A little update, Yesterday i took Penelope for a ride out to wales via the M6, M54 at 70MPH (cough) and since greasing all 4 grease points, the floaty feel is about 90% cured, it felt a lot more stable and planted to the road. I think new shocks and anti roll bar bushes should sort out ride, and a front splitter is now on the shopping list Read More...
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!! Read More...
I'm among the few lucky folk - (SSR - ie Mr. and Mr.) Both from mechanical back grounds so we share the interest in having a drive full (4 sometimes 5) cars between us to tinker around with... the neighbors are pretty tolerant but do take the mickey a bit - mostly in good humour.
Madge has now been delivered to the MIL - who loved her... even bunged me 150 quid as a "thank you"... which I'm dead chuffed. WHEN the Saab sells I'm going to add her to the funds banked from the rav 4 and get another Tf for me to play with. With I'd done it a while ago though as of course the prices will be going back up now the sun is coming out. It's amazing how different the latest 3 have been to drive compared - for identical cars that is. Read More...
If you had an issue with the alternator making the belt slip if a bearing was starting to fail the the noise would be there all the time, if you only get the noise just after startup then the belt may not be tight enough.
When you first start the car it takes a large amount of energy from the battery, as soon as the engine is started the alternator will try to replace the lost energy as quickly as possible putting a big load on the belt. At 80 amps the surface charge of the battery rapidly rises and the alternator output drops off taking the load off the belt.
I suspect the belt needs to be checked for the correct tension as the belt on the TF is only small in diameter (non AC version) A small amount of adjustment makes a big difference.
First step is check the tension as below and adjust if required.
I thought I'd tell you about my "Terraclean" experiences. Let me explain.
Early in January the MOT's were due on the MGF and the Audi TT (V6).
The TT passed with no issues, and the MGF failed on a track rod end and its emissions were quite high. The TT's in comparison were below the limit, but at a level expected for the mileage 95k miles. It would appear that the MGF had a blocked catalyst (124k miles). It was duly replaced along with the track rod end and its emissions were within the pass range, job done.
One thing I had been pondering on was the idea of getting both vehicle's down to my local garage and put them thro the "Terraclean" process. I wasn't sure on whether I would get any benefits, there can be so much hype as to whether there are any benefits, but my main concern was, if nothing else to reducing the emissions. Both cars were submitted and duly "done", any differences, not something you could put your finger on but over a period of 1k miles I did notice the ability of the TT to hold the higher gear going up a long incline on the A30. With the MGF it just drove better, by that I mean the throttle response was smoother it picked up so much more smoothly, not as much on full attack, those with 52mm Throttle Bodies will know what I mean. But to the crux of the matter did it drop the emissions. You bet it did, it reduced the pass test figures by half on the MGF and on the TT by just a bit more. Now bear in mind I run Shell Fuels only in both cars in the TT V Power and in the MGF normal so I wasn't expecting too much of a gain as I use "clean fuels" I alternate the vehicle's for work, by that I do a couple of weeks in the TT and then a couple in the MGF, weather permitting. Each week my mileage varies between 750 -1000 miles per week so since they were done I've put on 6k on the TT and 3k on the MGF.
One of the main selling points of the whole "Terraclean process" is its ability to remove all the carbon from inlets pistons cylinder heads etc etc. This weekend amongst other things I was doing to the MGF I needed to replace the thermostat and also replace the metal coolant rails at the back of the engine. This involved, for me anyway, removing said inlet manifold etc.
Look what I found,
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Here you can see how clean the inlet tracks are and not only that look at the valves. Even after 3k miles they are still clean on a 124k mile engine. To say that I'm pleased with the results of my "Terraclean" and was it worth the money in my opinion yes.
Has the fuel consumption altered I would say only slightly for me, the TT averages over a weeks running, 29mpg and now about 31 mpg. The MGF did around 36 mpg before and 38 mpg after. So nothing too dramatic but all in all well worth doing.
For those of us who thought about it and does it do what it claims, well it certainly cleans the carbon and muck from the engine, and it will reduce the emissions far better than the cleaners in a tin, and whilst it won't deliver tyre shredding performance it does provide a better driving experience.