Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by DickieG » 22 Apr 2012, 09:09

XM = styling by origami, hmm nice
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2012, 09:19

DickieG wrote:XM = styling by origami, hmm nice


At least it's styled by a human being with feeling and passion and not by some cold, clinical machine.

Today's cars have no intrinsic character - they're just machines. Efficient but dull and lifeless.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by DickieG » 22 Apr 2012, 09:36

CitroJim wrote:
DickieG wrote:XM = styling by origami, hmm nice


At least it's styled by a human being with feeling and passion and not by some cold, clinical machine.

Not so sure about that Jim, computers draw straight lines, modern cars are styled by using lifesize clay models with curves, I like curves :lol:

How many car designers prior to the late 70's early 80's used origami as their method of styling? The XM and BX look very dated to me and not ion a nice way, the XM it's just a variation/rip off of that other beauty, the BL Princess.

CitroJim wrote:Today's cars have no intrinsic character - they're just machines. Efficient but dull and lifeless.

You mean they are quiet, work as intended and don't need you to get your spanners out every weekend?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2012, 10:17

DickieG wrote:that other beauty, the BL Princess.


I think the Princess still looks bloody good against modern stuff. Best car BMC ever made, possibly...

DickieG wrote:You mean they are quiet, work as intended and don't need you to get your spanners out every weekend?


And what fun is there in that? I'd be bored in an instant with something like that :twisted:
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Post by addo » 22 Apr 2012, 10:22

CitroJim wrote:...Best car BMC ever made, possibly...

That'd be a rally spec Landcrab? :twisted:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Apr 2012, 06:32

Had an absolutely fantastic trip to Aberystwyth yesterday, taking Robyn back to Uni.

We went in Rattiva, absolutely great and did 58mpg :-D :-D :-D :-D Rattiva turned over 204,000 miles not far from Machynlleth :-D

Weather in Aberystwyth was great, sunny and warm. Much better than in England! We spent a while walking along the beach...

Perfect :mrgreen:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 23 Apr 2012, 09:58

Sounds like a very enjoyable day Jim. You can't complain with that mpg can you, excellent :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Apr 2012, 12:52

Citroenmad wrote: You can't complain with that mpg can you, excellent :-D


And it's still reading full even after a week of running around... You just can't help loving an HDi...

My last rip to Wales has convinced me I want to live there and when I can retire that's where I plan to head. The worst part of going to Wales is coming back into England...

I'm very jealous of Robyn, her new student digs are right on on the seafront in Aberystwyth, right at the end of the promenade near the funicular railway and Constitution hill and easily in staggering distance of her favourite nightspot, Pier Pressure.

I've even decided where I would plan to move to. Machynlleth is a small town on the edge of Powys about 15 miles up from Aberystwyth and right on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

I'll have to learn the language though. Even if only to be able to pronounce Machynlleth properly...

Roll on retirement...

Today is the first time in a couple of weeks I've had any time to rest up and spend any quality time on here. I've been very busy at work including weeked working and hopefully that's all now finished and life can return to normal, or at least what passes fro normal around here...

No car news at all :(

In other news, I had a lottery win yesterday :-D Only a tenner though...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 29 Apr 2012, 13:07

Nope, I love HDis :lol: Excellent engines which really shove the older XUDs into the past!

I can see the appeal of Wales Jim, a very nice place which I would like to visit again after my short trip there last year. Im thinking a weeks break there in the summer would be nice, we will see :)

I plan to move to Scotland at some point in my life, Im not one for busy urban places and Teesside is not at all appealing, I'll be happy when Ive moved out of here, even if its not all that far away.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Apr 2012, 13:17

Citroenmad wrote:I can see the appeal of Wales Jim, a very nice place which I would like to visit again after my short trip there last year. Im thinking a weeks break there in the summer would be nice, we will see :)


Absolutely, far from the madding crowd. I hate being in a busy crowded place. I love people and being around them but not too many at the same time if you know what I mean... That bit of Wales is perfect in that respect. It's also very green. Concrete is not very much in evidence but slate very much is!!! I'm just a country boy at heart and need my seaside and greenery all around me, not concrete.

And, it's great Activa country which is one reason I want to get some new tyres on her. I really want to take the Activa there next time.

I'm still hoping for a week there later in the summer, that's if I can get the time off from work. This recent bout of overtime working has netted me five days off in lieu but heaven knows when I will be able to take them.

Never properly been to Scotland. Only a quick trip to Gretna. I really must one of these days...
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Post by addo » 29 Apr 2012, 13:48

Can tell you grew up on an island - mentioning "country" and "seaside" in one sentence and not seeing the two as existing well separated!
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Post by CitroJim » 29 Apr 2012, 13:56

addo wrote:Can tell you grew up on an island - mentioning "country" and "seaside" in one sentence and not seeing the two as existing well separated!


We do here Adam :twisted: Where I live the seaside is three hours away in any direction. As far from the sea as you can get in the UK :( :( :(

To us Poms hereabouts it's functionally inaccessible but I take your point... :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Xaccers » 29 Apr 2012, 14:13

Our "seaside" isn't that great, mostly stone covered shores, and where there is sand the sea is so cold it's pointless going there.
Now, if we could drag the UK down to the Red Sea...
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Post by addo » 29 Apr 2012, 14:21

Have clear memories of Skegness, Lyme Regis and Dover. All a bit " :? " for me.

Jim, I could ask my neighbours to fix you up with a good rate for a week in their holiday cabin. It's 100m from proper beach in northern NSW.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Apr 2012, 14:30

Xac wrote:Our "seaside" isn't that great, mostly stone covered shores, and where there is sand the sea is so cold it's pointless going there.


Rubbish :twisted: You don't go to a British beach for the warmth or sand. You go for the bracing salt-laden clean, fresh air and the sound of seagulls.

And to dig worms and go fishing for the freshest fish you'll ever eat... In my case, already nicely irradiated by the nearby Hinckley Point nuclear power station. Those three eyes taste a treat...

I spent lots of my formative years beside the sea. I miss it terribly, even in winter...

addo wrote:Jim, I could ask my neighbours to fix you up with a good rate for a week in their holiday cabin. It's 100m from proper beach in northern NSW.


Love to Adam, just one problem. How do I get there not using an aircraft? I don't fly. Not ever, not for any reason... OK I know I could sail but that's still a fair chunk of time...
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