Iceweasel

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Iceweasel last won the day on February 4 2012

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About Iceweasel

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    Birdwatching, Fishing, Motor-Sport,
    'Storming' Alpine Passes,
    Humanitarian Aid.
  1. This appeared recently in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/11552932/Hero-Renault-driver-blocks-undertaking-idiot-in-a-Mercedes.html The Highway Code rule 134 says we should merge in turn, but what often happens is that drivers immediately move into the lane that will stay open - leaving an empty lane for perhaps 800 yds or whatever advance warning distance was given. Is it not better to use both lanes right up to the merging point, where the cones will be, then merge in turn in zip-like fashion? Any thoughts? My thoughts are that both drivers in the Telegraph clip are contributing to what could develop into a nasty piece of road rage. But is the M-Benz driver right to expect to drive past a line of queueing traffic when the left lane is clear? Was the Renault driver a 'hero' for blocking the left hand lane? What would the Traffic 'Rats' make of such an example of bad driving? Any advice for how to behave in a merging situation?
  2. Is my trailer too big?

    Ah well, that'll be because your 'trailer' is well within the maximum capacity. LOL
  3. Is my trailer too big?

    Thanks for that Rudi, and that's what I intend doing. My question is am I committing any offence by driving a combination with a trailer which has a 'capability' of exceeding the GTW. I have no fear at all of being stopped and taken to a weigh-bridge. I'll always be well within the GTW. I can't find anywhere that states it's OK to pull a 2 tonne capacity trailer as long as it isn't loaded past the GTW of the towing vehicle.
  4. Is my trailer too big?

    Hi guys I need some help/advice please. I’m having a problem getting my head round some of the info on the gov.uk web-site. For several years I have been towing a trailer with a M-Benz Sprinter. The Sprinter has a GVW of 2800kg and a GTW of 4800kg. The trailer has a manufacturer’s plate giving the max gross as 2000kg. I’m over 60 and have held a full car licence since the mid-sixties – so it shows B, BE, C1, C1E, D1, D1E etc. So far so good, perfect in fact, but ….. I would also like to occasionally tow the trailer with a BMW car having a GVW of 1980kg and a GTW of 3780kg so that would mean that the max permissible weight of the trailer exceeds the max towing capacity of the car by 200kg. I have no intention of ever loading the trailer to the max of 2000kg with the BMW but am I legal towing it within the limits of the car’s GTW? I will more than likely be towing a total of nearer 1400kg rather than the 1800kg that BMW allow. Is it the max permissible weight of the trailer that I need to go by (which is too high for the car) or rather the actual weight which will be much less? I have read and re-read the gov.uk info several times and I have to reluctantly admit defeat – I’m confused. I enquired at a caravan agent and he said that I had a choice of perhaps down-plating my trailer (which I don’t want to do because I still want to use the capacity with the Sprinter) But he said I should be OK due to my age and licence. I don’t like the 'should' bit – I want to be sure.
  5. Using Snow-Chains in UK

    I have a set of snow chains which I carry with me when I go to Austria in the winter. I see that my local Lidl is selling 9mm lightweight chains this winter. What are the rules for using them in the UK? I know there are no laws like in the Alpine countries saying there are times of the year you must have them and fit them if necessary - but are there any laws in the UK specifically prohibiting someone using them here? I feel that if the roads are white with snow then it's OK to fit them - especially in rural areas. Of course I would be taking them off as soon as I reached a 'black' road again. A friend has said they are 'illegal' unless the road has 2" of snow and is 'untreated'. I asked him if he expected me to measure the snow before fitting my chains. I can imagine that even with chains I wouldn't get very far in most parts of the UK as the roads would be blocked or jammed with other cars without chains. Any views or can you refer me to any relevant regs?
  6. Ahem! Can I be the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary, please? I am not a currently serving police officer. I have no UK police training whatsoever. I have no UK police qualifications whatsoever. But .......... I have a profound understanding of policing. and ......... I have a cunning plan to greatly reduce costs. and ......... I'm a friend of Theresa May. So I am eminently qualified for the post. What's the bonus for increasing efficiency with less staff did you say?
  7. FOG LIGHTS

    Take photos of all the damage to the bike and your clothing. Take a photo of the dislodged kerbstone and print off the google page too. Send them off to the local council who have a duty to maintain the kerbs in good repair. Tell them you are going to purchase replacements and/or repairs where possible and that you intend claiming re-imbursment from them. I claimed a new front wheel and tyre from Edinburgh City Council and they paid up within 2 weeks. The fact you were dazzled by an inconsiderate unthinking driver was only what kicked this incident off - the real damage was caused by lack of maintainance of the kerb.
  8. Forces and military discussion topic

    Went in the day after the NATO bombing stopped - as part of the NATO Operation Joint Guardian (Agricola 1) - and was immediately seconded to the French Camp at Skenderaj - as it seemed that the Froglets ( those who would have been 18 year old conscripts - but were caught out by the then new French 'voluntary' Rendez-vous Programme) didn't know their ar*e from their elbow when it came to UN/NATO tents. So I'm supremely experienced in shouting at French teenagers (in French) how to put the tent frames together the right way up. Good enough guys the French enlisted 'squaddies' though - food was out of this world - 5 star Michelin Chefs an all. We even had a not very hush-hush group of Foreign Legion guys - they were interviewed on NBC and Skye News - but they wouldn't touch the tents. After the tents were up we had to winterize them - a bit difficult as they were 2nd hand tents with holes for the air-con that they had in Iraq the first time round. I was kept busy with the rations from the UNHCR in Mitrovica (the old battery factory) and routinely delivering them to the villagers up the Drenica Valley in 10 remote villages that had been decimated. The Ghurkas were there too. Landed up with German contingent at the end and finally pulled out in September 2003. Thankfully I wasn't sent back in March 2004 when hostilities broke out again.
  9. Forces and military discussion topic

    Those sound like useful skills. I spend 4 years in Kosovo valleys putting up hundreds of UN 20 man tents and delivering food parcels and hygiene kits with a draughty LandRover. I was very good at it as I had spent 6 years in Bosnia a bit earlier learning how to do exactly those same tasks. Funny that. So when the next round of ethnic cleansing comes along - - I'm extremely well qualified for more of the same. :biggrin: Iceweasel. :ph34r:
  10. FOG LIGHTS

    Wouldn't disabling the DLR's on a new car be contrary to EU regs? I thought we had to have then on new cars now - and buses, vans and trucks soon.
  11. Parking at night without lights

    Thanks for that TO.
  12. Parking at night without lights

    Hi, Thanks for that. I can understand that lights would be needed on a road outwith a 30 limit - my car with or without the trailer would be a hazard. In a layby I would expect to be OK without lights - but as your hinting strongly, it would technically not be correct. My main concern though is in a town where there are street-lights and a 30 limit. I'm hoping just to park in a line of other parked vehicles at the kerb. S.
  13. High guys, I've searched for info that fits my situation and cant find exactly the right bit. I'n not normally away from home overnight with my car and trailer, but next month I'll be away for a week and have to park in the street, in various towns. I know that if I'm in a 30 limit area, facing the right direction, near the kerb and not within 10m of a junction, I don't need to show parking lights on my car. I also know that if I park my trailer on it's own, I do need lights. Here's the question - when the two are hitched up, does the combination need to have lights showing? Obviously I'm concerned as leaving side/parking lights on all night will leave me with a flat battery in the morning. I've checked the Highways Agency leaflet 'Good to Tow', the Highway Code, and had a read of RVLR reg 24 & CUR reg 82 (7) I can find info about 'other vehicles and trailers' at night, but not vehicles with trailers at night. Any views? Would the size of the trailer have any bearing on the situation? What if its a van, or a LandRover? Cheers, Iceweasel
  14. Illicit Tobacco

    Hi Shootist, Was the Derby tobacco British brands of cigarettes or rolling tobacco re-imported illegally? My experience with Humanitarian Aid charities and NGO's was very revealing, and enlightening. Because of such organisations being exempt from Operator's Licence due to the nature of the work, they do not carry goods for 'hire or reward'. This meant that on the way back from Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania or wherever the trucks return either empty or carrying empty pallets classed as 'emballage' which are sold in UK to allay the costs of the journey. All perfectly legal - classed as 'empty' on the ferry etc. Now for the tricks. On many occasions persons with names like Mohammad or Abdullah would approach the drivers asking them to pick up 'items' on the way home. Mostly these 'items' were coming out of Andorra and were being trans-shipped in the Mulhouse area - right on the French/German border, and the paperwork was from a Freight-Forwarder in Luxembourg. I have seen the CMRs - all a load of bull*hit! None of this was actually carried on my watch. As convoy leader my job on the homeward leg was to 'acquire' pallets. Easy and legal. Pallets may seem innocuous nothings - but at a £5 each in the UK we were carrying hundreds and hundreds of them. Even better was empty fish-boxes, that stack inside each other. Profit on the 'exchange' was sometimes over 100% - they can be bought cash in hand at €2 or €3 - We're talking £5000 a truck-load with no paperwork at all- and all legal-ish. All of this emballage gets little more than a cursory glance by the authorities - especially in a vehicle with correct paperwork showing it had unloaded aid in an ex-war zone. Many drivers running aid on their own - not as part of a bigger group or convoy have tales to tell - of cigarettes and much worse. Strange place Andorra - they import 9million cigarettes every day - and re-export none. Statistical fact. This means that every man woman and child in Andorra smokes at least 140 cigarettes a day. Staistical bolloxs.
  15. Boots

    Hi, The short answer is - no! If they were car tyres I would say that they are now down to the legal limit. I would be wary of them on grass or mud. I don't think re-soling is economically viable - they are 8 years old now. I have just recently purchased a new pair, as I don't see anything better or more comfortable. Cheers, Iceweasel. :biggrin: