Here we go again

Has the Ford Focus really been around for twenty three years? I was quite grumpy and quite old when it was launched, now I’m grumpier and older and think that the original car has aged rather better than I have. Taking over from the final, and pathologically timid Escort, it’s hard to remember now just […]

Do it yourself

Why do I keep doing these things? Over the decades I’ve managed to put my foot in it verbally and physically with monotonous regularity, and some of these cock-ups have related to my work as a motoring journalist. Take the case of the wrong trousers, or more specifically, the only trousers. I’d been invited on […]

Typecast

Have you noticed that like dogs, some cars seem to share characteristics with their owners? This was brought home to me when I attended a mindfulness course in that long ago, pre-Covid world we used to inhabit. You may laugh, but I felt less frazzled at the end of it than I did at the […]

Bad commercial break?

Have you noticed that there seems to be a standard template for television car adverts these days? Nobody over thirty is featured, and the airbrushed twenty somethings who do appear have apparently been kidnapped from the nearest modelling agency. They all have razor sharp cheekbones, nobody is fat, and everyone is either skipping or walking […]

Exhausting experience

It was the night before the most recent lockdown when my exhaust pipe snapped. “There were sparks coming out from under your car,” said a passing cyclist. The car, a 56 plate Honda Jazz, is neither diesel nor hybrid powered, but what followed could have happened to ones that were, so bear with me. It […]