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Old June 28th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #26201
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Do they do it anywhere else than in Friesland?
As far as I can tell it happens in all rural areas, though I'm not sure how much they do it in the south.

The tradition started with those giant milk churns, which were often only found on farms. Nowadays they use just about anything to make the loudest explosion possible.

But it's weird, this year they want to ban fireworks outside a short time period in the late evening of 31 December, because fireworks cause so much annoyance and damage. At the same time they make these enormous explosions part of the national heritage...
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Old June 28th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #26202
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Good decision!
Can't even get 'em here. (I'm quite serious: Peugeot and Renault haven't sold in the US, to my knowledge, since the early 90s.)
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Old June 28th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #26203
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... Although when you tell in Randstad that you live in Friesland, you are instantly labeled as crazy .
Road_UK has family in Friesland. I'm just sayin'....

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Old June 28th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #26204
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Road_UK has family in Friesland. I'm just sayin'....

I was talking first hand experience. I live there.
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Old June 28th, 2014, 07:20 PM   #26205
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I just made the appointment, the estimated price is 230-250 euros...
I have to go to an official Seat partner since I have 1 year warranty left for the car.
I went last week. It added up to 200€ + i got expansion tank broken down (60€) + inquired air condition cleaning (30€).

Fortunately, opel provides 30% for cars older than 7 years. I do this chceck every summer before holiday, last year I got exhaust and brakes broken down (800€), this year only steering assistant :-)
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Old June 28th, 2014, 07:40 PM   #26206
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I was talking first hand experience. I live there.
Where? I'm in Sneek at the moment. Heading back to Austria tomorrow (via Mechelen, Belgium. Have to visit someone there, God help us...)
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Old June 28th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #26207
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I love Carbid-Fails though!

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Old June 28th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #26208
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Good decision!
I've had a Peugeot once, a Peugeot 306. I had no major problems with it, but I only had it for a bit more than a year.

I've had a Renault Kangoo for six years and drove over 100,000 kilometers with it, with no unusual problems. However, I think delivery vans are built a little sturdier than passenger cars.

French cars are usually the cheapest around, but I'm not convinced of the quality, if they produce them in a high-wage country like France, they must cut back on costs elsewhere, such as reliability. I can't back that one up with statistics, but I'm not inclined to buy a French car the next time.

Right now I drive a Hyundai, my first. It has 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage, so they must have some faith in their product. I drove 6,000 kilometers with it in just four weeks. The seats are amazing for a small car, I had no problems with my back at all after 60 hours of driving in 7 days.
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Old June 28th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #26209
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The French automotive industry has production going on all over eastern Europe. I know this, as I delivered parts at large PSA factories in mainly the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. (as well as factories all over France of course)

And the vehicles they produce are of very high standard. Higher than some of that plastic coming from Japan.
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Old June 28th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #26210
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...mily-cars.html

Of the 10 least reliable family cars in the UK, 5 are French. No Asian brand is listed. The most reliable family car is a Toyota Corolla, the next 5 most reliable cars are Toyota, Honda or Mazda (also known as plastic from Japan).
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Old June 28th, 2014, 08:58 PM   #26211
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Why do you pick the Daily Telegraph as a source of all sources in the world?
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Old June 28th, 2014, 09:47 PM   #26212
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In my family we've been driving Peugeots since 1990 (yeah, we're a little crazy for that) and haven't had many problems with them.
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Old June 28th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #26213
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Today it's 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franc Ferdinand and the trigger of the WWI.

He was assassinated in this car on the road in Sarajevo when his chauffeur lost direction and had to reverse.


Some 300 000 of Czech Crown Lands died in the WWI, in that some 150 000 had Czech nationality.

Historical enactment of the C.K. armed forces in Benešov, end of May 2014.


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Old June 28th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #26214
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Czech Crown Lands? Czech nationality?
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Is anyone else experiencing a spontaneous change of language of this forum? It's all in Spanish now for some odd reason...
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Old June 29th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #26216
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I have the language of this forum set to Spanish by default, so it doesn't happen to me...
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Old June 29th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #26217
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Today it's 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franc Ferdinand...
His nephew succeeded to the throne in 1916 as Karl I of Austria and Karl IV of Hungary. Karl's widow Empress Zita died at the age of 96. I happened to be in Vienna on the day of her funeral in April 1990. The lenght of the funeral procession was several kilometers, taking about three hours. It is still somewhat unbelievable to me that I have participated in the funeral of the last empress of the Austrian-Hungarian regime.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 12:48 AM   #26218
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I was in Munich on the centennial of the death of Mad King Ludwig. (Just by happenstance.) Saw a bit of a crowd waiting to get into a church.... That's as close as I can come to that.

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:-P

That's charming. (And remind me who England's playing next?)

Now visit the UK thread and let us know what you, as a van driver, think about doing your laundry at motorway services.

PS: Headline on standaard.be: "Brazil avoids [vermijdt] national drama." Suppose I ought to check the score in the other one....
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Old June 29th, 2014, 01:00 AM   #26220
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I support Holland!

I've seen it. Handy for truckers who are never home, but I've got nanny's, mums, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and all sorts to do my laundry for me
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