A rash of the worst variety


FOR quite some time I thought I’d heard the worst sound in the world. It was the kind of sound that unexpectedly invades your dreams and jolts you awake in the wee small ...

FOR quite some time I thought I’d heard the worst sound in the world. It was the kind of sound that unexpectedly invades your dreams and jolts you awake in the wee small hours. I thought the worst sound in the world ...


When silence is golden


WE ALL have that friend – the one who’s the expert on everything, thinks they can fix everything and, just because they did something quite well once in the past, ...

WE ALL have that friend – the one who’s the expert on everything, thinks they can fix everything and, just because they did something quite well once in the past, imagines everything they’ve done since then and will ...


A soap opera of a slightly different kind


WHEN I was little, one of my favourite movies was the Song of the South, a movie that was well ahead of its time in combining live action and animation, and about which I ...

WHEN I was little, one of my favourite movies was the Song of the South, a movie that was well ahead of its time in combining live action and animation, and about which I remember most the infuriatingly chirpy and ...


Together alone


A FEW weeks ago, I had a little too much to drink at a lovely dinner party I was invited to by a girlfriend whose love for fast cars borders on the obsessive. The cars ...

A FEW weeks ago, I had a little too much to drink at a lovely dinner party I was invited to by a girlfriend whose love for fast cars borders on the obsessive. The cars she loves are like the men she loves: they look ...


Dealing with the not-so-fantastic plastic


READERS of a certain age will recall Australian Crawl and their hit song “Beautiful People”. For those readers not old enough to remember the Crawl, this was back in the ...

READERS of a certain age will recall Australian Crawl and their hit song “Beautiful People”. For those readers not old enough to remember the Crawl, this was back in the day when vinyl was a necessity, not a hipster ...


May the weather be with you


THERE was minor consternation in our household this week after it was revealed that one of the commercial television stations had hired someone new to present their ...

THERE was minor consternation in our household this week after it was revealed that one of the commercial television stations had hired someone new to present their weather reports. 


This Pandora’s box is a can of worms


USUALLY when I open a Pandora box I expect to find a pretty trinket and a note of abject apology, but a different kind of Pandora’s box has recently led me into the ...

USUALLY when I open a Pandora box I expect to find a pretty trinket and a note of abject apology, but a different kind of Pandora’s box has recently led me into the strangely compelling world of car recalls. They ...


The warts-and-all health benefits of cars


THE most effective wart treatment I’ve ever found is the engine oil from a 1964 Wolseley. It was, specifically, a W28/40 Mk II. I’m not sure how old the oil was when it ...

THE most effective wart treatment I’ve ever found is the engine oil from a 1964 Wolseley. It was, specifically, a W28/40 Mk II. I’m not sure how old the oil was when it came gushing out of the sump all over my ...


The psyche of a car obsession and other matters


THE first time I ever sat in a car and didn’t ever want to get out of it again I think I was 9, or maybe 10. Whenever the family made the trip from the country to the Big ...

THE first time I ever sat in a car and didn’t ever want to get out of it again I think I was 9, or maybe 10. Whenever the family made the trip from the country to the Big Smoke, our route took us past a car dealer ...

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