I’ve finally sold my Fiesta! Hooray!! And what a liberating feeling it was, seeing someone else drive it away. It’s not that it was a bad car, by all accounts it did me very well. It was reliable, it was fairly economic, it was comfortable, easy to drive, handled motorway driving very happily, cheap to insure. It’s main downfall though was that it wasn’t a Mini. Some might call that discimination, and I suppose if the car decided it wanted to sue me I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. Thankfully, though, I suspect the car couldn’t care less who’s driving it. The Fiesta was never a great communicator at the best of times. It never complained about anything, but by the same token it never really told me what was going on in the engine or at the wheels. That’s what I like so much about the Mini, you can feel absolutely everything, the car speaks to you and tells you exactly what’s happening. If the engine is struggling, you can hear it and feel it. When you brake, you can feel the brake pads pressing against the discs. When you are using the clutch you can feel exactly when the clutch plates are in contact with each other. When I drive the Mini, I feel like I’m actually driving, as opposed to being driven.

Unfortunately, I’m also having traction problems. Now, some may say this shouldn’t be a problem, as technically I shouldn’t be asking the car to do anything it doesn’t want to in the first place. But I’ve discovered that the tyres just don’t stick to the road well enough for my liking. Occasionally going round corners I find the front wheels slipping, and it takes a bit more effort to make the car go in the right direction. And while that may be exhilerating and exciting, it’s not all that reassuring. Minis have a reputation for being able to take corners well. Lulu managed this fine, but Neddy seems to be struggling to live up to that expectation. For instance, I went round the little mini-roundabout at Tesco the other day, and the front end just slid out in front of me, and if I hadn’t taken corrective measures I would have ended up in the garage instead of leaving Tesco! Not good. I think I may have to look into investing in some better tyres eventually. I’ll just have to hope that I don’t have to get anywhere quickly in the snow any time soon…

In other news, I went to see the latest Harry Potter film with Ellie yesterday evening. We were both suitably impressed. The special effects were very good (nice to see that special effects people have finally figured out how to do water), and some of the acting was superb. Harry was still a little two dimensional at times, and was definitely upstaged (dramatically speaking) by Ron and Hermione. In fact, one of Hermione’s lines at the end of the film, “Everything’s going to change now, isn’t it?” was right on the button, with just the right amount of emotion and feeling, the result being incredibly powerful. I have to take my hat off to the girl, she’s turning out to be quite a talented actress. “You Know Who” was well presented too, with a very impressive regeneration scene introducing him back into the wizarding world. I couldn’t help thinking, though, how uncomfortable it must be to have a flat nose…

Categories: MinisMiscellaneous


Alex · 29 November 2005 at 11:03 am

That’s right! Just give away the end!!! No point in Spoiler warnings or anything! Next you’ll tell me Dumbledore kills Snape in the 6th book won’t you!

Dad · 30 November 2005 at 1:13 pm

Re traction: a bad workman always blames his tools. Or of course it could have been a patch of oil on the road…

Megan · 30 November 2005 at 10:30 pm

I love how you spell “tires.”

Matthew · 30 November 2005 at 11:02 pm

Yes Megan, I spell correctly!!! Glad to see you recognise the difference….. ūüėČ

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