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Something else that gets on my nerves that drivers seem to adopt en mass…

I was driving home along the motorway this evening and while it wasn’t jammed there were plenty of cars on the road. Then, for no apparent reason everybody started to slow down. Was there an accident? Was there snow on the road still? NO there was a Volvo V70, painted white and yellow with blue lights on the top.

Why does everyone see this as a need to slow down to 55mph and try sneaking past at 60?! You’re not going to get pulled over for doing 70 or going past at the speed limit! It must be dangerous to keep bunching up so suddenly, right?

It’s as bad as rubber-necking past an accident. It’d almost be comical – everybody sitting up straight, both hands on the wheel, looking straight ahead and maintaining a cruising speed of 60mph – if it wasn’t so frustrating.

Then there’s the slowing down for absolutely no reason. No police cars, just a Toyota RAV4 with a couple of those traffic wombles inside. Drivers belting along over the limit spot the 4×4 with the high-vis paint job, assume it’s a police car and slow right down before seeing that the lights on top are amber and realising there’s no authority in there and speeding right up again.

This sporadic speeding and slowing not only shows a touch of paranoia but it’s got to be dangerous too, hasn’t it? Please tell me I’m not alone in getting frustrated by this… and, no, it’s not more of my road rage.


Getting up in the mornings for work invariably follows the same routine for me which concludes with my polishing off a bowl of cereal and bucket of coffee infront of some mindless television for ten minutes or so before, lately at least, going outside and muttering obscenities under my breath while scraping ice from my car.

This morning I flicked the channels one further thanks to clumsiness on the remote and found that Noddy is still showing. While this isn’t one of the shows I remember from my own childhood I was discussing those that I do at lunch today and was shocked to find that Postman Pat had been remade and evolved into some kind of special delivery service. A little discussion revealed the fact that this isn’t the only one, there were new episodes of the Magic Roundabout made too! In my opinion they nailed the coffin lid on that one with the film.

I’m not sure why I’m shocked, perhaps because these are so tightly tied in with memories of my youth that I feel affronted somehow. This was my childhood tv why can’t today’s kids get their own? What’s next? Are they going to remake The Centurions or Ulysees 31?!

Postman Pat et al were great because they were different, the animation wasn’t hand drawn and this was before claymation became so widespread and evolved. A show about a postman and his cat wouldn’t be much of an attention holder were it not for the animation.

It’s also part of what I consider a lack of imagination in entertainment from television to film. I, for one, am sick of remakes.  I don’t want to see a new Fireman Sam series anymore than I wanted to see a new Pink Panther remake. It was successful once, leave it alone or you risk damaging the legacy of the original (yeah, George Lucas).

What if this re-make fever spread outside of the entertainment world?

Apple aren’t about to start remaking the Macintosh 128k or Apple Newton (boy did I want one of those) anymore than you’ll see a remake of the Acorn Electron.

If the automotive world started remaking discontinued models would we see the new Toyota MR-2 with 1985 styling? Though that may not be too bad an idea… Or a new Vauxhall Cavalier?

The same applies here as it does in entertainment, these were great, innovative creations and the ideas were original. They’ve had their time and now it’s time to move on.

If I find out there’s some Morph remakes out there I’m going to be extremely unamused.

For those who doubt they were great:

There’s things I love about winter and tied into those are things I hate.

For example, I love the chill in the air, even in the morning. It wakes me up and makes me feel more alive. Yet, as mentioned before, I hate the effect it has on my car’s shine. I’m beginning to lose patience with defrosting it in the mornings.

I also love the gradual build up to the big day.

Don’t mistake this for being as excitable as a child about Christmas. While I’m far from Scrooge, I look forward more to the break and putting my feet up after a big meal and watching rubbish tv. It’s the only time of the year I can excuse the normal television programming. I really enjoy the feeling that builds within as the day draws in. What I don’t like though is the constant reminders in supermarkets and television.

Not to mention the press of people that fill the town centre on weekends during December. This, however, shouldn’t be a problem for me this weekend. Firstly because I’ve only just started my Christmas shopping and will be doing it at various quieter intervals – not having to worry about bedtimes for kids as I don’t have any – and a large part of Christmans will be dealt with thanks to a bit of online shopping.

There’s also the fact that I’m going to be heading down to my local Medway Alfa Romeo dealership tommorow. I know I’ve only just bored you all with the details of how much I love my car but the idea of looking at some new ones is too tempting.

Not that it’s a done decision, I’m taking mine in for a service yet I know I’m going to be sorely tempted to trade up.  This ties into the love/hate thing nicely though: I love both driving and driving my car, though I hate the maintainence side of the deal which is why I hand it over to the dealer to do the job I guess.

I’m often outspoken on what I think is wrong with the automotive industry and it usually boils down to the fact that so many new cars look alike or identical. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always like Alfa Romeos, in my mind they are one of the few brands out there that exert a sense of distinctive and attractive styling.

Plus I say nuts to the fear-mongering press, it’s still a good time to buy a car.  Yes, we’re all looking at the grim end of a recession but how is not-spending and believing the worst going to help? No wonder there’s no consumer-confidence when all the press wants to do is tell us we’re doomed. I’m starting to think Marvin the Paranoid Android is in charge of the press. If we all cower in fear and start hiding our money away how is the economy ever going to recover?!

Can I withstand temptation or will my wallet be confiscated in time?


I’m longing for lunch now. My frustrations of the day have gone from the car frosticle issue to the whole image captcha things. I understand the need for them to prevent spamming but I’ve just entered the correct words in to one for the last 20 plus times it asked me and every single time it told me I was wrong. No, I was not wrong, image captcha. Not the first time, not the next thousand times. Just for that you can forget my custom.