Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Russell and Cecy showed off their Garmin satnav as we drove to Monkey World. Handy because the Google app on my HTC keeps crashing - which is rather disquieting in a driving app.

They have chosen the voice of Yoda from Star Wars, which is oddly cute ... except you get a rendition of the Star Wars theme when you arrive at your destination.

One of its more insidious and hideous modes is that the device bleeps monotonously if you exceed the speed limit. Naturally that's not for me but you can imagine driving along a rural road, completely safely, where the local authority for some reason has instigated an arbitrary speed limit of 30 mph. Driving to the conditions you would hear: beep ... beep ... beep ...

Croscombe has been a life-changing experience for my habitual-criminal wife, and with 6 shiny new penalty points, Clare held the mini Garmin tablet as if Moses himself had delivered it. The beeps which were (allegedly) driving me totally insane were to her a guarantee of future probity.

I hate to say this again, but ... Reader, we've bought one.