Really …?

An articulated lorry passed me on the main road yesterday. It was an ordinary, anonymous curtain-sided trailer – ordinary except it carried signs on each side which said

Warning do not walk close to this vehicle at any time.

I think I’ll put one of those on my car.

Trailer trash

In the UK we have to show a ‘tax disc’ in our vehicle windscreen as proof that we have paid (or are exempt from) Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). There is a fine for ‘failure to display’ which means that even if it simply falls off onto the floor of your car you are in trouble. From 1 October 2014 all this will change when Continue reading

What do you do?

One of the first questions commonly asked when meeting someone new. Usually asked before we enquire about hobbies and interests (although that might be more interesting for both parties).

Insurance companies also require this information, and I came across an amusing dropdown list whilst browsing for car insurance today. A bit like the over-detailed list of pre-nominal titles I wrote about some time ago. To the extent that it accurately reflects the vast range of jobs in 21st century Britain, it is a snapshot which might be of great value to historians in years to come. Continue reading