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Good car, useful car

Every job has a cross to bear.  Doctors get asked for free medical advice, computer experts get asked to fix things, estate agents get stabbed and auto journalists get accused of bias.  Usually by red-faced, spittle-flecked, stabby-fingered paragons of even-minded virtue. In a previous post I dealt with the bias issue, but not on a […]

A question of suspension

Dear Overlander I’ve only been a reader of a magazine for a few months but find it helpful and interesting.  My question is about suspension.  We have owned a 1993 80 Series Cruiser for about four years and use it for towing a two-tonne boat but I’m looking to get into more 4WDing. It has […]

Maybe I’m wrong

It’s clear the Australian fauna has been engaged in one long inter-species competition for the last several million years.  I wonder which animal started it.  Which one was the first to think that there had to be better ways of subduing prey than using sheer strength with sharp fangs and claws, ways that involved less […]

The 2008 G4 Challenge in Australia and Mongolia

Here’s some background on the Land Rover G4 Challenge in Australia and Mongolia. Land Rover Australia imported four vehicles to Australia for the G4 selection trials and general promotion.  These were two Discovery 3s TDV6s and two Defender 110s.  All four were sold around January-Feburary 2009.  The two D3s are based in Melbourne, one of […]

Cooking Diary, Part 0

Many years ago I left home and thus life changed.  I rented a small room in a house, and lived happily there with two brothers as joint landlords.  It was a peaceful existence, with only a few noisy moments when the younger brother entertained his girlfriend, usually a virtuoso performance amplified by the fact our […]

Cooking Diary, Part 1

If you don’t eat, you die. That’s primarily why I eat. Of course, if the experience can be pleasurable that’s all the better, but in general I sacrifice pleasure for speed. Left to my own devices, I would purchase a fridge only to keep beer cold, and probably never construct anything more elaborate than toast, […]

The 4WD Debate

You have may noticed 4WDs aren’t popular in some quarters. There’s a lot of sensationalism, liberally sprinkled with phrases like “vehicle of mass destruction”, references to apparent insecurities of the drivers and generally the coverage is more about whipping up a bit of good old tabloid outrage than the facts or reasoned argument. Flung with […]

The conversation.

Hmmmm”. “No.” “We’ll be ok”. “No!” “It’s not that bad. Bit steep, but it won’t be a drama.” “No way are you taking that vehicle up there!” “Why not?” “Why not? Why not? Because it’s dangerous! Because we don’t need to do it! Becau..” “It’s not dangerous. It’ll be ok, we’ll be fin..” “And what […]