February 2010


Cold cold & scraping the ice off the window screen, ahead of me a four-hour drive to the wonderful Lake District, clearing the windows the engine of my seventeen year old car burble away blowing a gentle stream of smoke from its rear.

climb in and already the heater vents are starting to blow warmer air into the car, release the heartbreak and select first and off we go, there nothing great about Holloway road other than it leads into London and not great but it has a stupid amount of Cameras even by modern standards.

Two hours have passed and the miles are flying by and the motorways big black asphalt carpet opens up in front of me, 78mph its optimum speed for progress and economy (im not made of money).

Less lights and  buildings and signs of life give way to the green and pleasant land of England, the hills getting larger and larger, the air fresher, the sun lighting the hills in a stunning range of greens, sheep and cows graze and my mind turns to coffee.

In the centre of Windermere and a parking place for my trusty stead, locked up and her salt sprayed sides the only giveaway to the journey took.

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com  enjoy your car :->

YOGA                                                               

The heady heights and mean decks of yogo”

Yoga in its literal, post-classical sense means “union” and is derived from the sanskrit root word yuj, meaning “to yoke” or to unite, hence yoga reunites all opposites mind and body, stillness and movement, masculine and feminine, sun and moon, in order to bring reconciliation between them.

I have done the gym thing two, three times a week, currently swim a couple of times a week and enjoy a good walk around the pleasant (not always) streets of London, but for an immediate pick me up, feel better inside and out or just to compliment the other keep fit things we should do Yoga has converted me.

So get down to your local gym and check out a class, you don’t even have to be a buddhist either which helps !

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com

Note : avoid driving to class it not good Karma (unless its far or raining or your going somewhere else afterwards and need the car)

It’s got me typing, I’m sick of hearing about the brits, Liam Gallagher is a rock icon, its called rock & roll, what happened are we all going  “jedward” ?

Oasis were more interesting cruising through an album than most bands are on a good day, obey the law, dont speed or smoke or climb trees or eat meat or do anything that may put a smile on your face.

Rock & roll, many greats, have been and gone Oasis were one of them and for me they will be missed, in the meantime lets moan about anyone even a bit controversial.

Happy moaning, Peter Kay (Knob), Liam (icon)

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com

It’s just after 2am and im creeping along Courtlandt Avenue in the south Bronx its  icy cold and im glad of the warmth of the Crown Victoria (Patrol Car), although the streets appear quite a distant gunshot rings out, it could be nothing or another player has been removed from the street, maybe for a trip to A & E or maybe to a more permanent resting place.

My chaperone’s for this evening are two of New Yorks finest doing their bit, not to win the war on drugs but to disrupt it, nothing more nothing less, in the shadows anything can be had all the class A’s represented hear, on any given park bench there’s another Donald Trump trying to build his empire, get the 4×4 car and the chick.

This is the side of the city few see and its very different from the fancy streets of Manhattan, no sleek boutique’s here, just dark imposing buildings some occupied others derelict but occupied, a call comes over the radio to pick up a body (perp), our driver pushes his foot down and the V8 engine burble into life and the big car hurries down the street turning into E 156th street and a figure is moving at speed we give pursuit and the runner makes for an alley, there’s plenty of them all dimly lit, the car screeches to a halt and one of the offices leaps from the car and sets off after them.

I sit in the rear and decide to take it easy, heading for the kitchen in search of a nice cup of tea, clutching my excellent book Blue Blood by Edward Conlon its a great read and almost like being there.

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com

In many areas of our life we need and seek professional services, where  expertise and guidance come in handy to fulfill many of lives challenges.

We use accountants to deal with our finances, brokers to deal with our investments and travel agents for our holiday/ travel plans, whilst buying a property almost always involves an Estate agent.

In the mood for a makeover and you head to the Beauty Salon and if the tree in your garden is leaning perilously close to your house then a tree surgeon is the number to call.

So what of a car purchase, well brand new and if you have settled on a brand then head to the dealer and collect your new car, but what if you don’t have a new car budget or indeed don’t know what to go for or do but know nothing of the vehicle in question, then you could now try a Car Agent or put another way Mathilda’s Joy.

Check out my site and see if I could assist you in your next car purchase.

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com

 Experts in being naughty !

A film staring Arnold Schwarzenegger or the goings on at Toyota, well both really an ok movie from Arnies heyday and a multi million pound hellish start to the new year for the Japanese.

Toyota make exceptional cars reliable and are among some of the best engineered cars in the world, as marketing campaigns go this business is not up there with the Russian meerkat ad’s but as major organisations go they are responding as best they can, in my humble opinion they will come back from this, and continue to make great cars, I have owned a few over the years and have found them to be pretty damn good.

2010 has started much slower than i had hoped, as prior to christmas the used car market had been steady and a number of clients came my way, but a combination of an expensive christmas and poor weather have done me or the market few favours !

In the meantime watch out for ice and don’t hold off to long on a Toyota.

Graham www.mathildasjoy.com