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Bill

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Bill last won the day on April 7

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  1. This is getting a bit far removed from motorways but there has to a limit to how much use can be made of unreliable sources like wind and solar. When the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine, we still need power so for the immediate future we have to keep a certain amount of the dirty stuff until a solutions found. Bill
  2. just to pick up on a couple of points. Obs, the red cross lane closure signs have been ignored by impatient drivers long before anyone dreamed of smart motorways and fines for ignoring them given the potential for serious injury, imo was long overdue. Secondly on the idea of the power companies buying batteries as a means of storing electricity? Well as far as I know, they do do it, but only on a very small scale because the cost is prohibitive and in any case it'd need to be paid for by a massif increase in everyone's bills. But if they did do this and everyone does end up with electric cars, then you'd have twice as many batteries as needed, so they'd have wasted peoples money buying them in the fist place. Did that make sense? Bill
  3. Bill

    Texas

    Must have been really painful as I heard you and I'm still here in Warrington. As regards the route it's 3 nights San Antonio / 2 nights Austin / 1 night Fort worth / 2 Eureka Springs / 2 Hot Springs / 2 Natchez / 3 New Orleans / 2 Houston. Total distance is just over 2k miles so it's one of our shorter journeys. Not quite sure of the dates but its sometime the back end of August. Bill
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    Texas

    Well Stallard, after all the plan changing that our friends went through, they eventually came to the same conclusion as you in that New England is pretty but also pretty expensive. So the planned Texas road trip is back on but unfortunately we seem to be taking a route that's a bit too far out to pay you a visit. Bill
  5. Seems reasonable enough to me because it's a critical safety instruction not an advisory and anyone who ignores it deserves to be fined. Bill:)
  6. Suppose if you're a regular bus user rather than a car driver, then the move to the former British Home Stores location makes sense. Bill
  7. One man eating lion to the other. "How was the man food today?" "Better than usual because this one was poached!" Bill
  8. I don't think it could at the moment but you're right because driving at an inappropriate speed for the conditions is far more dangerous than going slightly above a limit set in some office. Some of the tech advances such as radar braking / speed and lane control are fantastic, making it almost impossible to have an accident. But it does worry me that taking away the necessity to concentrate while driving could lull someone into a false sense of security and lead to tiredness. Bill
  9. Bill

    TV dramas ?

    Yep got all that but unfortunately I'm not the one doing the route planning this time so I'm not sure where our route will take us as yet. Texas is a part of the US that I've never been to so not really sure how the land lies or what to expect other than the fact it'll likely be a bit warm even in September when we plan to visit. Bill
  10. Well you hardly need a limiter on your's Sid! Both mine are a bit quicker, one limited to 140 and the other to 183, not that either ever gets much above the limit. 😉 From what I've read though, there does seem to be some confusion between the EU and the department for transport as to whether these devices will actually slow you down or just issue an alert. Either way it does say that while they must be fitted to new cars in 2022, at that point their use will be optional via a defeat switch. I suspect that teething problems will make this switch a necessity, I can't see how car manufactures like BMW Ferrari etc are ever going to sell cars like this but I suppose it does bring a whole new meaning to the term limited edition. Bill
  11. Bill

    TV dramas ?

    I put some of this down to me just getting old. I'm pretty sure that as we get older, we tend to speak that bit slower and this probably works the other way around as well in that our ears and brains can't quite deal with the fast patter of a younger generation. Bill BTW Stallard, where about in Texas are you? as I think I'll be flitting around your area later in the year.
  12. These days, virtually all sat navs are aware of the local speed limits so using this type of technology, it should be possible to limit the speed of a car on virtually any road but whether this would be a good idea or not would depend on how it's implemented. I reckon that the vast majority of people wouldn't be that bothered given that the majority of drivers drive sensibly anyway but I just hope any limiter doesn't have a fixed hard limit. A few days ago, a lorry driver obviously didn't see me passing in his blind spot and started moving out just as I was about level with his cab. Fortunately I was able to boot it, which did take me well over the limit for a few seconds but I probably wouldn't be here now to tell this tale if I was prevented from doing this. Bill
  13. I don't think I'd be happy with anything that would prevent me from accelerating where it makes sense to do so, even if it does mean occasionally exceeding the limits. A safer way might be some device that simply monitors how long and by what amount anyone has spent driving over the limits. This way, safety isn't compromised and only persistent offenders end up paying. My old Alfa has a warning screen and a really annoying beep if I go above 80 mph which has worked pretty well at keeping points off my licence while on the motorway. It'd be even better though if it could to do this automatically for other limits. Bill
  14. Well according to the graph, we've got the same amount of rain now that we had back at the turn of the century but shared by twice as many people. So either we've not created enough reservoirs to keep up with growth or Observer is spending too long in the shower. The easy option is always to do nowt and blame the public or even better, blame the climate because that can't argue back. The problem as I see it is that nobody want's to spend money on something that isn't a problem right now. If we did spend money now on more reservoirs, people wouldn't see any benefit and just moan about their bills going up. Then in fifty years time when the taps do'n't run dry, nobody would say thank you very much for a problem that we haven't got. Don't spend the money and again, people won't see any benefit but at least there'd be no moaning. But in fifty years time when the taps run dry, people will moan but at least they'll be more receptive to money being spent. Either way, people will moan and although the first option seems more logical, it's unlikely to happen. Bill
  15. The Romans managed to move water over great distances centuries ago and they did it without anything like we have at our disposal so where do we go wrong? Bill
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