Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Post by addo » 30 Apr 2012, 00:18

Struth Jim, you need to conquer that fear of aircraft.

I reckon there are two attractions of flying for me - one being the more-or-less unbeatable acceleration and t'other is watching the wings flex. This latter point is like watching/measuring deflections on a large concrete span - it shows vividly how engineering takes over where skepticism leaves us stranded.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Chris570 » 30 Apr 2012, 17:07

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I didn't know you worked for the RAF Xac ;)
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Post by Xaccers » 30 Apr 2012, 17:37

Chris570 wrote:I didn't know you worked for the RAF Xac ;)


I obviously spent too much time at the Empire Training School at Boscombe Down ;)
Always was dissapointed we never saw TIE fighters parked on the apron.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 30 Apr 2012, 17:39

It's all too bloody magic for me :evil:

I have a rule. If I can't drive there or a train doesn't go there I don't go there. Simple...

I will use a boat to cross water with car or to pick up another train...

I'm very happy to leave flying to the birds...
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Post by Deanxm » 30 Apr 2012, 19:03

so if we could tether enough pigeons to you you would feel comfrtable traveling like that.............
I remember the my second flight to ireland on my own, i was about 6 i think, i was in an isle seat next to some guy who had a window seat, i must have been chewing the poor sods ear as i remember him telling me on the runway that he hates flying and asked if i would like to swap seats so i had the window, i jumped at the chance and proceeded to give this guy a running comentary for the whole takeoff about the great view was and how much the wings bend and isnt it weird how they dont break, it must of been the worst flight he had ever been on, i bet he was relieved when i went into he cockpit after takeoff for the rest of the flight.

The above is a very good reason why children should not be sent on planes alone!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 30 Apr 2012, 19:19

Oh gosh, that reminds me of my first flight :twisted: Aboard an RAF VC10 in 1981 en-route to Belize. Back then the RAF put the seats in backwards as they thought it was safer.

I was shocked at the sheer acceleration of the VC10. When it was taxi-ing I thought in my ignorance it was about to take off and then the pilot opened the taps. By gosh did it ever go... And remember backwards seats so rather than being pushed into them one was pulled out of them against the seatbelt. Up it went and I was looking out of the window over the wings. VC10 wings are slender things as they don't carry the engines and by golly do they flex. I was rigid with fear expecting them to fall off at any time. It took my fellow passenger to convince me it was normal...

And then landing... Full reverse thrust. I thought the world was about to end.

Taking off from Belize on a runway just long enough was a bit of fun too. Taxi to the very end, spin it around, brakes hard on and rev the engines to full tilt, the whole thing vibrated like a road drill until the pilot, still with engines going full-bore, released the brakes. It was like being on Rita at Alton Towers. The thing hurtled down the runway and lifted off just scraping the vegetation at the end of the runway...

That was my introduction. I've flown all sorts of planes since, some Ok and some real horrors. a BAC1-11 of Air Malawi will always stick in my mind as the one I thought I'd never walk away from... And the DC-10 that got struck by lightning... And another Cyprus Airways BAC1-11 - never did have much luck with those...

Best flight ever was in an RAF Hercules going to Cyprus. Second was an internal Saudia flight between Riyadh and Jedda during Haj when I was the only Brit. All the others, including all aircrew, on their way to Mecca, prayed before takeoff. Somehow it was oddly reassuring...

But don't get me started. I could go on all night about 'entertaining' flights I've been on. Only then will you all understand why I no longer fly :evil:
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Post by addo » 30 Apr 2012, 20:40

Giving up air flight on the basis of a negative experience, seems to me like giving up "special cuddles" because a relationship turned sour. I had to deal with a genuinely deranged/aggressive driver yesterday- flight is much safer by comparison...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 30 Apr 2012, 21:12

Truth be told Adam, it goes a lot deeper than I've let on. It's what you might call a phobia fair and square. It also manifests itself in that I have terrible trouble being a passenger in anything but a train. Many on here will vouch what a terrible passenger I am in a car :(

Slowly it's getting better though. Time heals as they say and it's true. One day I may be able to fly again but don't hold your breath...

It's a hangover from what happened to me a number of years ago that's taken me a long time to recover from. The period from 1998 to around 2004 was a very dark period in my life. I'm still recovering. Getting over a series of breakdowns takes a while and Churchill's 'Black Dog' still comes to visit occasionally :evil:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Deanxm » 30 Apr 2012, 21:18

Churchill's 'Black Dog' still comes to visit occasionally :evil:


You need to block that dog flap up thats in your back door Jim, told you about that before, shove the spare HP20 in it that will stop the blighter :-D

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Post by Xaccers » 30 Apr 2012, 21:20

Deanxm wrote:so if we could tether enough pigeons to you you would feel comfrtable traveling like that.............
I remember the my second flight to ireland on my own, i was about 6 i think, i was in an isle seat next to some guy who had a window seat, i must have been chewing the poor sods ear as i remember him telling me on the runway that he hates flying and asked if i would like to swap seats so i had the window, i jumped at the chance and proceeded to give this guy a running comentary for the whole takeoff about the great view was and how much the wings bend and isnt it weird how they dont break, it must of been the worst flight he had ever been on, i bet he was relieved when i went into he cockpit after takeoff for the rest of the flight.

The above is a very good reason why children should not be sent on planes alone!

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Sounds like my first flight, to Jeddah, with mum and my sister heading out to visit dad and to see if we'd be happy living there with him. I was about 4, and I asked mum "What do we do if the wings fall off? What do we do if we crash?" and other mundane questions like that which I thought it was important to know the answers to, I definitely wasn't afraid of anything like that happening. She handed me the safety card and got some peace and quiet while she squeezed dents into the armrests as we took off :D
She's never got the hang of opening little milk cartons without them exploding all over her though...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 30 Apr 2012, 21:39

Deanxm wrote:
Churchill's 'Black Dog' still comes to visit occasionally :evil:


You need to block that dog flap up thats in your back door Jim, told you about that before, shove the spare HP20 in it that will stop the blighter :-D

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:lol: :lol: :-D :-D His visits are very rare these day Dean and it's all the spannering that keeps him away... Not done any for far too long now so this weekend come rain or shine I MUST get the spanners out...

It'll be on a 206 and a Pixo rather than anything green-blooded though..

Happy days. I've just done my finances for the month and I can afford a set of Vredensteins for the Activa :-D :-D :-D :-D
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Post by Xaccers » 30 Apr 2012, 21:58

I could always bring Cassy over to have a go at changing her aircon bearing.... :D
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Post by Citroenmad » 01 May 2012, 23:11

I have to say im not the biggest fan of flying. My first flight was in a plane the size of a Mini Metro and had only 4 seats. I really didn't enjoy that at all much, but my second flight was in a real plan going to Canada, which was a decent flight, I didn't mind that too much but wouldn't say I enjoyed it.

Equally I dislike boats, they make me quite ill. I don't mind trains too much but the car is the only real way to travel for me. However, if im a passenger on some rough and twisting roads then the interior will be redecorated, so im usually always the driver :lol:

Its why I like going to France so much, the car is the main transport, cross into France on a train and your away, into Europe and free to drive. Its love to do a few months holidaying touring around Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Must do that.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 May 2012, 13:02

For the past few weeks, due to work and daughter commitments I've been a stranger to the spanners :( In fact I did not venture into my workshop for a whole two weeks. A bit like an alcoholic not going down the pub...

Yesterday I had a real day off and after 'detailing' the house from top to bottom and doing some essential garden (jungle) work, I gave Rattiva a check-over and an interior clean. As Rattiva is, everything was tickitty-boo as is usual...

Then I turned to the Activa. Not moved in three weeks, not touched. Started on the button. Gave her a clean as she was very dusty and rain splattered and gave her a good polish.

It was a lovely afternoon so I took her for a spin. Lovely 8-) Got home to find a massive pool of LHM under her, in the vicinity of the front ram :cry:

She's been listening or perhaps lonely and wanted some attention.

She got it this morning and I was s delighted, nay shocked, to see the fault was simple. I was expecting the worst and was prepared to do a full ram overhaul but in the event it was just a simple case of the leakage return pipe had popped out of the ram spigot :-D

It's not a simple job to pop it back as the spigot is out of sight so it's a ram off job. I learned just how good copper grease is. Last time the ram was off was about two years ago and when I reassembled it I was generous with the old Coppaslip. Today the nuts came off a perfect treat - no need even to counterhold the threads :)

I'll be taking her out for another spin later this afternoon. I've missed her...

I shall go and check on Chris570's XM progress...
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