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Blogathon 19/15 – lights out?

Bangernomics is the name attributed to buying an old wreck of a car for not much money, and running it in to the ground, and then beginning the cycle again. I tried my hand at Bangernomics a good dozen-or-so years ago. I went to several car auctions. I studied form … Continue reading

Driven to the edge

This morning’s 125-mile motorway journey (M6, M42, M5, M4, M32) brought home to me just how poor the standard of driving is in this country. So few motorists seem to be aware that the Highway Code has been updated. So few motorists seem to be aware that driving standards have … Continue reading

What are speed limits for, Daddy?

During one of the lovely Vicola’s (remember her?) epic rants on FB, recently, a commenter offered a link to a blog that examined what speed limits were intended for, and how that intention has become altered (some might say ‘corrupted’) in recent years. It’s thought-provoking stuff, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

Motorway fire

Last Thursday I was stuck on the M1 fo 90 minutes, behind a lorry fire. This is the filterage that got me to the front of the queue, and a look at some of the unusual behaviour that people adopt when the motorway is closed. And a listen to the … Continue reading

SW57 AOR

Wow. The driver of SW57 AOR here, redefining the phrase ‘red light jumping’ with ease (not in a good way):

Feb blogathon 26/14 – swearage

My commute, when it’s not snowing, frosted/icy, or chucking rain down in buckets, is the VFR. Normally my commutes are fun, but uneventful. Today, for the first time, my commute was not a good experience. The three things that happened to me (bad things happen in threes?) were manageable. Even … Continue reading

Feb blogathon 21/14 – celebrating/not celebrating

I can’t help noticing, amongst the plethora of new rules for the 2014 F1 season, is this little gem: A winning driver may now perform an act of celebration before reaching parc fermé provided that the act is performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or any officials, does not … Continue reading

Feb blogathon 17/14 – changing perspective

My commute to work this morning took two hours longer than usual. Those two hours were spent sitting on the M6, listening to heavy rock CDs, wondering what the fuck was going on, moaning to myself about how inaccurate the Radio 2 travel news was (“two lanes shut, delays of … Continue reading

Feb blogathon 17/14 – changing perspective

My commute to work this morning took two hours longer than usual. Those two hours were spent sitting on the M6, listening to heavy rock CDs, wondering what the fuck was going on, moaning to myself about how inaccurate the Radio 2 travel news was (“two lanes shut, delays of … Continue reading

Feb blogathon 10/14 – don’t look now

I stole this video clip from FB. The video just emphasises that sometimes, when you’re out in your car, whatever is going to happen to you next… It might not come from in front of you… It might not come from behind you… Post by Tony Ranaudo.

Feb blogathon 5/14 – a long way up (and down)

Bloody hell, I’m completely tired. I’m more tired than a very tired person from a very tired town, in the middle of the tired countryside, who has been busy doing things and getting very very tired. Yes, I’ll stop now. I noticed a few peculiar things on my roadtrip to … Continue reading

There is no cure for stupidity

Jason Thomas, a 33yo uninsured and disqualified driver from Dudley, West Midlands, collected his three children from school in his Vauxhall Vectra. On the way home, Mr Thomas was flagged by police. Instead of pulling over, he refused to stop. In the ensuing chase, he drove through red lights, he … Continue reading

Driving me mad!

I did a lot of motorway miles today, on the VFR. It was fun. I loved it. Except for the vast majority of other drivers. I didn’t love them. They weren’t fun. They were accidents just waiting to happen. I rode most of the journey in Lane 1. I undertook … Continue reading

Absolutely horrific!

This is what driving too fast in adverse weather conditions does. How do these stupids get driving licences in the first place?
(no sound to this video)

Keeping busy

Things are work are mentile. So, to balance my life out, I’m keeping very busy at home too. I suppose the ‘things at home’ divide up in to subheadings: Car: The car hasn’t had much use since I got it. It’s been in to the centre of Rugby for wheel-balancing … Continue reading

People are scary

People on motorbikes (and, in one particular clip, people on pedestrian crossings) are even scarier:

Drivers guide to bikers

I actually had, today, a motorist who tried to block me – a motorist who deliberately changed the direction of his car – to stop me from filtering down a line of stationary traffic at a roundabout. I wanted to call him an ignorant twat. I wanted to run the … Continue reading