Like mother, like daughter


TWICE in recent weeks I have made reference in my contributions to Madam Wheels to an incident in which The Companion took out the pool cleaner with a mis-piloted drone. ...

TWICE in recent weeks I have made reference in my contributions to Madam Wheels to an incident in which The Companion took out the pool cleaner with a mis-piloted drone. Twice Madam Wheels has queried me: what ...


How to stay calm under pressure


ONE of the newer vehicles in my garage has a dashboard display you can dial up with a twiddly knob on the centre console that shows the temperature and pressure of each ...

ONE of the newer vehicles in my garage has a dashboard display you can dial up with a twiddly knob on the centre console that shows the temperature and pressure of each tyre. It’s driving me mad. The two rear tyres ...


Musings on a Maserati


THERE’S a fair bit of anticipation in and around the SUV market at the moment, as several top-end manufacturers bring their latest offerings to market, apparently unaware ...

THERE’S a fair bit of anticipation in and around the SUV market at the moment, as several top-end manufacturers bring their latest offerings to market, apparently unaware or uncaring of the tautological nature of ...


The road to hell is paved with bad champagne


I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he ...

I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he keeps saying: “I am not stupid”. And usually ...


A toast to great television


SOMETIMES I get sick when I travel a lot and about two weeks ago I travelled a lot and I got sick. I was bedridden and moping around the house for days, which is why I ...

SOMETIMES I get sick when I travel a lot and about two weeks ago I travelled a lot and I got sick. I was bedridden and moping around the house for days, which is why I missed a recent deadline for Madam Wheels. I ...


The price of everything and the value of fun


MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the ...

MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the farmhouse in a new Lamborghini. My new ...


Put your faith in your godmother


AS The godmother of a late-teen daughter of good friends, I’m supposed to have been responsible for the religious upbringing of their child. All I can say is, good luck; ...

AS The godmother of a late-teen daughter of good friends, I’m supposed to have been responsible for the religious upbringing of their child. All I can say is, good luck; asking me to teach someone about religion is ...


The W Series will be good for the girls – and you can quota me on that


NEXT year a new motor racing series will kick off, exclusively for female drivers. The so-called W Series will feature 20 drivers in identical cars competing in races ...

NEXT year a new motor racing series will kick off, exclusively for female drivers. The so-called W Series will feature 20 drivers in identical cars competing in races across Europe. My first reaction was that ...


The breakup


TRUST can be a fragile thing. It takes a long time to establish, but a moment to destroy. And when it’s gone there’s often no getting it back. A betrayal of trust is ...

TRUST can be a fragile thing. It takes a long time to establish, but a moment to destroy. And when it’s gone there’s often no getting it back. A betrayal of trust is worse when it’s committed by someone you’ve ...

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