in-car entertainment (4): room 101

Right, well absolutely no-one was interested in my lorry-spotting musings in in-car ent 3 so I’ve gone for a more popular way for several adults to kill an hour whilst stuck in traffic; your pet items to consign to room 101. It actually works really well with 3 or more folk involved, as I was last week travelling back to Brighton with my lovely daughter and son-in-law, E and S. Grandson S was happily focused on the tracks from the CD, Happy Songs (some classics, some dogs but I’m proud to say that at 5 he knows all the words to James Brown’s I Feel Good). Grandson G was fast asleep – probably dreaming about what it’ll be like to be all grown-up and to have so many things to hate.

Here’s a short list of some of the things we came up with during some hard going down the A23. What would you consign to the litter bin of popular culture?

– Jimmy Saville, Elaine Paige and radio 5’s Victoria Derbyshire

– golfing bores, golfing etiquette, golfing gear and, in my case, golf itself.

– ties, sweat bands, cumberbunds and, in my case again, dinner suits completely

– front gardens – esp the couldn’t-be-bothered-so-it-looks-a-tip variety

– soap on a rope, combs

– the item known as Chanelle and Ziggy

– local town mayors and town twinning

– those really low gears on a push bike that make people cycle like crazy but travel hardly any distance. also cycling helmets

– check-in procedures at stansted

– traffic wardens (of course) and their stupid uniforms

and finally, and rather surprisingly from my daughter later that evening, wishy-washy politics and spineless politicians. Blimey it’s only in-car entertainment but I like it E!


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Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

6 thoughts on “in-car entertainment (4): room 101

  1. almost missed this one

    * Chris Moyles
    * All ‘reality’ TV progams
    * The word EXCLUSIVE! in tabloids
    * Alan Green for thinking we want to listen to him rather than know what’s going on in the match
    * Kimi Raikkonnen for being a bad version of the character played by Yul Brynner in Futureworld

  2. I know they are both light years beyond parody, but please make some space in the eternal pit of damnation and hell for……

    Richard Madeley & Jeffrey Archer

  3. ah dj, the madelmeister and ‘eyebrows’ archer. what a pair of coves. i’m all the way with you on JA, he’s oilier than my home-grown olive oil. and i know why you’re recommending big dick but he’s compelling viewing. he never fails to make me smile with his interjections on the richard and judy show. tv would be darker without him. i’d keep him in the ante room for now. i want to meet him just for the crack.

  4. Paul

    Could I please make a suggestion of losing all over-hyped enthusiasm for English/British sporting teams/individuals who we, as a nation, know perfectly well will not get past the quarter final stages of ANY sporting competition? For example:

    ‘Tiger Tim’ Henman – the meer thought of of a) buying a Wimbledon ticket, b) decorating myself in a union Jack cape, tiger face paint and a ‘Come on Tim’ T-shirt to see Henman crash out in the very early stages does not equate to a fun day out.

    Apologies for writing this in a reply to an older posting, but I haven’t been on the blog for a while and all of the hype around the Rugby World Cup has just annoyed me with the exciting build up of England’s title defending campaign. My prediction – no further than the group stages. (If they have group stages – don’t really follow egg chasing!)

    I’ll also be impressed if the England football team qualify for the European Championships 08 – especially after the Germany game. But let’s get behind our brave boys anyway – Ingerlund…!


  5. that’s the spirit Russ. at least we can dream about WC and world championship wins. imagine if you came from wales…. only joking boyos.

    i’m hoping to attend the send-off dinner for the england rugby team tomorrow night down at the O2. the thought occurs that this might be last time that i’ll ever be able to say that i dined with current english WC winners/world champions.

    Maybe lewis hamilton will do us proud! Altogether now, 3 lions on a shirt….


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