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Re: Random link poser

Post by citronut » 10 Jun 2014, 08:43

NewcastleFalcon wrote:Jim

Little poser for you, which bearing in mind your recent travels, and your admissions of geek-ery, should be quite easy.

What is the link between this bit of Welsh poetry:-
"Pedwar llew tew
Heb ddim blew
Dau 'ochr yma
A dau 'ochr drew"

and this from page 7 of the I-Spy Citroen H Vans thread

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I can only offer a measly one mark, but 5 if you supply an appropriate picture :)

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me not know the answer but here is a translation of the Welsh through gooooogly translate

"Four plump lion
With no hair
Two 'side here
A two 'sides drew"

what ever that means #-o :-D :wink:
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Re: Randon Link Poser...

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Jun 2014, 09:19

None of the Welsh/English translators seem to be able to cope with the "drew" word :) , maybe its poetic license just to make the rhyme.

The rest of the translation is spot on but I think the drew word means "there" in the context of the rhyme.

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Re: Random link poser

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jun 2014, 10:33

citronut wrote:
NewcastleFalcon wrote:Jim

Little poser for you, which bearing in mind your recent travels, and your admissions of geek-ery, should be quite easy.

What is the link between this bit of Welsh poetry:-
"Pedwar llew tew
Heb ddim blew
Dau 'ochr yma
A dau 'ochr drew"

and this from page 7 of the I-Spy Citroen H Vans thread

Image

I can only offer a measly one mark, but 5 if you supply an appropriate picture :)

Regards Neil


me not know the answer but here is a translation of the Welsh through gooooogly translate

"Four plump lion
With no hair
Two 'side here
A two 'sides drew"

what ever that means #-o :-D :wink:


I do. You're asking that of a bridge geek :roll:

The poem refers to the four lions rampant guarding the portals of the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait which leads on to the home of a famous Citroen specialist :)

The same is the the lions are hard to see nowadays as the A55 road deck is above them. Not sure how visible they are from the train but you can get close to themh on foot as the above mentioned Citroen specialist has and has posed pictures on FarceBook to prove it...

Thanks Neil, I enjoyed that :-D

On to 2.5 XM clutch work...

It is is done... Easy-peasy. Don't know what all the fuss is about ;) :) :twisted: :lol:

Definitely best to lift the engine... It then just becomes a Xantia Matrix job. Not difficult, just long-winded and tedious.

The old clutch was literally down to the rivets :lol:

Just boxing up a batch of XM strut tops to send to KingAS for him to work some magic. My V6 ones were not too bad and might have lived on a bit but decided to have them done anyway.. KingAS is currently charging 75 Euro plus the inevitable for each one.

2.5 engine mounts are bizarre. Citroen designers must have had a particularly good liquid lunch that Friday :evil:

Two of Chris's, the torque reaction diamonds, are quite worn. KingAS will rebuild them for 75 Euros a pop...

Finally, in a remarkable and rare bout of common sense, we find 2.5 and ES9 V6 strut tops are identical...

And I now really love the 2.5 XM almost as much as the V6...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 10 Jun 2014, 10:55

Excellent news Jim :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Jun 2014, 12:33

Well done Jim I am pleased you enjoyed the poser, but I hope it wasn't too easy :)

I have scrutinised your answer though and find you have committed that fatal mistake of exam sitters since time immemorial of answering a question.........but not the one that was asked :) .

You are on the right track........but did you make the link with my latest pic from the I-spy Citroen H Vans thread?

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Re: Random link poser

Post by citronut » 10 Jun 2014, 13:23

CitroJim wrote:I do. You're asking that of a bridge geek :roll:

The poem refers to the four lions rampant guarding the portals of the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait which leads on to the home of a famous Citroen specialist :)


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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jun 2014, 17:47

V6 Xantia, Robyn and I have just arrived home in a recovery lorry. V6 Xantia threw her toys this afternoon just outside Bicester with a split regulator return hose and dumped most of her LHM..

So, with the XM off the road and the Activa still needing a new wheel bearing I'm having to borrow Robyn's 207 for the run to Somerset tomorrow...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 10 Jun 2014, 18:21

Oh, DRAT!!! (I would like to use stronger language, but the filters would have a fit!)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jun 2014, 18:29

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Oh, DRAT!!! (I would like to use stronger language, but the filters would have a fit!)


Strong language did not feature this afternoon James. We just giggled, called the breakdown services out and chatted whilst we waited.

They got to us in well under an hour and brought us home on a flatbed no problem at all.

I really quite recommend LV Britannia Rescue. Been with them for ever and each of the very few times I've needed them they have been excellent. This afternoon was no exception.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 10 Jun 2014, 19:00

Recovery is always worth the money when you drive better cars like we all do Jim! :)

To be honest I'm half tempted on Saturday if the issue can't be resolved easily to just call the AA and enjoy a jaunt home without having to spend a penny on fuel... It's already saved me a small fortune in the initial pickup of the xm :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jun 2014, 10:09

I warn you, this post contains disturbing news so those of a sensitive disposition may wish to sit down first...

Regular readers will know my V6 Xantia disgraced itself on Tuesday and rode home on the back of a flatbed. My Activa is as reliable and trustworthy as a British summer and the XM, well oddly, it's been more or less, by XM standards, faultless but that cannot last. It's an XM after all. It must be about to have a massive toy throwing session.

So upshot is, with the XM awaiting refurbished strut tops, I currently have no 100% serviceable car. The Activa is Ok for short runs but no more. So until I fix my V6 I'm reliant on borrowing Robyn's 207...

Both Xantias have now comprehensively destroyed any trust I once had in them and the XM I never really trusted 100% anyway... I'm the sort that once I loose trust in something or someone, that's it, game over. It takes me for ever to regain any former trust, if ever.

With all that's going on in my life that's not an acceptable situation. I need a rock-reliable car that doesn't need spannering every few days (as all have needed recently) to keep them good. I love spannering but electively, not out of absolute necessity.

So, against that background and an even busier time in prospect for the foreseeable due to what’s going on in my private and social life, I have negotiated the purchase of another car.

I've bought a 14 plate (also brand - new) Citroen C1. I'm thinking that'll do the job for the daily grind and meet the requirement of hardly ever needing spanners and being very reliable whilst at the same time being dirt-cheap to run.

The Xantias, despite both being well and truly in the doghouse, are staying for now and going into retirement and to be enjoyed on special days only. Their daily driver status is now at an end. I cannot home four cars however I try so one has to be culled. It's the XM.

So, the XM is open to offers as soon as it has its new strut tops fitted. It has a few problems which I'll advise any interested parties. I don't want a massive price for it but must cover the cost of the new strut tops and other recent work on it..

PM me if interested...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 12 Jun 2014, 10:23

What do you think of the c1 Jim? Is it nice to know it's your first(in a very long time!) normally sprung car that's essentially good enough for toyota to stick their name on as well?

It's a 1.0l 3cylinder jobby as well isn't it? Nice thrumb when driving and likes to have some revs to whizz along :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 12 Jun 2014, 10:29

Oh, did you get your 10% off the final price?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jun 2014, 11:01

KP wrote:Oh, did you get your 10% off the final price?


A lot more than that Will :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 12 Jun 2014, 11:21

I think once you have agreed a price you can get your ccc member card out and get more off ;)
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