Minor Morris Irritation Is Tui Important To Ignore

February 22nd, 2012 by Tim Grimley

Top marks to Leonie Morris who, only this week, decided to put herself and her recently established gaggle of girly gobshites, Feminist Action, into the media crosshairs. Thanks to her recent tirade on the sexist and offensive nature of Tui beer commercials, she has set herself up as the softest target of 2012 for unloading a few rounds of literary ammunition into.

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And it would be all too easy for me to join in the massacre; after all a stroppy bra-burner daring to challenge a laddish attempt at using a few pretty young things to sell ale is pretty much what columnists pray for at bedtime each night. Unfortunately while there is nothing I’d like more than to fire off a volley or two, there is a rather more serious issue to address.

You see it turns out that womenfolk have actually suffered quite a bit over the years when it comes to equality. Of course, back in the day when we were required to carry clubs and fend off various sabre-toothed nasties, their general lack of physicality in comparison to the male of the species meant they were better employed staying close to the cave, popping out sprogs and peeling mammoth. But as society evolved and brains rather than brawn became the driving force of our civilisation, we were slow to recognise that women could compete on at least an equal footing to men.

Rights on voting, property, religion, employment, public service and other such worthy causes have had to be fought for and it is only through the actions of Continue reading “Minor Morris Irritation Is Tui Important To Ignore” »

Majority of UK drivers want ‘green cars’

August 4th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

New figures out today reveal that almost three quarters (71 per cent) of British motorists would consider driving an electric car to help combat ‘green’ issues, according to research by esure car insurance.

Younger motorists are more likely to buy environmentally-friendly cars such as electric, hybrid or bio-fuel; a huge 81 per cent of under 25’s would contemplate driving an electric car.  This may be due to the associated lower costs of motoring – freedom from high petrol prices, road tax and congestion charges plus access to cut-price parking(2) — in addition to a general empathy towards environmental issues.

However, the over 55’s appear more set in their ways with a significantly lower number of those surveyed (66 per cent) considering to make such a change to their regular car buying decision-making.

According to the poll, 65 per cent of motorists questioned have changed their attitude towards driving because of the credit crunch and a general tightening of the nation’s purse strings.  Nearly one in five (17 per cent) are thinking about changing their car to one that is more fuel-efficient.  A further 14 per cent of those surveyed said they would consider making a change if the current level of inflation persisted and fuel prices continued to rocket.

Fiat 500 gets the green nod at the What Car? Green Awards

July 28th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


The award-winning Fiat 500 supermini has received further confirmation of its green credentials after scooping top honours for its 1.2 Pop version in the Green Supermini category of the What Car? Green Awards in London.

The awards, which took place at the British International Motor Show, were designed to highlight and recognise the UK motor industry’s most economical and environmentally-friendly cars.

The Fiat 500 is currently Car of the Year 2008 and has won a host of other accolades including CAR Magazine Car of the Year, Fifth Gear SmallCar of the Year, EuroCarBody 2007 and Auto Europa 2008.

Commenting on the latest honour, Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of What Car? says: “The Fiat 500 is the perfect green city car. It’s small, chic and, with an efficient petrol engine, it’s low on CO2 and equally harmful local pollutants.”

Available in New Zealand with a choice of three frugal, ultra-low emissions, Euro 5-ready engines: 69 bhp 1.2-litre and 100 bhp 1.4-litre petrol, or 75 bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel, the new Fiat 500 can be ordered in three different trim levels — Pop, Sport and Lounge.

With a starting price of just $26,990, the new Fiat 500 represents outstanding value for money and positions the car well below its benchmark rivals. At the top end of the range, a highly specified version with a larger engine costs only $31,990 — a price that includes air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard.

Stay tuned to Car and SUV as we will be bring you a full review on the Fiat 500 very soon.

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