March 2017 Update

I have just been back to check on the 109 and give it a quick drive around the compound.  It is a bit manic doing an eight hour overnight flight (over 11 hours on duty, including the pre and post flight tasks), getting to Birmingham, collecting the hire car, rushing to the crew hotel for […]

July 2016

I am back in the UK with the family for a not so summery holiday.  It’s easy to forget how changeable the weather is here! I have been to check on the 109 and to give it a quick drive around the compound in all gear combinations to splash the oil about and prevent seizures. […]

Brief Visit, Feb 2016

I had a fleeting visit to the UK (I requested a specific flight pair that meant I flew my folks down to Dubai personally), and used the 24 hours in the UK for a few tasks, including checking on the house and the 109.  The result is that both are fine. I had arranged to […]

October 2015 – missing the 109

Well, it’s now six months since I emigrated and I miss driving the 109. As good a car as the XC90 is, it doesn’t have anywhere the character and enjoyment of a Series Land Rover or even a Defender.  I write this sitting in a Bangkok restaurant; in the last six months I have visited […]

Road Legal Again

Having finished the last details on the PAS conversion, the 109 was booked in for MoT test (annual safety check, for non-UK readers).  The old check expired at the end of December, but UK rules allow the vehicle to be driven to a testing station as long as a booking has been made and insurance […]

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