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Driving me crazy #review

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I’m not as young as I used to be. I look at things I can’t change and become resigned to it. I appreciate many things more as  experience has taught me they are valuable. I saw a comment by a young driver who thinks all old people should be banned from motorways, because  to him they hog the outside lane. (more…)


Psychology | Skills and Habits

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As children we acquire a lot of skills that become habitual, we can do them without thinking very much about it. We learn to crawl, walk and feed ourselves and later we learn lots of basic skills like reading, writing and numeracy. It seems the graffiti artist who painted on this bridge learned a little reading, writing and arithmetic. He seems to have a fascination for the spots on a domino. It’s a shame he wasn’t taught a respect for property and the environment. (more…)

Thrifty | Spend less on VAT?

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A lot of what we spend goes on VAT and even more on various duties on tobacco, fuel and alcohol. I read somewhere that some of the worst drivers in the UK are here, where I live in the West Midlands. We eat while we drive, drive without shoes and have other weird driving habits it seems. I read this morning of the worst speeding offending areas and we weren’t even in the top ten. I drive now to save on fuel and that means driving smoothly in the highest gear that is appropriate. It seems a speeding conviction can also cost around £200 when you have paid the fine, costs and your insurance has been increased. (more…)

It’s enough to drive you nuts…

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You’re driving along and a woman’s voice is nag, nag, nag… Turn left at the next junction, take the third exit at the roundabout. Like I don’t know where I’m going! You can turn the sound off on the SAT NAV, but that gives you one more thing you have to keep an eye on. I need to have eyes everywhere on the roads around here. Regular readers will know I live in the heart of England; in the Black Country…


How to save on petrol


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I was watching Top Gear on TV not long ago and Jeremy Clarkson was making fun of advanced drivers. Advanced drivers do know how to drive and save fuel though.  I suspect there were few advanced drivers queuing for petrol this week but plenty of petrol heads. You can get twice as many miles from a litre of petrol if you develop a driving technique that saves fuel. You don’t have to go slower; no! (more…)

Frugal Friday | Christmas thoughts

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I had a look at the prices of turkeys today. The larger ones work out cheaper; generally speaking. The turkey crowns are about £9.00 a kilo. The price per kilo varies a lot and some are basted with butter. The price can be less than £3.00 a kilo for a large turkey. I found Asda to be cheaper than Tesco. It pays to check all the prices per kilo. I live alone and don’t want much left over and so the turkey thigh joint will be enough for me. (more…)

Frugal Friday | Competing



In the western world lots of people over-eat and it causes problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. I don’t eat so much now and often don’t put so much on my plate. I also eat far more vegetables. My chicken and chips with broccoli is healthy and frugal. Just half a chicken leg is enough for me now.


A Monday morning ramble…

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I took this photograph yesterday after I had gone thrifty shopping! My intention was to photograph the canal which I did but those photos are a little dark after the rain. I noticed some trees and bushes and set a wide aperture and got some interesting shots. I think this bush is a yew, it has strange flowers that are very sticky! (more…)

Automate your life!

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The photograph is of a Manor House, that one wasn’t my first choice.  I chose a photograph of a farm shop and then realised I had used that one in a previous blog. We tend to do things automatically and then we forget that we have done them. We drive through traffic lights and then wonder if they were on green! (more…)