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Porsche and bonus Porsche

Getting into Glasgow a bit more often is helping compensate for my neighbour’s new fascination with Q-cars and aversion to buying ‘interesting’ cars, and I can still collect some more attractive vehicles, and their registrations.

Also, a word of appreciation for the LED street-lighting conversion program instigated by Glasgow City Council. It’s like wandering about taking pics in daylight, even in the dead of night. And all my pics are hand-held. What a change from only a few years back, when everything was dissolved in a yellow sodium monochrome mush, and hand-held shots meant blurry shots.

I managed to collect a pair of Porches as I left the city centre bound for home, both sporting ‘2-number 2-letter’ plates.

I’ll never really have any love for the ‘shed-on-wheels’, SUV, 4×4, or Chelsea Tractor, but unlike those who slate Porsche (and others) for having them in their range, I DO appreciate that these things bring in the money for the more exotic end of range.

This one came first. Devoid of badges, a quick dig revealed a 2013 Porsche Cayenne V6 D Tiptronic.

What can I say? I had been becoming impressed by diesel development until… Dieselgate! The VW testing cheat scandal. Oh dear.

Porsche Cayenne [63 BB]

Porsche Cayenne [63 BB]

Then I spotted the second, just across the road, while trying to catch the front view of the first (no go, due to bad lighting).

A 2016 Panamera 4S D S-A. Oops… another diesel.

Porsche Panamera {77 HK]

Porsche Panamera [77 HK]

While I don’t have much to say about the Cayenne, I think I do have to speak up for the Panamera.

I’m tired of so-called ‘Car Reviewers’, usually grossly overpaid TV celebrity types, who despise the Panamera.

All I can think of is that Porsche is refusing to give into them with sufficient freebies and handouts.

Rather like a former BBC TV host who was forever slating the Vauxhall Vectra – yet it really was pretty good, and undeserving of his hate campaign.


27/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Daffodils and snowdrops arrive

Just a silly observation, but interesting nonetheless.

A keen photographer I know always annoys me (unintentionally) by posting pics of flowers such as daffodils and snowdrops in his area, often many weeks before I even have green shoots poking through the surface, let alone any flowers, yet he is only a few miles away. Then again, he does stay in a place where the Gulf Stream hits.

But I’ve noticed something else in recent years – while my sheltered plants arrive late, the same varieties are already flowering only a matter of metres away.

The difference?

All I can see is that they are in roadside plots, and are smothered by traffic fumes.

But shouldn’t that be detrimental, being bathed in the noxious fumes the Green Loonies tell us are ‘terrible’?

Or does the slight heat of all those passing engines keep those roadside plants warm and cosy?

Oh well – for once I actually came across some early flowers I could grab a quick pic of for a change, some snowdrops in a park, and some daffs behind a fence, hiding at the back of a local church. Yet there is not a even a shoot be seen in our gardens.

They’re probably tough enough to survive, but I see the weatherfolk issued a warning to gardeners not to make the mistake of seeing a few warm days as the arrival of spring, and that we will see more slow, cold days, and even a few storms before then.



27/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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