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The Dark Knight

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#505165 Timing Belt Snapped

Posted by The Dark Knight on 22 July 2015 - 08:10 PM

I know about your legal rights but I am fairly sure that the timing belt is something that would be expected to wear down and I thought it was every 40-60k miles (although you are under that mileage to be fair).


I take it you have had the car from new? Has the belt snapping caused any other damage? I have heard that belts cost around £90 plus fitting obviously.


I do not have mechanical knowledge so someone else can advise on that but on a 6 year old car, I can imagine it being very difficult indeed to force a repair under the Sale of Goods Act.

#502539 In The Car For 3 Days Crash..

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

We should also remember that the police in their capacity as an emanation of the state, are under a duty to protect peoples right to life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This right is absolute and is not subject to certain exceptions unlike Article 8 for example.


This means that in a serious RTC, the police should attend and where necessary draft in paramedics and the fire service. The family could in theory bring a claim that the police have breached the deceased's human rights by failing to attend.


The state is under an obligation under the article to protect life by way of effective policing and a criminal justice system. The state can take a life through say armed police if that force is no more than absolutely necessary to protect the lives of others.


In Osman v UK the UK courts had decided that the police were immune from a negligence claim after the family argued the police had failed to act which led to some of the family being shot and wounded and/or killed. This immunity stemmed from Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire. The European Court of Human Rights decided after careful consideration that although the police were under a duty to protect lives under Art 2, it had not been breached. The immunity granted did however breach Art 6 (right to a fair trial/hearing).


Indeed, the shooting of that chap by police at the tube station in London following the bombings went before the court and the family argued that the state via the police had breached his right to life as he was not a terrorist despite legging it from the police. The court held that there was no breach because the police were acting under tremendously stressful and difficult circumstances and the actions of the deceased gave rise to reasonable suspicion that he was indeed a terrorist and could be about to set off a bomb. The shooting of him was deemed absolutely necessary to protect others even though hindsight proved he wasn't a terrorist.

#502531 Watch Out For Dealers With Claims Like This

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 July 2015 - 03:37 PM

I spotted this by chance whilst browsing autotrader today. If you ever see this, the dealer will most likely try to wriggle out of any claims under SOGA by claiming you purchased as a trader. Utter rubbish which will not hold water of course, thanks to SOGA itself, the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the case law I mentioned in the consumer tip topic.


Here is the site: http://www.jordancar...otrader-desktop


Here is the wording in question:



all cars are trade sale to the public.


I emailed them (not letting on I know anything) and asked them what would happen if I purchased a car that went wrong. They haven't bothered to reply yet and assuming they don't, that speaks volumes in itself.

#500543 Storm Photographs

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 July 2015 - 10:20 PM

The rain was biblical I must say. Check out this video I got with my phone and as you can see, I am responsible for some of the lightning! #Mjolnir #Thor


#500404 Storm Photographs

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 July 2015 - 10:59 AM

I got some sheet lightning photographs last night but did not catch any fork lightning. This hit Derbyshire around 3am:








#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