Category Archives: Transportation

A Ferry, Scotland to Europe

SNP MP Douglas Chapman’s cheery face was presented to us on the front pages of some Unionist newspapers, most prominently The National, proclaiming the return of a continental ferry service from Rosyth to a European port “sometime in 2023”. Good … Continue reading

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Ferries: Scotsman To the Rescue

It might come as a shock to learn that one of the world’s most successful ferry designers happens to be a Scotsman, yet his repeated offers to build and invest in ferries in Scotland have been rejected by the Scottish Government and its hapless ferry agencies CMAL and CalMac. Dr. Stuart Ballantyne, chairman of … Continue reading

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Dr William Gordon Stables

An ocasional series on eminent Scots forgotten or largely ignored This is the tale of a travelling man who invented the caravan to make his life on the road more comfortable, a Scot, a man who without knowing it, was … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Sustainability or Scrap

A weekly look at what sucks in the our car world, and some good bits Car makers are lobbying the UK government again with the insistence of a starving calf nudging a dry cow for milk. They are restarting production … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Petrol TV Shows

A weekly look at what sucks in our world of cars, plus some good bits Back in the day as a stressed out BBC executive producer going nowhere, I sat around a table with colleagues and endless cups of coffee … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Fall of the Giants

A weekly look at what sucks in our car world, plus some good bits UK car production all but stopped last month. Only 197 vehicles were produced, an unheard of figure since cars moved from horse and carriage to bespoke … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Dicing Dyson

Your weekly look at what sucks in our world of cars, plus some good bits There are so many clever and socially conscious people in the world who make our lives better and yet here I am, just as Margaret … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Pandemic Imponderables

Your weekly look at what sucks in our car culture, plus some good things What has been happening in our world of automobiles since the pandemic lock-down? For one thing there are far fewer of them on the road, which … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Pop Up Charge

A weekly look at all that sucks in the world of cars, plus some good bits The car industry being the bellwether of corporate society, and the industry realising the instruction ‘don’t go to work unless you have to go … Continue reading

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Car Culture: Emergency Deaths

A weekly look at what sucks in our world of cars, plus some god bits Witnessing a pedestrian crossing a wide road deep in thought, almost get hit by an oncoming car presumably assuming the road empty of vehicles under … Continue reading

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