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Give a damn...GiveacarGive a damn...Giveacar Cars, they're a bit like kids; great when they're doing what they should be doing but when they keep acting up and costing you a packet you want to give them away :) Luckily for me when I was a kid and...

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24 top tips for winter driving24 top tips for winter driving I don't know about you but I'm hoping for another Winter like the last one! I love the snow and I like driving in it too. So in anticipation of another long spell of deep snow covered roads, icy corners...

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Have a free guide to buying a used MX5 on me...Have a free guide to buying a used MX5 on me... My smurf coloured MX5 is up and running again and beginning to shape up nicely - finally :)  There have been quite a few problems that could have been avoided if I'd had a bit more knowledge earlier on...

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How to replace your soft top in two and a half hours...How to replace your soft top in two and a half hours... If it's the first time you've ever replaced the vinyl hood on your MX5, the bads news is you'll probaly need a weekend. On the other hand, if you've a bit of extra cash to hand you can call in The Soft...

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How to improve an MX5 – wrap it in sunshine!How to improve an MX5 – wrap it in sunshine! When I suggested to a friend I was going to Union Jack Maurice, he said 'Why don't you wrap him?' I immediately thought how do you wrap a car? How many rolls of gift wrap would it take, can you get bows...

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Best laid plans and all that…

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 15-03-2011

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Just in case you thought I’d fell off the end of the world, I thought I’d better post something and in case you’re asking  Is Maurice still a work in progress? The answer is yes! He’s fine, thanks for asking but I’ve slacked off – due to crummy weather and other things that had to [...]

How do you become a motor journalist?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 30-11-2010

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Ever find out what someone does for a living and think  ‘Lucky git – how on Earth did he land that job?’ Me too. I think that about motor journalists – what a fantastic job to drive cars, travel the world, write about it and get paid. Until recently, like a lot of people outside [...]

My other car is…?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 07-04-2010

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I’ve been thinking; again. It’s a dangerous occupation for me I know, but I really want to know how these damn cars work.  I’ve been rather reluctant to start whipping bits out and pulling things off just in case it takes me longer than expected to do what I intended to do or I make [...]

This could be the shortest blog – ever

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 24-03-2010

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It could end here – it really could. This could be the shortest blog ever! I expected to get stuck, be bamboozled, baffled, confused, frustrated and annoyed. I usually am. I never expected to come to a bit of a dead end though. I thought I copped out ringing a mechanic and asking for advice [...]

Go on, admit it – do you have a name for yours?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 13-03-2010

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I thought I was in a minority and I have always been slightly embarassed by it. I only ‘came out’ when I started this blog. No, not that type of ‘coming out’ – I mean admitting that I name my cars. Maurice, as you are no doubt aware by now, is my little blue MX5; [...]

Give a Mazda MX5 Wave for ChildLine

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 13-03-2010

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Mazda MX5 owners are renowned for their sociability – there is a little phenomena called the MX5 Wave. If you drive an MX5 and you see another on the road – you wave to each other – it’s nice, it’s polite and the very first time I took Maurice on the road, another MX5 driver [...]

Search engine optimisation for an MX5

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 12-03-2010

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My little blue Mazda – Maurice – was hauled away yesterday (finally) by my mechanic. Dragged away by a Ford Escort van just to add insult to injury. For some reason, I’m very attached to my car and having been carless for the last week I’m beginning to understand why. A car to me represents [...]

I have a confession to make

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 06-03-2010

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Okay – so I’ve only just started and I’ve caved already. Maurice is still in the driveway and I have a shed full of ramps, tools and bits I’ve bought (and spent a fair bit of money on already) and I’ve cheated. I called my mechanic today and booked the little blue Mazda in for [...]

Why a torque wrench makes me happy!

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 03-03-2010

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Lots of things make me happy – sunny days, lasagne, a bit extra in my pay packet and strangely today, I’ve found, a torque wrench. For a middle aged woman I’m not too sure whether that’s a good thing or bad thing. I always thought diamonds were supposed to make me happy – or so [...]

Win Mazda MX5 door sills – How much will I spend?

Posted by Maurice | Posted in Other Stuff | Posted on 24-02-2010

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I wasn’t going to keep a tally; I was going to take the  same view I do with my horse – pay out and don’t keep count – I don’t want to know! For some reason I’ve decided I want to know – I’ll probably regret it, but if any of you are thinking of [...]