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Do motor industry executives dream of electric cars?

Apparently, yes: they do.stm: the relentless obsession with Carbon emissions (while important) has led us into a blind alley of thinking that electric vehicles are somehow “green”. A clue: they’re not, unless the energy used to propel them comes from a renewable resource. Otherwise, all you’re doing is swapping local pollution and emissions for those far away; you know what they say about “out of sight…”. Carbon emissions are only one of the car’s many downsides. Read more...

Improving Freecycle

I’ve been a member of our local Freecycle mailing list for a few years, successfully using it to offload and acquire various items, from a double futon bed to an mp3 player. In 2006, Giles Turnbull blogged about Freecycle’s shortcomings, from a usability and webapp point of view. It boils down to “Freecycle is a great idea unsuited to living inside a mailing list once the size of the list is >100 people”. Read more...

Upsizing our car

!http://farm1.static.flickr.com/62/196222499_82457835d9_m.jpg!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/cokeeorg/196222499/ [Renault Scenic](http://www.flickr.com/photos/cokeeorg/196222499/) Originally uploaded by [CokeeOrg](http://www.flickr.com/people/cokeeorg/) Our Christmas trip to Basingstoke (hello, glamorous life!) took place before Abigail arrived; nonetheless, the sheer amount of stuff we took with us and brought back (presents, kids’ toys etc.) rather emphasised how small our little Honda Jazz.aspx?model=291 is. Its small size but generous interior space is one of the reasons we bought it in the first place and its boot is one of the largest in its class, but now we have two kids we’re starting to consider upsizing to a larger car. Read more...

Have you heard the one about the site giving away an iPod Nano?

Three men walk into a bar. No…wait a minute. Techjuicer.com are running a competition.php/2007/09/26/ipod-nano-competition/, and you could win an iPod Nano! So could I, just by leaving a trackback, comment or sending a text message. Seeing as my 4G iPod is dying on its feet, it could come in quite handy.

Catching up

Oops - it looks like I’ve been having one of my occasional blog hiatuses. My apologies! Since my last post in May, the following exciting things have happened: We (i.e. Clive, with occasional help from us & Claudia) started (and pretty much finished) building the conservatory. Phoebe had her first birthday. After nearly ten accident-free years, we had two minor bumps in the car. First, I pulled into a Cornish field entrance, skidded on gravel and hit a rock. Read more...

Baby-growing update

Kathy has complained that I’ve written 22 blog posts since my last baby-related one (back in January), so I’m attempting to redress the balance. Football has been rather distracting… I’m sure that you’ll know that the Baby Production Unit (Kathy) & I are currently engaged in a Baby-growing project. The milestone for the first public release of Baby has been set as June 8th by our Midwifery Contract Partner. Anyone fleet of mental foot will work out that this means we have two weeks and two days to go. Read more...

New car shopping.

The Peugeot 106 is faltering. We’re considering replacing it with one of the following cars (in order of preference): Honda Jazz Toyota Yaris Skoda Fabia Nissan Micra Hyundai Getz Fiat Panda Why the Jazz? June’s What Car (UK) magazine contained the results of the annual JD Power Customer Satisfaction Index survey. The Jazz came first. Out of all types of car. Not bad for a supermini. Read more...

Morrisons: cheap and nasty

Morrisons (buyer of Safeway UK): you’re cheap. Your brand image is cheap and ugly. Your image is distinctive, but distinctive in the way that Janet Street-Porter’s teeth?q=janet+street+porter&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search are distinctive. Not good. Oh, and your products suck too.

Is that OK for you?

Another quick rant. I’m working at home today, which means I’ve had to field two telemarketing calls already, and it’s only lunchtime. Both calls were from companies that I am already a customer of, but they both used a technique that I’d encountered in the past but only recently got wise to: the “Is That OK?” Rather than asking a question that’s unambiguous, like “would you like to take advantage of this offer? Read more...

Apple Expo Banner, Paris

!http://photos2.flickr.com/3456273_00fe5136ef_m.jpg(Apple Expo Banner, Paris)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/t1mmyb/3456273/ Apple Expo Banner, Paris Originally uploaded by t1mmyb We’ve never been to San Fransisco (maybe we will one day), but we did manage to go to Apple Expo Paris back in September.
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