Friday, 10 July 2009

Girls-2 ...

Grandmothers are just antique little girls.




This video snippet might be construed as a bit of a 'sexist' or an 'ageist' dig, but I hasten to assure my visitors that it is posted as a tribute to a bunch of 'grannies' who absolutely do not understand the word 'cannot'.

I readily admit to being a bit of a Reginald Molehusband, Reginald Molehusband was a fictional character who starred in a public information film, shown on British TV during the 1960's. Molehusband was depicted as the country's worst driver when it came to parking his Austin 1100 car.

The name of Reginald Molehusband has entered common parlance in Great Britain to refer to any accident-prone driver.

Now you know!

despite having held a HGV ticket in later life. It has expired now, but I've always been proud of the fact that I managed to qualify on only the second go. The first test saw me tussle with a bus on a roundabout. I won, but the examiner didn't see it my way!

I am particularly fond of the 'script' for the Reginald Molehusband film that was shown on the BBC. No copy of the film exists, but the script has gone down in the annals of film history:


This is the story of Reginald Molehusband, married, two children, whose reverse parking was a public danger. People came from miles just to see it. Bets were laid on his performance. What he managed to miss at the back, he was sure to make up for at the front. Bus drivers and taxis changed their routes to avoid him. Until the day that Reginald Molehusband did it right. Not too close, far enough forward... come on Reginald... and reverse in slowly... come on.... and watching traffic... and park perfectly! Well done Reginald Molehusband, the safest parker in town.


Since no film of Reginald (or me) exists, you will just have to 'watch-and-wonder' at these daredevil grannies doing their stuff on Top Gear ...



Whew! Great fun, huh?

Now don't you take this as an invitation to go out and do the same thing with the family car!

'Till the next 'girls' post ...



This was a video upload using the WLW built-in YouTube link. Enter the URL and WLW does the rest. Check on the YouTube page that 'embedding' is allowed.

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Lee said...

Lots of fun there, Terry! Makes me wish I had such a cool chance to learn that kind of car control! Thanks for sharing!


Lee said...

New post up, Terry using Windows Live Writer. I've asked you for help seeing if you can play with something that I downloaded on advice but which is so new or the creator is so clueless that it has no help files. Do you have Windows 7 yet? Or are you even going there? Ever used a Mac?

Peace and have a good weekend,

Thumbelina said...

Ooooh! Something I have ALWAYS wanted to do! I pride myself on my reverse and parallel parking but I would love to do a handbrake turn and drive on a skid pan. I just never had the confidence to pull it off in a carpark or something. *sigh* probably never will now. Unless Top Gear invite me when I'm a granny. :)
And I learn more about WLW into the bargain. Fab.

Fletch said...


'Fun' was the first thing that came to mind when I viewed that vid.

Took a look at the new post on your site. Isn't it easy in WLW?

Never come across '7Stacks' before, but i've downloaded it and will play around and try to find out how things work. Will get back to you on that one.

Win7 will be a cert when it is released, but at the moment I am following the farcical pricing machinations of M$. Did you know that M$ sells its OS to the OEMs (Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba ... etc.) for $45 a license. Then charges its off the shelf customers $200, $300 or $400, depending on the flavour. And there's even worse to come for European customers, but I'll skip the rant here ... !!

MACs are machines from Mars as far as I am concerned. 'Nuff said!

Fletch said...


Try your friendly neighbourhood bobbies. They've almost certainly got access to a local skid-pan where they train their plod-drivers, and might even consider taking a member of the public along for the experience!



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