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The Laconically Hilarious “Detectorists”, Series 3, From The BBC, Is Now On “Acorn TV”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “Acorn TV” listing.



I RAVED about this show when it first aired on Acorn in 2015.

It is blinking, bloody brilliant. Dry, quirky, understated British humor at its sparkling best. The characters are a riot and the dialogue, pithy, but priceless.

Then to boot, you have this gorgeously melodic music from Johnny Flynn. Here, try out the opening soundtrack …

We watched Episode 1 of Series 3 on Saturday and it was beyond good.

If you can get it, do NOT miss it. It is a CLASSIC.

Oh, you also get to see a yellow TR7 — albeit, a hardtop.


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BBC’s New Comedy “The Detectorists” Is Quietly Compelling & Johnny Flynn’s Music ADDICTIVE!

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Click to access BBC Trailer on YouTube.


Yes that it has a Yellow TR7 is a kick BUT I never, ever liked hardtop TR7s.
The TR7 was meant to topless.

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Here is the IMDB.com listing for this show — “The Detectorists”.


It suddenly dawned on me that is THE MUSIC,
amazingly rich guitar picking by
Johnny Flynn
that made this show even more special.

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Check Johnny Flynn on this YouTube video. Click to access.


This was a featured new series on ‘Acorn‘ — BBC shows streamed — that I subscribe to on our Roku 3, mainly so that the kids can have access to the British shows that they have of late become so enamoured with.

I have never owned a metal detector but know quite a few that do and I will confess it holds appeal to me — though I know I really don’t have the time for it. But, I decided to watch it, one night, mainly as there was no new cricket that caught my interest. I watched the first episode. It was quintessential BBC comedy. As such it was soothing and easy to just sit back and absorb. The 20 minutes went quite fast. The next day, forgoing cricket again, I watched episode 2. That was even better. I was hooked. Then I realized that the music had MUCH to do with it. It was iconic British folk, with magical guitar picking. You don’t realize it at first but that music draws you right in. I am going to check out Johnny Flynn.

Well, I thought YOU might be interested. Have a look and a listen. I am sure YOU will like it. Enjoy.


“Brit Bits” In Rye, New Hampshire — Mouthwatering Display Of British Classic Cars.

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Attribution will be sought.

It was this TR8 that caught my eye as we turned the corner on Rte 1A. Exactly the same color as my MGM 327X registration TR7 back in the U.K. 1983 – to 1985.

This TR6 might have to come home with me one of these days. It seems to have my name on it.

WOW. Think this one is way beyond my means.

Devanee is into Jags. not sure where she gets it from. Checking out this Jag. Nice, but not as fancy as she would like. The interior was way too shabby for her likings.


At ’62’ am I too old for this? No. No. NO. This was NOt at Brit Bits. It is NOT even in New Hampshire. Devanee likes it. She thinks Dad should get it, but I am not sure IF I am too old for a car like this.



I had written about “Brit Bits” last December and I know we must have driven past it — but that obviously was when I was ignoring looking at British sports cars true to my promise to Deanna that I would not get a sports car while my son, Matthew, was still in College. Well Matthew graduated from Wheaton (MA) last Summer.

I was taking the scenic Rte 1A way back from our Mother’s Day 2015 jaunt to Hampton Beach. As I took the corner I espied the TR8. Exact same color as my TR7. We pulled up.

Wow. What a display. Good job that they were closed. Deanna has slowly become resigned. She is now always outvoted. Devanee too is into British cars. That is good. I am glad. The next car will be a Jag BUT not from “Brit Bits”. My problem is trying to find a Jag that is old enough to blend in with me. Stay tuned. We are already planning going back to Rye to see “Brit Bits”. Devanee is adamant that we are now going to have 4 cars. Sounds fair to me. She will be driving this time this year. 3 drivers, 3 cars and one spare. Seems reasonable to me. Yes, we can get three cars in the garage. We have already done it. The van can stay outside.


‘MarketWatch’ Report Cites The ‘Mini’ As The Car With Most SAFETY Complaints. I Am Not Surprised.

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Click to access MarketWatch report. Interesting reading. Hyundai has the least complaints of the 10 listed! That is why we have been buying them for the last 7 years.


Though I grew up and lived in Britain when the (original) Mini was all the rage, I never liked it. Though I was never that big, I found it claustrophobic even from the outside. I am sure I have never driven one and really can’t remember ever getting inside one — which is kind of strange because it really was the most popular car around when I was going to school and university.

That people can have sex in a Mini has always amazed me — partly because I was a member of a group of Triumph sports car owners (in the 1970s) whose mission was to publicize the best ways to have sex in Spitfires, TR6s and TR7s as a public service to others.

But a Mini? Why would you? Isn’t there no shame?

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A notion popular in the 1970s in the U.K. when it came to the TR7.

Red, 1989 Cadillac Allante For Sale In Alton, NH.

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Other car posts:
1. Restored 1974 Jensen-Healey in Alton — Aug. 28, 2012.
2. 1977 MGB in Pittsfield, NH — Oct. 8, 2012.


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This beauty appeared by the Alton rotary earlier this week. I have always had a soft spot for the Allanté. The asking price was not outlandish given that I knew that that would never be the final price. I checked around. The price was middling. I don’t need a car and we hardly put any miles on the two we have. Plus I am known to go for 4 to 5 days without ever getting into a car. But, I miss not having a convertible especially when Summer beckons. For 30 years, since when I was 23, I have invariably owned a convertible or a T-Top. This is the longest I have gone in my adult life without a rag top. So, Devanee and I stopped by on Tuesday and had a look. Couple of small dings on the bodywork. Radio does not seem to work. The tires are new. It started without drama. But, I didn’t drive it. I spent 40 minutes ‘discussing’ price with the owner. We even reached a workable price. I even got an insurance quote. Then I started talking to mechanics. Maybe that was a mistake. One, who does all the work on our van, said categorically: “worst U.S. car ever built. Don’t get it at any price!”. That was bummer. There was a time many, many decades ago when I did use to change the oil and even brakes on cars. Not now, though recently I replaced the battery in the van. So if I had got this I would have to rely on others to maintain it for me. So this was not a good start. Went downhill from there. Was told that parts were expensive. Basically I was told to get anything else than this car. I wasn’t thrilled, but common sense prevailed.

Then later on in struck me. They talk about people who are fatally attracted to the wrong sort of partners. Well in my case this seems to be with cars. 30 years ago, I was totally, utterly infatuated (maybe even outright in love) with the Triumph Stag. I owned a Spitfire and was reaching a point when I could afford a Stag. I now remember, not that happily, that I had these exact same conversation with folks about the Stag, except then there was even family chipping in. Told that it was the worst car ever. And I really don’t deal well with unreliable cars, boats or computers. So, it is kind of important that I get cars that work 99.5% of the time. I still remember being told about the Stag: “If you really want to get one, get one but get somebody to put in a new 3L Ford engine into it”. That sounded way too much like hard work. So I never got a Stag. Instead went and bought a TR7. That TR7 served me well. So, I am in a bind. I have a feeling that I might just end up buying the next, reasonably price British convertible I see.

But, I want to pass the word out on this Allanté. It could be a good buy for somebody who can do some of the work on it. You shouldn’t have any problem finding it. It is on Rte 28 just before (or after) the rotary (depending where you are coming from (or going)). 


The captivatingly gorgeous Triumph Stag.


Found this picture of a silver Tr7 on the Web. This one must have been a twin. Mine was silver too, the 3rd but last TR7 built. This car and mine were probably the same year since my registration was MGM 327X — where the year ‘X’ happened to be the year. The reason I remember that registration, the only one I remember, because it just happened to be significant. 327X was an IBM terminal family and much of my life revolved around that terminal family one way or another.


Now That Is A Beauty.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette ‘C7’ — designed from scratch to be a convertible. Now that is a real sports car.


Though I grew up on British sports cars, Triumph Spitfires, TR7, MGs and the like, I gained a real liking for GM Camaros, Firebirds and Corvettes once I git here. Owned quite a few Camaros and brilliant, green convertible Firebird — one of the first to have traction control (so I could drive it in the snow in NH).

I, alas, have only had one Corvette. A bright yellow, 1995 convertible. I actually bought it for my oldest daughter Danielle in 2000. I gave it to her when she turned 16. She drove it a little and then, quite wisely, said she wanted to sell it and get a new car. We did that. The Corvette had appreciated and by a rare stroke of luck they had sold me an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty (with towing included) so the maintenance didn’t cots me much. It wasn’t the most reliable car I have owned, but it was fun.

I don’t like non-convertible sports car. So many of the recent Corvettes had no appeal to me. But, I really do like this new one.

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Newly Restored, 1974, Jensen-Healey In Alton, NH

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Alas, it is NOT mine! It is also NOT for sale — though, obviously, as the saying correctly foretells, everything and everybody does have a price. This is his 2nd Jensen-Healey. He had his 1st in College but had to sell it when he had his first child. So now, quite a bit older, he is determined to hold onto this — and I understand. He worked on this car for a long time. It looks fabulous. Sounds good too. Great job. He is very happy and proud; as he should be. [As is always the case the wife refers to it as his ‘mid-life crisis’. I told her yesterday that I hope he has quite few more crises.]

I won’t divulge where the car is or who owns it — though he is quite famous in Alton circles. It is NOT on our road — so don’t bother coming cruising around. It is also garaged and they have a long driveway going up a steep incline. So you won’t even see the garage from the road.

If you really, really, really want to see this Healey e-mail me and I will SEE if I can arrange for you to see it. Otherwise just keep an eye for it on Rte 28 in Alton or at Prospect Mountain High School. No guarantee. It is not registered right now.



I would, as a Brit, like to have another British sports car. I have owned 4: 2 Spitfire 1500s (one bright red and the other Pageant Blue (a color I hated, but the only color I could get in 1978), a TR7 convertible (the 3rd but last built) and an MG Midget (that I bought from a neighbor, in Gilford, in 2000). I always wanted a Triumph Stag — which I consider the most beautiful car of that era, prior to the TR7. The unreliability of the Stag, even by British standards of the time, were legendary. I was always told that if I got one I would have to replace the engine with a U.S. V8. So, I ended up getting the TR7. I had a look the other day on eBay just out of curiosity. Only 1 listing for a Stag! Wow.

I had a rich friend back in the UK, in the 70s, who had a Jensen Interceptor. That was the only car that I knew that was more prone to failure than the stag. It was his pride and joy — but it was always breaking down. It would always be a call, from a phone booth (this being way, way, way before cell phones), I am stuck I will be late. Driving off in the Interceptor was going to be the highlight of his extremely lavish wedding, to a dentist, at a stately manor house. Yes, you guessed it. The Jensen didn’t work! He took it quite well.