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  1. About to take the FW Special Edition plunge...

    Welcome to the club and good luck with the build. What ratio steering rack have you specified? You want a quick rack; mine's 2.4 turns lock to lock. I had been hoping to be back on road 01 March after Winter SORN but with Spring delayed, plenty snow on the way and temperatures not exceeding 3C during the day until after 08 March I will delay putting the car back on the road and I do have a heater, although arthritis means I no longer use the hood as can't get in when it's on. Club membership will pay for itself with Insurance discounts as well as technical advice etc.
  2. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/lance-armstrong-to-be-allowed-to-use-everyone-was-doping-as-defence-in-100m-fraud-trial-360847 Seriously?? Will Armstrong's lawyer be able to prove all competitors were doping? Possibly just those who finished in the top 10 with the benefit of performance enhancing drugs. The $100Mn fraud trial was due to start Nov 2017 but delayed until 07 May 2018 as Armstrong's lawyer was unavailable. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/14/lance-armstrong-lawsuit-government-fraud
  3. And was a 20-year-old TVR Chimaera.
  4. Is it just me? Car advertising

    Brunel's solutions to engineering problems aren't comparable with ticking boxes on a car order form.
  5. Zetec receipt needed

    I wonder how much money is wasted doing jobs twice; whether it be Civil Service, Police, Courts, NHS, Brexit merry-go-round etc......... I'd recommend that woodneyuk emails DVLA ( https://live.email-dvla.service.gov.uk/w2c/en_gb/decisions/root ) to ensure the agreement isn't lost or forgotten and he has a proven trail and names agreeing to the 18 plate.
  6. Is it just me? Car advertising

    I guess many like to feel their car is unique and car makers are now quoting vast numbers of options, which can greatly increase the vehicle cost. I recall in the 70s Ford offered 27 options on the Escort and British Leyland (40% of UK car market then) had hardly any on their models; indeed you had to go upmarket to specify cloth instead of vinyl seats. We know who won the sales battle. A combination of incompetent management and bolshy unions meant little change at BL and ultimate decline.
  7. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    Some asthma medicines are allowed with T.U.E. doctors line, some without (within limits of use) and some would result in a ban ie Alberto Contador clenbuterol belated ban meant deleting him as 2010 TDF and 2011 Giro winner http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/contadors-clenbuterol-case-in-brief-47454 Snooker and lager legend Bill Werbeniuk could not take beta blockers as drug is banned. Werbeniuk suffered from an hereditary nervous disease (or so he and his doctors claimed) which caused his hands to shake. The only solution which allowed him to participate in his trade was drink. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1419706/Bill-Werbeniuk.html a fantastic read.
  8. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    This is the very nub of the problem as I see it; genuine asthmatics do sometimes need emergency salbutamol inhalations to widen airways during an asthma attack but many asthmatics do successfully avoid asthma attacks by regular inhalations of corticosteroids (say fluticasone) to inhibit inflammation of the bronchial tubes. To administer the salbutamol inhalation the method is expel air from lungs, then after shaking the inhaler place it to the mouth, press to activate and breathe in the drug and hold breath for 10 seconds; then repeat. Just how easy is this breath holding when cycling in the peleton as pictures exist of this happening? I can't recall asthmatic Mark Spitz using his emergency inhaler mid-race whilst swimming to an Olympic gold medal.. I had to laugh at Blatman nicking the bike.
  9. Another MOT question. Q Reg

    To add to the bonnet debate is the Audi A2. What do MOT testers do here?
  10. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    Sorry to learn about your friend Blatman. My late father had TB as a young man. From newspaper Le Monde 13 Dec 2017-----Salbutamol is approved by inhalation below a certain threshold but banned by oral route or by injection. Salbutamol is part of a family of molecules known to act on muscle receptors and increase muscle mass. They have in parallel the property of dilating the bronchi. But they will only act on these muscle receptors when they are administered systemically, that is to say by intramuscular injection, intravenous or oral. By inhalation, the molecules remain in the bronchi. The amount that then enters the body is really very, very low. There is no effect on muscle mass. This is the reason why these molecules are authorized by inhalation. So are some athletes really asthmatic or is the inhaler merely a prop to be seen by spectators and officials? The investigation will continue. More asthma at Winter Olympics http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43124700 'Slovenia ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic sent home from the Winter Olympics tested positive for asthma medication fenoterol the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) said'. The very serious side of this is not simply that competitors, sponsors and the public could be cheated (I don't believe all are doping) but that idiot employers assume that asthma is nothing (ask me how I know) as you can win medals with the condition and fail to realise that if not correctly controlled it is life- threatening with 3 deaths per day in UK.
  11. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    From https://www.wada-ama.org/en/content/what-is-prohibited/prohibited-at-all-times/beta-2-agonists --- Inhaled salbutamol: maximum 1600 micrograms over 24 hours; in divided doses not to exceed 800 micrograms over 12 hours starting from any dose; The presence in urine of salbutamol in excess of 1000 ng/mL is not consistent with therapeutic use of the substance and will be considered as an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) unless the Athlete proves, through a controlled pharmacokinetic study, that the abnormal result was the consequence of a therapeutic dose (by inhalation) up to the maximum dose indicated above. Seems the new limit, accounting for dehydration, is to be 1200 ng/mL. Froome test result is the highest yet published for an athlete (AFAIAA) at 2000ng/ml. Many cyclists I've met have been very stupid but multi million earnings allow hiring talented doctors. Recent deaths of cyclists in their twenties are a concern http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42987035 Double Olympic Deacathlon gold medallist Dale Thomson was famously anti-drugs and wouldn't even take tablets for a headache. After the Armstrong years the public need to know if what they are watching is real.
  12. see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-43056769 Is Geoffrey (Buttercup) up for this in his westie?
  13. How ill do you have to be to be an athlete?

    With unverified reports of athletes injecting (rather than inhaling) salbutamol to achieve ergogenic effects (to enhance physical performance, stamina, or recovery) and with laboratories struggling to tell which route of administration has been used should asthma drugs be banned? If you are too ill to compete then perhaps it's not for you; at least during an asthmatic event. Following Froome's double the legal level of salbutamol in his urine as shown in 07 Sep 2017 drug test at 2017 La Vuelta (which Froome won 7 weeks after winning the 2017 TDF) he continues to race and to prepare his defence. Team Sky were notified of the test failure on 20 Sep 2017 and the news became public on 13 Dec 2017 following a Guardian and Le Monde investigation. 13 Feb 2018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/42417297 'Froome and Team Sky have mentioned dehydration....can increase the concentration of a drug in the system. In the past, Wada has not adjusted the salbutamol threshold in test results to account for "high urine density", which can increase when you are dehydrated. But that is changing from 1 March 2018, and a Wada spokesperson told BBC Sport that for any case currently being adjudicated, "the most beneficial rule to the athlete would apply'. Froome could be the first to benefit from this adjustment, unavailable to previous riders. With Froome set to race the 2018 Giro starting 04 May 2018 (less than 10 weeks away) the organisers have stated they don't want him to start if a later drugs ban would cancel his result, yet Team Sky have indicated he will ride Giro and TDF, possibly while the case rumbles on. He and a team of lawyers are constructing a case to prove there is a legitimate reason a urine sample given during the Vuelta a España last September indicated double the permitted amount of the asthma drug salbutamol. Team Sky and Froome have not proved popular and there have been regrettable incidents of spectators throwing urine in Froome's face. The Independent previously asked how sweet was the taste of victory (TDF) with a cup of urine in your face? Will spectators be more accepting in the current circumstances? Latest news is 15 Feb 2018 http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/chris-froome-return-ruta-del-sol-cycling-a8212451.html Headline-- Chris Froome's low-key return in the Spanish sunshine did not mask the storm brewing ahead. Here's hoping for the sake of cycling this can be resolved fairly and very swiftly as the cycling record books have been scarred enough with deletion of winners in the past. TO CLARIFY for those not following cycling, Froome is not suspended for doping but is required to explain a test result with double the allowed level of salbutamol in his urine.
  14. Repeat: Ladybird Book - The Policeman

    Great stuff. Many thanks Scott.
  15. Age of Westfield Model

    Caveat emptor. THE END.