The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:
What do you usually listen to when you're driving your car? (You can choose more than one if appropriate)
* Music (excl. radio) – 58 votes
Nothing, just the engine noise – 47 votes
Radio (spoken word) – 43 votes
Radio (music) – 42 votes
** Other, please specify – 9 votes
* “Music” consists of the following sub-categories:
iPod or Bluetooth etc – 19 votes
CDs (shop bought) – 18 votes
USB data sticks with MP3s – 17 votes
CDs with MP3s – 4 votes
Eight-track – 0 votes
Cassettes – 0 votes
** “Others” were mainly audio books or podcasts, with one vote for MiniDisk.
122 voters in total. Thanks to everybody who took part.
I'm surprised how many listen to nothing. I go for USB sticks with MP3s myself, being the maximum amount of music in the least space, you can leave the stick permanently plugged in so you don't need to remember to take your iPod with you, plug it in, take it with you when you park the car etc. One of the greatest inventions of the 21st century IMHO.
Turning to more unpleasant topics, we drove to Liverpool in Mrs W's car last weekend and it was my turn to do the last bit on the M62. There was a long 50 mph section because of roadworks/narrow lanes, fair enough, stick the speed limiter on. Getting nearer town, the roadworks ended and the lanes were normal width again.
Conditions dry, good visibility, normal amount of traffic. All the other cars shot off like bats out of hell, so I took off the speed limiter and started speeding up a bit so that nobody would rear-end us. “Oo-er,” said Mrs W, “I think we just got flashed.”
Sure enough, a fixed penalty notice turned up a couple of days later, 61 mph in what is allegedly a 50 mph stretch at 10.22 in the evening.
My options appear to be:
1. Go to court and try and talk my way out of it, I suppose the only thing I can argue is that the speed limit was not clearly signalled. That's at least half a day wasted and might backfire on me.
2. Take three points on the chin and pay £100.
3. Go to
grown ups detention a Speed Awareness Course which also costs £100.
I think we can consider the £100 a sunk cost.
In my position, what is the best course of action?
That's this week's Fun Online Poll.
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