Category Odds & Sods

Things that don’t fit the other categories

Notes on a short tour on the mainland of Europe

This September Ulli and I took a well deserved holiday on the mainland of Europe. We took up the invitation to visit France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Here are a few things I noticed on my travels. First off, arriving… Continue Reading →

Time to end the myth of road tax

The following was sent as a letter to the Editor of The Herald newspaper and appeared in a slightly edited form on the 26th July 2013 The full original version is here: Dear Editor, In your recent correspondence regarding cycling… Continue Reading →

A wish ye were here…

Having just said good bye to my cousin from South Africa and his family, who thoroughly enjoyed their brief visit to Scotland, I realise just how much I enjoy showing friends and relatives my country. With that in mind I… Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!!

So here is the end of another year, but the time you read this it will be a new one, So here is wishing you all a Happy New Year!!! Prosit Neujahr! Blianadh Bha Ur! Glückliches neues Jahr!! All the… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012

Just in case you didn’t know today is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012. It is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s… Continue Reading →

The BBC and the myth of “road tax”

Why is the BBC so keen on perpetuating the myth of “road tax”? The term is totally misleading in that it suggests that roads are paid for out of taxes raised on motoring. As I have pointed out before, this… Continue Reading →

Beware Notice of Tax Return e-mail

I don’t often get e-mails from Her Majesties Revenue & Customs (HMRC), normally these are in a response to my filling out my tax return on-line, using the e-mail address which I have given them for confirmation. So when e-mail… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the A9

A resent blog post by Lesley Riddoch set me thinking about the A9. The one thing that really makes the A9 a dangerous road is the almost total absence of enforcement the rules of the road. There are only two… Continue Reading →

What are 20mph speed limits for?

As readers of this blog will know I regard the introduction of 20mph speed limits as a good thing, and as I have said elsewhere, it has been known for well over 20 years that, as traffic speed increases, so… Continue Reading →

Little and large: a short story…

Little and large: a short story… While I was out the other day I spotted these two birds sitting on street light, the chaffinch was chaffing away as they do. The Herring gull listened for a short while and thought… Continue Reading →

Rattling cages

I have been known to be rather outspoken when tweeting about the subject of road safety but I didn’t expect this response when I commented on the RAC’s news item about: Cyclists ‘need space to stay safe’. rac.co.uk/news-advice/mo… Cyclists ‘need… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

The United Nations has declared the 20 November 2011 to be a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the UN, “Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and injure or disable as many… Continue Reading →

Trivial fact for today: No. 1

I have decide to run an occasional series called “Trivial fact for today” starting with… Trivial fact for today: No. 1 The word ‘Traffic’ entered English language in 1549 and comes from Arabic word taraffaqa, which means ‘to walk along… Continue Reading →

Say no to ridiculous car trips

The National Travel Survey for 2010 (for Great Britain) has now been published, and it shows some interesting information and some worrying trends. So I thought I would report and examine some of the data here. Since the early 1970s,… Continue Reading →

Yehuda Moon Cartoons

I am something of a fan of the Yehuda Moon Cartoons, like the one below, and so I have added a daily cartoon to the side bar to the right of this post, just click on the cartoon to see… Continue Reading →

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