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  1. Daily Mail, encapsulated here. http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/media/daily-mail-scurrying-about-like-a-horrid-little-spider-20170324124785
  2. The Huffington Post piece attacking Katie Hopkins on this subject - and the Twitter responses - is brilliant!
  3. Like these from the Muslim Council of Britain, you mean? http://www.mcb.org.uk/westminster-attack/ http://www.mcb.org.uk/westminster-attack-call-for-solidarity-and-prayer/ Were apologies demanded of Christians for Anders Breivik?
  4. The perpetrator has been named as a 52 year old man. http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-westminster-attack-man-believed-responsible-named-230160 Meanwhile, people have been mocking Fox News for their usual stance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39365449/people-mock-fox-news-claim-that-terror-attack-shut-down-city
  5. But sadly, you can bet there'll be some that will...
  6. Well, let me relate to you a positive tale of the Muslim community, from a few years ago. At that time, my wife was suffering from kidney failure brought about by septicaemia from an infected pressure sore and, after a spell in intensive care, was now on the wards. Normally a very private person, she did engage in conversation with families: there's not much else to do in hospital after all. An elderly Muslim woman was in the bed opposite her, and the family members got into conversation with my wife. To cut a long story short, having asked if it was okay with her first - the family would pray for my wife at her bedside, and I understand prayers were also said for her at the local mosque. Although my wife's religious convictions were a little flimsy, she took great comfort from all this kindness. Apart from visits by the hospital chaplain, I didn't see much of that kindness towards a stranger from anyone else.
  7. Jay Leno's Garage? Discovered that a few months ago on some Freeview channel and loved it.
  8. The switch in the 9 disconnects the power amp from the pre-amp. I should have been more specific - the two lumps I have are 9Ps and as far as I can tell, a U-link outside makes them a dual mono amp, not a bridged amp.
  9. I did actually think about modding my Alpha 9s to run in "bridge" mode - it'd be a trivial thing to do...
  10. An Arcam A49...?! Eek. The most I can hope to aspire to is a Musical Fidelity M6Si. My B&W Matrix 802s are pretty inefficient so need a lot of drive; the current pair of Arcam Alpha 9s just don't cut it.
  11. I'm thinking of taking my car to a local autobox specialist to have the fluid changed, now the old bus is approaching 200,000 miles (it's been done once before, when the box developed a leak). I'll ask what fluid they plan to put in.
  12. You forgot the obligatory black alloys with stupidly low-profile tyres. Don't like personal plates, for much the same reason as @steveco I have to say. The only one that amused me was seen on a white 1-series about Christmas-tide; S4 NTA.
  13. Damn. Looks like I'll just have to spend some money
  14. Yes, I do; that's what surprised me - the grilles are there, but there's nothing behind them....
  15. It's the bottom of the range one. My car is most kindly described as "poverty spec".
  16. Hmmm. I'm looking at the IFBMW-S system and wondering if it'll fit in an E60. I've lived without tweeters for eight years now; how come both my E34s had them as standard but not my E60?!
  17. Ah, but petrol E60s are so quiet you can hear the beep! I suppose you need this sort of electrickery when you consider that the E60's stop lights act as an extra pair of tail lights when you're not braking - similarly, the rear fog lights. I noticed that Ryder make a special relay box for the modern incarnation of the S-type Jag - a car some towbar manufacturers say can't have a towbar fitted to... Does CANBus really make a difference in terms of weight and wiring, I ask myself?
  18. Oh well, at least I know the standard of workmanship and it wasn't that expensive in terms of bits...
  19. In response to @ROB163 - it would seem that the recall applied only to LCI cars. I spoke to someone who said they'd done a number of E60s, but on further investigation pre-LCI cars don't qualify. And @535iAR - the box at the jaunty angle is indeed the bypass relays for the (non-factory) concealed towbar. It goes 'beep' when I indicate and am towing: oddly, that seems to be enough - no supplementary turn signal lamp in the dash is actually provided now, unlike my E34. The white blob of glue probably held it in place once, but not any more! See http://www.rydertowing.co.uk/products/towing-relays-monitors/smart-bypass-relays/tf2218-7h
  20. As promised, a couple of photos. The first is the Micro Power Module. As before, it's been wrapped up in a plastic bag to avoid what happened the last time the boot turned into a paddling pool, which was this: The saw-marks and the melting of the polystyrene occurred when the previous one overheated due to being drowned and melted itself into the spare wheel tray. It had to be sawn out. A long, long time ago I mentioned that I could smell frying electronics when I came to my car - this was where it came from. @Tuvoc, as far as I know the purpose of the MPM is to manage battery consumption and put the car to 'sleep' when you lock up and leave it.
  21. Okay, as promised, here's photos of the mod I did. As found, the cluster and the connector were both burnt badly around the earth return contact. As I binned both the items and replaced them, sorry - no pictures. The first picture shows both the supplementary earth wire exiting the cluster, and the replacement spliced into the loom to replace the brittle and burnt piece. You can follow the wire down from the cluster to the earth block below; both sides of the car have similar blocks and they use a small crimp terminal available from your dealer. This picture shows the supplementary earth wire attached to the steel straps that form the connections in the cluster. You can solder easily to these, but you must file the plating off first. I provided appropriate retention of the additional wire with small cable ties, but due to a lack of the correct size grommet I didn't fit those to the cluster housing. It's just a few minutes' work - I took my time to do as good a job as I can manage, but the bonus is equally-illuminated lights at the rear. Hope this helps
  22. In my case, my first car was a Renault 16, where the lights seemed much brighter than the family Zodiac with its 'Prince of Darkness' sealed beams. The lights got even brighter - albeit temporarily - when the alternator started shoving out 16 volts! At the time, it was all the rage to see if you could retrofit halogen bulbs into the fittings (they were drop-in replacements), but the major concern was the heat they generated. As it stood, the 16 was shortly replaced by an 18 that had the fancy new halogen bulbs as standard so that mod (and getting another alternator off the scrappy) never got carried out. IIRC the 16TX was the first Renault to have 'QI' (Quartz Iodine) bulbs as standard. Paggers is right, though - we are still here to tell the tale, so they can't have been as bad as made out. Maybe we were just better at using the dipswitch where appropriate...
  23. It's a box of trouble that sits in the polystyrene foam moulding in the paddling pool spare wheel tray - p/n 61359266274. I'll take a photo of it and post it, I've got to snap some photos for dotcom1970 later of the supplementary earth mod I did to my rear lights also.
  24. Indeed - see http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/vauxhall/98596/psa-vauxhallopel-takeover-the-general-motors-deal-and-what-it-means-for-vauxhall GM's closing their Australian factories this year... https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/13/holden-announces-date-for-last-car-to-roll-out-of-adelaide-plant Funnily enough, I actually saw a few Renault Samsungs in Paris and laughed much the same as you! Yes, it is the Laguna successor. What I didn't realise was that the DS-badged Citroëns are now treated as a separate, premium marque; they split away.
  25. If I might just put my geek cap on for a moment, PSA aren't buying General Motors - they're buying Vauxhall Opel, the European bit. One thing I noticed when I worked in Paris last summer was how the motor vehicle of choice for your average Parisian was a Citroën (never seen so many black C5s!) with Peugeot a close second and Renault somewhat behind. The lucky so-and-so's get the Renault Talisman over there, of course. Didn't see a single DS, but I saw a 1700cc Mk. 1 Capri! Oh, and there are loads of Autolib' electric spot-hire cars everywhere!