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Old 02-16-2009, 04:58 AM
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German automaker BMW said on Monday that it would shed 850 workers at its plant in Cowley, England, where it makes the Mini, as the global economic slowdown hits demand for the iconic car.
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I wouldn't want to work in the auto-industry in the UK, or Swindon to be precise - both Mini and Honda in Swindon now closed... one of my friends worked at Honda years ago - we lost contact and I am not sure if he still works there (he was support stuff, not production - but no workers means no ancillary services needed)...

BMW In Swindon:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/n...nt_in_Swindon/

then there is Honda...

Honda in Swindon:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...bydsVFnLB5445g

Swindon is 20 miles from where I grew up...
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Swindon is 20 miles from where I grew up...
So... you will know the Magic Roundabout? I nearly soiled myself the first time I saw/navigated it ...

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I thought sales of Mini's were up?
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:33 PM
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I thought sales of Mini's were up?
I think that trend wears off if you have to drive the go-kart daily...

There are a bunch of them for sale (used) in LA. I'm even seeing a lot of Smart cars on the used car lots now. I hope the arrogant Mini and Smart dealers feel the pain now. Karma is a beeyatch.
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So... you will know the Magic Roundabout? I nearly soiled myself the first time I saw/navigated it ...

I did work and live in Swindon for a while and I *LOVE* the magic roundabout... it is one of the best things about Swindon!!

When I moved to Swindon I had an orange Mini 1000 (8 years old and 4,500 miles when I got it) and it's one of those "point and squirt" cars - you just know where you're going and it becomes second nature - round, round, round, off - I could negotiate the roundabout and slip between cars who were dithering trying to work out where they went next! LOVE IT!!!!!

Mrs WYB about soiled herself first time on the M.R. also!

Fun times in Swindon - my tiny little town doesn't have a bowling alley - so we went to Swindon to bowl - I was telling her about the Orange Mini I had - and I sold it to my great aunt after I was done with it - in England the plate stays with the car... she asks "like that one...?" - to which I look up - and there she is... WHR 138T - my old mini!! "Nope .... THAT one!"

Swindon has more roundabouts than any place I have ever been... they are BRILLIANT!!!!!
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