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    Where would you live around Darlington?

    It depends on what sort of house you want. There are new estates in Middleton St George, Hurworth, and the sw side of Darlington at Blackwell. If you want an older house, with a bit more space then try Middleton One Row, Croft, Long Newton, some of the villages beside the A167 at Dalton, East...
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    Does anyone else wonder where the time has gone?

    Time, by moments, steals away, First the hour, and then the day; Small the daily loss appears, Yet it soon amounts to years.
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    Songs with dates in them

    Yankee Doodle Dandy by James Cagney Oh what a night by the Four Seasons
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    Only one thing left to do now for both teams....

    Neither Boro nor Hull had a chance of getting to 6th. Coventry is the team that could do it, a five point gap, but crucially a good goal difference. The FA Cup might get in their way though.
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    So the range on your EV is greater than 300 miles. If it wasn't you'd be stopping and queuing at charging points like the rest of us. We are also told that you shouldn't run the battery down below 15%, and charging it above 80% en route is neither necessary nor time efficient. So, just thinking...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    BMWi4 M50
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    Car makers quote WLTP figures. It's good that they all use the same benchmark but I have never in two years managed to drive my car more than 80% of the WLTP figure. The closest I've got was 79% and the battery was showing 0% when I got home. Just deduct 25% off the claimed range to find your...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    Yes it's a problem with ICE cars too. But it's still the scale that's important. If your diesel is supposed to do 600 miles and it actually does 500 that's still ok. But if your EV is supposed to do 280 miles but it only does 240 that's not. There are far more journeys of 250 or so miles...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    The range is never what's claimed by any manufacturer. It doesn't need to be -10C to see significant degradation on the claimed numbers.
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    There are incredible numbers of electric vehicles in some states - California, Florida, New York, Arizona et al. The US has really gone for it in spades where practical, but range is the key factor holding back acceptance in other states. 250 miles might not get you to the next town, let alone...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    No I haven't changed the goalposts. Here is the calc. From Edinburgh I want to travel to Hertfordshire, distance is 392 miles, maybe 378 if I use the A697 instead of A1. The range on my car when I set off was 290, the car was fully charged. As I went south, the range dropped to 278. I stopped...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    No, that's not the case. 400 miles is the gamechanger. If there's an EV that does 400 miles on a single charge in real world bad weather, people will buy it. 500 miles is not a gamechanger. Hardly anyone would find that is a deal clincher. My EV is supposed to do 320 miles but it really only...
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    Electric cars Depreciation

    If only it was. There are 14 Ionity charging places in the UK at the moment. 350kW charging is really rare. Saying that nobody needs a 400 mile range electric car is just weaseling round the problem. If I travel from Edinburgh to the South East of England, I really don't want to arrive and...
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    Solar Panels rough cost

    There was an article in the Sunday Times on Mar 31 saying Chinese firms are dumping solar panels in European markets because of huge oversupply in Asia. People were buying them to use as fence panels apparently.
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    Famous people who fooled you with their real accent.

    Jodie Comer can do any number of accents, all really convincing. Strangely enough her natural Liverpool accent doesn't sound quite as convincing.
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    Famous people who fooled you with their real accent.

    Martin Compston played a few games of football for Morton years ago. He was tipped to be a star.
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    Climate Change, where are you on this scale?

    I can't see anyone who voted for 3. Or even any of the numbers. None of those positions reflect my views. I am sure greenhouse gas emissions are hugely under-reported by governments. If that's the case then the scientific models that have been built are wrong. And as for retrospectively...
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    New Scotland shirt

    No. Just fed up with being asked to pay £75 for football shirt.
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    New Scotland shirt

    It looks like it's been stitched together from odd scraps of material. The 1967 Scotland shirt will always be the state of the art and it imbued the players with super human powers.
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    Hamilton GOAT

    Hamilton had the best car for a few years and won races. Now Verstappen has the best car and wins every race. There's the difference.
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