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The Dark Knight

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#499253 Raider32's Mobius Camera

Posted by The Dark Knight on Yesterday, 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...

#490470 A Close Call For Me Today

Posted by The Dark Knight on 28 May 2015 - 04:23 PM

Copied from video description: Alfa Romeo was indicating left but went straight on! This is not picked up on either the front or rear cameras despite the wide angle lens. He acknowledged his error and apologised as you can see in the footage from the rear camera after I activated my left and right indicators very briefly to point out why I pulled out. He obviously got the message so I put my hand up to acknowledge his apology. - Footage from Roadhawk DC-2.


#489780 The Difference Of V-Power Unleaded In The St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 26 May 2015 - 07:58 PM

what makes you think there may be some crap in the tank in the first place that a fuel filter wont stop?


Nothing really, I've just read on various old topics that a full tank every so often can be good for the engine and dissolve anything that is there and has been stopped by the filter.


I don't want a 'This super unleaded stuff is BS' vs 'It's beneficial and worth it' debate, I was just passing my observations on and won't be filling up regularly with it.

#489658 The Difference Of V-Power Unleaded In The St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 26 May 2015 - 04:52 PM

This isn't the usual topic looking for opinions on whether or not to bother and I've already sent a PM to a couple of members who approve of V-Power, this is just feedback.

Firstly I didn't do this for extra MPG and I reckon it cost me about an extra £7 to fill up. In all the time I've had the ST, I've always used Shell Fuelsave unleaded. Recently, I've let a couple of tanks run to 0 miles until empty.

I tried V-Power which I thought would clear any crap in the tank and the first drive showed no difference at all. Now it has had chance to get through the system though, there is a noticeable difference.

When I put my foot on the accelerator, there is an instant response, very eager indeed even with a lighter foot. The car just feels like it wants to pounce at every opportunity and feels more lively. The car was never slow to respond before but it is more eager now.

I would recommend everyone to try a tank full every so often just to help clear any crap and to see if you can feel a difference.