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About blackandgolduk

  • Birthday 18/03/1978

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  1. We bought a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a couple of years back - I take the train to work, and my wife covers about 20 miles a day to work and back. Unless we're going any great distance, the car runs as an EV most weeks. Full charge takes about 4hrs overnight (from 3 pin plug), it's easy to drive (think go-kart), no road tax, no congestion charge or ULEZ, and loads of space. Has full range from the 40l tank in hybrid mode, and hasn't skipped a beat since we've had it. Would recommend.
  2. They've started doing this in London - makes a lot of sense. I recently chopped in my old diesel Jag for an Mitsu Outlander PHEV. As our daily usage is about 15-20 miles, with the occasional long-run for holidays and visits etc. it made sense. Big motor with room for the kids and luggage, two electric motors making up 4WD, no road tax... It's parked on the street outside, but I plug it in most nights and rarely visit the petrol station. Pure EV range is up to 25 miles dependent on weather conditions and hills etc. Even once the range is used up, on a motorway the engine kicks in and charges the batteries pretty quickly so I can switch back to EV mode. I'm a convert - quiet, instant torque, relaxing, practical and so far very reliable.
  3. Welcome from one (adopted) Londoner to another...
  4. Sorry to hear about this - a similar thing happened to me a few years back when I lived in Leeds, so you have my sympathies. I'm not far from you in E. London, so on the off chance I'll keep an eye out in the second hand shops and pawn brokers just in case the burglars hail from my neck of the woods. Another good place to watch is eBay - set up a search for 'MuDu' and scrolll through the offerings - if you find it let the old bill know and consider a buy-back, possibly using a different account from your own.
  5. Excellent choice. The missus got me a pair of Loake Wharfedale brogues as an anniversary present four years ago. They are superb, I reckon the soles have ten years left in them, and the leather another twenty or so. There's an outlet store in the City (Harrow Pl) which sell L1s at about £80 - these are the Indian assembled shoes, but are still good value at that price - pay more for the English made and you are getting (IMHO) a very good shoe at a competitive price. Better shoes are available, but probably not at the typical Loake price-point.
  6. I'm fairly sure that even if this is declared as Treasure, and the Crown decides to keep hold of it, then the finder receives the monetary value as recompense. Still quids-in, but in all honesty, I'm surprised it was reported in the first place. Having said that, if you tried to shift a large amount of these things, then the cash going into your account is going to attract some attention from the bank and possibly the authorities...
  7. I found that I was watching the Beeb, C4 and occasionally some of the natural history stuff. I've always preferred the 'wireless' so we binned it. I like a good drama/box-set/film and the news/current affairs/politics but find myself hitting the 'off' switch more and more. Still, if you're looking for money off Sky, tell them you're leaving and refuse the first two offers of discounts. The third or fourth person you speak with will offer you a year for free 'to think about it'....
  8. I made the Sky channels disappear from my TV quite some time ago, saving me eighty quid a month. Don't miss it at all, bought a Humax box to retain recording ability through the existing dish. They offered some hefty discounts along the protracted drawn out route of leaving (Skexit?) before they finally accepted that I actually wanted to cancel the contract - surely worth a go if yu're looking to save some cash?
  9. I collect pretty much anything that I can get my hands on - probably have around fifty; Poljots, Raketas, Vostoks, Volnas etc. I have a re-issue Strela (which I love) but never bought an original when the prices were lower. Are they more available in Russia, and if so, how much do they sell for? I also regret not buying an original Sturmanski when I had the chance.
  10. Yes, I've only just discovered this site. I bought a few NOS Poljot movements back in the day - there are plenty of non-runners on here that I reckon I can breathe new life into. Hardly surprising that prices have caught up, but I've seen a few (Russian & Swiss) that just seem far too over-priced, or with silly £15/£20 postage costs. Let the hunt begin!
  11. Yep, thought so. I did notice some absolutely rotten frankens - I'll be avoiding them. It looks to me as though my best bet is to buy some of the non runners for dials, hands and cases and then source replacement movements to put them back together. Should keep me occupied, but I think I'll have to commit to a Strela sooner rather than later... I've always loved the Slavas, and you're right about the Okeahs - used to be available for under a ton at times. Still, they are all good runners, quality movements IMHO.
  12. After a (not inconsiderable) break from 'actively' following, buying and keeping up to speed with my collecting habits I've found myself slowly drifting back to adding to the collection and wearing different watches each day. Over the past few years my time has been taken up with house buying (and the inevitable DIY), getting married, having kids, working etc. and the watches took a back seat. A week or two ago I started perusing eBay again, and naturally the search terms of 'Sekonda', 'Poljot', 'Slava', 'Raketa' etc. were duly typed into the search box. Russians were always my thing, along with vintage Swiss. When I first started collecting, I had next to no spare cash and I used to scour the 'Bay in the early hours searching out bargains and built up a decent collection of about 30 pieces, some picked up for literally pennies - but now, wow! I'll admit to being shocked at some of the prices people are looking for - I've seen a few up which I would have paid a tenner for a couple of years ago being offered for £70 or £80. There were a few pieces that I've bid on, and a couple (such as the original Strela, to accompany the re-issue which I have) which I've reconciled I'll have to pay current prices for, but I'll admit to having been shocked at just how much prices have risen. Having been out of the loop for so long, is eBay still the best place to buy the vintage Russian pieces, or are there other sources? I also noticed that many are being shipped from abroad (with high postage charges) - is this now common and have the UK 'found in dad's drawer' supplies pretty much dried up? I can feel my wallet getting lighter as I type, but it's good to be back in the fold...
  13. Reckon I'll have the VW T2 camper in two years... I think the missus was hoping for something a bit more luxurious, so I'll have to get an awning!
  14. Funny, isn't it - just a few years ago, people working, saving and prepping so hard for their retirement would have been seen by many as a bit of a waste of youth or an unnecessary worry. However, I fully intent to stop working somewhere between 55 and 60 (so, what, 20-30 years retired, hopefully in reasonable health, in contrast to a couple of years?) and with the way that pensions are going, I'm planning now for my income, to the point where I save/invest a fairly large slice of my monthly income for the future. In terms of 'keeping busy' I have enough hobbies, interests, plans etc. that if I gave up work tomorrow I'd probably have things on that I'd never get round to. The wife and I had planned to buy a bolt-hole in Greece sometime in the next few years, although the EU ref may have put paid to that if it becomes increasingly difficult to travel/conduct financial transactions, but we'll see. One plan I have is to drive the entire coastline of mainland Britain in a camper van, and then do Ireland if there's enough time. In the short-term, a move to rural north Devon is on the cards in three to five years - all this with a view to building a bit of homestead and then gradually work towards a simpler, more satisfying (for me) kind of life. Not totally self-sufficient or separated from 'normality', but very much more free of 'stuff'. Old Jag, camper van, good tent, pantry full of pickles - that sort of thing I'm genuinely excited by the 'slow-burner' nature of such a shift/plan and feel more settled than I have done in years. Life is good, I want to keep it simmering along in such a way.
  15. Noooo! If there's one thing I like after a shave (a proper DE shave) it's the astringent sting of a high alcohol tincture being rubbed all over before the moisturiser. Weird, I know, but it works for me, and I still love the smell of OS.
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