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  #2391598 14-Jan-2020 11:45
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allan:

 

Replying to @Geektastic & @eracode.

 

Last year we did a trip to the UK and spend some time tracking down locations that my ancestors came from. My Great Grandfather, on my mother's side, originally came from a town called Newbury in Berkshire and his parents remained there when he emigrated to NZ in 1886. We had in our possession a number of postcards featuring Newbury scenes from the late 1800's that his parents had sent to him in NZ.

 

We spent a fun afternoon tracking down buildings and bridges trying to recreate the same shots as originally taken. Most structures were still there, many looking largely unchanged. We happened to park next to the local museum and began by asking them if they knew where a building called "Cloth Hall" was located. Their answer was "go through the door at the end and you're standing in it" 🙂

 

 

 

 

Excellent!

 

As a child, I was always fascinated when my parents took us to castles and so on. I would stand on the battlements and wonder at all the people who had stood on that spot when the castle was 'live'. When I visited Hadrian's Wall, I was lost in a world of my own for ages wondering about all those legionaries who had stood there staring out into the wilds of Hibernia, awaiting attack!

 

Yet some people will just look at things like that and go "oh yes. Nice. Next!"






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  #2391614 14-Jan-2020 12:08
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allan:

 

Replying to @Geektastic & @eracode.

 

Last year we did a trip to the UK and spend some time tracking down locations that my ancestors came from. My Great Grandfather, on my mother's side, originally came from a town called Newbury in Berkshire and his parents remained there when he emigrated to NZ in 1886. We had in our possession a number of postcards featuring Newbury scenes from the late 1800's that his parents had sent to him in NZ.

 

We spent a fun afternoon tracking down buildings and bridges trying to recreate the same shots as originally taken. Most structures were still there, many looking largely unchanged. We happened to park next to the local museum and began by asking them if they knew where a building called "Cloth Hall" was located. Their answer was "go through the door at the end and you're standing in it" 🙂

 

 

Excellent!

 

As a child, I was always fascinated when my parents took us to castles and so on. I would stand on the battlements and wonder at all the people who had stood on that spot when the castle was 'live'. When I visited Hadrian's Wall, I was lost in a world of my own for ages wondering about all those legionaries who had stood there staring out into the wilds of Hibernia, awaiting attack!

 

Yet some people will just look at things like that and go "oh yes. Nice. Next!"

 



 

Yes, I’m sure like a lot of people I do that too - but the structures that really get me thinking are the large English and European cathedrals - and how they were actually built. They are wonderful places and I can get lost in thought looking at the soaring arches and each individual piece of stone, shaped a thousand years ago by a mason, and stacked up .... rave on. OTOH as you say, other people just give it a glance and move on.





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  #2391741 14-Jan-2020 13:22
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Geektastic:

 

allan:

 

Replying to @Geektastic & @eracode.

 

Last year we did a trip to the UK and spend some time tracking down locations that my ancestors came from. My Great Grandfather, on my mother's side, originally came from a town called Newbury in Berkshire and his parents remained there when he emigrated to NZ in 1886. We had in our possession a number of postcards featuring Newbury scenes from the late 1800's that his parents had sent to him in NZ.

 

We spent a fun afternoon tracking down buildings and bridges trying to recreate the same shots as originally taken. Most structures were still there, many looking largely unchanged. We happened to park next to the local museum and began by asking them if they knew where a building called "Cloth Hall" was located. Their answer was "go through the door at the end and you're standing in it" 🙂

 

 

 

 

Excellent!

 

As a child, I was always fascinated when my parents took us to castles and so on. I would stand on the battlements and wonder at all the people who had stood on that spot when the castle was 'live'. When I visited Hadrian's Wall, I was lost in a world of my own for ages wondering about all those legionaries who had stood there staring out into the wilds of Hibernia, awaiting attack!

 

Yet some people will just look at things like that and go "oh yes. Nice. Next!"

 

 

That's the kind of thing I was trying to convey to my kids when we were in Rome a few years back.

 

In NZ, the oldest building built by Europeans is way less than 200 years old. The oldest Maori anything goes back maybe 500 years.

 

We were standing in the Colosseum, and I pointed out to them that it might look like a ruin now, but back when Abel Tasman & James Cook were first visiting NZ, it was still a ruin. Back when Kupe first spotted the long white cloud and landed in NZ, it was a ruin then too. The idea that you'd have to go back as far as literal biblical times to see it all shiny and operational is just mind-boggling to us Kiwi folks.

 

But wandering around Europe there's countless historical sites that have been in constant use for well over 1000 years.




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Took another step closer to going electric today...

Concreted in two large plinths that new gate posts will mount on, and gates with electric openers will be swung from - no more leaving the gates open, or leaving the truck idling while I get out to open them!

Electric concrete mixer too ;)

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  #2401089 18-Jan-2020 08:55
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This seal sunning itself at the inlet just down the road this morning.

 





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  #2401490 18-Jan-2020 20:13
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How good the Stereo in my rental car was and that it was a 2019 and cost just $35 USD a day. Dunedin can stick it's $100 a day 15 year old cars where the sun don't shine!


 
 
 
 


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  #2401969 20-Jan-2020 08:52
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My Volvo. Just when I think it's time to move on to a newer more efficient vehicle, I get rear-ended and sustain such minor damage, due to the robust nature of the materials and construction. 

 

The opposition in this attempted demolition derby was not so lucky...the front of her small Nissan SUV was munted and her drivers door was rendered unusable. she had fluids leaking out onto the road and the car didn't sound great. 

 

Mine will need the rear bumper removing and a bit of panel/pain work to the rear tailgate. 





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  #2401977 20-Jan-2020 09:30
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Handsomedan:

 

My Volvo. Just when I think it's time to move on to a newer more efficient vehicle, I get rear-ended and sustain such minor damage, due to the robust nature of the materials and construction. 

 

The opposition in this attempted demolition derby was not so lucky...the front of her small Nissan SUV was munted and her drivers door was rendered unusable. she had fluids leaking out onto the road and the car didn't sound great. 

 

Mine will need the rear bumper removing and a bit of panel/pain work to the rear tailgate. 

 

 

Friend of mine has an old-school Land Rover Disco, he reckons the crumple zones on it are three feet into the other guys car...


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  #2401981 20-Jan-2020 09:39
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BlueShift:

 

Handsomedan:

 

My Volvo. Just when I think it's time to move on to a newer more efficient vehicle, I get rear-ended and sustain such minor damage, due to the robust nature of the materials and construction. 

 

The opposition in this attempted demolition derby was not so lucky...the front of her small Nissan SUV was munted and her drivers door was rendered unusable. she had fluids leaking out onto the road and the car didn't sound great. 

 

Mine will need the rear bumper removing and a bit of panel/pain work to the rear tailgate. 

 

 

Friend of mine has an old-school Land Rover Disco, he reckons the crumple zones on it are three feet into the other guys car...

 

 

Looking at the damage to the opposition player's car, I have to say that it it largely true of my flying brick, too. 





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The car is supposed to protect you by absorbing as much energy as it can. Who cares if it is drivable afterwards. Let us know how long your neck hurts.

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  #2402866 21-Jan-2020 11:08
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Giving dozens of canned food (Spaghetti, Baked Beans, Fish, Fruit), rice, sugar, tea bags, crackers and a pile of other food items along with a pile of shampoo, soap, toothpaste + brushes, toilet paper to the Christchurch City Mission, whose cupboards are bare at this time of year.

 

They are really grateful for toiletries. (Not many are donated)

 

(My late Christmas gift to a food bank every year)


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  #2402928 21-Jan-2020 12:34
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Bung: The car is supposed to protect you by absorbing as much energy as it can. Who cares if it is drivable afterwards. Let us know how long your neck hurts.


I'm puzzled why we bother having pedestrian collision standards on importing cars if we are allowed to negate them all by armouring them putting bull bars and other chrome monstrosities on front of them.

Of course there installed in case you hit lives stock.

Unfortunately they often tend to be installed on cars that never leave urban areas unless you could taking the kids skiing.



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  #2403217 21-Jan-2020 22:20
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Bung: The car is supposed to protect you by absorbing as much energy as it can. Who cares if it is drivable afterwards. Let us know how long your neck hurts.


I'm puzzled why we bother having pedestrian collision standards on importing cars if we are allowed to negate them all by armouring them putting bull bars and other chrome monstrosities on front of them.

Of course there installed in case you hit lives stock.

Unfortunately they often tend to be installed on cars that never leave urban areas unless you could taking the kids skiing.




Have a look here https://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/vehicle-safety/vehicle-equipment/bullbars/

It shouldn't be that easy to fit bars to cars.

"Class MA vehicles: It is generally illegal for a bullbar to be fitted as an after-market add-on to a modern class MA vehicle (eg, a passenger car). Bullbars are only allowed on class MA vehicles if the vehicle has been crash tested and has met the requirements of the relevant frontal impact standard with the specific bullbar already fitted. You'll need to get this confirmed by the vehicle manufacturer."

Of course it doesn't help when the manufacturer tarts up a twin cab ute as a Field Days special or similar.

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  #2403334 22-Jan-2020 08:45
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Bung: The car is supposed to protect you by absorbing as much energy as it can. Who cares if it is drivable afterwards. Let us know how long your neck hurts.

 

 

 

So it turns out that my beloved Volvo did do what it was supposed to do - but the damage was less evident than it would have been on a different vehicle. 

 

After Panelbeater assessment, it appears that the wagon hatch is made of Fibreglass, so it absorbed/flexed as it's designed to do and has now been structurally compromised - i.e. cracked and needing replacement, along with new bumper and all the bits that go with it.

 

Knowing that Volvo were ahead of the curve in the way they made their vehicles 12 years ago makes me smile...but I guess you'd expect that from the company that wee first to install 3-point seatbelts in production cars. 

 

 

 

Edit: To answer how long the neck hurts...we are now approx 4 days post-trauma and my neck is as sore now as it was on Sunday/Monday. Concussion symptoms still persisting...headaches that don;t go away no matter the number of painkillers taken. 





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