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by 1bassleft
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.
Replies: 55
Views: 4206

Re: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.

I didn't want to be Mr Miserable, but the Bay in winter can be pretty rough. My mum decided to treat much of the family to a New Year's Eve "cruise" (ferry crossing, I kept annoyingly calling it) from Portsmouth to Santander and back on the Pride of Bilbao. As I half-expected, the ship was...
by 1bassleft
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Multifunction printers
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: Multifunction printers

Wicksey, a USB dongle is not complicated and is ridiculously cheap. On a few of my Lenovos, as soon as the built-in wifi gives me any gip it's often faster to get a Chinese thing the size of a thumbnail for £2 off eBay and it works straight out of the Jiffy bag. I have the advantage of not having to...
by 1bassleft
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: New Car v Used Car
Replies: 165
Views: 2123

Re: New Car v Used Car

Apols for butting in - ignore this post by all means as my experience/insight is limited. DA, here's a Gedankenexperiment you might want to try, as I did a few months back when I wondered if an honest used car existed in Malaga Province. I considered a new smallish car and the obvious ones were the ...
by 1bassleft
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.
Replies: 55
Views: 4206

Re: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.

Back in the NW of England around 11pm. I tried to see the conifers after J26, DA, but it was heckuva dark so I just grinned in the general direction. In any case, I couldn't wave my arm out as the electric window has gone skewy again - every time I use a French toll booth it misbehaves. I had manage...
by 1bassleft
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Multifunction printers
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: Multifunction printers

I've had an earlier version of the Pixma for several years now, back in the UK. It's reliable, prints well and doesn't grumble if a Tesco rather than a Canon cartridge is put in. As TdA and others have pointed out, I do have to grit my teeth and pay for expensive ink costing more than a whole new sp...
by 1bassleft
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: New Car v Used Car
Replies: 165
Views: 2123

Re: New Car v Used Car

A fair number of nearly-new cars on MilAnuncios also look like a good deal but, further down the description, it's a price if you take out finance and paying upfront means they'll stick a grand or even two on the advertized price. It annoyed me, until I got so used to seeing it.
by 1bassleft
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.
Replies: 55
Views: 4206

Re: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.

We booked our Chunnel just last night while in Tours. Hotels were booked a few weeks ago as flexibility only added about a fiver per night (indeed, we used it to cancel Boulogne and take Bethune instead). Eurotunnel, however, charge around £100 all the time without dropping (at all) or raising (much...
by 1bassleft
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Leasing a car.
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Leasing a car.

Yep, I was reading that Opel are doing a special offer of up to €8k off if you trade in an old, pre-Euro5 compliant diesel on the German market. Cynics were suggesting this was to deflect news from their cars being investigated in Germany and ordered to have software changes. Merc has also recalled ...
by 1bassleft
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.
Replies: 55
Views: 4206

Re: 2018 road trip to the Casa. More ideas like last year please.

Gosh, I'm now in Tours. First night was (well outside, being Ibis Budget) Alacala de Henares. Of course, the big problem with driving in November rather than June or August is that we're arriving everywhere in the dark. We had a half-hour drive around the next day but Serena the satnav got all confu...
by 1bassleft
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: ITV changes recently (odb reader)
Replies: 22
Views: 773

Re: ITV changes recently (odb reader)

The ITV stations are equipped with a limited OBD setup. It has not (yet) the capability to look into airbag, ABS and EML faults that can also be causes for failure. It is only for emissions testing alongside the pipe up the jacksy (whose data is compared to expected results) and reads codes without ...
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Amazon Echo now availabe in Spain
Replies: 42
Views: 1372

Re: Amazon Echo now availabe in Spain

I know I am pulling my tinfoil hat on, but I hate it when an imperfect but decent regulation like GDPR is deliberately sidestepped. Rakuten have been "temporarily unavailable" for four months whenever I use the DAA and EDAA websites to opt out. Their own website has an email link to reques...
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: How to value a car - in storage for 12 years.
Replies: 14
Views: 571

Re: How to value a car - in storage for 12 years.

Sorry Lad, I'm still a bit noob and only memorized a handful of monikers. I was typing from memory. Not so noob, though, as to worry that this thread could spill over from "what's the best way" advice into "how much do you want" haggling and incurring the wrath of the moderators....
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: CANNOT OPEN BACK UP FILES
Replies: 8
Views: 1652

Re: CANNOT OPEN BACK UP FILES

With crucial data, belts and braces make sense for backing up. Nothing is infallible and an alternative can be a lifesaver (or at least avoid more inconvenience and downtime). I remember, when storage was much more unreliable, rotating three backups to minimize losses if some unnoticed corruption ha...
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: New to Spain. Where to find apartment?
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: New to Spain. Where to find apartment?

While you are in Sevilla for two months, the train is quick and not very expensive. You could earmark some time for reconnaissance so that you do not necessarily have to accept what is available at short notice.
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 28
Views: 3210

Re: Travel Insurance

Totally agree, Peter. My mum stayed out in my place and her guy fell seriously ill. The nearby private clinic did make sense but, once he was out of danger, I urged them to transfer while he was kept for observation. They didn't and the insurance company drew a link to a previous condition and refus...
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: none residents
Replies: 31
Views: 2788

Re: none residents

The butano got wheeled out again for the first time since I last wrote in this thread. My son is coming, so the temps are set to plummet for the duration. One bar is enough, and only for a couple of hours, and only because Mrs 1bl likes light + sleeveless (as do I, but I can take even single-digit C...
by 1bassleft
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Amazon Echo now availabe in Spain
Replies: 42
Views: 1372

Re: Amazon Echo now availabe in Spain

I don't want to derail back too far, so I'll try to be brief (but fail). You're not being paranoid, TdA, the ****ards really are out to get you('re data). A month or so back, on the Talkbass forum, a commonly thick bassist (not me, for once) mentioned that he had discussed, over the dining table, a ...
by 1bassleft
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: How to value a car - in storage for 12 years.
Replies: 14
Views: 571

Re: How to value a car - in storage for 12 years.

That might involve looking into the relative costs of transportation and rematriculating in either of those countries, as any potential purchaser will deduct those costs before making an offer. Ironically, UK plates - which it already has - are one of the more straightforward and less costly; I have...
by 1bassleft
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: gota fria this weekend?
Replies: 38
Views: 2777

Re: gota fria this weekend?

It's because my son's coming over to see us tomorrow. The chap's a personal rain god.
by 1bassleft
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Malaga Hotels near Bus & Train Station
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Malaga Hotels near Bus & Train Station

The aeropuerto-Malaga Centro line C1 runs at 00:24, 00:29 and 00:54, going to Maria Zambrano and Centro Alameda stations, then the music stops until 06:44. If that's a risk (delay, suitcase etc) the EMT Line A Express bus is every 20-25 mins, 24hrs a day. Apart from the bus station, it does this (ac...

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