Welcome

This is my poky little corner of the Internet. Originally started in 1999 (my website that is, not the Internet) it took on many forms – until 2005, when I lost enthusiasm for my own Internet presence and simply stopped updating it.

This is my (not quite as successful as I’d hoped) attempt at getting some of that enthusiasm back. Enjoy!

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Bugger.

First, the good news. The Celica T-Sport hasn’t fallen apart on me yet.

Now for the bad news. I got back to the car park after work today to see this waiting for me:

What in the name of Shakin’ Stevens happened there, then? Looks like someone’s clipped the wing when pulling into or out of the space next to me.

Ah well, I can’t really afford to get it sorted at the moment so I’ll just have to hope it doesn’t start rusting away or anything.

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Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTLi (T-Sport)

Toyota have confirmed that the oil consumption is definitely abnormal, but “can’t do anything under warranty” as it’s passed the threshold for both mileage and the extended warranty period for this issue.

So, I’ve got shot of the damn thing and replaced it with it’s bigger brother, the Celica T-Sport:

With an extra 50bhp over the last car (up to 190bhp) and a very addictive “kick” when the car enters the “lift” mode that gives it the VVTL-i name, this should see me right for a while.

Ah, who am I kidding – at this rate, it’ll have fallen apart by September.

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Crackdown Review (Xbox 360)

Crackdown could quite easily be compared to the Grand Theft Auto series of games – it offers an entire city to use and abuse as you see fit, a decent number of vehicles to drive or destroy, and it’s packed full of criminals and cops.

The similarities end there, however. For Crackdown isn’t a story-driven game in the same way that the 3D GTA games were, nor is the emphasis on committing whatever crimes are necessary to take you to the top. In Crackdown, you play the part of a genetically enhanced super-cop, created to combat three criminal gangs that are in control of the city and reclaim the streets on behalf of your masters, The Agency.

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Seat Ibiza 1.4 SE

Whilst technically this wasn’t my first car (that honour belongs to a 1991 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus) this Seat Ibiza 1.4 SE was the first car that I paid for with my own money. It was actually a surprisingly good little car, even if I did thrash it to death – the idea of mechanical […]

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