the next two hours looking at pictures and talking about what he was doing at work. He got a lot done today, including clearing out his old dead car, and a lot of things he no longer needs from the house, and he changed the washer on a bath tap. He can come again.
Reply #4559. Feb 26 12, 4:29 PM
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