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  1. Thanks for your responses folks. I think the mx5motor comments nail it for me. Rotaries are exotic. I wouldn't want my new pride and joy to have the wrong oil put in it so it needs someone who appreciates them. So Doncaster it is. ---------- Post added 21-01-2014 at 10:56 ---------- Oh now I'm torn. Anyone tried both and can give a comparison?
  2. I noticed them and they have a good reputation. Doncaster though :/
  3. Yes I am fully aware of the horror stories - that is why are want to have it maintained by someone who knows what they are doing
  4. Ok a bit of a long shot this. As a knee jerk reaction to my mid life crisis I bought a Mazda RX8. It runs great but could probably do with a service. Looking through the forum I see Nick Clulee is mentioned as a potential Mazda/rotary specialist. Has anyone had any experience of this garage? Alternatively, can anyone make any Sheffield based recommendations. Thanks
  5. Yes - and thanks for the offer. Didn't see it until this morning by which time I resolved it. Twigg Bro's for future reference. Very prompt. I've also joined AutoAid so should be covered in the future.
  6. Car battery is flat - I left the lights on. Breakdown cover doesn't cover within 1 mile of home (doh!) so need a mechanic. Any recommendations?
  7. A horrible choice. I chose Leeds. It's was cheaper than Manchester when I last looked, there are more trains, there's a newish service from Nottingham now and you can usually get a seat (although some take forever). There is the coach option (which I often use) that costs even less and takes about the same time on a good day.
  8. I was also there at that time. I also have fond memories to a degree but it was certainly in decline even then ( see - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/sep/14/nickdavies. It describes the history better than most perhaps). It is this long constant and consistent decline that is lodged in peoples perception - and indeed mine that needs to be overcome. The fact that there are people that still care about AG amazes me. There must be something very special there for you to feel that way. I truly wish you the best of luck
  9. In the late 70's and early 80's the Moor was a dynamic place. The first mistake was the Moorfoot building that effectively stopped people walking through to and from London and Eccelscall Roads (remember the Coop store?). Then there was the misguided pedestrianisation. The buses that were well used at the time didn't and don't stop anywhere near it (when they used travel right down it), parking has never been added. Consequently in a very short time customer flows dried up to such an extent that the road no longer needs to be paved over. People don't just need a reason to go to the Moor. Tidying it up would be great but it won't fix the main problem - its just too much hassle to get there. I would open it up to traffic, buses and even cheaper parking if possible and maybe the increased volumes of people would provide an environment for businesses to grow again
  10. Well I was all of that and remember it well. I'm not sure I want to relive it though. What is the aim of the show? Rehashing stereotypes or is something more engaging being proposed?
  11. Not exactly my recollection of that period. Although I personally (though not academically) thrived there, racism/bullying from all communities was rampant and the leadership of the school was poor. It was still in denial about becoming a comprehensive and this was divisive (and actually institutionally racist come to think of it). The School was certainly in decline even then and has never recovered. It is a failed experiment that is costing kids. It should be consigned to the past and something new, relevant and credible put it its place
  12. I was struggling to get to the gym due to the road closures. A tad annoying but I loved the irony
  13. Well I didn't particularly want to share this but I had a resistant verruca. It was painful and the usual over the counter remedies had not worked. The Leeds Centre were quick,friendly and professional but would NOT treat it and referred me to the GP. I rang the Sheffield centre who confirmed the position. They did give me a lot of self help advice but I had already tried that. I agree with Dan that this is exactly the sort of piddling thing that GP's should want to avoid. So I don't quite understand why mine cited clinical safety as the reason when I raised it with her.
  14. I've been to the walk in centres at both Leeds and Sheffield. I can't fault their promptness and professionalism but they are severely limited in what they are allowed to provide. If they can care for you they are excellent. If they can't - and it genuinely surprises me at some of the things they aren't allowed to do, then it is a very frustrating waste of time. Rather than trying to second guess what they can or can't do I reluctantly clutter up my GP's valuable time instead. I think (cynically perhaps and with absolutely no supporting evidence) that GP's might not be entirely keen on the walk in centres as they poach on what they regard as their territory.
  15. Alternatively you could get the national express coach. I gave up getting the train over a year ago. You are guaranteed a seat with legroom, (you can reserve a seat on the day if you wish if you want to be certain) usually air conditioned, quieter and cheaper - £28 per week. If there is a problem on the motorway the driver takes an alternative route. More friendly too as some people are on first name terms with the driver! If you don't fancy the idea I think there will be additional train services to Leeds starting in December so the situation will improve further.
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