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We love the Top Gear. Please could someone who knows America better than I do tell me they exaggerated & spun the Alabama bit?
puddingcat: (Cars in my ears)
I want a Caterham Seven. And I want to build it myself. I mean, really. Not only do you get the fun of a life-sized Meccano kit, you also save £2,500.

Shame it wasn't Blokes vs Other Halves, even if there can never be too much Stig. Mrs. Jeremy rocks. And Mrs. Jeremy might have meant less "why doesn't Hamster smack both of them round the head with a spanner & get on with it himself" annoyance. Honestly; it was worse than trying to get me, Dad & Pop to do anything as a team.

Failing a Seven, I'll settle for a Gallardo. Oh, yes please. But give me an S-Max and I'll part-ex it within the week.
puddingcat: (Cars in my ears)
Isn't it great to cackle out loud at a tv programme? I do love the sniping & bitchiness and old-married-threesomeness of Top Gear. Just a little disappointed that there wasn't anything to lust over this time :(

Am still wondering whether to change my car. I'd much rather having something smaller & loopier, but I also need to move house - so can only change it for something costing the same or less. So I went through the TG Mag directory today, looking at things that are small, torquey, daft, and not indelibly associated with bimbos in my brain.

Leaving aside the Vantage, F430 and even TVR Griffith, it turns out that what I really want is a Caterham. Unfortunately (a) I don't have a garage, (b) live in a notoriously moist part of the country, (c) want a boot, and (d) can't really afford £13k for the build-it-yourself Seven, let alone the CSR. Looks like I'll still be keeping my fingers crossed for an Alfa Spider, then...

Oh, and if anyone's interested, friends are selling a P-reg Corsa (1.2l), tax til December but needs an MOT, for £400.
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I'm in work In Case I Need To Be, which is about par for the course atm and part of the reason for setting off the Bloody Awful Day on Wednesday. Consequently, I'll be driving home *tomorrow morning* rather than this afternoon and getting through Vast Quantities of Petrol as I'll undoubtedly need the aircon. Bah.

Anyway. Just poked around the TG site and found JM's write up of how the active diff and anti-lag in the P2 work. Makes perfect sense to me; I don't know why Dr Dr Clarkson had a problem with it ;) Can we have some sums next, please?
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Good Grief, TG Mag is good this month :)

Well, apart from Clarkson's column, which doesn't seem to have a point & repeats itself. But James referring The Prisoner, Paul Horrell making a very familiar point about automatic gearboxes being horrible, the 599 Ferrari with decent explanations, and holy crap I want an Alfa Spider :)

Package has not arrived :( I know I said I didn't expect it to, but I'm still disappointed.
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Top Gear is back :)

Lion porn and POWER and setting water on fire and Epic Tight Pants and James groping a hazard light button and Hamster in the most appropriate car imaginable and Jeremy fanboying Rick Wakeman and Rick Wakeman eating cupcakes and Justin Hawkins and the Koenigsegg and Real Men use sewing machines and The Stig crashing and...

Guh.
puddingcat: (Flaming Bentley)
This is one of those times* when I wish I got TG Mag on subscription. I don't get TG Mag on subscription cos I like being able to choose the cover when they do a selection, and Sod's Law says I'd get the one I least wanted each time.

But I Wanna see my name in print!

*pouts*


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* i.e. the week before it hits the shelves. Every month.
puddingcat: (Bear pants)
I'm 32!

I really like getting older :) Maybe it's because I haven't started to fall apart yet, or maybe it's because I reckon people look their best in their late 30s and forties, and I'm now old enough to letch without the Age Thing being an issue :)

Tesco's are doing some "seasonal" mini cupcakes atm that have little gooey bits of jammy stuff sprinkled through them, like chocolate chips but fruity instead of chocolatey. Their fresh cream chocolate eclairs are rather good, too.

Apparently (according to [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe, who's Always Right), the delivery boy absconded with my birthday present. He's a bad lad, that one.

[livejournal.com profile] pink_weasel! Pootle was curled up with the Stig this morning :) Shame my camera battery wasn't chharged :( Jeremy's currently marinating in the catnip tub; I'll get photos when I let Sausage loose on him...

And Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ukmonty as well, who's older than me (and much taller, too) :p
puddingcat: (Going commando)
Dammit.

Why can't I meet nice blokes with degrees who love Bach and can explain the physics of music and know Newton's Laws by heart and can drive Audis sideways and who understand about holding half a breath & shooting in between heartbeats?

Bumflies.
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Yes, it was only a "Best of". Yes, there were two "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segments.

But it was still Top Gear, and they still showed the race to Oslo that prompted me to text [livejournal.com profile] nannyo with the phrase "Theirloveexplodesboats" - which, I think, is the first time I've ever come up with a phrase that's been adopted by a fandom :)

I'd forgotten the "Norwegian Wood" comment, too.

And all that on the same day as seeing James Martin (a "ballroom dancing Romeo who sometimes cooks a bit", apparently) spoon feed James May with Thai crab risotto.
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That makes me happy :)

What also makes me happy is seeing 4 episodes of TG thanks to the Parent People's Sky box this morning. Brother-in-law got it for them as part of a deal where they get 2 sets of programmes, and the box, free for a year. Things that stick in my mind (a remarkably unsticky place) are (a) blimey, Jermy was almost attractive in 2003; (b) when did they start pronouncing Porsche with 2 syllables?, and (c) what does Letchworth have to do with Lamborghini*?

No more TG until the spring :(

Mum says she'll be watching Doctor Who this year, becasue David Tennant reminds her of "the little lad from Top Gear".

I'm back in Stockport, still consider it to be the Armpit of England, but at least it has cats :) And thinking of cats, Pratchett did the whole "cats have oversteer" thing in The Unadulterated Cat, in which he called it "Impatient Legs".

I love my new holes :)

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*Though, being London commuterville, there is the story of how the Travelling Wilburys were formed after the 5 of them met for a long boozy afternoon in the Wilbury pub on the Hitchin edge of Letchworth
puddingcat: (Begone!)
Oh, what a lovely weekend.

[livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz came to visit and we both calmed down after respective stresses of work and driving through Tintwistle, with the help of a bottle of Merlot and Domino's pizzas. [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz even stopped sneezing sometime during the night, which was a Good Thing.

[livejournal.com profile] nannyo met us at the station, and we wandered round a foody market before finding Affleck's Palace for lunch, before being joined by [livejournal.com profile] tooth_fairy and [livejournal.com profile] mrmmarc (who made himself popular by being able to quote Shakespeare accurately), and then [livejournal.com profile] cryx.

We swore [livejournal.com profile] mrmmarc to secrecy regarding What Goes On during girly shopping trips, and took him to Abakhan Fabrics, where he was scared by the large polystyrene piles cushions rings. Bought some yarn because it was called Firefly and, over coffee, discovered it's s total bitch to knit. Nice string trio & singer doing carols in Piccadilly Gardens to take my mind off it, though. I didn't wince at her tuning once.

Home, chicken stoo, and [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz dressed up as me while I dressed up as her. I can't remember the last time I left the house wearing nothing black. Not even my shoes and knickers were black. (Socks don't count*.)

Great time around Canal Street and Fab Cafe (hurrah for Steppenwolf!) and obligatory chips. [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz's beatiful pink hair pulled everywhere we went, too.

Much, much knitting too. [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz is managing to knit something that looks like a large hamster pelt out of tadpoles.

All in all, I appear to have lost my phobia & worry about having friends to stay :) Oooh, and even Pootlecat liked [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz, and didn't *always* run away from [livejournal.com profile] nannyo.

Oh, and the Bugatti Veyron. The Marcos might have been prettier (I like muscle cars, after all) but oh, the sound and the engine and the design and Oh.

More 911 Carrera letchery though. Bah. Anyone with a hat like that doesn't deserve a Porsche.

The race would have been a lot better had it not been so obviously fixed, and the "problems" with the plane so obviously scripted.


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*No, [livejournal.com profile] norfolkian and [livejournal.com profile] pink_weasel, I do not have a sock fetish.

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