stockholm syndrome

Yes I know the most recent episode of top gear purposefully, erroneously referred to this. Message to them: the ‘it’s technologically impressive so it lacks soul’ routine is boring. Say something new.

The only good bits in that whole six eps were 1) Rowan Atkinson: he’s such a great speaker – voice, intonation and vocab. He could’ve easily gone into politics. Why not Atkinson for President of UK? He could sort their mess out. And 2) the 2011 nissan GT-R: technological excellence.

 

Perhaps as another indicator that I want to go back is I’ve been browsing through used cars on an australian website. Funny considering I don’t have a driver’s license. The don’t seem that expensive.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/6019990777/” title=”mx-5-5450 by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6005/6019990777_75aa55034f_m.jpg” width=”240″ height=”180″ alt=”mx-5-5450″></a>

What about this 1989 mazda mx-5? Only five and a half thousand and can probably go lower. Sporty. Easy on petrol… but even a friendless weirdo like me would eventually end up in a situation where I had more than one other person to transport, so two seats seems rather limiting.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/6020543310/” title=”1998-wrx by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/6020543310_33b4d35693_m.jpg” width=”240″ height=”183″ alt=”1998-wrx”></a>

What about this 1998 subaru impreza? From subaru’s rally years. Sporty. 4 doors. A bit more expensive at $9000 but only 190K kms on the clock – not bad for these.

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Lo! But what’s this? A beige (biscuit, officially) 1981 volvo 244 for only $1200? The bourgy middle-classness is perverse yet enticing, like slipping into a bath of luke-warm baked beans. The only real cars my family had during my childhood were two volvo 245 stationwagons, one after the other during the early/mid 80s. I can remember when I first sat in the first one and being amazed by how many buttons were on the central console — it was like K.I.T from Nightrider! As I got to teenagerdom being in and being seen in a volvo was less fun but it’s one of those smaller things that made me who I am. Maybe owning one of these things would be a way of reowning and setting straight that part of my life.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/6019991627/” title=”interior-244 by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/6019991627_6be9a335c3.jpg” width=”500″ height=”359″ alt=”interior-244″></a>

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