It is from David Brown Automotive. This David Brown is apparently no relation to the David Brown who was behind Aston Martin in the golden era of the DB6, but there is a distinct flavour of the Aston Martin about this car. Continue reading
Perdita was barking inthe garden this morning. Why? Because there was a owl sitting in a tree, giving her a very superior sort of a look. Continue reading
I lived for a while just off King’s Road in Chelsea in the 1970s, and so of course I went to see the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show which was running in the theatre on the corner. Since then, I have seen the film a couple of times. In those days – before Aids rendered casual sex less fashionable – it was a fabulous show. Silly, of course, but also satisfyingly subversive. But all that stuff is getting on a bit now, and when a friend suggested that I join her to see the latest stage manifestation in Adelaide last night, I was Continue reading
My friend Joanne has a thing called the countries game. The idea is that you have to count how many countries you have been to. She has rules.
It is surprisingly hard. One writes a list, but then remembers other places one has been. I think I get 45, assuming that the Channels Islands are different countries.
Brazil Continue reading
Like many people, I suspect, I used to think that James Hunt was a bit of a plonker. He was a few years older than me – when he was winning the world championship in 1976, I was just finishing law school. We admired his heroic driving, or course, but his poor manners seemed boorish.
Later, I warmed to him. There was something very sad about the extent to which he was laid low by his divorce from his second wife. He worked a few days a year – commentating on the races for the BBC – but was by then so poor that he had to bicycle from his home into London to get to the studio. And then Continue reading
They only cost $10 for a set of 5. But you need to get the right pintel diameter. Most modern office chairs take a 11mm pintel. I have had my office chair (which I have in my study at home) for quite a while now – I like it and it is comfortable. But here’s the thing. It takes a 10mm pintel. Go to the average office chair shop and they say “Nah, mate [sniff]. Dairn’t see vem no more. Izaw levemill vese daze.”
But here’s the thing. The other thing. Ikea Continue reading
I thought I might buy a Microsoft Surface (well, they run real Word and they have a USB port, so that ticks two boxes for me). They have had a hard time among the Applites, but the reviews of new Surface 2 seemed OK, and my old small laptop is now very long in the tooth.
Sold out in Adelaide. Never mind, I thought, since I was going to be in Brisbane last week for a retreat (see here), and could pick one up there. Still no joy. They are apparently sold out throughout Australia, and no new stock is expected for a little while.
Maybe this is a sign Continue reading