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Dashcam captures a near-miss

Dashcam captures a near-miss

Nearly a year ago, I wrote here about deciding to fit a dashcam in my car after I had witnessed a horrendous example of dangerous driving. A young blonde in a Mini had shot past me at 55mph in a 30mph zone, followed closely by another car being driven just as stupidly. Since then, my dashcam has recorded a few trivial incidents that […]

Extra eye on driver neepery

Extra eye on driver neepery

A few weeks ago, while driving home from Deeside, I became aware of a white Mini Countryman on my tail. The driver, a blonde in her late teens or early 20s and wearing a baseball cap, was driving far too close for the conditions and wet roads. A grey BMW was similarly close behind her. […]

Paying the price of oil troubles

Paying the price of oil troubles

My grandmother, who died in 1965 a week before my eighth birthday, had two financial sayings which gave away her North-east Scottish roots. The first, which I remember her telling me, was: “Buy cheap, buy dear.” By that, she meant that buying the cheapest possible goods of any sort would be a poorer investment in the […]

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

My latest trawl through the shoeboxes in my loft has produced this 1965 shot of Bridge Street, Aberdeen, taken from its junction with Guild Street and looking north towards Union Street. I have no idea who took it. I don’t recall anyone in my family in the 1960s being so interested in photography that they would take a […]

Parking problems at the park

Parking problems at the park

There is a minor kerfuffle in Aberdeen at present involving parking, or the lack thereof, at the Duthie Park. Aberdeen City Council has spent huge sums of money in the past 18 months bringing the park up to 21st-century standards. It seems to have been money well spent because suddenly the park, a Victorian bequest […]

Old chauffeurs knew how to wash a car

Old chauffeurs knew how to wash a car

I received a press release the other day from a leading manufacturer of car-care products. Did I realise how many people were not cleaning their cars properly? Did I realise how important it was to keep a car clean? Did I realise that the company’s proprietary range of hi-tech car-cleaning products could deliver wonderful results? What I did realise, […]

You know you're getting old when ...

You know you’re getting old when …

Sometimes, you realise that the years are passing more quickly than you thought. Usually, the prompt is something perfectly innocent. I hadn’t been able to get to our usual garage, so I stopped in past a supermarket filling station. I filled up; went into the kiosk, and waited as the queue for paying moved slowly […]

When snow driving gets dangerous

When snow driving gets dangerous

I have witnessed two examples of bad winter driving in the space of six hours, both of which could have killed me, so you’ll excuse me if I’m writing this with a strong cup of coffee to restore the nerves. The first was a simple case of inexperience and bravado meeting incompetence and bad judgment. […]

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