Archive for the ‘Cars & Driving’ Category

Speed Kills: Use your head

Monday, October 20th, 2014

West Midlands Police’s WMPTraffic cused a bit of a stir last week on twatter and in the blog world, with this piece on helmets, speeding, and cake. Quite a good piece , in many ways, and a bit lacking in others. First of all, I have no argument with the cake bit. Moving on to […]


Take the High Road

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

You take the low road, and I’ll take the high road, and I’ll use more fuel.. We’ve been away to Scotland; more precisely Mallaig, the end of the Road to the Isles. A common theme of our trips up north seems to be killer road allegations- though I suspect the 30mph advisories on some of […]


Twenty’s Plenty?

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Note: this is an old post- originally drafted nearly a year ago, but recently I’ve been reminded of it by the surprising results of a poll, showing that 80% of people want a default 20 mph limit, and the also interesting observation here. On to my old post: I was all ready to go into […]


Sun (roof)

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Today was an unusually bright, clear, pleasant day for lately, so I thought I’d finish the sunroof fixing. A bargain from ebay got me a complete sunroof assembly: glass, motor, rails and trim. While the manual suggests removing the glass to change the assembly, I elected not to, as the adjustment’s a bit tedious, with […]


Raindrops Keep Falling on Your Head

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Well specifically, it wasn’t raindrops, but a good splash of water, and not my head, but my dear Stymistress’s. Warning: long post… Her car is now approaching it’s 14th birthday. It’s still in fairly good nick (and very low mileage, given she doesn’t like driving unless absolutely necessary) but a recent cornering move resulted in […]


A Trilogy in Five Parts

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

After many years, I’ve finally got to listen to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio show, from the original 1978 episodes to 2004-2005’s Quintessential Phase. I’ve heard it all before, but as the timespan was several years (from borrowing the original two series CDs and then hearing the Tertiary-Quintessential phases on the radio) spanned […]


Braking the Gears

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

This might bore some, but I guarantee one or two people will find this interesting. My car is now over 7 years old, and approaching 100k miles. That’s not the magic figure it used to be, but you have to accept a few things will fail- so, outside of the consumables, I’ve had a (surprisingly […]


Mayoral Car FOI Response

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

My FOI about the Mayoral car has been answered, and with fairly good answers. Here’s the response. Going through the answers, the model is confirmed as an XJ LWB, in Portfolio trim, which puts it in the middle of the LWB range, just below the Supersport, which would be a bit racy for the mayor, […]


The Sound of Silence

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I notice that my FOI request concerning Walsall’s new mayoral luxobarge has passed its due date with nothing more than an acknowledgment, and it is to this that the post title refers, rather than the selection of fine engines mated to an 8-speed transmission in said car itself. Following a discussion on Twatter, we all […]


Troweling it on

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

After we heard about the 70k Mayoral car, you’d really think that any further news on the subject would be carefully considered. It would seem not. From an Express and Star story, a quote from Mike Bird, showing great talent for PR again: If you are a bricklayer you have a trowel, a painter needs […]