The Anonymous Widower

The Vehicle Hire Loophole

It is being reported that the car that was used as a murder weapon yesterday was a hire car from Birmingham.

Let’s suppose a country has elected a President, who is against opposition, women, the gay community, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and dogs.

Inevitably, a large demonstration will happen in Trafalgar Square.

So the President sends a hitman to hire a suitable vehicle to cause as much death and destruction as he can!

The hitman presents a valid passport and driving licence at Heavy Metal Rent-a-Weapon at Heathrow Airport and he is on his way.

But how many times has the average person hired a car at an airport and driven into the nearest large city?

How do you sort the terrorist from the tourist?

March 23, 2017 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Meet Linda From Coventry: She’s In The Driving Seat At Citroen

The title of this post is from an article in the Business section of The Sunday Times.

How many ladies run car companies? And how many are English and run iconic quirky French ones?

According to the article she is the first British woman to run a big car company and only the third woman in ever.

She’s probably one of the first widows of either sex too!

I think it must be well done to Linda from Coventry!

August 28, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Is A Rat A New Make Of Car?

I took this picture at Hillsborough yesterday.

Is A Rat A New Make Of Car?

Is A Rat A New Make Of Car?

I would assume that Burrows is a car dealership.

When I first read the one with a red background, the car make looked like a Rat.

April 17, 2016 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

I Don’t Go In Cars Very Often

Listening to the Jokeswagen Scandal radio in bed this morning, I realised that since I moved to London in December 2010, I’ve hardly been in a car at all.

I thin the longest trip I’ve done is a couple of journeys back from football at Ipswich after football because the trains were on the blink.

I’ve obviously taken the occasional taxi, but it just shows how relevant cars are to my way of life.

October 7, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

How Long Before I Get A Message About The Jokeswagen Scandal?

Now that the PPI calls seem to have run their course, Jokeswagen have presented the cold calling merchants with manna from heaven.

How long before they start targeting the owners of Jokeswagen diesels to offer to sue the company at no expense to you for compensation?

They might also decide to phone and contact everybody, as Jokeswagen could surely be considered responsible for all the pollution in our cities and the increaee in asthma.

 

September 27, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

A Police Car With 330,000 Miles On The Clock

At the commemoration for Prederick Parslowe the police brought along a couple of old police cars.

The Morris Minor was immaculate and had a genuine 330,000 miles on the clock. Apparently they own half-a-dozen, which get brought out for public relations purposes. One officer told me, that they’ve also got a couple of preserved Velocette LE‘s.

July 4, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Are Electric Cars The Way Forward?

They may well be, but judging by the reports from California about Tessla, it would appear that they are a long way away. This report from the BBC talks about the fires the cars are suffering. This is the first two paragraphs.

Battery fires in Tesla Model S electric cars have prompted an investigation by the US government’s auto safety agency.

Fires broke out in two cars in the US after debris hit the undercarriage, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

But just as with the Boeing Dreamliner, the batteries don’t seem to be up to the job.

As an Electrical Engineer, I believe that electric cars will not be a feasible proposition, until batteries can store several times as much energy safely as they do today.

Electric buses, trams and possibly some trucks are more likely to be commonplace, as their pattern of frequent stops and heavier payloads, may mean that some form of economic electric storage is available soon. Even with hybrid buses, one of the major running costs is the need to replace the batteries every few years or so.

I will be surprised, if electric cards, are little more than what they have been for the last hundred years; an interesting curiosity.

November 20, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , | 1 Comment

How To Beat Car Price Depreciation

The title of this post came from one of the most read stories on the BBC web site.  It’s here.

It’s something I don’t suffer from.  I don’t have a car any more and don’t miss it one bit.

Take today and Bank Holiday Monday.

I have a list of places, I’d like to visit and every one is an easy journey by public transport, where I’ll probably sit on the top deck of a comfortable bus, enjoying the view and looking for little oddities to photograph. I’m also going to try out a new restaurant, where my son and I, will celebrate his birthday. Parking at one of the places would be impossible, except for a bike, but the bus virtually stops outside.

Cutting the cost of motoring is a bit like cutting the cost of smoking!

Just give it up!

August 25, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Do We Rely On Cars Too Much?

This story from Birmingham shows the problems you get when you close a major route through a city centre so important maintenance can be carried out.

Birmingham to me, is one of the least pedestrian friendly cities in the UK and it seems to an outsider that everything has been given over to the car. On my last visit for example, I found no walking maps at all. I also went to St. Andrews to see Ipswich play Birmingham City last year and walking to the ground was a dangerous experience.

But then nothing must detract from the experience of driving!

July 20, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

I Thought We Were Past This Too!

This story about a woman, who wants to be a mechanic, shows that sexism is alive and well in some parts of the motor trade.

I always remember a story from myt father, who did some sort of job, that meant he drove all round East Anglia during the Second World War. He was having problems with the old Ford he was driving and pulled into a garage in a small village near Sudbury in Suffolk.  Nobody was about, but he did see a pair of legs sticking out from under a car. So he called out and in a few moments, as he would say, a gorgeous tall blonde extracted herself from under the car and stood over him.  She asked what the problem was and he told her.  She said he’d better sort it out with the boss in the office. He found the boss and the problem was sorted, whilst he had lunch in the cafe next door. On returning he asked the owner, who was the mechanic, as even in wartime, you didn’t come across female ones very often. He was told she was Lady something and she was the best mechanic he’d ever had.

July 12, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment