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Mark Allen
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Mark. Are you attempted your own sensory experience by lobbing the stereo mix all over the place! Blimey, it's like you tied me to a chair and did laps while shouting at me.

And yes, I'm aware that some people pay good money for that sort of thing. 
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Suspect that, if you are a member of this community, you will have seem the announcement by Nissan and others of a plan for a network of rapid chargers.

Just a quick post to speculate on the proposed location. There are a lot of clues in the announcement and I've managed to connect the dots to come up with some fairly convincing routes.

Firstly, the announcement gives a list of cities to be linked (I won't list them). Secondly, states that the routes will consist of two main arteries. Lastly that the distance covered is around 1,100km (abt 680 miles).

From these it's actually quite straightforward. The routes look like:

1) from Holyhead to Hull - firstly along the A55 then into Liverpool and then all the way along the M62 to Hull. Total distance about 220 miles.

2) from Stranraer to Felixstowe - A75 to Carlisle then all the way along the M6, past Birmingham, and on to the A14 to Felixstowe. Distance of 460 miles.

Any thoughts if these are the routes? For me, the M5 is an omission. Not sure how well served the M1 route is at the moment. 
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I've registered with the website - but so far nothing has dripped through.  However, since I have a background in EU projects I knew where to find more data.
I confess that I find the project completely bonkers and am very disappointed that Nissan, BMW, Renault etc have conceived these concepts.  However, its not untypical of European R&D where the project proposal is formulaic and if you don't know the formula - you will never win.  This project 'ticks the boxes' for a project that will get funded!  A mix of academic, multi-national and links the remote regions with the core of Europe.
However, the while idea of 'trunk roads for EVs' is totally b*****ks! I have plenty of experience of long range EV operation and I know the pros and cons of slow/fast/rapid chargers and the strategies that enable optimal progress in a day.  Driving from Belfast to Brussels by EV will never be attractive - even if every charger is 'rapid'.  
I have a slingshot technique where I recharge in the 20-80% and get on my way asap.  While this is as expedient as it gets - achievements per hour are <40% of an ICE'd vehicle. Max range achievements with today's technologies are about 300 miles.
Even with larger batteries the charge time will be proportional - so nothing significant will be gained!
Finally, I would point out that Eurocrats commuting to and from Brussels will never be found in LEAFs, or ZOEs - anyone who works in a European Institution will be commuting  in a heavily discounted and tax free Merc, BMW or Audi!
Is there a silver lining - yes! Certainly we will now find it much easier to take weekend breaks in Felixstowe and Holyhead!  
Drive ON!
BJ
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No, I'm okay, just got something in my eye!

What a fantastic film. 
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I'm finding myself very tempted to take on a project to build a telecaster from parts.

From a quick look, the tele seems to be a fairly simple guitar to take on and there are certainly plenty of parts to by had. Not really about the money, as I'm sure may will point out, the "finished" plank is likely a load of old rubbish as a first attempt. I'd probably be better off buying a cheap squire.

Anyhoo, anyone have any experience, advice, links to blogs/guides/vids they've found useful. All comments welcome.

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+George Hamparzoumian thanks for the reply, much appreciated. I have my eye on a couple of old fender bodies and necks. I suppose old bodies and necks could be a little idiosyncratic, but I'm happy to see what I can do.
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  • Durham University
    Physics, 1993 - 1997
    MSci
  • Dayes Lane High
    1986 - 1993
    Secondary school
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Financial services compliance professional
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  • The AA
    Senior Compliance Consultant, 2005 - present
  • Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow
    Consulting Assistant, 1997 - 2005
    Actuarial consultant
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