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The Dark Knight

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#499568 Fiat 500 Almost Takes Out A Corsa

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 June 2015 - 10:42 PM

To be fair, it is only right for me to say that the Corsa was wrong for making the assumption all would be well and going for it. I guess the Fiat's dodgy late indication and movement offers mitigating circumstances.


Just focussing solely on the lorry and removing the Corsa from the equation altogether, I believe that if the Fiat had indicated and moved over sooner as per the photographs, the lorry would not have presented such an obstacle. The Fiat would then be where that silver Saab was at the beginning of the video and due to taking a wider line than sticking to the insider of the roundabout, would also have arrived at the turn off a fraction later than it did in the video.

#499525 Fiat 500 Almost Takes Out A Corsa

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 June 2015 - 08:38 PM

This might help. The first 2 photos show the front and rear views from where the majority of people indicate and begin to move over from the right hand lane. It was clear for the Fiat to do just that.


The second 2 photos show the front and rear views from where the Fiat started to move. You can see the proximity to the lanes we were moving out from and although the Corsa should have been more alert to late indication, I honestly think it is more than reasonable to assume that a car in the right hand lane at that point will continue around and not move over.


In any case, if I find myself in the position of the Corsa, I will be on the lookout for this kind of thing.


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#499452 Fiat 500 Almost Takes Out A Corsa

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 June 2015 - 04:44 PM

Copied from video description: This idiot in the Fiat 500 decided to exit left from the right hand lane on the roundabout and almost took out the Vauxhall Corsa. - Footage from Roadhawk DC-2.


#499253 Raider32's Mobius Camera

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 June 2015 - 07:37 PM

I thought it was Gollum for a minute! My precious!

#497828 Anyone Flown American Airlines?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 23 June 2015 - 10:36 PM

Sure was. Lady Penelope going out and I believe it was Ruby Tuesday coming back (not sure if I'm getting confused with NYC in 2006 on that though)

#497813 Anyone Flown American Airlines?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 23 June 2015 - 09:38 PM

Last summer, I went on a coach tour of parts of western USA which was FANTASTIC! (Archers holidays). The tour guide was brilliant, the hotels were good to fabulous and we made some new friends along the way. Memories to savour and a holiday that will struggle to be topped.

We covered: Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Williams, Grand Canyon, Seligman, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Sonora, Sacamento, San Francisco.


Here's a selection of Vegas pics:











#497810 Anyone Flown American Airlines?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 23 June 2015 - 09:20 PM

Well thinking about it, even if you have been before, you might not have eaten here so I will recommend it anyway!


Make sure you eat at The Sugar Factory (not at all like it sounds). Ask for a table on the patio area, after dark for obvious reasons, and enjoy views of the Bellagio Fountains across the road!


The restaurant itself is virtually underneath the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel & Casino and I enjoyed a delicious medium-rare fillet steak!


Check out the pics of the said restaurant and view below courtesy of Google. Let me see if I can find some of my fave pics from Vegas last year too...


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#497742 Anyone Flown American Airlines?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 23 June 2015 - 06:16 PM

Cheers Chris and likewise. Have you been to Vegas before? If not, I have a superb recommendation for a meal out...


The 747's have been revamped by Virgin not long back and are superb. Premium economy with champagne etc. was very nice as we normally go economy. Even economy with Virgin is good.

#496797 Ford's On A Train

Posted by The Dark Knight on 19 June 2015 - 08:56 PM

You've heard of snakes on a plane, well now we have Ford's on a train! Stumbled upon this on YouTube!


#494417 Dash Cam Focus

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 June 2015 - 01:41 PM

Audi's always seem to be driven by nobheads. Some notable exceptions, like my dad in his 2012 A4 Avant but he's 66 so his boy racer days are over lol

#494416 Rip: Sir Christopher Lee

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 June 2015 - 01:34 PM



Sad to hear about the passing of a legendary actor (good innings at 93 though). Dracula was before my time but my dad recalls it well. I know him mostly from watching The Man With The Golden Gun on numerous occasions, Star Wars, LOTR and The Hobbit.

A fine actor.

#493781 Alton Towers Crash

Posted by The Dark Knight on 08 June 2015 - 07:42 PM

That will also have a big psychological impact on her and may restrict her career aspirations. I feel sorry for her and she deserves compensation but I know only too well from a serious incident that almost killed my dad that money can't even begin to compensate for such serious life changing injuries.


Purely from a legal point of view, I find this very interesting as negligence was always one of my favourite subjects.


  1. Does the defendant owe the claimant a duty of care?  - A clear yes in this case
  2. Has the defendant breached that duty? - Again we can say yes here and Nick Varney stated that safety was inadequate
  3. Did the breach cause the loss/injury? - Once again a clear yes
  4. There is also sufficient proximity between the defendant and their actions or lack thereof and the claimants

The solicitors for the claimants will have this covered comfortably and Merlin will have their own in-house solicitors who will now seek to mitigate as best they can and settle up.


Merlin of course should have an expensive and comprehensive insurance policy which will cover them for legal expenses and compensation incurred through negligence etc. and it will probably cover them for the loss suffered by being closed. This is speculation of course as I haven't seen their policy but it seems probable that the cover would be fairly extensive.

#492912 Alton Towers Crash

Posted by The Dark Knight on 05 June 2015 - 08:22 PM

A couple of updates this evening. One of the teenage victims is sadly in critical condition apparently and her lawyer has already said that substantial damages are on the cards and the possibility of criminal prosecution.


Further to the above, the boss of Merlin Entertainment has conceded that safety was not adequate. He's got to be in the running for the no sh*t Sherlock award.


#492367 Consumer Tip For You

Posted by The Dark Knight on 03 June 2015 - 08:16 PM

I just thought I would post this quickly as a tip. Consumers as you are doubtless aware, are afforded statutory protection of goods they buy, courtesy of the Sale of Goods Act 1979. When dealing in the course of a business however, you get no such protection if the seller excludes any such liability by way of small print. Presuming of course that the small print satisfies the requirements of reasonableness.

It is easy to assume for example that if you run a shop and need to keep the place tidy and purchase a vacuum cleaner from Argos in the name of your company, that the seller (Argos) can rely on small print and exclude your SOGA rights. However, to be deemed as dealing in the course of a business and therefore allowing the seller to rely on such small print, there must be a sufficient degree of regularity to the purchases and the purchase must be integral to the running of the business.

A one off purchase that is merely incidental to the running of a business means that you deal as a consumer and are afforded the protection.


#491715 What Do You Do Prior To Lane Closure On Dual Carriageways?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 01 June 2015 - 07:06 PM

This has been a most interesting discussion and I'm glad I started it off. I must say that only recently I got into the inside lane on the A38 in plenty of time (400 yards until overtaking lane closed) and sat there crawling along in the traffic.


Nobody went past at all so the outside lane was empty. I sat there practically itching to go into the overtaking lane but I was held back by the knowledge that I would either be blocked by someone moving into the overtaking lane on purpose or that the cars would bunch up real close and stop me from going back to the inside lane again once the cones started.


I think I need to join this apparent revolution. My approach would not be to go very slow down the outside but nor would I go zooming past. Just a nice steady, safe cruising pace and then see what response I get when I indicate to go back to the inside...