Date announced for new site style

The new site style will go live on the morning of Sunday 1st October 2006 (GMT +1 hour).

Until then I will be doing the final touches to the new style, and I will make sure I don’t forget about the 404 error page!

Sunday 1st will also be the day my new blog goes live.

Stay tuned!

Guestbook disabled

Thats it.
I have had enough of the spam entries in the guest book, so I have disabled it altogether.

I don’t know why the spammers kept on spamming the guest book, as I was not even letting any entries onto the guest book.

I have only disabled the posting of entries, you can still browse the posted entries.

The Great Car Hunt The Finale

Imagine the scene.
Its 10am on a Sunday morning.
There is a knock on your bedroom door.
“I’m getting dressed” You shout
“Hurry up! We’ve got somewhere to go” The person on the other side of the door says

Ok, thats more or less what happened this morning. We had another car to see.
Just before 11 o’clock, we pulled up outside the house in Downend.
A friendly neighbour came up to us and said that the owners had left, but he was to show us around the car.

First impressions. Not bad. Its a tidy car, clean, a sort of dark red in colour.
Its got an immobiliser, central locking, five doors.
The engine is clean, no signs of oil leaks. The car was parked in the owners back garden, and there wasn’t much room to get underneath it.

The left rear light has got a crack in it, and the bumper is scratched.
With a thumbs up from dad, we agree to buy it 😀

We leave our name, and phone number with the neighbour, and drive off.
Just got down the road, and we get a phone call saying that the owners will be back for 12noon. We turn around, and then with three cashpoint cards draw out £650.

We arrive back at the house, the owner appears, and we get to take it for a test drive.
Dad drove it, parked back outside the house, and the owner says that he has to go and pick his wife up. Off he goes…
Dad checks the car out more thoroughly, there is an oil leak coming from some where in the engine, but that is all.

When the owner gets back, we discover that it is actually his sons car.
An offer of £600 is made, it is accepted.
Money changes hands, documents get signed.
I’ve got myself a new car.

Dad drives it back home.
I haven’t yet driven it!
Ive insured it with Direct Line, for £970

Thats it, after something like 6/7 weeks of searching for a car, I’ve got one.


The Great Car Hunt Part 4

Well, I worked Monday so i got Friday off, and so did dad. So we got up early, got the Trade It and searched for some cars.

There wasn’t many.

The only Saxo that was in my price range had already been sold, it was only eleven o’clock in the morning!

The other cars that we found were all answer phones, they must have been at work!

So me and dad jumped in the car and then drove along the A38, Gloucester Road, to, errm, Gloucester.

We stopped at several places on the way back, but most of the cars were too expensive, or they didn’t have anything that I was looking for.
Ok, I could go up a bit past £1000, but not too much, and only if it is something I definitely want.

In the evening, we went to see a car that was placed on the Trade Its website that morning.
The body work didn’t look that bad, it was black, there was a strange whine coming from the engine, possibly the alternator about to pack-in. There was also some water or oil in the boot, and the passenger door lock was broken.
It was un-taxed so for £700 pounds before adding tax it was a bit expensive. taxing it would of added an extra £100 or so.

Dads going off to look at cars while I’m at work, so there might be hope after all!