Christmas came early this year. Though not in the way you might expect. Since Ellie will be working all through the Christmas period we won't be able to go visiting people then, so we drove down to Torquay to see my parents this weekend, to catch up and see people before things get manic here. … Continue reading 80,000 miles and a new computer
For some time now Neddy has been having problems starting. Despite a longish run the battery would be flat, and the engine would hardly turn over. Most of the time there has still been just about enough charge to start the engine, if reluctantly, but there have also been a couple of times when it's … Continue reading Charge!
Yesterday evening I went round to my friend Aaron's house so we could fit new lower ball joints to Neddy, having replaced the upper ones previously. In case I hadn't already said elsewhere, Neddy has been making a rather disconcerting clunking noise when accelerating, and I had thought it was the upper ball joint, but … Continue reading Hunt the clunk
For some time now there has been an odd and disconcerting clunking noise coming from the front of my Mini when I pull away. I had come to the conclusion that it might be the upper ball joint on the driver's side wheel (the passenger side upper ball joint had been replaced about six months … Continue reading Problem solving ball joints
Yesterday it rained. Nothing unusual about that in itself, England generally has a lot of rain, but Colchester usually manages to avoid it. Yesterday, however, I saw plenty of the wet stuff. After an early start I met up with the Colchester Mini Club and drove up to Fakenham racecourse for the Norfolk Mini Day, … Continue reading A wet weekend
For some time now Neddy's engine has been moving about a bit, rocking on its mountings due to worn stabaliser bushes. A while ago I fitted new bushes to the top stabaliser, which vastly improved matters, but since then it seems to have returned to its old unstable self, probably more the fault of the … Continue reading We won’t, we won’t rock you
As a stalwart Devonshire lad, I've never had any particular association with Cornwall. Indeed, if Devon and Cornwall were suddenly and irreversibly separated by earthquake or act of God, I doubt many people would complain (on either side of the border). That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend in Newquay, soaking in the sunshine, … Continue reading Riviera Run 2007
Just a quick note to say that I shall be away this weekend, joining hundreds of other Mini owners for the MiniWorld Riviera Run! I've been wanting to go to this for years, and this is my first opportunity, so I'm really looking forward to it. I shall be travelling down to my parents' house … Continue reading Run to the sun!
On Sunday afternoon I was a mobile recording studio, recording the drum parts for the Rooted album I've been working on. This evening I was a photographer, taking photos of a dance / movement performance for one of Ellie's friends. It was a challenge, simply because there was so much movement - no one stayed … Continue reading Picture this
After a morning of being stuck in front of a computer screen (again), I spent this afternoon being very productive indeed. I started on some cleaning around the house, and then my friend Andy came round to help me with the brakes on my Mini, which we'd not been able to finish the previous weekend. … Continue reading Back on the road