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  1. Many would agree with this: Jabba the Hutt of privilege... The best description of Donald Trump was done by Nate White a British columnist: “A few things spring to mind; Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief. Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty. Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege. And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down. So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that: Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are. You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man. This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W. look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump. And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God… what… have… I… created?’ If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.” Thank you Nate White, 501K views View 9,820 upvotes View 276 shares All reactions
  2. Hey Michael, do some checks of squatting vs sitting when defecating. The jury's still out on hemorroids but generally positive about being easier and faster. (Seen those no squatting on the toilet seat signs at airports?)
  3. A litre of petrol weighs a little over 7kgs.
  4. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    Found you one. At this boost level they become insane. But if properly mapped can be docile enough to give your grandmother. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2004-mazda-mx-5-se-nb-series-4-manual/SSE-AD-13688793/?Cr=0
  5. Yes, I'm interested in the alternative control module link also. Thanks.
  6. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    Do you want standard or something to modify?
  7. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    There are four generations of MX5's now. For oil, the handbook or google is the best guide. Here in Sydney the typical lowest temperature is around 5 deg in winter so 10w/40. I use Penrite full synthetic, which has a higher zinc content but maybe illegal in other countries. As for the timing belt, they have a life of around 150,000 kilometres. The motor also is of the non-interference type. So if it breaks there won't be a fight between the pistons and valves for the same space. Water pumps failure can happen and is a relatively quick fix.
  8. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    Love my Lotus but was so impressed by the MX5 on car runs I had to get one. (Upgraded turbo Mazdaspeed, SE in oz.)
  9. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    Here's a good video of how obsessive they can be.
  10. DanR

    Mazda MX5

    There's an excellent book "Mazda MX5 Miata" by Liz Turner. It relates the gestation of the MX5. Basically it was a "skunk works" team in the US design studio, who were inspired by an American journalist Bob Hall, to build a sports car. The team were led by an engineer Toshihiko Hirai and did a lot of work in their own time and without the knowledge of their masters in Japan. Hirai had a Lotus Elan and used that as their inspiration and target for driving prowess. The emphasis was on balance, driving enjoyment and enthusiasm over power. Thus the upper and lower control arm front and rear, the "power frame" (often mistaken as being an Elan style chassis) which connects the engine/gearbox and diff and lots of other niceties. They found with the power frame, the drivetrain was a locked unit reducing wind-up and release which makes for sweet gear shifts and a positive throttle to drive wheel reaction. The team also adopted Colin Chapman's principles of light weight and chassis rigidity. The soft top is probably the most perfect example of being simple, quick to raise and lower and work properly keeping the rain out. Here in oz, we got two versions of turbos, a local factory effort, the SP, and the limited edition Japanese Mazdaspeed model. With turbo upgrades both can punch way above their weight on the track and can be a weapon on back roads.
  11. Won't work for cold start if the car has SU carbs.
  12. If they're glued with silicone soaking for a few days in kerosene softens and relaxes the bond. That's how I separated my S4 tail lights.
  13. Long ago, in a sea far away this was part of the British fleet. And one of her carriers under attack. Didn't sink.
  14. An aussie test of proper drivers' cars with rwd. https://www.whichcar.com.au/reviews/comparisons/lotus-emira-vs-bmw-m2-vs-chevrolet-corvette-vs-toyota-supra-comparison-review-the-new-old-school?fbclid=IwAR2oSPK-8rdLYmPI4t2ar6al-pap2pjPfdxBuC4FDtCA4_gCPYRLu_DGwGE
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