WEEKLY CAR DIARY & SOMETHING TO DO ON A RAINY DAY

This past week was quiet work-wise:-

Monday: Ford Transit Custom, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire to Biggleswade, Bedfordshire (home of the brilliant Shuttleworth Collection!)

Tuesday: Volkswagen Up! Beats (60hp), Volkswagen Polo 1.2 SE (2009), Volkswagen Polo Match 1.2TSI (90hp), Volkswagen Passat 1.6TD Estate (2013), all in and around Leicestershire

The Beats special edition Up! was a funky little thing, obviously aimed at the youff market. A 300 watt sound system (which I actually never turned on), Beats logos dotted around and a dashboard which …. well, you decide (see photo below). It was certainly a happy little car. It’s quite refined for a small car and handles well but the 60 horsepower is very weedy and struggled up relatively modest hills. It also seemed to have a disappointing amount of legroom for anyone sitting in the back. We have a Kia Picanto (the outgoing model) and it never ceases to amaze me how much rear legroom there is. The Picanto is peppier too but has a smaller boot than the Up! and is less refined (although the new Picanto’s boot now trumps the Up!’s).

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The Up! Complete with medieval torture device mounted atop the dashboard. Clamp your passenger’s head in that and extract their innermost secrets or petrol money. I know, I know, it’s a tablet holder.

As promised by the title of this post, here’s something to do on a rainy day: go for a walk. I promise you won’t dissolve, it’s good for you and the harder it rains, the more alive you feel. To coin a clichĂ©, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes and most of us can put our hands on wet weather clothing and/or an umbrella. Whilst the rest of Europe has been roasting in extremely high (and even dangerous) temperatures, the weather in the UK is a bit pants at the moment but a bit of rain is no excuse – it’s still warm …. ish. So I did my fair share of wet perambulating over the last week and I am still here to tell the tale.

If you can’t bring yourself to step outside on a rainy day, then stay inside and do something useful like save humanity. We’ve just discovered the board game, Pandemic. It’s an addictive strategy game with an interesting feature – there is no winner amongst the 2 to 4 players. Instead all the players have to work together to cure diseases that are threatening humankind, so you are collectively trying to beat the game. If that apparent lack of competitiveness sounds dull, believe me it’s not! It gets quite tense as cities around the world are infected and the rate of infection accelerates; if there are too many outbreaks the players lose and humanity is doomed.

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Colin

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