Thursday, 19 September 2019

Signal Failure

I saw a bloke driving a Nissan Juke today.

Not sure I've ever seen one driven by a man before.

It's certainly not something you see every day.

I also saw a pink and mint coloured traffic cone on the M53:
Again, not something you see every day.
 
Or maybe it will be now that I know it's there.
 
What I do tend to see every day, especially on the M53 is people who don't understand Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre.
 
This one doesn't bother with the "signal" bit at all:
I think I was miffed because I'm the BMW driver and I'd been signalling since the second exit marker.
 
Now I think this one has gone for Manoeuvre-Mirror-Signal which is quite a popular combination on the M53:
It doesn't look quite as dramatic on Dash-Cam as real life but I had figured out what was about to happen so wasn't too bothered.
 
Now, back to that Juke.
 
Maybe it was his wife's car.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Smashed

You can't legislate for stupid.

This is what happens when you put your Tesla into Auto-Pilot mode so you can eat your breakfast:
It didn't catch fire (which some Teslas have been known to do even when not crashing) but it did take out a Fire Truck.  Car+Driver have the story here.  Apparently, because the driver spilled his coffee and his bagel was smashed up in the crash, they aren't sure which was in his hand at the time.

Meanwhile, in the North-West of England yesterday.  It was a gin truck that was driven into - by another HGV. (Heavy Gin Vehicle?)
Gin spilled onto the carriageway but was coated with foam before anyone could get smashed on it.  The M6 was shut leading to much annoyance and many puns.  The BBC have the story here.  My favourite pun was "Was it in the sloe lane?"

Meanwhile, in a different bit of the North-West of England, also yesterday, this squirrel avoided getting smashed up against a van:

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Summer of 69

This has been coming to a head for a quite a while now.

Two years ago I noticed they were coming - Sex Plates

Last year I got a bit more excited - No 68 Reg

Now they are finally here:
I hope it doesn't turn into an anti-climax.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Goal? No - Gaol!

As a Welsh football supporter and proud Swansea boy, I was disappointed to read this story this week.

Fellow Swansea boy Dean Saunders has been sentenced to prison for refusing to give a breath test when caught in an apparently very drunk state at the wheel of his Audi in Chester.
Actually I'm quite annoyed.  He is described as "The former Derby County, Oxford United and Aston Villa forward" - no mention whatsoever of Swansea City.  Disgraceful bias against the team currently riding high in The Championship.
 
District Judge Nicholas Sanders banned him from driving for 30 months and ordered him to pay court costs of £620.  Which is less than his car-parking fine when he left his car in a short-stay car park while Wales excelled at the 2016 European Championships.
 
And the first 10 weeks of the driving ban will be irrelevant anyway due to him being banged up.
 
As he was jailing him, Sanders told Saunders, "Throughout these proceedings you have shown yourself to be arrogant, thinking you are someone whose previous and current role in the public eye entitles you to be above the law."
 
Quite right, nobody should be above the law.
 

Saturday, 17 August 2019

I've Been Driving Through a Storm Lately

Rapper TuSimple has never performed a version of Jim Steinman's classic work "I've Been Dreaming Up A Storm Lately"

Here is Steinman himself performing it as part of the Pandora's Box album Original Sin.

I've been driving through a storm lately.

This was scary because there was a car behind me and another alongside me so I had no choice but to hit the water:
Here, you will hear me swear when I realise I've got into completely the wrong lane - then I overtake a truck.  If you don't like my swearing, you can enjoy Despacito which is unfortunately by Justin Bieber.
I'd got into the wrong lane by being in "auto-mode" where I was heading along a familiar route but going somewhere different to usual.

Imagine if that truck had been autonomous.

Actually, TuSimple is not a rapper.

He is also not Sainsbury's in-house clothing brand for people with learning difficulties.

He is actually an autonomous truck start-up.  Were you wondering where I was going with this?

Car+Driver have the story here.  It also includes a YouTube video - it is a much longer video than mine and the music is much naffer.  Don't bother watching it all - it's enough to know it's a truck driving itself through a storm and the speeds are quite concerning:

But, as Gerry Marsden said, "When you drive through a storm, hold your head up high."  which is actually from Carousel by Rogers and Hammerstein.

Is that enough musical genres for one Post?

I'll ask Stormzy.