Who Do You Think You Are? Bill Oddie? Mercedes-Benz R-Class – by James Batchelor

I have often joked that if I was ever Prime Minister, before I even imagined tackling the problems with the NHS and the economy, I would deport Bill Oddie to Serbia. You see, 'Batchelor's Britain' would set out to create the perfect world, and in that perfect world Bill Oddie wouldn't be on television. His …

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Back Off, Wrinklies: Volvo C30 Polestar – James Batchelor

In 1995 approximately 9 million over-65s were struck by a sudden and horrible event. The episode was so bad in fact that it caused the NHS to be on red-alert, people were panic buying in Marks & Spencer's, the Navy was on stand-by and questions in the House of Commons were even raised. More seriously though, the …

Lights Camera Car Chase: What is the greatest car-chase film ever? – James Batchelor

For years, if you wanted some car chase-action in your sitting room the only real choice for you and your remote was Police Camera Action. Admittedly, ITV’s police documentary (which featured video clips from on-board cameras in police cars) was new and different in 1994, but, over the years, the programme became repetitive and predictable. …

Batchelor on: cheap cars – James Batchelor

Dear readers, It has come to my attention through my column for The Winchester Scribbler newspaper that I know nothing about what I am writing. Month after month I condemn cars like the Volkswagen Fox because they have no soul, no passion and possess no appealing features that make you think ‘mmm…I want to own …

Dial ‘N’ for Naughty: Volvo S60 – James Batchelor

Being an ad man is hard, I presume. Tasked with the job of coming up with not only a convincing and memorable advert for your product, ad man must also come up with a slogan, and worse, a key word. There are of course other factors, like the music and the photography for instance, and …

Motor Shows? So Continental, Darling – James Batchelor

As some of you may know, I have been in bed all week suffering from Bird Flu. It isn’t bird flu, of course, but it is something between a very bad cold and mild flu. I have all the aches and pains of flu, but I can enthusiastically wave at my next door neighbour in …