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    This forum exists because people like VAG and also want to help others.

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    This is a good guide to any new member joining the site. Please read this, it will help members help you
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLFMK5GTTDI View Post
    7, this is not a school and you'll not be marked down for spelling.
    ...but please have a go, no text speak guys, you're not paying 12p per message here.

    Very useful thread, thanks for posting - now we just have to get posters to read it!


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    GOLFMK5GTTDI Great guide, well done.




     
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    Many thanks to you all for your kind comments.

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  6. Re: Tips for the New and Inexperienced Fourm User 
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    Great little guide here,

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