I recently came across the following which was an article in a bastion of the British upper classes since 1901, the Tatler magazine.

Huzzah! The trailer has dropped for the 2nd season of ‘The Great’

Back in February of this year, we were riding a joyful wave of top-notch period dramas. Admittedly, Bridgerton and The Great – one fictional the other a revisionist history – were only comparable through genre, but what they also had in common is that they were both confirmed for a second season. Now, quite incredibly, they’ve wrapped on filming the second season of The Great – and a trailer has dropped evidencing all the hilarity, irreverence and haughtiness we’ve come to expect after watching the first (plus a highly pregnant Catherine).

Upon checking with wikidodah my thoughts were confirmed that Tatler is a British magazine published by Conde Nast Publications focusing on fashion and lifestyle, as well as coverage of high society and politics. It is targeted towards the British upper-middle class and upper class and those interested in society events. Its readership is the wealthiest of all Conde Nast’s publications and was founded in 1901 by Clement Shorter.

I am slightly disappointed that a British magazine so well established as Tatler and seemingly aimed at the highest standards should use the expression; a trailer has dropped as this seems to be more of the sort of thing we might find in a magazine published in the Americas, perhaps the modern Tatler reader is more au fait with the multicultural London accent than one might have imagined.

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I am going to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival at Henley-on Thames in a couple of weeks time where two of my favourite things are featured, the Dunkirk Little Ships and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, I can’t wait!!

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Alok Sharma our climate change Minister has flown to 30 different countries covering tens of thousands of miles over the past seven months to prepare the ground for the COP26 global environment summit this autumn.

There has been quite a hoo-ha about his actions which have been described as a tad hypocritical when telling the rest of us to try not to fly too often for the sake of the planet, he was also criticised for not quarantining having visited six countries which were on the UK’s red list.

Apparently he has a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine and said that ministers conducting essential travel such as this are exempted from quarantine, as set out in the rules and this would also apply to his return from these countries.

He has secured ambitious action as a result of the discussions he has had and following his visit to Japan and South Korea the governments there committed to ambitious net zero targets, which was a key ask from the UK, although it doesn’t say how much success he has had with the more major polluters of the world.

This is all well and good but I notice that with all this travel he seems to have forgotten to visit the two top polluters of the world, China with more than 10.065 million tons of CO2 released and the United States with 5,416 million tons but I suppose he still has time for a flying visit.

In the meantime my addition to global warming was a visit at the weekend in my 1947 Bentley Mk VI to Brooklands in Weybridge, I think Grete Thunberg would have been proud of me, compared to Alok Sharma, I’m virtually saving the world single headedly.

Pictured: A map and list showing the countries visited by Britain's climate tsar Alok Sharma since January 27, including six countries (shown in red) on the government's travel 'red list'

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Yet again the proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.

Apparently pupils were only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic and hundreds of thousands of students have been given grades determined by teachers, rather than exams.

Overall, the proportion of entries awarded the top A* grade this year has surged to 19.1% – the highest proportion since the top grade was first introduced in 2010, with more than two in five (44.8%) of UK entries were awarded an A or A* grade this summer – up by 6.3 percentage points on last year when 38.5% achieved the top grades.

So yet again everybody is going to University all having attained top marks and yet it seems some of them are demanding a refund on their tuition fees as they will be doing their courses remotely and not attending lectures.

I would have thought they should have to pay more, for they can do exactly what they did for their A levels, work remotely, don’t attend lectures and wait for the end of their course where everyone will be awarded a First Class Honours degree, as they say on the advertisement, “simples.”

University Students Celebrate Their Graduation
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My friend has his rather splendid 1965 Aston Martin DB5 for sale so I’m putting it here just in case there are some fairly well off people who would like to purchase this superb example of a DB5 who just happen to be reading my blog.

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Went to Brooklands Museum today, some of you may have seen the programme on the television called The Secrets of the Transport Museum which takes place at the Museum and what is left of the racetrack.

The track itself was built by Hugh Locke King in 1906 and was the worlds first purpose built race track with massive banked corners on which, if they didn’t get it wrong and fly off the top, men and women would reach some remarkable speeds.

I took a few photos, this one is of the Napier Railton which has a massive 24 litre engine and was built in 1933 and raced by John Cobb who has the all time lap record at Brooklands of 143.44 MPH which was achieved in 1935.

It was also famous for aircraft manufacture and Barnes Wallis, inventor of the famous bouncing bomb and many other things was based there during World Way Two, there is also a bus museum and a real life Concorde and many other aircraft on site and is well worth a visit.

I am a Club Member so my wife and I had a very pleasant lunch in the Members Bar and managed to drive home in my 1947 Bentley Mk VI all the way without getting caught in the rain, as they say, a good time was had by all.

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I came across this post on a young woman’s blog recently which made me all the more convinced that Instagram is a waste of time, as all it seems to me is a way to look at pictures and click ‘like’ which I have always thought is a pretty inane thing to do.

My preference is for Facebook as it seems to have more content rather than just pictures and the following seems to sum up the situation in a nutshell, it is obviously from someone comparatively young as Instagram is favoured by the young rather than us older folk.

However, I thought it was a fascinating insight into the mind of the youth of today, the words and the strange Emoji are all that was on the post.

1: I like pictures.

2: Pictures are pretty.

3: Creating pictures calms me.

4: I can design even fonts to be pretty pictures

5: Go ahead slap me because I’m about to say it again. I love pictures. 


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A petition has been launched to get the man seen tied to a lamppost wearing only his socks and sandals to turn on Basildon’s Christmas lights.

The man was taped to a lamppost near Basildon’s Westgate Shopping centre, with several layers of thick, clear tape, apparently this was related to a failed attempt to have his nipple pierced during a night out on a stag do.

The thought also crossed my mind that it could have been some sort of punishment for crimes against sartorial elegance but I believe young folk nowadays do not see the crime in wearing socks and sandals.

I’m not sure if the man was naked as there were reports that he was also wearing suspenders and a thong, luckily from the image it is hard to see exactly what he is wearing.

All this leads me to wonder if the petition is for the man to turn on the Christmas lights fully clothed or if they wish him to illuminate Basildon wearing nothing but socks and sandals, if so let’s hope we don’t have a chilly winter.

The man was tied outside Westgate Shopping Centre

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It seems fifty percent of managers wish to see the introduction of a jabs for jobs policy should you wish to return to work from being furloughed or from working from home.

This is a relatively new suggestion and already lawyers are saying there is currently no legislation in place in the UK on mandatory vaccinations, and the UK Government has confirmed that it will not introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for UK residents and will leave it up to individual employers.

Apparently under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic (these include age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) and lawyers are suggesting that a danger that a no jab, no job policy could discriminate under one or more of these protected characteristic, although I have absolutely no idea how.

I believe that Google, Netflix, and Facebook have already put this jabs for jobs policy into action although many people are reluctant to return to work as they feel they are quite capable of doing their job from home as they have been all through the pandemic.

Their argument being that all they need is a computer and a phone and they can do their job from virtually anywhere, in which case I feel I should point out that there are people all over the world who have computers and phones who currently work in foreign call centres etc who would be only too happy to do the job that people in the UK are reluctant to return too and at a considerably cheaper price.

So to all those reluctant to return to work, I suggest be careful what you wish for as you may end up in a situation where you don’t have to go back to work as someone else is doing it for you.

Scare and sell: Here's how an Indian call centre cheated foreign computer  owners | Latest News India - Hindustan Times

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As if things weren’t bad enough for the hard-pressed motorist already, Highways England have announced that nine sections of Motorways in England will have their speed limit reduced in an effort to bring down the NOx concentrations.

Now I have a suspicion that quite a large portion of drivers will have absolutely no idea what NOx is, so with the help of Wikidodah I have managed to copy and paste some gobbledegook which I’m sure you will find most enlightening, or not as the case may be.

NOx is the chemical name for Nitrous Oxide which is a gas which is produced during combustion of fuels such as hydrocarbons, especially at high temperatures such as in car engines, although I don’t think we had this problem until we did away with leaded petrol.

Now I was a little confused as it seemed to imply NOx gasses are produced naturally by lightning although there was no explanation as to how.

It further stated that NOx is chemistry shorthand for molecules containing one nitrogen and one or more oxygen atom and is generally meant to include nitrous oxide which is a fairly inert oxide of nitrogen and is used as a propellant for aerosol sprays and whipped cream and can have a significant impact on the ozone layer and is a significant greenhouse gas. 

The roads that will be affected are the A1, A38, M1, M4, M5, M6, M32, M602 and the M621, most of which will see the limit reduced to 60 mph although even worse a section of the M32 will be further reduced to 40 mph, this will be a trial period with no end date.

For those of you with a long memory you may remember the last time we had a trial speed limit in December 1965 for a 70 mph speed limit which was supposed to last four months but was later made permanent in 1967 and is sadly still with us and largely flouted.

Should you have an even longer memory and be exceptionally old you will know that the speed limit in 1903 was 20 mph but was being openly flouted and by 1930 speed limits were done away with altogether, however in 1935 a 30 mph speed limit was introduced for built up areas.

Moving swiftly on some 86 years and the motor car has progressed quite considerably with better tyres, anti-lock brake and all sorts of clever gismos and we are still at the same speed limit which seems a little odd as I can tell you from experience of owning a 1935 Austin Seven that the brakes were absolutely abysmal compared to modern cars, one might have thought we could have progressed to a slightly higher limit.

We seem to be going backwards and I have a nasty feeling that as in 1965 it won’t be long before this new speed limit becomes permanent, although one has to ask oneself, as this limit is being introduced on the grounds of stopping pollution will it be put up again when we are all forced to drive electric cars which do not omit NOx and only pollute dramatically during their manufacture and their obsolescence when they are scrapped.

A certain section of motorists will face a double whammy, bad enough the speed limit but if the Government wish to abolish all NOx gasses, I assume this will include the propellant for aerosols, which leaves them driving very slowly to The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, otherwise known as Wimbledon only to find there is no cream for the strawberries when they eventually get there.

40 mph speed limit sign - DOT 670
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