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Member postings for martin perman

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Thread: Highway Code
08/01/2022 21:32:40

Like Peter I've towed caravans and trailers most of my driving life and I've never exceeded the required speed limits but I get really wound up when in the outside lane in my car traveling at 70 being flashed by a van or car with a trailer in tow, they haven't a clue. My brother and I were on our way home back one Saturday on the M25 to Bedford with an empty four wheeled car trailer we owned in tow when for some unknown reason the tail started wagging the dog and I found myself using all three lanes going from lock to lock trying to stop the car we eventually came to a halt on the hard shoulder, my brother spotted that two artics had blocked all three lanes to give us a chance of using the road. He almost had to peel my hands off the steering wheel because I'd been gripping so tight. when we got home we checked the trailer and could find nothing wrong with it and the car was certainly capable, a 1.8GLi Cavalier. We sold the trailer as we didn't trust it anymore.

My job meant many miles traveling and at least once a month during the summer I would see wrecked caravans or jack knifed trailers. A couple of years ago on our way back up the M3 my mate and I had a tyre blow on the trailer front axle and even that made the car waggle so I'm very aware when towing, its a shame others aren't.

Martin P.

06/01/2022 13:36:54

I was chatting to a locum chemist who was working in the chemist where I work and he told me he had just passed his test, I asked him had he and his friends been taught what the pretty orange lights do on cars, he replied yes because we have to learn the theory, so I asked why do people not use them and his immediate response was they most likely do what I've done, I've passed, thrown the highway code away and drive as I wish, he is a well educated young man who just doesn't give a s**t.

Martin P

Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
30/12/2021 19:23:43
Posted by Mick B1 on 30/12/2021 16:48:21:

It's true the roads are busier now and very many businesses are operating on tighter just-in-time schedules than they used to, but there are still times for an easy cruise down the motorways.

Usually between 23:00 and 04:00 on the way back from Scotland down the A1

Martin P

29/12/2021 22:36:03

In the last 20 years of working I managed 35,000 to 40,000 miles a year as a Service Engineer all over the country and sometimes in Europe, I loved driving and still do, but I was always in a hurry to get somewhere and get home, today I'm no longer in a hurry as long as I get there and as its my fuel I drive for economy.

In the last two years I didn't go near motorways until last October and my first drive on the M1 had me nervous as I got used to the driving technique I was used to when working, I couldn't believe how fast I was having to drive to be safe, I felt better on the way home and have since done the journey again recently.

Martin P

Thread: What is it please
28/12/2021 12:30:24

I have one of these from my grandfather, have used it on small work, will have to look to see who made it, does anybody know what the material is inside, i've just bought anther Mamod steam engine and boiler and was wondering what's in the burner as it looks like it needs replacing.

Martin P.

Thread: Speed Camera Flashes?
27/12/2021 12:18:29

Most speedo's are set 10% fast but be careful when using your Sat Nav as there is approx 4 second delay between you passing a speed limit sign and your Sat Nav changing to the new speed.

Martin P

Thread: Guided bus lane
24/12/2021 19:23:05


I live in Bedfordshire and we have the same Local news as Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, see attached Bereaved family relieved over Cambridge busway closure - BBC News

Martin P

23/12/2021 16:53:32

Look East announced to day on the lunch time news that the Cambridge Guided Bus Lane is being temporarily closed to address safety matters after two recent deaths.

Martin P

Thread: Android GO
12/12/2021 18:55:05

I have one of these, NUU Mobile A5L N5501L - Phone Specifications & Features ( does everything I want it to, cost £70 two years ago, works with 4G, takes reasonable pictures, its my second one as I tried to teach the first how to swim smiley

Martin P

Thread: A nice find
07/12/2021 10:20:11

Its a sliding door which reveals two adjustment spanners.

Martin P

05/12/2021 18:56:02


if I had a brain I would be dangerous, never dawned on me to unscrew the barrel smiley

Martin P

05/12/2021 14:50:56

Thor, Yes I got it for what I am happy with, Johnathan, I thought 7.5" was a strange number but that's what my Vernier measured it at fully assembled with the longest rod and spacer. I couldn't remember the correct name

Martin P

05/12/2021 13:24:35


In the next village to me there are two Garden Centres and one of them has a Antique Business in one of its buildings, I usually visit about once a month as he sometimes has some old clocks that interest me, he usually has a few boxes of tools, most not of interest but my last visit had me return home with three toolmakers clamps and a few other goodies.

Yesterday I wondered along to the centre and nice set of engineers compasses and a scriber stand caught my eye, I went to haggle the price and the owner presented to me a wooden box with lids top and bottom and a carry handle at one end, opening one lid I found three micrometers 0-1, 1-2 and a 2-3, two are made by Brown & Sharpe and the third was made by Ambrose & Shardlow Sheffield, I'd never heard of this company so a search was done when I got home.

Turning the box over and opening the other lid was a Starrett Bore micrometer various extension from 2" to 7.5", after a quick haggle it was mine including the other items.




Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 05/12/2021 13:25:32

Thread: Is there a demand for Whitworth tools?
04/12/2021 07:30:20

I restore and show Lister Petrol Stationary engines and the threads on these engines are all Whitworth so I use these spanners but I'm always looking for the tools with the Lister name on them, over the years I have collected a few but always looking for anything marked Lister.

Martin P

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
01/12/2021 21:11:00

As a insulin injecting Diabetic I have to renew my licence every three years, I've done this since 2015, at the beginning of this year I received a reminder and went on line for the first time and failed for the same reasons of others, my passport is no longer current and will not be renewed so I filled in the paperwork and posted it off, in eight days I had my new licence.

Martin P

Thread: Eletronic Prescriptions
26/11/2021 20:36:37

I might be slightly biased here, I work for a local Pharmacy on a part time basis, twenty hrs every two weeks, I share the job with another gentleman. I use the doctors web site which I log into every couple of weeks for my wife and I and its random as well, I'm presented with my medication, fifteen items, which have a box to tick if I can order them, no box if I cant, at the bottom of the page there is a comments box if I require items that don't at that time have a tick box. I start by writing good morning I have run out of the following/or soon to and end with thank you. I print a copy so that I know what I've ordered and click send, If I send on the Friday I can walk into the chemist for work on the following Monday and I'm sometimes given my drugs etc or its waiting to be prepared. In all the time I've been diabetic I've only once, a few months ago, not received anything and that was for the needles for my injections and this was because of supply issues by the manufacturer, there are many other manufacturers so with the doctors permission I had another make.

My chemist is ordering and receiving stock on a daily basis, every order is next day deliver but occasionally there is a shortage, this is sometimes topped up by generic items, the items are delivered by me and I have to face verbal annoyance because the generic tablet doesn't "work" even though under law it has to be manufactured exactly the same as the licenced manufacturer created it. The next issue is the verbal abuse the staff in the shop get from customers because the chemist hasn't done their prescription because they haven't received it from the doctors or the ten minute wait for the drugs because the staff and chemist are knee deep in paperwork from the doctors.

Martin P

Thread: Spot the oddity
07/11/2021 19:24:00

I own a 1924 Ruston Hornsby 2 1/2 HP open crank with the vacuum operated inlet valve and I use the valve to allow me to crank the engine up without trying to overcome the compression to start it.

Martin P

Thread: Replacement for thunderbird (emails)
04/11/2021 10:00:59


After reading your posts K J Kroeker's I found out how to opt out of S mode and have now got Thunderbird up and running.

Thank you all,

Martin P

03/11/2021 20:56:20


Can anybody give me a replacement for Thunderbird, I bought a new computer just over a week ago and this weekend I got around to setting it up then yesterday morning I got a DPC Watchdog Violation which froze the computer tried,supposedly, to sort out the issue, after two plus hours I turned the computer off and after an hour I restarted it, all that happened was the fan started and the CAPS Locking button lamp was flashing so the computer went back to Currys who happily replaced the computer, they didn't have any more of the HP model i'd bought so I had another which cost me another £50, an upgrade so I'm still happy.

I've been setting it up and tried to load Thunderbird but the computer wont accept it, it says I have to turn Windows 10s off which it doesnt want me to do so i'm now looking for a replacement

Martin P

Thread: Anyone updated to Windows11 yet ?
01/11/2021 22:44:18

My week old laptop got W 11 updates yesterday, in relation to my old laptop, both HP machine its considerably quicker but I dont think thats because of W 11 and I dont know whats changed. I have gone from Chrome to Edge not that I can see much different yet.

Martin P

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