Site redesign

Old BR Theme ParamentWhilst making a small edit on my site, I managed to completely mess up the layout (theme) of the whole site. I took the opportunity to fix it and change the colours and layout (a little). I hope it’s now easier on the eye.

I’ve added a donation button. I hate ads. Many adverts contain fake news, viruses, or links to malicious downloads. They also advertise dubious software. Not on my site! Ads do provide revenue for site owners. This site actually costs me money to host, and time to update. If you want to show your support for my content, time and effort, please consider making a small donation and click the link on the right. The amount is unimportant really, it’s just nice to know you support me and my coffee habit 😉

I’ve also added links to my social media sites, Twitter (new for 2017) and Facebook. They’re in the bar on the right if you’re looking on a desktop or laptop. You can also…

Shopping at Amazon? Please use my link.

If you shop at Amazon you can help support me by using this Amazon link (click here). Please bookmark it as a favourite.
If you use my Amazon link, you pay the same amount but a small percentage is paid to me as a “commission” every few months. This helps offset the cost of keeping my website online and ad-free.
If you already have an Amazon link in your favourites, on your desktop, or as a quick-launch icon (bottom row of your screen), then it’s likely to be the link provided by your computer manufacturer so they will be earning the commission. If you would rather I was earning the commission instead, then use my link please.
If you would like to log me in to add my Amazon link to your favourites and/or desktop and quick-launch icons, them please let me know. There is no charge for this, obviously.

I no longer want a Ferrari, I want a Tesla Roadster

Note: I did have an embedded video from YouTube for this post, so you could see BBC’s Clarkson from Top Gear reviewing the Telsa.  BBC took the video off YouTube because of copyright.  


Until now, I’ve always said that when I win the lottery I’m going to buy a Ferrari.  I’ve now changed my mind.  I want a Tesla Roadster.  There are a few improvements they need to make before I buy though.


On my estate (that’s not ‘my estate’ as in the country estate I own, it’s the ex-council estate on which I live).  On my estate, our garages aren’t connected to our house; they’re about 30 meters away.  I can’t run an extension cable out to the garage to charge my Tesla.  That’s clearly a bit of a problem.


However, my current driving consists of four daily five-minute trips to and from the nursery, and the occasional trips to the gym, shopping, and visits to clients for work.  Although three or four times a year we take a longer drive for weekends away or holidays, for the day-to-day travelling, the Tesla would be the perfect car if I could charge it.


I like to accelerate quickly to the speed limit, but then I cruise along with a long line of cars behind me who want to go faster.  When it comes to a corner or a roundabout though, I don’t like to slow down, so I like a car that corners well. Unfortunately, the Tesla doesn’t seem to like corners, partly because of those eco-friendly low-resistance (and therefore low-grip) tyres, and partly due to the fact the batteries are so heavy.


So, here’s my suggestion to Tesla so they can make me a perfect car: make the batteries removable, and divide them into pods that can be carried from the car to the house for recharging.  Make it so the car can run on as few as one pod, and the more pods that are fitted the greater the range. 


They would have to do some clever stuff with the electronics so that the pods with the lowest charge are used first, leaving the maximum amount of charge in as few pods as possible, but the idea is that I (we) can remove the most discharged pods for charging at home or at work when there is no car-charging point available.  Pods that are fully charged remain in the car until they’re used.  For long journeys, just make sure all the pods are charged.


One more thing would be handy.  Include a switch for the airbag so I could easily enable it of full-size passengers and disable it when using a child car seat.

So, Tesla, just a few minor points and a lottery win are all that stands in the way before I buy one.  Of course, if you want to lend me one for review, or even give me one and stick a load of advertising on it, then that would be even better.  Contact me through the comments if you’re up for it!

Why no posts?

I just thought I’d give you a quick update.  It’s been a very busy couple of months for me, both personally and work-wise.  So busy in fact, I haven’t even watched the Spanish F1 GP yet!  I know!!!
I really want to get posting more here, but I’m still quite busy.  I hope in the future to be posting on the following topics:
Big news in my personal life.
F1 catch-up.
Practice Karting Session for me and (other) Colin.
First time karting for (other) Colin’s Daughters.
Meanwhile, I’m keen to extend the readership, and would like to link to other sites if they link to mine.  So if you visit, please say Hi in the comments (no registration is required).
Colin Bowen.