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    Mitsubishi Outlander GX4hs

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  1. don't you just love subtle humour?
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    Vulpine visitor

    The boss and I were working in the garden today when a fox emerged from the hedge and sat watching us. Eventually he went behind an empty cold frame and lay basking in the sun. I went for a camera and took a few pictures, but eventually I got too close and he disappeared back into the hedge.
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    Test drove one of these yesterday

    How things change. I can remember a whole series of adverts from Rolls Royce boasting about how quiet they were. It included one that claimed that the ticking of the clock was the loudest noise you would hear.
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    Test drove one of these yesterday

    My Outlander has a quiet warning signal that switches on at low speeds so it's not silent when in areas likely to have pedestrians. However, pedestrians can be quite careless and I do look out carefully for them. A few days ago I was driving on a country lane with no footpaths. I was approaching some minor road works that were coned off and narrowed the road. A pedestrian was walking towards the roadworks with his back to me (he should have been on the side of the road that faces oncoming traffic). Without looking round, he walked onto the centre of the right hand side of the road to pass the roadworks. I slowed behind him and followed him through the roadworks. My impression was that until I passed him on the far side of the roadworks he was completely unaware of my vehicle.
  5. What a lot of rust!
  6. I wonder if Boadicea is driving it?
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    Michelin Primacy 4 or Pilot Sport 4

    Absolutely right, but have you looked at the data? There have been various tests that show how little difference it makes. For example "Consumer Reports conducted a study comparing nitrogen versus air loss in tires to determine if this benefit of nitrogen was worth the extra cost. They used 31 pairs of various tire models, filled one tire of each pair to 30 psi with air and the other to the same pressure with nitrogen, then left them outside for a year. At the end of the year, they found that all tires lost pressure. The average pressure loss with air was 3.5 psi; with nitrogen the average loss was 2.2 psi – a difference of 1.3 psi over a year". And of course, if you check your tyre pressures regularly and top up when necessary, there is no difference at all. Lets suppose that you have a TPMS and you decide to top up when the pressure has fallen by 1 psi. Based on the Consumer Reports figures, if you have air in your tyres, you'll need to top up roughly once in four months. With nitrogen the equivalent figure is about once in six months. Of course, this assumes that you don't get a leaky valve, or a puncture, or decide to change your tyre pressures to correct for tyre wear, or change your "cold" pressure to correct for seasonal changes in ambient temperature, or use a tyre rotation routine that involves changing tyre pressures on front and rear tyres. And of course if you are using air, any changes are just a question of sticking on that little inflator that we all carry for emergencies. There are more places offering nitrogen now but it can still be a pain to find one.
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    Michelin Primacy 4 or Pilot Sport 4

    F1 and aircraft use nitrogen because it is dry and inert. They both operate at the extremes of performance and this makes even marginal advantage worth while. There is no similar benefit for my daily drive. The only explanation that I have seen for the early wheel changes on the Veyron is that the tyres are glued to the rims and they will not re-glue more than a small number of times. I don't know of any corrosive form on nitrogen. I worked in a hydraulics laboratory for a time where we used bottled nitrogen for every gas inflation task (because it's dry and inert). I never saw it corrode anything.
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    Michelin Primacy 4 or Pilot Sport 4

    Nitrogen makes complete sense for F1 cars and aeroplanes, but until I have an F1 car or an aeroplane in my garage, I'll not be bothering with Nitrogen . . . . . :-)
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    Michelin Primacy 4 or Pilot Sport 4

    You and I have discussed this before Tony and I can only repeat that the nitrogen issue is a big red herring. Both air and nitrogen are perfect gases and if you substitute one for the other in the gas equations you get exactly the same answer when looking at the relationship of temperature and pressure for gas in a closed vessel. The perceived differences arise because nitrogen is generated and stored in a way that does not allow water to contaminate the gas. Whereas the gas that is used to inflate road car tyres is generally just atmospheric "air" that has been passed through a compressor. The stuff that we breathe is not pure, dry air, but a mixture of air with some small quantities of other gases such as carbon dioxide, but most significantly with a variable quantity of water vapour present. Compressing atmospheric air gets rid of quite a lot of the water (watch the maintenance routine on a compressor and it's not unusual to see several litres of water drained from the receiver) but some of it gets through to our tyres. Water vapour is not a perfect gas and a tyre with a significant amount of water vapour present will give a greater change of pressure for a fixed change of temperature. But, but, but, although the change of pressure for a fixed change of temperature is less in a nitrogen filled tyre, it is not true to say that there is no change of pressure at all. Given how difficult it is to completely fill a tyre with nitrogen and to maintain it in that state, I have grave doubts whether it is worth the hassle for normal road use. I am surprised that the nitrogen red-herring is still swimming. Practical Motoring did an item on it two or three years ago called something like "Should I put nitrogen in my tyres" . Their answer was a pretty resounding "no" and they challenged the other side to answer their arguments. I don't think anyone did.
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    Michelin Primacy 4 or Pilot Sport 4

    I'm really struggling with this. I've always thought that setting tyre pressures for varied road use is not an exact science, since the actual pressure achieved while driving is subject to so many environmental variables. I have tyre pressure sensors on my car that output to a dashboard display so that I know what pressure is in each individual tyre while I'm driving. The pressure variation during a journey can be quite large. Yesterday for example when I took the car out of the garage, the tyres that had been on the cool side of the garage were showing 37 psi. The tyres on the other side were showing 38 psi. By the time I had driven a few hundred yards, all the tyres were showing 38 psi. I drove about 6 miles to a public car park and when I stopped, three of my tyres were showing 40 psi while the rear tyre on the shaded side of the car was showing 39 psi. There were similar variations on the way home. I can't say that I noticed any significant difference in the handling of the vehicle but I was driving quite gently on speed restricted rural roads. I do find it quite difficult to see how 1 psi in setting up can make such a difference when the environmental "noise" due to temperature effects can cause pressure changes that are much bigger than 1 psi.
  12. It could be a Bismarck flying fox or one of its close relatives. They are big fruit bats from Australia, New Guinea etc.
  13. It doesn't look as though it will be very good for the long term health of the dog.
  14. Spinning a curved form from a flat sheet. When I worked at A V Roe in the late 1940s we made nose cones for the Anson using this method. We did it by hand, but it's done by CNC now. Google on "spinning metal cones" and you'll find a few videos showing the process.
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    Garden Birds

    All the finches seem to like sunflower kernels, but I find that their habits change. It's not long since Goldfinches would eat nothing but nyger, but now they go straight to the sunflower seeds. We get the occasional Sparrow Hawk in the garden, but the smaller birds seem to keep a good lookout for them. The cats are more of a problem for the ground feeding birds. I often find the remains of a Wood Pigeon and I saw a cat take a female Blackbird recently.
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