This is one product recall that’s not over-inflated


OUR friends at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are looking out for us again. You might remember they released a report late last year that ...

OUR friends at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are looking out for us again. You might remember they released a report late last year that looked deeply into the issues around getting our ...


Pardon my tardiness, I’ve been incommunicado


MADAM Wheels is a forgiving soul, which is lucky for me because I was late filing my column this week. I could blame The Companion for his attempt to rewire the farmhouse ...

MADAM Wheels is a forgiving soul, which is lucky for me because I was late filing my column this week. I could blame The Companion for his attempt to rewire the farmhouse and install a wifi network but that would be ...


The dirty work of cleaning the car


I WANTED to wash the car this week. A job worth doing, I thought, but I was wrong. Very wrong. Usually someone comes in to do it for me. The van pulls up outside and the ...

I WANTED to wash the car this week. A job worth doing, I thought, but I was wrong. Very wrong. Usually someone comes in to do it for me. The van pulls up outside and the cars that need washing get washed, and ...


Hot wheels, hot mess


SITTING in a corporate presentation recently we were told that our brains are a bit like houses. I lost track of the metaphor about half-way through, but it was something ...

SITTING in a corporate presentation recently we were told that our brains are a bit like houses. I lost track of the metaphor about half-way through, but it was something to do with our brains having different ...


A damn good thrashing


IF YOU’VE ever driven a rental vehicle you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say the temptation to absolutely and mercilessly drive the door handles off a car is ...

IF YOU’VE ever driven a rental vehicle you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say the temptation to absolutely and mercilessly drive the door handles off a car is directly inversely proportional to your ownership ...


It’s not me, it’s you: bad habits on the road


IF YOU had to make a list of the most annoying driving habits of other people, I wonder what would be on it. For me, it would include failing to signal lane-changes or ...

IF YOU had to make a list of the most annoying driving habits of other people, I wonder what would be on it. For me, it would include failing to signal lane-changes or exits from roundabouts; tailgating; falling ...


Track days - for gals - the key to a happy marriage


SOMETIMES a gal just has to cut loose, escape the mundanity of day-to-day life, and seek the kind of satisfaction that just isn’t usually (nor legally) available at home. ...

SOMETIMES a gal just has to cut loose, escape the mundanity of day-to-day life, and seek the kind of satisfaction that just isn’t usually (nor legally) available at home. One has to be open about it, and I do it ...


Up, up and … oh god, not again


AIR travel used to be so glamorous: a car to the airport and valet parking, a short stint in the lounge, on to the plane with a glass of bubbly, and away. When did that ...

AIR travel used to be so glamorous: a car to the airport and valet parking, a short stint in the lounge, on to the plane with a glass of bubbly, and away. When did that change, I wonder? I think the answer is: this ...


Autopilot’s no substitute for life’s great pleasure


A GIRLFRIEND told me a story the other day, and while I don't know if it’s true or not (if only there were some way to connect to a massive, world-wide network of ...

A GIRLFRIEND told me a story the other day, and while I don't know if it’s true or not (if only there were some way to connect to a massive, world-wide network of computers that could answer this question), it made ...

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