EasyCar SqueegyCar

I returned the cottage conveyance clio to easyCar Barbican this morning (necessitating 6.45am rise and shine. URGH) and Luis R had the temerity to say it was dirty!!!!!!!! I told him that the only reason it appeared dirty was because I’d washed and hoovered it, and that highlighted the bits I’d missed. I refused to sign the form, and suggested that if he gave me a cloth I’d happily polish up the clio for easyCar, but we ended up agreeing to differ and I didn’t sign anything….. and wishing I’d looked more closely at the option he’d circled.

So who knows…. only £10 if easyCar say it wasn’t clean, but it’s The Principle; the car was dirty inside and out when I picked it up, and I did clean it over the weekend.

I did go over the mileage allowance a bit, not much though. So if we’d not taken the north circular, or gone on the tile treasure hunt around Hereford we’d probably have been ok. Next time I’ll hire for 6 days.

Total cost, including diesel:

Basic Rental Cost (5 days) – 30.85
Transaction Fee – 2.00
Extras – 0.00
Insurance – 0.00
Loss/Damage Waiver – 18.75
Diesel – 32.50 (returned with tank half full – or empty, depending on your perspective)

Total Cost so far – 84.10

Plus Unknown Extras:
Additional mileage @ 0.20 mile
Cleaning – 10

TOTAL: c – 100.

Not quite the bargain you think you’re getting! and not a patch on Edinburgh Europcar .

Cosmo Quiz (kinda)

Rachel VW sent me this today – and I’m a sucker for these psychological profiling quizzes….I’ve deleted all the repetitive crap about forwarding “to everyone you know”; “this is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept. at many of the major corporations today” etcetcetc

1. When do you feel your best?
a) in the morning
b) during the afternoon & and early evening
c) late at night

2. You usually walk
a) fairly fast, with long steps
b) fairly fast, with little steps
c) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
d) less fast, head down
e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you
a) stand with your arms folded
b) have your hands clasped
c) have one or both your hands on your hips
d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with
a) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
b) your legs crossed
c) your legs stretched out or straight
d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with
a) a big, appreciative laugh
b) a laugh, but not a loud one
c) a quiet chuckle
d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering
a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
b) make a ! quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You’re working very hard, concentrating hard, and you’re interrupted; do you …
a) welcome the break
b) feel extremely irritated
c) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colours do you like most?
a) Red or orange
b) black
c) yellow or light blue
d) green
e) dark blue or purple
f) white
g) brown or grey

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep, you lie
a) stretched out on your back
b) stretched out face down on your stomach
c) on your side, slightly curled
d) with your head on one arm
e) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are
a) falling
b) fighting or struggling
c) searching for something or somebody
d) flying or floating
e) you usually have dreamless sleep
f) your dreams are always pleasant

1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c ) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should “handle with care”. You’re seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don’t always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who’s quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the
excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who’s constantly in the centre of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced, not one to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who’ll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over it if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn’t want to get involved with anyone or anything. They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don’t exist. Some people think you’re boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren’t.

So, what did I score?

My answers: c, a, a, c, a, b, b, a, c, a
Total: 40
Profile: 31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over it if that trust is ever broken.

So now you know!

Monday 04 November 2002

Before heading over to Forty Acres for the weekend, Phil and I went up to TJBR’s for dinner. After I’d judged the Tooth Brushing Competition (my prize – FTP 6’s set of Vamprie Teeth – were not deemed an acceptable alternative to the items identified in the Argos catalogue with a turned down corner), Barney wanted to know which of his cars was the fastest, and what was the fastest car in the world…… I displayed my complete lack of Guiness Book of Records (and popular scientific) credentials by claiming it was the Bluebird (in which Donald Campbell set the world water speed record in December 1964 – 276.3 mph on Lake Dumbleyung in Australia)

So my mission this lunchtime was to do some research on the web…

AND Just Look What I’ve Found!!

ThrustSSC set New World Record

Speed: 714 MPH
Where: Nevada’s Black Rock Desert – aka where I spent a dusty 6 days earlier this year at Burning Man
When: 25 September 1997
Who: Andy Green and the ThrustSSC team

My only concern, is that ThrustSSC doesn’t really look like a car…. but it does now reside in the Museum of British Road Transport, in Coventry.

Pity it’s just a bit too far to go this weekend…..

Ruth’s Mum’s Sticky Toffee Pudding


– Pudding –
4oz margerine
12oz white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
16oz self raising flour
4 oz dates, chopped
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 pint boiling water

– Toffee Sauce –
1 pint double cream
16oz dark brown sugar
8oz butter

makes enough for 12


12″x12″ deepish dish for baking
large mixing bowl
smaller mixing bowl/jug
wooden spoon
2pt+ saucepan


– Pudding –
1. Mix water, dates andbicarb in a bowl and leave to stand whilst you make the cake mix.
2. Cream margerine and sugar until fluffy
3. Beat in eggs gradually
4. Fold in seived flour
5. Stir in date, water and bicarb mixture. The dates will have absorbed some but not all of the water. Stir it all in to create a fairly runny mixture
6. Bake for 1 hour at the top of a hot oven (375F, 190C)

– Toffee Sauce –
15 mins before you want to serve the pudding, start the sauce
1. Melt the butter and sugar together in a pan
2. Add the cream
3. Heat slowly to bring to the boil
4. Pour a little over the pudding and brown under the grill

Serve with vanilla icecream to counter the richness

Sunday 27 October 2002

An incredibly blustery day, and Helen Weber’s Birthday! Or, as I should be accustoming myself to call her, Helen Denton. Hosted by Hazel, with assistance from yours truly, we celebrated with a comfort food lunch with Helen and Charlie, Bruce & Roopa (and Bump), Penny, James & Henry.

Plenty to eat and drink, with Henry showing an early grasp of that essential toddler ploy “offer to walk around with the crisps, and you can help yourself en route”. But no photos – and I even took the Ixus round to H’s with me, together with 2 chairs, 1 large saucepan, icecream, bicarb, fizzy water, cutlery, baking dish, margerine etc etc etc

==Menu ==
Bangers (Asda Gourmet. Yes, I got Hazel to cross the A.S.D.A. threshold) and Mash, with Delia’s Red Wine Sauce for Sausages, and Baked Mushrooms and Garlic
Ruth’s Mum’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, with B&J DIY Vanilla Icecream
Selection of chocolate mints – not that anyone had much space left after seconds (and still some left to spare!)

(see what you missed Phil!)

A phone call from Laura resulted in her arrival as a surprise guest later on in the afternoon. Scuppered by the storms, which “justified” the closure of most of the Virgin lines (and as I discovered when I tried to nip to B&Q/Homebase in Wandsworth Town, all routes in and out of Waterloo), Laura opted to sit out Ian’s attendance at the Boss’s only show in the UK chez nous. So we all vegged and chatted and finished off the luncheon leftovers and assorted beverages, half watching Sunday night comfort telly. All very pleasant and snooze inducing.