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Nostalgically Amusing ‘Infographic’ Of Discontinued U.K. Cars That May Make A Comeback.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access nostalgically amusing ‘infographic’ of discontinued U.K. cars that may make a comeback.

Received an e-mail this morning, with a link to the above ‘infographic‘, asking whether I would be game to publish it on this blog.

I had a look.

As soon as I saw that it started with the Jensen Interceptor I knew I had no choice.

Ahhh! The Jensen Interceptor.

A car of my youth! No, I never owned one. They were in their heyday when I was in my early 20s and just getting started at IBM. I had to be more realistic in my choice of sports cars — and started with a Triumph Spitfire.

But a friend of mine, the boyfriend of my then girlfriend’s BFF, had one. He was rich. His was a pale blue Interceptor. I rode in it a couple of times.

But that Interceptor, as with so many of them, was notoriously unreliable. It broke down more often than it went — and, alas and alack, I kid you not.

Once they were coming to stay with us for the weekend. They were supposed to arrive Friday evening but there was no sign of them way into the night — and we are now talking the EARLY 1970s way, way, way before the advent of mobile phones. Eventually we heard from them. They were stranded. Jensen had broken down. The arrived the next afternoon in the Jensen. He took me for a ride. They left Sunday. Heard that it broke down on the way back too!

But here was the ultimate shame. They got married soon after he had purchased the Interceptor. It was quite the wedding. It was at a Stately Home and the plan was that they were to leave on their honeymoon, at dusk, in the pale blue Jensen … Well, you guessed it. The Jensen broke down the morning of the wedding! We all felt so bad. He ended up using a ‘normal’ car.

So, whenever I think of the Interceptor that is what comes to mind. The honeymoon, hindered.

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by Anura Guruge

A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).


Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.