Friday – Lost In Space


Jeremy I now know every nook and cranny of a Land Rover Discovery 4. Why? Because today I managed to lose my iPhone at Borth in Wales today and spent a large chunk of the afternoon conducting a forensic search of the vehicle.

The Discovery was packed solid with camping equipment, clothing and the dog, of course. Over the course of an hour, I found every cubbyhole and hiding place, frantically looking for an expensive chunk of metal measuring 5ins by 3ins.

It was all to no avail and for the last seven hours I have felt strangely out of touch. The Discovery has a DAB radio, so despite the remoteness of it all, at least I was able to keep up with the Ashes cricket. Although Australia are playing so well, I wish I hadn’t.

I also took the opportunity to try out the Discovery’s  television. I never quite understood why anybody would want a TV screen on the front dashboard because you can only watch it when the vehicle is stationary. For once, it was fun watching the news, as I sat phoneless, looking out to sea and pondering the whereabouts of my iPhone , out there somewhere lost in space…


Thursday – Seeing Is Believing


Jeremy Remember when car headlights had two settings? Dipped, full beam and, erm, that was it. Driving back to the pub campsite near Borth, in Wales tonight, the Discovery proved there are more these days.
First, our HSE has what is commonly known as ‘bendy’ headlights, ones that turn with the steering wheel to point in the proposed direction of travel. Excellent, especially on twisty Welsh lanes with wandering sheep to negotiate.
Then there are those extra side lights that illuminate the area to the front side of the Discovery. Great for turning at low speed through narrow driveway entrances.
Finally, my favourite, auto-dip/full beam, which means the driver doesn’t even have to take his hands off the steering wheel as another car approaches. Sensors detect the oncoming vehicle and dip the headlights for you, popping them back on full beam afterwards.
My first car was a Morris Minor with a dip adjustment button on the floor. The headlights were so bad you could barely see a sheep lorry, let alone a sheep. Some things have changed for the better.