The trouble is, a lot of Universities set a standard tuition fee across the board, thus the 'soft' degrees cost as much to study as the 'hard' ones (like engineering). Engineering has more low-to-middle income applicants than, say, business and media studies. So that could suggest that engineering/science will find it hard to recruit - not a great future for the country.
That said, I don't agree that University should be 'for all' - University should be for the academically gifted, it comes to something whne most of our low-grade clerical vacancies attract 90% of applicants with a degree of some sort ...
Phil, if one contact hires/leases a car as part of the business, does this get a similar mileage allowance or is it basically the price of the car is one's allowance (and I'm guessing that allowance would be watered down if used for personal business) ?
Very useful information - will mull on it and see what gives.
I like the benefits of the Maintenance and Tyre cover of the hire as it's in this area that we've really been hit with the current car. Of course the advantages of owning a car at the end of HP might outweigh the benefits of not having to service the damn thing until then ...
A serious cost benefit analysis looks worthwhile ...
We're a bit sick of the money-pit that is our family car so thinking of changing.
The Spousal Overunit is self-employed and does a lot of driving hither and thither for work.
Does anyone know if there are reasonable tax benefits of getting a car on a lease or contract hire?
Can it include maintenance, parts, tyres, etc?
We currently seem to be spending 2.5-3k pa keeping the other one on the road and it can't be worth more than a grand now.
A while ago someone mentioned that Hagon shocks could be rebuilt - after experiencing the feeling of my spine shooting up through the base of my skull, I think my current ones need a refurbish - any thoughts?
> Nearside rear direction indicator insecure
Can usually be fixed - worst comes to the worst a bit of araldite would do it
> Rear suspension bearing has excessive free play
Is that the swingarm/engine mount? Doable, but a bit of a pain
>(horn) Front suspension fouling which affects the movement of the front suspension
??? the horn is fouling the front suspension? If not, then what is fouling it?
> Registration plate insecure, and registration plate with characters that are not correct width
New Reg plate and couple of nylon bolts
>Plus: Nearside rear Rear shock absorber has a light misting
Might be worth getting some new shocks - club spares carries a couple of used ones
> Rear bodywork insecure
Should be fairly easy.
The flap latch mechanism exploded showing the corrosion on the spindle - this can be cleaned up with a bit of emery paper/wet&dry/steel wool. Once the flap rotates freely then the whole mechanism may work properly (after reassembly)
The flap latch mechanism after removal
Here's a photo of the lifter mechanism as viewed from the front of the bike. The 'flap' latch is secured by two fixings (one is shown).
With the front of my 125 all in pieces, I thought I'd see if I could tackle the problem of the stand/wheel lifter not latching.
Turns out, that in this case, it's caused by the 'flap' not moving properly due to a certain amount of corrosion on the shaft.
I'm not sure that this is the cause of all lifters not latching, but it certainly is the cause of this one. I've taken some photos, forgive the state of the mechanism, I'll be giving it a good clean before I put it back.
It might be possible to remove the flap with the lifter in situ - that's left as an exercise for the reader.
Here's a photo of the 'flap' as seen as if one were sitting in the bike.
Yep, it was the metal flap mechanism - the shaft it rotates upon had corroded a little and wasn't allowing the flap to move freely enough. I pulled it all out, cleaned it up and put it back and it seems a lot sharper - it may be possible to remove the flap mechanism with the lifter in place on the bike but I can't be sure.
I'll take some photos tomorrow ...
Tried that - it looks like the spring for the metal flap isn't strong enough at the moment or else the works are gummed up.
I've already got all the front end off so the lever mech isn't too much more of a step. Need to refurn the stand and bowden cables anyway. May go for a B-O-B self fixing stand cam
Yep, got the plug out with the help of a malllet, a bit of wood and a length of copper pipe (to knock it through the slider).
Now to get the replacement ordered.
I'm also pulling out the lifter mechanism - see if I can give it a really good clean and sort out coz it's really given up the latching ghost ...
I'll try to knock it down and through - It needs to come out anyway or I'll have to replace the whole thing
Can that plug just be whacked out?
Had done the whole second nut thing - I've now got a 1cm length of tube inside a nut - that's the bit that sheared off
If the sliders are the silver bits that get locked to the handlebars, then yes
So, needed to take the front end of the silver exec to pieces (worrying 'clunk' sounds when hitting any slight obstruction in the road).
One of the studs in the top of the forks had, in the past, been mangled - no amount of drilling, molegripping, cursing or shoving would allow me to unbolt it (even tried drilling a small bore down it, cuttting a thread and inserting a small bolt - which promptly sheared).
So, last resort, out came the angle grinder :(
So, are the studs in the top of the fork tubes replaceable and if so, how does one get them out and fit the new ones?
May need to replace the bush where the stud locates in to as well :(
>If someone wants to send me an old, busted cap
Think I've got one down the shed...
Good to hear from you mate - let me know if you need a hand with anything (obviously not know-how based, you're still the man) :-)
Nope, tried that - absolutely nothing would shift it (including soaking in very hot water before manipulation)
I've replaced two of these so far - in both cases I needed a complete new set of seals - I've not yet found a way to separate the large seal that seems to weld itself to the alloy cap
I replaced the chain on mine when it happened. Mind you it had only jumped one tooth.
I was surprised at how straightforward the strip down and replacement of the chain and checking/replacing of the valves was. Jonathon, is there any chance you could have a go at this yourself?
I found the accessory fuse in the fusebox and stuck a wire into the 'negative' side (i.e. the contact that does not read positive with a multimeter when the fuse is out but the ignition is on) - I then held the wire in place by putting the fuse back in - it's kludgy but it's worked for the last 4 years
No answers for you I'm afraid, but it took me a while to identify that it's the link that connects the fork brace to the telelever - am I right?
>But the fans come for the fights!
So do a lot of the players
Take it easy. I'm now starting to walk normally again after the Great North Run, but my knee and ankle still twinge regularly and I'm resting them as much as I can!
Some more physio tomorrow - let's see what he says
2h11m32s - not too bad considering the gammy knee - which is now completely rubbish.
Ouch, first 10 mile run today. Legs are a bit jelly-like but managed to run the whole distance despite (or because of) an impending attack of delhi-belly!
Also, many thanks to those who have donated or wellwished - I've tried to thank you all individually, but sometimes I can't trace the Justgiving 'nickname' to an email account or username.
Well, the man in charge of getting my calf muscle repaired has agreed that I should be fit enough to take part in this year's Great North Run
I've been asked to do the Run to help raise awareness (and funds) for Wellchild. Wellchild is the chosen charity of the Aveyard family.
Bryony Aveyard, a friend and teammate of my daughter, tragically died on 7th October 2008 after suffering a brain haemorrhage. She was 11 years old.
The Aveyard Family and their friends are attempting to raise £55,000 (the cost of providing one Wellchild Nurse for one year) for the Love of Bryony.
My justgiving page ishttp://original.justgiving.com/ianwellchild
although I have a standard, paper-based sponsorship form if you'd like me to to add you to that, however, please understand that, in the current global financial situation, I'd be happy for simply for some messages of support. It's also a given that many of you will have already sponsored someone else for another event or another cause - that too, is understandable :-)http://www.yorkvikings.org.uk/bryonyhttp://www.thepress.co.uk/search/3748648.For_the_love_of_Bryony/
That's sad news - my thoughts are with you and yours ...
Spanish :-) Google translation:
After the commercial failure of the C1, BMW has been very calm back to the scooter segment, which require both subsidiaries of Southern Europe, in addition to the requests of France Italy and Spain, but it is begging.
After several prototypes and develop options for existing engines, which led to the release scooters BMW ROTAX engines and motors prove themselves, developed from his F 800, but with the cylinder block in a horizontal position, it appears , according to sources within the German firm, that the future BMW scooter is electric.
This option fits well with the entry of new BMW in this market segment, which is not in any way with what already exists but must be innovative enough to be different from everything known and marketed, while satisfy its customers, always looking for a degree of distinction to showcase your brand.
BMW electric scooter is also a block to perfection with the target use primarily to submit its future users, mainly by sporadic trips to the city and suburbs of cities, a space where an electric vehicle is able to exist without the problems of autonomy long walks, constrained by their limited autonomy, and battery charging time required.
But in working with BMW high-performance electric motors, lithium batteries lighter than conventional systems and recharge during braking or remove gas, which could overcome the autonomy of 250 km or 3 hours of continuous running and attain speeds up Maximum order of 120 km / h.
The future BMW scooter electric ready to be commercialized in 2011 and would be shown to the public in the autumn of 2010 ... or perhaps earlier, it all depends on the competition to see BMW come in where this burgeoning sector will converge over a large manufacturer the coming years.
On its design, despite the fact that you show the work of Oberdan Bezzi (photo above), which gave the news a few months ago and I refreshed the design done in 2000 by Vitali Studio (below), in SoloMoto30 . SoloScooter.com com and go for a scooter compact forms, not much heavier than a conventional 250 cc, capable of carrying two people comfortably and with a large cargo space.
To confirm this, we must wait until 2010 or perhaps that BMW can provide us very briefly a prototype in the EICMA in Milan next month.
We will continue to report.
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My family are helping to raise money for them this year - the daughter of family friends suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and passed away last year. The family have dedicated themselves to raising 55k for Wellchild - the cost of supplying one nurse for a year...
Needless to say, I'm one of the ones trying to get in shape to do the GNR - 11 years since I last did it!
>And the decking.
I though the only MP that did any decking was Prescott ... :D
Lawrie, there's probably no words that will do, but I'll add my regrets and thoughts to those already sent
I thought he was already bionic! You mean he was like that naturally!?! :)
And timing- don't forget timing. When my chain slipped by a notch I was low on power and stalling out at random ...
All the best, mate. Our thoughts are with you
Battery connections? Oil pressure/level? Valve timing if not valve clearances
> they were not raised with tales of daring do by hardy elder relatives
Neil Oliver, the Scottish chap from the BBC Coast programme, has written a book called "Amazing Tales for Making Men out of Boys".The Sunday Telegraph review,
titled "Neil Oliver: where have all the real men gone?", had the byline "TV historian Neil Oliver wants to resurrect the 'manly man' by telling tales of old-fashioned heroism"
From the first page of the introduction:
Men used to live by the skills of their hands. They made new things and fixed old. They maintained their houses, cars and motorbikes. They knew how to grow food and how to hunt and fish. They dressed like men, talked like men, walked and worked and played like men.
Their jobs had names that are becoming as unfamiliar to us as calloused hands and ingrained dirt. They were fitters, turners and carpenters; blacksmiths and wheelwrights; ploughmen and woodsmen; wheel-tappers and shunters; masons and glaziers; tailors and cobblers; riveters and welders.
Part of the education of boys came from the telling of tales of brave and selfless deeds, or hearing from fathers and uncles and grandfathers about how other men had lived their lives, met their challenges, reached their goals and faced their deaths.
It was simple, honest stuff about standing up straight with your shoulders back and eyes to the front like a soldier. It was about making light of physical hardship and keeping going until the job was done.
The symptoms sound to me like the overflange gasket is letting back pressure into the drivesprocket manifold
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