There seems to be a great deal of debate at present about immigrants. Some say that if we don’t welcome new arrivals from abroad, the fruit will remain unpicked this summer and a pot of raspberry jam will shoot up to £7,000. Others say that the National Health Service is already bursting at the seams and simply can’t deal with even one more new boy. The argument seems split, and both sides seem to have a point. Business says British people are now too busy watching Cash in the Attic on their state-sponsored plasma televisions to turn up for interviews, and that low income workers from Romania are essential. Schools say that while this may be so, the classrooms are already too full. It all seems to be based on the economy. We need new workers to help Britain thrive. Or we can’t afford new workers in case they don’t get jobs and end up on benefits. I’m sure these are jolly important issues. But nobody seems to be addressing the issue that … [Read more...] about Jeremy on: international driving standards
With the Nissan GT Academy program, the Playstation-exclusive Gran Turismo series has been converting videogame players into real life racers for the better part of a decade now. The only problem is that qualification is limited to a handful of supernaturally talented sim-racing Jedi. Gran Turismo Sport, out in November, aims to bring a taste of that experience to the enthusiastic-but-rubbish as well. Gone is the stalwart single player GT Mode from previous titles in the series, replaced with interactive tuition designed to hone your driving skills, teach racing etiquette and prepare you for the real meat of the game, the multiplayer ‘Sport Mode’. Designed as a fully functioning motorsport calendar, Sport Mode offers up sanctioned, FIA events on weekends, full 24-hour races and daily challenges. Basically it turns your PS4 into what Lewis Hamilton sees when he boots up his schedule in the morning. Get really good and you’ll end up participating in … [Read more...] about Gran Turismo Sport wants to turn everyone into a racing driver
This past weekend was the first I had to myself after our Challenger trek through Europe. I know I’m going to get little sympathy for my all-expenses-paid tour of Western Europe, but let me tell you, 17 consecutive days on the road can be brutal, especially if it ends with four days of English weather and food. Spotted dick, anyone? A relaxing, non-automotive weekend with the significant other is just what the doctor ordered, and happy to say it was available in the form of the 2008 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I went for the first time in 2006 as a guest of Mazda. That year I rode up with a buddy, me on my Honda 919, he on a borrowed Yamaha V-Max. Though neither is the ideal long-haul tourer, we had a great time winding our way up the coast to Monterey and watching American Nicky Hayden take the checkered flag. I hooked up with Mazda again this year because I learned when your name is on the track, you’re entitled to certain privileges. But more … [Read more...] about Best weekend ever: MotoGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Name: Jason EastonCar: BMW M3 Coupe (E92)Owned since: February 2017Previously owned: Toyota GT86, Skoda Octavia VRS, BMW 330Ci, Mazda Eunos Roadster RS, VW Golf GTI Mk5, Alfa 156, various VW Boras, Renault Clio GT, a couple of bikes and many more random sheds I've probably missed! Why I bought it: "I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a 53,000-mile car, which was showing signs of a previous owner who has cared for it in the same way I would. It was a coupe, and I would've probably preferred a saloon, but since the cars main use would be weekends and holidays it seemed like the right choice. I also wasn't keen on the carbon front bumper additions, but they were a genuine BMW accessory which made them slightly more acceptable. And thus began the man maths - I was, after all, talking myself into an obnoxious bright red M3. And the test drive didn't exactly help matters. "The main dominating factor of the whole car is the engine; inside it's basically a well specced 3 Series and … [Read more...] about BMW M3 (E92): PH Carpool
Clemantine Wamariya, author of “The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After,” written with Elizabeth Weil (Julia Zave) It was a quintessential “Oprah” moment. In May 2006, Clemantine Wamariya, an 18-year-old refugee from Rwanda, sat in the studio audience, one of 50 winners of a national high school essay contest. As her host listened, an emotional Clemantine explained that she had been searching for her parents since she was 6, when war separated Clemantine and her older sister, Claire, from the rest of their family. The sisters had spent the next six years on the run, wandering through seven countries, dodging bullets, suffering illness and living in refugee camps before landing in the United States, empty-handed, in 2000. “So, Clemantine,” Oprah asked. “Before you left Africa, did you ever find your parents?” Clemantine knew they were alive but had not found them. But guess who had? Moments later, a curtain … [Read more...] about A moment on ‘Oprah’ made her a human rights symbol. She wants to be more than that.