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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.


jack collier

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

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.


jack collier

real mini coopers

very swinging sixties

Songs on Saturday ~ Beep Beep Beep

the fastest accelerating road car in the word is smaller than an old Nash Rambler

It’s a Caterham 7, and for a while I had one of those.  These days I have a tiny little Citroen C1, and it is fast enough to keep up with much larger and more powerful cars, especially around town and on English country roads where a Cadillac would be nothing more than an over-large embarrassment.

I think this song by The Playmates is pretty funny.

My little Citroen’s horn really does go Beep Beep Beep.

Which is not quite as funny as the Californian lady on my sat nav, who cannot pronounce English place names at all, and calls a roundabout a roadary…..


jack collier

 much smaller than a Nash Rambler


Songs on Saturday ~ Rich Girl

a girl might be born rich
but nobody is born being a bitch

This song is for a very close friend, and she is rich in so very many ways.  I like Hall & Oats a lot.

Just because she’s a rich girl doesn’t mean that she pays for dinner.

But she does drive a very cool car.


jack collier

not necessarily the cool car she’s driving now

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Bullitt

San Francisco is 50 square miles surrounded by reality

From the Steve McQueen movie, the best car chase scene ever, perhaps.  I learned the streets of San Francisco from this film, such that I can walk all around the city without a map.  Not bad for an ordinary Englishman.

Certainly a great advertisement for visiting San Francisco.

Steve McQueen did a lot of his own driving in the movie.

At lest one 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback still exists as does at least one Dodge Charger, (how many of each were originally built, ( 2 or 3), and how many still exist is shrouded in mystery).


jack collier

classic movie, classic car


Tunes on Tuesday ~ KALEO

Unofficially, I’ve driven le Circuit de la Sarthe

One of the great duels at the classic 24 Heures du Mans was between the Ford GT40 and Ferrari 330, which the Ford won in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, beating the Ferrari which had been victorious every year from 1960 to 1965.  The Ford was called the GT40 because its roof was 40 inches from the road.

Of British cars that won at le Mans, the Bentley Speed Six won 5 times between 1924 -30, and the Jaguars C and D types won 5 times between 1951 and 1956.  Even with the new kink half-way down, the 3.7 mile Mulsanne Straight is terrifying, especially when you reach the hard right at the village of Mulsanne.

The Circuit du Sarthe is eight-and-a-half miles long in all.

Sadly, Steve McQueen never raced there, although he did race at Sebring.


jack collier

Bentley Speed Six Le Mans



Tunes on Tuesday ~ Lionel Richie

sometimes only the original will do

Following the mashup video of Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling I posted this morning, here is the original video.

Please don’t try to do this at karaoke if you can’t dance.


jack collier

Ferrari Mondial Cabrio


Tunes on Tuesday ~ Madness

Lockdown in England Day 400

It’s been more than a year in lockdown, I recently had a false positive test for COVID-19, and things are really getting to me.

This Madness song says it all.

I like the Jaguar ~ great car, drives like a truck.


jack collier


a better Jaguar


Songs on Saturday ~ She Makes My Day

all women are beautiful
it just takes the right man to see it

This Robert Palmer track describes how I feel about today.  I hope that you have a very special friend in your life too.

Of course, we guys calls cars, boats, and aeroplanes ‘She….’ too.


jack collier

Songs on Saturday ~ Daytona

twelve wild horses in silver chains

Back in the day, when Chris Rea could still sing and great cars didn’t rely on computers to make them work, Pininfarina designed the Daytona.  I would contend one of the 10 best-looking cars ever made.

I’ve been to Daytona Beach, and I even know what Daytona means, but I’ve never driven a Ferrari Daytona, not anywhere.  And actually, I’d rather own a Jaguar V12 E-Type, but then I am English and not Californian


jack collier

a man’s man’s car

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