• Sadly been to finish off a few deer that have been hit by cars and seen a lot of damage done. My favourite one was the pheasant that committed suicide into my boss’s Volvo grill. He happily retrieved it to hang for later but it did get the last laugh with the unseen damage to the radiator causing my boss’s car to commit hari-kiri itself stranding…[Read more]

  • In the true spirit of suggesting what you run, what about a BMW 335i?

    I swapped my lovely but too small S3 (slightly posher than the Golf R)for a touring. Bloody lovely and a bit of cash on an exhaust would get a real noise better than the farting R.

  • bruk replied to the topic Chub Club 2020 in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    A big fat zero on weight loss this week. Tbf I’m happy I’ve not gained as 4 days away and 2 nights in hotels this week means always going to be a struggle. Training day and driving home meant didn’t get above 5k steps on Wednesday

  • Have done SF a few times. My wife has relatives in the Bay Area and its a great place to visit. Things for SF would definitely be Alcatraz, mooching around on the trams, cycling across Golden Gate Bridge and ferry back (even my non cycling wife loved that).

    Relatives love going to Tahoe so that might be worth a look though we did a round trip of…[Read more]

  • bruk replied to the topic How much to fill up with petrol? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    85 litre tank in the X5, It reckons will do around 600 plus miles on that but it is well over £100 if filling from empty. On long runs down from the very north of Scotland from England have seen close to 700 out of a tank.

    Have looked at electric cars recently as the need for towing has gone but it is the car used for family trips up north…[Read more]

  • This is a very tricky one as there is huge amounts of anecdotal evidence showing dogs eating grapes, raisins, mince pies, malt loaf and Christmas cake as above and not showing any signs of disease.

    However there is also clinical evidence of dogs being exposed to small amounts of these products and suffering significant kidney disease with the…[Read more]

  • bruk replied to the topic Chub Club 2020 in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Thanks Rob.

    Weighed in this morning and recorded it.

    Do we have a standard group weigh in plan. I always go for first thing in the morning before breakfast as my starting point. Guess it doesn’t matter as long as you always do the same thing each weigh in.

  • bruk replied to the topic Dry January in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Starts today. Had friends round for a bit of roast beef so had to offer them some nice red to go with it. Wife decided she would be dry though so I had to finish it last night after they left 😀.

    No white wine left from the majestic trip but lots of red left over so will have to wait till February now.

  • bruk replied to the topic Chub Club 2020 in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    I’m in. Managed to shift a good bit about 1.5 years ago but work changes etc mean it’s crept back on.

  • bruk replied to the topic Rise of Skywalker Spoiler Thread in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    Took the 9 year old (total fan boy, has more knowledge of the Star Wars storylines than me) and 6 year i=old (just loves the fighting and flying bits) on monday morning.

    Both of them absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see it again. I enjoyed it too but am aware that at 46 and having loved the original trilogy that this one is for my kids not…[Read more]

  • Bought a Depstech one as above for a very similar reason except Rats not mice! Pretty good quality and works simply and easily via wifi to iPhone. Being used to full-on moveable 10k plus endoscopes it was a pain not to be able to manipulate the end and use tools down it but goes that’s where the price difference is!

  • I’d go now for bone conduction ones like the aftershokz mentioned before. Can be got much cheaper from Amazon or eBay. I bought some cheap ones and they are great. Well within your budget.

  • bruk replied to the topic Numpty bmw winter tyre question in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    Mainly used Hankook, Nokian and this year it’s Continental’s on the X5

  • bruk replied to the topic Numpty bmw winter tyre question in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    Have had winters on 3 BMW’s. Have a set of alloys in the shed from my old 59 plate 5 series still!

    All have gone from stepped front and back wheels to same size all round and usually I’ve dropped at least 1 Rim size.

    Had an issue ordering winters last year in that the very clever calculator on Mytyres didn’t allow for the big sports brake…[Read more]

  • I run winters on both our cars usually and have gone down at least 1 wheel size for each. Personally I prefer the ride of the wife’s X5 with Winters on and it has the added benefit of much better tyre wear. It came as standard with stupid wide front and rears and they tended to wear at the edges no matter how well you got the tracking set up. Much…[Read more]

  • Uk passports and from memory most EU passports have the owners name and address on the inside pages. There is usually a space for adding a further name and address eg if you move. I’d suggest putting your name there if you are worried but I don’t think that is a big issue honestly if you have letter from owner stating you are fostering the dog for…[Read more]

  • bruk replied to the topic Bloody dog (tail)! in the forum Chat Forum 3 months ago

    It’s not illegal to dock the tail for medical reasons under a General Anaesthetic with appropriate pain relief.

    If it’s a recurrent non healing wound then sometimes that is the best option. Get it checked by your vet to see what damage has been down and the best way for it to heal.

    A happy dog wagging its tail can soon make a room look lik…[Read more]

  • The dog will need the pet passport and that includes proof of date of micro chipping, vaccinations for rabies and blood testing. It will then need to be treated for tapeworm in the 1-5 day period before entering the UK.

    The owner doesn’t have to travel with it and it doesn’t have to be a travel company transporting the dog either. You could for…[Read more]

  • Had a rigid shelled one but yes it did dent ( admittedly didn’t spend that much on it!)

    I use a nice Eastpak cabin bag and would look at a bigger version of that if I was looking. I tend to use a big simple Eastpak hold-all if I need to use hold luggage. That or an Alpkit waterproof duffel bag with shoulder straps etc.

  • bruk replied to the topic Tumble Driers in the forum Chat Forum 3 months ago

    Having used loads at work I now only buy cheap vented ones ideally with a rotary dial and nothing else. Simple, little to go wrong and cheap. Latest one is a White Knight, 3 years and no issues after a fault with the first one that arrived.

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