I’ve had better days

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read


  1. Erm good luck, stay away from black cats, and for goodness sakes don’t walk under any more ladders, you hear!

  2. a propos an earlier post, what with SMG selling off kit, I’m looking for a half decent tripod for the Z1, seen anything about? Just back from Kosovo, where the Z1 performed excellently. Now I have to get up to speed with Final Cut. Let me know if you see any tripods going for the proverbial song…

  3. SMART? Which one? My missus has an 03 plate For Two Pulse Cabriolet in Bay Grey with a silver tridion. I have to say, that the sequence of thingys to do pretty much anything (like drive it or park it) drive me nuts. I do, however, enjoy standing up in the passenger area with the roof off and pretending to be a commander of a very small tank. Great for spotting parking spaces in supermarket car parks or for escaping from U2 gigs.

  4. I have a smart roadster coupe. It’s an absolute blast – nothing wrong with it that a proper gearbox wouldn’t fix. Oh, and maybe a slightly higher steering ratio. But anyway it’s a terrific concept – small, a heap of fun at 30mph, upwards of 40mpg under pretty much all conditions, surprisingly good on the motorway, more luggage space than seems reasonable (albeit an odd shape)… slow sports cars: they’re the way of the future.
    Crap dealer service, however, completely knackers the whole thing, in my experience. I can’t begin to say how awful the main dealer here in Glasgow has been. Then again, if you Google ‘smart roadster Glasgow,’ part of my tale of woe is in the first page of hits…

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