How I lost 25 kilos at age 50

Erik, Britt-Marie, Swade

Introduction I originally prepared this text about losing weight in your 50s for the benefit of a family member who asked me about my weight loss experience a few years ago. I was going to make a few dot points and send them via text but then I figured a fuller explanation might be more helpful. Given that this website is occasionally visited by men-of-a-certain-age, I thought it might be helpful here, too. Nothing is being sold here. I’m not holding myself out to be some sort of diet guru. This is just my story and how things worked out […]

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Sorry about that……

Hi all, It seems we had an unwelcome presence here on the website over the weekend. I don’t know how long the little bug has been around, but I first noticed it on Friday. When I started doing something about it, it seemed to trigger a bunch of emails being sent to people about posts, removed posts, and possibly even medications that you (probably) don’t need! I’ve worked all weekend on rooting out the problems. I’ve removed some malicious code, about 3,000 spammy links, and around another 3,000 old posts from the TS days. It’s kind of sad to see […]

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A question from a reader….. Which Porsche 911 should he buy?

7 generations of Porsche 911 pictured together, all in silver.

Tim, from NYC, asks which Porsche 911 he should buy….. A brief question, if I may. If you were to choose your favourite 911 year models from an enjoyment of the vehicle perspective, and investment hopeful return perspective, and in an attempt to mitigate maintainence costs, would you have any suggestions? Tim wrote correctly in his email that I’m a fan of the Porsche 911 but sadly, I’ve never owned one. I came close once, but I hit the chicken switch because the price was ‘a whopping’ $37,000 AUD so I spent 30K on a 968 ClubSport instead. What an […]

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Leica Virgin: Photography in Cornwall, UK

We recently took a long weekend indulging in some friendship and photography in Cornwall. The primary purpose of the visit was to catch up with old friends, Mike and Hilary Philpott, who many Saab folk will know. But of course, we also took a look around this beautiful part of the world while we were there. The itinerary: Friday – fly in to London, drive to Cornwall Saturday – St Ives, incl Tate Galleries Sunday – Drive a route Mike planned for us Monday – Drive to London, return home. It was a longer drive than we thought. I’d recommend […]

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Investment Cars from 2014 And Their Value Today

Back in January 2014, I wrote a post called Swade’s 7 Investment Cars for Less Than $30,000. It’s been said that classic cars were one of the better-performing investments over the last 10 years and I’ve noted in a previous post that Classic Car prices have gone completely maaaaaad. Consider this an extension study to substantiate that earlier work. I’ve recently revisited the 2014 post and looking at the results, I think that maybe we should have put a consortium together to dump some money into these cars. They’ve done OK. The 7 investment cars I highlighted and their selling […]

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So…. I bought a BMW 328i GT (8 months ago)

BMW 328i GT

I must apologise for this post taking SOOOOOOOOOO long. It was way back in August 2022 that I appealed to the collective wisdom of this website’s occasional readers, to suggest vehicle options for our upcoming move to Sweden. We arrived here late-October 2022 and I’ve been driving this BMW 328i GT since Day 2. That was 8 months ago! Some follow-up is WELL overdue. The criteria I set at the time: There are going to be a lot of furniture and appliance purchases in my near future, so the ability to cram a lot in the back makes some sense. […]

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19257 Questions

My father was 52 years old when he died. He lived 19,256 days. Today, the 19th December 2022, is day number 19,257 for me. Today, I am older than my father ever got to be. It’s a strange thing, passing a milestone like that. And as you can probably tell from the mere fact that this post starts with such numbers, this milestone has been on my mind for a while. Since shortly after November 1985, actually, which is when he passed. Would I get there? What shape would I be in if I did? And if I didn’t, would […]

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

I’ve had a number of Alfas over the years. Two Sprints (plus caring for another for six months), two 16-valve 33s, a GTV6 from the mid-80s and….. the most recent one, which I’ve never written about: My Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. Well, my former Giulietta QV. I’ve recently sold it because we’re moving to Sweden in the coming weeks. I thought it was well past time I committed some thoughts about this car to print. At just over three years owned, it’s one of the longest-held cars I’ve ever had. It’s one of the best, too. —— Styling The Giulietta […]

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HELP! – I Need To Buy A New Car

As you now know, we’re moving to Sweden. And as I sold my Alfa (quite literally) just five minutes before starting this post, my mind is now on what keys will be in my pocket when we’re living there. This is a genuine quandry, and one I wouldn’t mind your collective advice on. My default is to go with the most fun at the cheapest price. But I might be growing up. And I might have some miles to do and need some reasonable accommodation and decent mileage. My penchant for classics might not cut the mustard here. The criteria: […]

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What’s going on?

Hey there. Last week’s post notwithstanding, it’s been a while. Given that this website was always intended to be a more personal site – rather than the Saab community sites of yore – and because I’ve made a few electronic friends over the years that I enjoy keeping in touch with when I can, I thought it indulgent appropriate to…. reintroduce myself, to fill you in on what’s been going on over the last 18 months or so. There’s been a bit happening. Brabham As you might know, I left Koenigsegg to return to Australia and work for Brabham Automotive. […]

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