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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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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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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A Little Bliss

I often stand at the window of my sixth floor apartment with a cigarette and watch the people in the town square below. The reason for being there is the cigarette. The people-watching is just a fortunate byproduct. I like people more when I don’t have to interact with them or think about their acceptance. I’ve seen people moving into the public toilet to sleep for the night. The disabled stall is the one to go for. It’s bigger. Last night I heard a sound like running water and eventually noticed the silhouette of a girl squatting in the shadows […]

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Ken Block vs Ken Box

I think we might have just learned exactly when you should quit what was once a good thing. Ken Block has released his Gymkhana 6 video, continuing a five year tradition of entertaining driving, copious amounts of tyre smoke and unabashed pre-Christmas product promotion. Here it is: — What do you think? I can remember when Block’s videos were jaw-dropping and even quite funny. Personally speaking, this one felt like The Godfather III – it’s watchable, but not even close to the films that came before it. When the TV show Happy Days was in its waning years a few […]

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Vehicle Maxims

This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ve added a couple of new pages to the site. I have a number of automotive theories and I’ve decided to document them on pages here so that I can refer back to them from time to time, with links to the theories that I’m working from. They’re my automotive maxims. Before a Maxim was a men’s magazine or a fancy restaurant, it was a proverbial saying that outlined a basic truth. These are the automotive maxims I’m aiming for. I have two maxims up on site at the […]

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Saturday Status Update Snippets

Jason Castriota’s Saab 9-3 replacement has been all over the web for the last few weeks. It’s been good to see the images get out there and the quality has steadily improved. Here’s the latest gallery from Auto Motor and Sport I’ve got a few thoughts about the car and I hope to share them some time soon but I need some time with Jason first, which has been difficult to organise since Geneva. Hopefully that’s a good sign. What do you think about the pictures you’ve seen so far? —— If you own a Saab 99 Turbo then my […]

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Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas morning here in Australia – Merry Christmas to you all!! Christmas means a lot of different things to different people and it’s especially so here in Australia. Whilst many of you northern hemisphere types are either having, or dreaming of, a White Christmas, the day itself here in Australia generally means shorts, t-shirt and maybe a big family meal eating outside in the sun. Whatever Christmas/Festivus-for-the-rest-of-us/Hanukkah means to you, I hope it’s a wonderful day and that you get to spend it with the ones you love. And after a year of transition and change in 2012, here’s […]

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Comments

I blacklisted my first Swadeology commenter this evening. Sad, but true. A few words about comments – what’s OK and what’s not. This is my personal site. It’s a hobby. I use this website to keep on writing in a post-Saab world because I enjoy the process. I enjoy the chance to catch up with friends in faraway places and have conversations with them on this site, something that I may not be able to do so easily by other means. This is not a community where I have to try and be inclusive and sway people into behaving in […]

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Why I write about Saab in the way that I do

Earlier this week I interviewed Mikael Östlund from NEVS/Saab and I posted the text from that interview on this website. As has been my tradition since time immemorial, I also posted an accompanying piece with my thoughts on the substance of that interview. In the last 24 hours, I’ve copped a fair hosing for those pieces, mostly on Saabs United. That’s OK. People will, and can, have their opinions and I’m pretty content with the state of my relationships in the world. What I’d like to do now is give you some background on WHY I do things the way […]

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