Author Archives: Grouse Beater

Car News: Boss Arrested

The chief executive of Audi has been arrested at his home, the most senior Volkswagen official to be taken into custody over the emissions cheating scandal. (VW owns Audi.)  Presumably he was arrested while using an all-electric lawn mower and … Continue reading

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Hereditary – a review

Choosing a film depends a lot on one’s mood on the day. I glimpse at headlines as a kind of insurance that the choice of film I want to see will be half-decent at worst and I won’t feel cheated … Continue reading

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Car News: Spare Part Prices

All of us are forced to buy a spare part for our car at some time in its life, usually at its annual service or just to replace a broken or worn part. While tyres are getting more and more expensive … Continue reading

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Scotland – a Colony Once More

The Tories make clear they have no respect for the Scottish Parliament. Never again will the line that Scotland is an equal partner in Westminster system be believed. The decision to act without our consent, and the manner of doing … Continue reading

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Jurassic World – a review

On my first visit to a Hollywood studio to pitch a project the executives were sufficiently impressed with the computer requirements in one project to have an employee show me around the premises and meet staff. One of the places I … Continue reading

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Once We Were Anglos

When Anglophiles proclaim they’re British and Scots, meaning not really proud to be Scots but wish they were English, I get an image of a prawn announcing it’s proud to be a Crustacean and a Prawn. Secretly it wants to be … Continue reading

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Car News: Leccy Bikes

A reader wrote asking about electric motorbikes so I thought I should respond to his curiosity and have a look. I’ve often admired motorbike design but never hankered after one. Scotland’s weather doesn’t lend itself to life on two wheels, … Continue reading

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