Category Archives: Cars and Motoring

Scenes on Sunday ~ Tiny Trailers

size isn’t everything
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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It would take me about a week to build one of these things

well, maybe two

 

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Somewhere On A Beach

it’s got to be five o’clock somewhere

This song by Dierks Bentley says everything about the kind of summer vacation that I can’t enjoy right now.  As a matter of fact there are some fabulous beaches near the garret, but it isn’t warm, it isn’t relaxing, and there is certainly a dearth of hot girls in skimpy bikinis.

If it comes right down to it I can’t play the guitar either.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but I can dream

can’t I?

The Covid Prison

England is now a vast concentration camp

I am not a number, I am a free man

There is an insidious cloud hanging over England, a pernicious prison created by our own government’s spineless belief in a bunch of discredited scientists and health officials.  This has been a year-and-a-half of chaos for the British People extended to August the 14th by inexplicable ‘test-and-trace’ and self-isolation rules.  It’s all been a total waste of time and treasure.

Theoretically I am free to go almost anywhere in the UK and most of Europe, but should I find myself anywhere near anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus then I will be required by the government to go into strict self-quarantine for 10 or 14 days ~ despite the fact that I have been vaccinated and more than likely would never test positive for the coronavirus.  And, because of the £37 billion thrown away on the pointless ‘test and trace’ system this grossly inept government will make damn certain that I follow it’s stupid covid laws, regulations, and rules.

Let me give you an example of how insane this all is.  All of France is now off-limits to we English because there has been an ‘outbreak’ of the coronavirus on Reunion Island, which is a tiny scrap of land, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 6,000 miles from Paris.  The population of the island is some 860,000, of which some 3,000 have tested positive for the virus.  It’s lunatic madness.

If I go into a bar or restaurant here I am supposed to scan my smartphone so that if anyone connected with the place tests positive for the virus, then the government can tell me to self-isolate.  I can’t sensibly book a flight to anywhere because it could be cancelled at short notice, and anywhere I go might be put onto the no-go list at the drop of a hat.

Last week the government here told 1,500,000 people that they must self-isolate.  No wonder Boris Johnson is pushing to be the most unpopular Prime Minister ever.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It looks like I will not be visiting my American friend any time soon

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ventura Highway

one of my best things is a long road trip in the sunshine

This song reminds me of very many happier times than I have enjoyed over recent months and years.  Ventura Highway from America.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a convertible mustang in the Californian desert

 

Stop Wasting Your Money

inflation is taxation by another name

your government is lying to you

Just in case you hadn’t noticed the price of everything is going up, starting with how much it costs to fill your car’s petrol tank.  Here in England petrol costs about £6.00 a gallon, while in the USA it’s around $4.00 for a smaller gallon.  Don’t expect the cost of petrol / gasoline to get cheaper, ever.

The inexorable increase in the price of everything is called inflation, and it’s currently standing at 3.3% per year in the UK and maybe 2.25% in the USA.  The snag is that wages and salaries are not increasing in line with inflation, so we all need to make the most of our money.

  • Don’t use your car for a short journey, walk instead.
  • Cancel your gym membership, you probably don’t use it, and you don’t need it, especially if you walk more.
  • Cancel your subscription TV channels, you don’t need them.
  • Stop buying things you don’t need, never go shopping without a proper list, and stop making impulse purchases.
  • Pay off your credit cards, even if it means using your savings and part of your pension fund.
  • If you can, pay off any other borrowing you have.
  • Stop borrowing money, no matter how easy it seems, paying it back, plus interest, is damned expensive.
  • Don’t cool your home so much, turn up the thermostat on your AC.
  • Don’t heat your home so much, turn down the thermostat on your heating.
  • Stop hanging about in bars drinking and looking for casual sex.
  • Eat out much less, stop buying takeouts, learn to cook instead.
  • Start growing your own produce, gardening is healthier exercise than going to the gym.
  • Sell things that you never wear, use, need, and probably don’t like any more.

Or do as I do and lead a minimalist life instead of a life of conspicuous consumption.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

some of us have to count every penny

Tunes on Tuesday ~ England Swings

if you can remember the swinging sixties
you were never there

Now that England has finally seen the back of, (most of), the stupid coronavirus restrictions, the country is getting back to normal again.  England isn’t quite swinging, but I still think this Roger Miller song is appropriate for the mood of the day

Of course some of us are old enough to remember the swinging sixties, when both skirts and cars were tiny minis.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

real mini coopers

very swinging sixties

Songs on Saturday ~ Soak Up The Sun

it’s the English summer, and we have sun

There aren’t many English bands who have ever had songs about sunshine ~ plenty about fog, rain, winter and misery.  Ergo I had to look to some music from the USA to find a decent song about the sun.  I like this from Sheryl Crow.

Today I will be enjoying a little of our very own pale English sunshine.

Who needs sunscreen here?

Don’t get burned.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Pacific sunset

Ecological Thrift

save money and stop trying to save the planet

consider living in a smaller place

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walk don’t drive

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drive something smaller

cheaper and more fuel efficient

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stop driving like an idiot

too fast, breaking too hard and too late

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quit your addictions

drinking, smoking, gambling, shopping, promiscuity

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don’t buy stuff you don’t need

never, ever, go shopping without proper list

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sell stuff you don’t use, wear, or has no purpose

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turn your heating down and your AC thermostat up

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

learn to cook

Hybrid Cars ~ What’s the Point?

save the planet and buy a car with two engines

under the hood of an F-150 hybrid

It all starts with the acceptance of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change ~ or for the less scientifically minded; man-made global warming.  In fact it doesn’t, it really begins with car-hating Americans like Ralph Nader, and opportunistic fellow travelers like Al Gore.  Californians, in particular, like the idea of there being less cars, and less polluting cars on their freeways.  The snag is, in the USA you can’t go anywhere without driving there.  (Unless you fly ~ and nobody would be insane enough to suggest a hybrid Boeing 757.)

So, smarter minds than the green, anti-car activists tried to come up with a solution.  The first go-around were all-electric vehicles such as the Tesla, and apart from the hugely polluting batteries, that idea has some merit.  Bigger engines, like a nuclear power plant, are more efficient than the smaller gas engines in the average Ford.  The snag is, electric cars are useless; expensive, short ranged, and difficult to recharge, (time and place).

The solution to that one is to make the car recharge itself.  We add an electric motor and batteries to an ‘ordinary’ petrol powered vehicle ~ and we have the New Bright Hope, the HYBRID.  FFS!

Hybrid technologies are not new; they’ve been around for over a century.  Petrol-electric, diesel-electric, even nuclear steam-turbine electric…..  And they are good solutions for pressing engineering problems.  But hybrid technologies are in no way ‘green’.  In fact, hybrid technologies for mass-market road vehicles are far more polluting than just buying a small petrol-powered car.

Buy a hybrid and all you’ve done is buy a power-station on wheels.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all electric Tesla

mostly powered by fossil fuels

Scenes on Sunday ~ Happier Days

long-term isolation creates severe anxiety and depression

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

long road trip though California, Nevada, and Utah

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