Pennod 5 Loriau Mansel Davies a'i Fab


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Alan George sydd ar ei ffordd i'r Iseldiroedd i godi llwyth o olew ar gyfer y diwydiant bwyd. Alan George travels to Rotterdam to pick up a load of cooking oil with just 72 hour...


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-Mansel Davies is one of the

-most familiar names on our roads.

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-You'll inevitably get stuck behind

-one of their 150 lorries.

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-But have you ever wondered

-how milk reaches your Cornflakes?

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-It's 28,000 litres

-which is more than I could stomach!

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-That's only one full load.

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-But it isn't the only thing

-they transport.

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-It's bye, bye to Holland

-and hello to Belgium.

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-Mansel Davies?

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-The company is decades old and if

-Mansel wasn't holding the pencil...

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-..he was certainly at the table

-when the first wheel was designed.

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-Take pride in tailing

-these kings of the road...

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-..because this series will prove

-that Mansel Davies was there first.

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-Keeping 150 lorries on the road...

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-..24 hours a day, seven days a week

-all year round...

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-..is far from easy.

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-They need an experienced workforce

-to keep the wheels turning.

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-We have some great lads

-who we have trained ourselves...

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-..and have been with us

-for many years.

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-They are at the top of their game.

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-Our technicians

-walk around carrying laptops.

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-They plug them into the lorries

-and run diagnostics.

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-We can do everything you need to do

-on a lorry in-house.

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-If there's a problem, it's best

-to take the lorry to a garage...

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-..but when that isn't possible,

-you take the garage to the lorry.

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-What's wrong with it, Mark?

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-What's wrong with it, Mark?

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-A spring has broken.

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-The axle has moved

-and blown an airbag.

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-I need to remove everything

-and replace the spring and airbag.

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-It's an awkward job because

-everything on a lorry is heavy.

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-I need to get everything off.

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-We all need a Mark in our lives.

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-Someone who turns up with a vehicle

-in pieces in the back of his van!

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-I've got the new parts to put on.

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-At call outs, we ask the driver for

-a rough idea of what has broken...

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-..so that we can bring everything

-we might need.

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-I think it started to break

-yesterday or last night...

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-..but the other has broken

-and is full of holes...

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-..and it's stuck here!

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-It sounds like quite a blow.

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-How do you ruin the suspension

-of such a large lorry?

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-Hitting a few potholes

-can cause them to crack.

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-I was going from Haverfordwest

-to Caerphilly and back to Kidwelly.

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-Mark's a bit of a magic spanner!

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-He's been doing it for years.

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-Would you like to try it yourself?

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-Would you like to try it yourself?

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-No, it's alright.

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-Not now anyway!

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-I'm too old for it.

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-That's it.

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-It's wear and tear.

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-If you happen to hit

-a pothole or something awkwardly...

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-..and there's an extra impact

-then they can break easily.

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-It's worse in the frost

-and cold weather.

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-But...

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-It happens.

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-One of those things.

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-Mark changes the suspension of

-a lorry on the side of the road...

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-..and makes it sound

-as if he's just made a crumble.

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-The Mansel Davies lorries

-don't just cross the Menai Straits.

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-They are often

-on the other side of the Channel.

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-We started delivering steel

-to Dublin.

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-The milk deliveries

-have been running for 20 years.

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-They bring back orange juice

-and various oils.

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-We get edible oil from Europe

-for the factory in Felinfach.

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-It's mixed

-so that they can make a powder.

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-It's five hauls a week

-so about one a day.

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-Alan George is an old hand

-at driving on the Continent.

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-He's just crossed the water.

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-We've arrived in Holland

-and Europoort.

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-Europoort is a manmade port

-near Rotterdam.

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-It's one of the busiest ports

-in the world.

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-In order to feed this beast...

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-..it's surrounded

-by a massive industrial zone.

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-How can I explain

-the size of Europoort to you?

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-Port Talbot is about a mile long...

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-..so you could fit

-Port Talbot 28 times...

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-..into the whole of the Europoort.

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-It's quality not quantity, Alan!

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-Today, he's collecting

-vegetable oil...

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-..but needs to scrub up first.

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-I need to put this on.

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-I don't know what to call it

-but it's like white overalls.

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-These go over my clothes

-before I can take the load.

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-I need to put on the cap too...

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-..to stop any hair

-getting into the tank.

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-And I'm ready.

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-I'm ready to fill the tank

-with vegetable oil.

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-Hygiene is important

-when transporting food products.

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-Everything has to be tagged.

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-We'll go and check the tank...

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-..to see whether it's dry or not

-for us to load the oil.

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-That's OK.

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-That was simple enough, Alan.

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-Off you go!

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-I've got a bucket underneath it

-so that there isn't any spillage.

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-Next, I need to drag it over...

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-..to the tank.

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-I bet you're a king

-of purity and hygiene, Alan.

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-Well done, lad.

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-The microwave meals industry

-relies heavily on this oil.

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-The pipe goes into the top.

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-I'll leave the bucket over here.

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-The next task is to press the button

-to get us started.

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-BEEPING

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-It's good.

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-It's starting to fill up.

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-I hope to be out of here

-in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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-Heaven help you

-if you mix milk with oil...

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-..so the tanks need washing

-between every load.

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-We wash the inside of every tank and

-this is CIP or Cleaning In Place.

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-It's a mechanized system.

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-Every milk tanker has to be washed

-within 24 hours...

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-..or it's washed between hauls

-if it's a different product.

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-Some are washed

-at the end of the day.

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-Others are washed in the morning.

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-We have two washers.

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-You can wash

-two lorries at a time here.

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-There's another in Letterston

-where we can wash one at a time.

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-There's a process so you don't need

-to climb inside with a toothbrush!

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-It's rinsed with cold water...

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-..to remove all the residue.

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-There are three rinses.

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-Next, there's a hot water cycle.

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-The water is 60 degrees Centigrade

-with 2% acid or caustic.

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-This process

-lasts for about 20 minutes...

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-..before it's rinsed

-with clean water.

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-It takes 30 minutes in total.

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-What happens to all that water?

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-We recycle most of the water

-and there's little waste.

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-All the hot water is recycled.

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-We keep the water from the last

-few rinses that cool the tank.

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-It's used for the first rinse

-in the next wash.

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-We don't use that much water

-and recycle most of it.

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-Alan is still loading.

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-There's no pressure

-but he doesn't have all day!

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-I'm loading vegetable oil.

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-It's loaded as hot oil

-at 50 degrees Celsius.

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-The tank is like a massive flask.

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-It can keep things hot or chilled.

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-It's a race against time to be back

-in Felinfach within 72 hours.

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-If I'm not back in 72 hours...

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-..it could have fallen

-a few degrees...

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-..and it'll be difficult to get out.

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-That's the difference between

-pumping it out and digging it out!

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-The route home is important.

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-I plan to travel back

-through Holland...

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-..into Belgium and then into France.

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-I'll cross using the Eurotunnel

-and land in Folkestone.

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-It should take four and half hours

-to five hours to reach France...

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-..so I hope to be on the train

-to go through the Eurotunnel...

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-..somewhere between

-4.00pm and 5.00pm.

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-As soon as I can secure the seal...

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-..the clock starts ticking...

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-..and I've got 72 hours

-to get back to Felinfach.

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-And he's off just like Usain Bolt!

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-That's good, Alan.

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-Try moving up to second gear.

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-Good boy.

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-In Europe, they always ask

-if Wales is Angleterre.

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-I always say, "No Angleterre!"

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-"It's Pays de Galles."

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-"Oh, Cymru," they say.

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-Their attitude totally changes.

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-They seem to be a bit more friendly.

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-The Dutch are very laid back.

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-Nothing is a problem for them.

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-There's no telling if they put

-something stronger in their coffee!

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-If I didn't know any better,

-I'd say the same about you, Alan!

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-Forget the spaghetti.

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-You have a load to deliver

-before it turns to lard!

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-That isn't the only problem

-when crossing the Continent.

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-Most of it's the same

-as it's all European legislation.

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-The driving hours

-are exactly the same...

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-..but in France, the weight limits

-are slightly different.

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-In Holland, they have

-a different combination of trucks...

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-..but our lorries conform

-to the regulations of every country.

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-The lorries might be legal but

-do the rules change for the drivers?

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-In Holland, you can travel at 80mph.

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-You're not allowed to overtake...

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-..between the hours

-of 6.00am and 10.00am...

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-..and between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

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-We're entering Belgium now.

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-The speed limit is 90km or 56mph.

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-That's on a two-lane

-dual carriageway.

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-You're not allowed

-to overtake in the rain.

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-In the dry weather...

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-..you're not allowed to overtake

-between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

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-So you could say that

-the rules change with the weather!

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-The biggest difference

-for travellers in Europe...

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-..is the lack of borders so traffic

-can move from country to country.

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-It's like crossing

-from Wales into England.

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-Is this going to change

-because of Brexit?

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-I don't know.

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-Who really knows?

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-Nobody knows about the restrictions

-or what they plan to do.

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-I'm not overly worried about it

-if I'm honest.

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-The addition of border controls

-won't be a problem.

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-It won't be an issue as long as

-you conform to what they ask of you.

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-They won't close ranks...

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-..because they want to buy our

-produce and sell to us as well.

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-Everyone will just

-have to work together.

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-In the meantime, Mark is

-still working on the roadside.

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-The finish line is in sight

-but he's hit the wall.

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-He thinks

-that he's got the wrong part.

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-It would be an issue

-for anyone else...

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-..but Adrian is on

-the end of the phone.

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-TELEPHONE

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-Hello?

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-Alright.

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-Hang on, I'll check now.

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-I think you've got the right one.

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-It's the one listed

-unless it's the wrong part number.

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-Can you make it fit?

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-Let me know.

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-Thank you, ta-ra.

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-That was Mark.

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-The U-bolts I'd given him

-weren't long enough.

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-They were half an inch too short.

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-He had the right ones

-from what I can see...

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-..so he'll have to grind things down

-to make them fit.

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-That wasn't a lot of help, Adrian!

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-It's up to Mark

-to get his magic spanners out.

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-Alan has found third gear and is

-on the road from Dunkirk to Calais.

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-It's become dangerous recently.

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-Illegal immigrants wait here

-and try to board the lorries...

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-..that are crossing

-the Channel to enter Britain.

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-There's a lot of immigrants now.

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-The biggest problem

-is this free movement...

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-..and they want to travel through.

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-There's nobody there

-to check their identity.

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-I've had two run-ins.

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-I was parked in Calais one night

-in a secure lorry park.

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-I thought that I was safe.

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-I got up at about 3.00am or 4.00am

-on the Saturday...

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-..and was preparing to go home.

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-I was doing my daily checks...

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-..and spotted a man lying between

-the two axles of the trailer...

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-..in the wind and rain.

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-I had real difficulty

-in getting him out.

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-He kept saying, "You go to England.

-I want to go to England."

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-But I got rid of him

-and he didn't get to England.

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-They are getting more desperate

-and will try anything.

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-They throw bricks

-and even bottles...

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-..to try to force us to slow down

-so that they can jump inside.

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-They are even using children

-so that we take pity on them.

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-By allowing the children...

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-..the next step

-is to take the parents...

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-..and you might end up with

-all the generations of that family.

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-Border protection is clear

-on the approach to Calais.

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-There is a structure in place

-to protect the driver from attacks.

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-This is the last section

-before we reach England.

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-I enjoy the train...

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-..because it's a quick way

-to travel from France to England...

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-..but I prefer the ferry.

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-I get to sit down, have a meal

-and I might read the paper...

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-..and it gives you time to relax.

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-Whilst Alan puts his feet up...

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-..Wayne Delve is polishing

-the Sunbeam in the parts department.

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-It's another important member

-of the family fleet.

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-Mansel owned the bike.

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-He won the hillclimb in Birmingham

-and is the only Welshman to do it.

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-He started racing motorbikes

-after that.

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-He won the first open race on a

-motorbike at Pendine Sands in 1918.

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-The bike has two engines.

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-There's this engine

-and he also had a race engine.

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-His brother worked with Humber

-in Birmingham.

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-He would change the engine

-and use it for racing.

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-The bike has been back

-with the family for many years.

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-I wouldn't want to race it.

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-Mans raced pushbikes

-before racing this engine.

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-He said that there wasn't an art

-to motorbike racing.

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-You just rode it flat out!

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-Pushbikes were far more strenuous.

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-He'd go flat out on this

-and didn't find it difficult.

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-I think there was

-quite an art to it.

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-There's more classic vehicles

-around the yard.

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-Some of the workers

-enjoy renovating classic cars...

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-..and get to exhibit them

-on Barley Saturday in Cardigan.

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-I've had a wash today

-so there isn't a spot of dirt on me.

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-I'm surprised you recognized me!

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-He's unrecognizable

-but what about the car?

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-It's a 1959 Ford Popular.

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-I bought it from a gentleman in Bath

-about a year ago.

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-It was more or less

-ready for the scrap yard.

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-I've spent the last year

-cleaning and painting it...

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-..and doing all that was needed.

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-Today was it's first journey

-on the road since 1981.

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-It'll be very embarrassing

-if it doesn't start today.

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-The lads have been teasing me

-and offered to push the car around.

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-It doesn't matter if I need a push

-because it's part of the fun of it.

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-You know a man with a lorry

-to pick you up.

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-And I've got a trailer at home.

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-He was prepared for trouble

-but didn't need the trailer.

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-It's good to have a break

-and do something else.

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-You'll have this

-for many years to come.

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-I can look at it in 50 years

-and know that I rescued it!

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-As well as running

-a massive fleet of lorries...

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-..they are the biggest

-Volvo dealer in the area.

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-Wayne Delve is the sales manager.

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-I get calls from customers

-in the local vicinity...

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-..in Cardigan and Aberystwyth.

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-They want a lorry

-for a specific purpose.

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-We try to sell

-up to 60 lorries a year...

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-..but that depends

-on the needs of the customers.

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-If they have enough money and

-we can sell them a Volvo or Isuzu...

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-..we offer

-a great after-sales care plan.

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-Wayne is a born salesman.

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-He never misses an opportunity

-to sell a lorry.

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-This lorry is the FH model.

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-It's one of the biggest lorries

-that can carry up to 44 tonnes.

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-This is a new lorry

-that has just arrived.

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-It will join

-the Mansel Davies fleet.

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-There's a few things to do on it...

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-..but it's 500 horsepower

-so has plenty of welly!

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-It arrived yesterday

-so we need to prepare it.

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-We'll give it a coat of paint...

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-..before it goes on the milk runs

-to North Wales and London.

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-It has years of work ahead of it.

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-After hours of travelling

-across Europe...

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-..from Holland to England...

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-..the Land of Song

-is on the horizon.

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-I travel around Europe

-and all over the world.

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-It doesn't where I go...

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-..the Severn Bridge and Wales

-is always a welcome sight.

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-Alan encounters his first queue on

-what has been a trouble-free drive.

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-This is the final

-border control of Europe.

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-It's the most expensive border

-control in Europe to get into Wales.

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-And it's worth every penny, Alan!

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-There's a price to pay

-for perfection.

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-It's a lesson that Mark the mechanic

-knows only too well.

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-The sun is setting and he's changed

-the pieces to fit the hole.

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-There's just the small matter

-of putting it all back together.

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-All that's left to do

-is to replace the wheel.

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-That, in itself,

-is beyond the ability of most of us.

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-You can park it here unless they are

-panicking about getting it back.

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-It's fine now anyway.

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-Thank you.

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-Everything is fine so

-it's Swansea West for the night...

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-..and I'll have a McDonald's!

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-HORN

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-Charlie is free to go and

-it's the end of a busy day for Mark.

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-Everything goes back in the van.

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-He has a quick wash

-and away he goes.

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-The shop is shut!

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-To infinity and beyond.

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Alan George sydd ar ei ffordd i'r Iseldiroedd i godi llwyth o olew ar gyfer y diwydiant bwyd. Alan George travels to Rotterdam to pick up a load of cooking oil with just 72 hours to do it!