know - I usually turn out with something a little interesting in
the comments department, don't I?
Well I'm incrediblly busy at presant but dear Mary was kind enough to give me a wave this morning & I thought I'd at least show my hairy face!
We're madly packing, planning, arranging travel insurence & checking boarding arrangements for a couple of 11 month-old twins, us & a bale of luggages - it takes all the time we have.
...I know, we have a few days to go yet, but it IS only days & we've not seen Cherry-the-cat to her temperery holiday while we're away yet!
Right - thats about where I am today; thought you'd like to know; don't want you worrying.
I guess there are lots of reasons to sell your car. Some people upgrade to better models, maybe they’ve been promoted or come in to some money; there’s nothing like selling your old banger for something a bit flasher! But on the flip side, so many people have to sell their pride and joy because of a run of bad luck and are doomed to use public transport until their fortunes change.
Me? Well I fall into a category many of us will someday fall into, retirement. I’ve been driving a MG MGF 1.8i (a two seat sports car) for the best part of the last ten years. I’ve never crashed it or so much as scratched it and I’ve always took care of it like it were my child. Now it’s not that I’ll be swapping my driver’s license for bus pass anytime soon but my wife thinks I’m too old to be driving a sports car!
So my wife has recently started piling pressure on me over the last couple of months, ‘sell your car’ has become the dreaded phrase I hear her say every day. I’ve been resisting but I know she’s right, I’d love to keep the MGF as a second car but we just can’t afford it and we really need the space for the grandkids. Another factor is the raising price of fuel
So I started advertising on Twitter and Facebook, but with most of my own friends having families of their own it was looking like I was going to have to advertise in the local paper or with auto trader. It was then that a friend recommended trying Deal4yourwheels sell your car page. So, I visited their website and strictly out of curiosity I entered my cars details into their system. I was actually impressed how quick the entire process took, from logging on to the Deal4yourwheels website to having the quote displayed in nice big numbers on screen, took about five minutes. No, that’s not a taxi drivers five minutes either, it’s a genuine 5 minute process.
It turned out that that they valued my car at £893, which isn’t bad. Sure I could get a little more by selling privately but to be honest I couldn’t be bothered with the hagglers and timewasters not to mention the process and cost of advertising in the papers or magazines. They even offered to come and collect the car free of charge, which was great seeing that I was a good 2 hours drive from the their nearest depot.
A time was arranged for the car to be collected. Before I knew it, I was standing there on the driveway, handkerchief in hand and a tear in my eye, waving off my car whom I had nurtured for the best part of a decade.
Well, at least I’m almost £900 better off. I’m going to use some of that to go down the pub and drown my sorrows! When I sober up we'll be able to buy a new family sized car and take the kids on day trip to Blackpool.
So this experience has left me curious about how other people deal with transport as they approach retirement? Is it time scale down or finally get that Porsche you’ve been saving up for the past 50 years!
I never was that good at enjoying a lot of
sunshine. I suppose i must have spent my time on French beaches,
or playing ball on the sand at Brighton in my time, but somehow
it all seems another world now.
Today turned out simelar to the previous two days The temperature rose as it did at the weekend. Bright sharp sunshine that began to remind me of the discomforts of Balmain last year.
Having begun to visualise with a degree of interest sampling Australia again, today I’m not so enthusiastic about a second visit now - unless we go in the very middle of their ‘winter.’
I still would never look forward to the actual journey, but I suppose it could be made faster & smoother.
At present this heat though is making me feel slightly sick & I don’t want that in Northumbria let alone in Sydney.
If I can go in the midst of their winter then perhaps - just perhaps - but a repeat of the persistand draining heat of even their Spring....
No, I think not.
I am probably the last person to find out about this.
For the last 7 or so years that I was in the States I had a pay-as-you-go cell phone. It was clunky and very basic but did the job.
When I returned to the UK I retired the half-brick and got a nice shiny Samsung. Still pretty basic apparently and still pay-as-you-go.
Reading the instructions (not something I normally do) I found that my phone had a slot for a micro SD card. The penny dropped.
I bought four 2GB micro SD cards and a card reader from Amazon and transferred the contents of my USB drive onto the micro SD cards.
Now when I am waiting at a bus-stop or at the Doctors or queuing at the supermarket checkout I can listen to my CD collection :).
Better late than never!!
During my meagre sauté of Australia [to be honest, Sydney] in 2012 I desided without question it was a modern country with all the trappings & expected practises of Western 21st century. …But then a surprising seismic shift occured at 3pm each weekday afternoon.
The streets become awash with children between the ages of 11-15 who seem to be acting out a scene from a 1950s play.
All the boys appear in impeccable school uniform, all ages wearing grey flannel or smart cream shorts with uniform shirts & blazers; all the girls are in sandals, white socks & gym slips. All carry smart sensible school satchels. It is like stepping into a page from “Jane & Peter.” It was a shock to the uninitiated observer from the UK where ‘children’ have been superseded by ‘Teenagers’ how attend their classes dressed as though playing a part in “West Side Story”Australia was a learning experience for your observer.
Dial 2 Drive has been shortlisted for the Heart of the Community, run by the Kent and Sussex Courier and Sevenoaks Chronicle.
The feature will appear in the papers on the 11th November along with the first voting coupon. Two further coupons will be printed in the 18th and 25th Nov papers.
Any votes for Dial 2 Drive would be greatly appreciated. You can send in your votes in one envelope, saving on the cost of postage, but they must reach the Courier by midday on 2nd Dec 2011. Please feel free to send/drop voting forms in to either office:
17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1LS
Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LE
Many thanks for your support of this Community Transport Scheme for people unable to access public transport due to older age, illness or disability in West Kent.