I’ve been thinking. (‘You’ve been thinking! That’s a change of pace.’ – Like Mike, 2002.) No really, I have. I thought about humans. I cried. I thought about lemons. I regained the will to live. But anyway, I was thinking about life. (Oh no! Here goes another moving and inspirational post!) I was thinking that humans think too much.

We do, actually. Every second of our lives is spent rationalising, talking, (‘You talking to me?’ – Taxi Driver, 1976.) blogging, writing. But why? I don’t know. Thinking hurts my porridge. (Porridge – Brain synonym. Suitable, for some fans of mine.)

Enough seriousness. You don’t come to this blog for that. (You probably don’t come to this blog at all, unless you are A.G.W, F.F, N.C-J, A.C. Which you’re not. Are you.) I want this post to be enjoyable. So I will tell a joke:

How many A.G.Ws does it take to change a lightbulb?

One. To change the lightbulb. (Sorry if I offended you, but I did try to make it completely unreferential to anyone. Apart from A.G.W. Obviously.) (Sort of.)

 Bennisdfighbwes. Pronounce that!

Thank you to N.C-J for inspiration. Please check out his blogs.


Chess is a wonderful game. Many people play it for leisure, competitively, even professionally. It is fun. I am quite good at chess, but I know someone who is very good indeed. (You know who I mean, A.G.W.) I like chess. (I state the obvious.) But why am I posting about a game? I’m a pessimist, aren’t I? ( Latin – Pessimus/Pessime, meaning very bad/the worst, very badly.) (Sorry about that. It’s part of my new ‘Educate the doctorbenzi fans’ project. Current amount of information transported to other’s minds: 0.0000001 nuggets. And that was my blog username. In the bipenultimate sentence. Check it out.) (Oooh. Benzi said a fancy word! The recommended sentence is now antepenultimate. Bow down to me, the master of language.) (Bow down was present imperative active.)

 Anyway, back to chess. What’s that? You forgot I was talking about chess, because I was ranting on about language? Ah well.) Chess is very simple. You move your pieces to win the game. (A.G.W. will give you full rules in a comment. Won’t he?) (Hint hint.) As I was saying, before we were so rudely interrupted by that picture to your left, chess is one of the most widely-played games in the world, and the Russians are good at it. (That explains A.G.W. He’s Russian*.) (Actually, I wasn’t saying that before I inserted the picture, but hopefully no one noticed.)

Bensparov (Work it out.)

* Sort of.

A breath of compressed air…

Air vs Petrol… who would win?

The challenge set was to build a safe, comfortable car that weighed less than 1,000 lb (454kg), could seat four easily, but had to look good. So not the easiest of tasks, then. And this is what Honda came up with. Powered by compressed air, it was not original, as Volvo (amongst others) also built an air-powered car. But none of that matters. What matters is this: It’s a Honda. Not a company renowned for thrilling, radical cars. (Except maybe the NSX and the Civic Type R.) So if they can come up with something that looks like this, they may have some hidden talent with building exciting cars. Then we could send them a letter, asking them to use this talent in new production cars, and Hondas would be interesting, and the world would be happy.

Just don’t be surprised if you get a letter from me soon.


Virtual Reality

The GtbyCitroën. Radical name, radical idea. It’s a supercar concept, first made for a game. Originally seen in the Gran Turismo series, it was first unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It’s a good old proper concept car, with the relentless mantra of ‘form before function’ (or practicality for that matter-don’t think the designers ever thought of  such thing as a rear view) influencing its creation heavily. Some thought Citroën could not follow up their utterly crazy Survolt electric race car, but Citroën prove all doubters wrong with the GT.

Don’t, though, be fooled by the word ‘GT’. You could fry an egg in the copper- coated interior. It is seriously hot in there, so it is not made for long drives (or any drives, in fact). But who cares? It wasn’t made to be driven. It was made to be looked at and speculated over. And Citroën have succeeded in that.