My mobile telephone acts like a visual notebook thanks to its lousy camera. Here are some notes. 

Item 1

Apart from its capacity to capture images, my telephone isn’t better than my actual notebook (a Silvine spiral bound item). The photos turn out like Kodak prints – brown and flat. I hate them. What I’d like is a fast, very small printer capable of producing colour-fast images on self-adhesive paper (5×4 cm) so I could paste them straight into my paper notebook.

Item 2: bad lighting but it’s yellow

The photos…. These motley images gather together evidence of a characteristic of some recent cars.

Item 3: more bad lighting.

I might add this one too:

2017 Opel Crossland

Do three and a bit swallows make a summer? What I see here is the increasing dominance of the trim over the body-in-white. The Peugeot drew my attention to the trope; the Citroen is characterised by it. The Renault (can you name it with initial certainty??) has less decorative trim while generally all its cars have more than competitors’ offerings.

Source: American

The style reminds me of the use of decoration on 1950s American cars (see above).


Ford Taunus coupe

The image here shows a pin-board in a restaurant near me. They kitted the place out with charity shop falderal. Among the loot they gathered was this photo of a Taunus coupe. I had to Google it as I have never seen one and possibly never read about it either. It is a photo from the early 70s, I suppose. Poignant: the car’s owners might be dead, the car is rust and the children it may have ferried are in middle age and walk under mortality’s constant umbrella.

1973 Ford Taunus 2.8 V6 coupe:

This one (a 1973) has survived – it’s a screen shot to show the car more clearly. I feel Ford used the same doors as the saloon. So, that’s a precedent for the Marina coupe. The Ford remains a very handsome car. Imagine having the choice of this, the Rekord coupe or a Renault 17 coupe.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

11 thoughts on “Notebook”

  1. The pictured is a Captur, rather than a Kadjar. The latter’s got a rather grotesque rear haunch and awful door handles which is why I’m able to identify it (just in case you were asking).

    1. The Captur is Clio-based, whereas the Kadjar is a re-skinned Quashquai (sic?).

  2. In the Tanus use of doors at least Ford has a set of two-door panels to call upon. In the Marina only the short 4 doors were available which gave the car an ill proportioned look from the side.

  3. To my eyes, one particularly dissonant detail shared by the Peugeot 3008, 5008 and Renault Koleos is the strip of brightwork connecting the headlight to the A-pillar area. In the case of the Koleos, it doesn’t even have the merit of attempting to conceal the shut line between the bonnet and wing, and terminates in a nasty fake grille. I quite like the look of current Renaults, but this superfluous detail really jars.

  4. I only knew the Peogeot 3008 with a dark roof (black tinted sunroof). With this, the chrome strip above the windows shows very prominently and accentuates its shape over the rear pillar. In your photo the strip blends with the white roof and the whole thing looks much better.

    By the way, I saw a printer exactly as you look for. It’s about the size of a (thick) smartphone and prints small stickers. however, the colours look a bit line in your Cactus and Captur photos, even if the original photo was good.

    1. And Fuji have a device too.
      I am not a gadget person. However, getting images off my
      portable telephone is hard
      meaning 40 months of my and
      my family’slife
      is not on paper.

  5. Nissan/Renault seem to be the instigators of the new C-pillar blind spot scheme. The latest Nissan Maxima takes it to extremes. Unwilling to be left behind, GM has also applied it to the 2018 GMC Terrain. Good thing we have rearview cameras and nanny electronic Blind Spot systems, or there would be complaints.

    The Taunus pictured seems to have been inspired by the 1968 Ford Torino Fastback, but the dumpy proportions look off to me. Small wheels don’t help.

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